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Free Picture with Santa

17 Dec

Get a free picture with Santa now through December 19th at Mrs. Baird’s bakery, located at 7301 South Freeway in Fort Worth.

In addition to a free photo, snacks and hot cocoa will be provided.

Santa will be accepting new toy donations for Cook Children’s Medical Center.

For Santa’s schedule and directions, click here.

North Pole Express in Grapevine

16 Dec

This holiday season, check out the other great Christmas train – the North Pole Express in Grapevine.  For your train ticket, you get a fabulous holiday show, a stroll through the live Christmas tree maze, caroling, a reading of The Night Before Christmas, and a train ride with Santa himself.

While you’re there, check out the cool Fun Park, featuring a bounce house, concessions, a free ornament-making factory, and lots of holiday decorations.

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas!

Riders 2 and up must purchase tickets.  Parking and shuttle are free from the Grapevine Public Library.  For dates and times, click here.

Holiday Bribery – Roundtable Discussion

13 Dec

Even though we do the whole “Santa thing” in our house, I really don’t like bribing my kids with presents in order to ensure their good behavior.  (I’m not saying that I’ve NEVER bribed my kids – I wish!  I remember months of my daughter demanding – and receiving – a lollipop every time she pooped on the potty.  I don’t care, it worked.)

For some reason, I just don’t like the idea of saying, “Hey, you need to behave or Santa won’t bring you any presents.”  Something about that rubs me the wrong way.  You shouldn’t refrain from hitting your brother just because you want a new bike!  So I basically try…and try…and try…to encourage good behavior simply because it’s the right thing to do.

And now, as many of you know, the world has been introduced to the Elf on the Shelf –  Santa’s little minion who hides around your house, spies on your kids, and then flies back to the North Pole every night to give behavior reports.  Good old-fashioned creepy Christmas fun!

So the kids are supposed to behave because the elf is taking notes, Santa is making a list, and they hope to get presents on Christmas morning.  While this may influence kids’ behavior in December, what about the rest of the year?

How do you handle your “holiday bribery”?  Do you push the Santa idea to keep your kids in line?  We’d love to hear from you!

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie

9 Dec

Like lights?  Then Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie is definitely the place for you this holiday season.  It’s a drive-thru holiday light park featuring 4 MILLION lights along 2 miles of road, with various holiday displays.

Halfway through the drive, you can get out of your car and explore the Holiday Village, which features photos with Santa, a gift shop, concessions, and two special attractions – the Holiday Magic Theater and the Walk-Thru Lighted Forest (additional ticket purchase required for the two special shows).

Entry fees are charged per vehicle ($15-$20, depending on the day of the week), so grab some friends to carpool with you.  It’s a spectacular sight that you won’t want to miss!

For directions and hours, click here.

Arlington Holiday Lights Parade

6 Dec

On Saturday, December 11, Arlington will be holding its annual Holiday Lights Parade in the downtown area.

Entertainment at Levitt Pavilion begins at 4 pm.  The parade begins at 6 pm at the corner of Main and Center streets.

Before the parade, enjoy music and dance performances.  After the parade, stick around for the tree lighting, and bring your camera to take your kids’ picture with Santa!

For details, click here.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops – FREE!

3 Dec

It may seem like an unlikely place to enjoy holiday activities, but Bass Pro Shops in Grapevine knows how to deck their halls with the best of them.  Santa’s Wonderland offers fun for the entire family.

For the next few weeks, enjoy FREE activities like a photo with Santa, games, activities, and crafts.  Click here for more info and a full event schedule.

Hometown Holidays in Mansfield

2 Dec

Another great holiday event this weekend is the Hometown Holidays in Mansfield!  Beginning Friday night, and continuing through the parade on Saturday and the Tour of Homes on Sunday, there’s definitely something for everyone in the family.

Friday night begins at 5 pm and boasts Santa, a snow hill, a tree lighting, penguins from the Fort Worth Zoo, a movie at the MAC (The Grinch), crafts, bounce houses, choir performances, and a fireworks show!

On Saturday, have breakfast with Santa at the MAC, enjoy the afternoon parade, and stick around for caroling in the evening.

Sunday offers a Tour of Homes and Christmas marketplace.

For more information, click here.

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