Get in the holiday spirit with these things to do

By David ArkinNovember 6, 2023November 10th, 2023No Comments

Get in the holiday spirit with these things to do

Whether you’re looking to jump fully into holiday-mode or want to dip your toe in with some holiday music added into the mix, here are some events this November to enjoy.


Composer Jake Heggie is making his first Cliburn Concerts appearance in 15 years. Local musical artists and Heggie will perform his works at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion. Buddy Bray, the Cliburn’s artistic consultant and a pianist, will host a conversation with Heggie. Heggie has composed nine operas, including “Dead Man Walking,” “Moby-Dick” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Heggie’s nearly 300 art songs and operas have been performed around the world. Currently, he is working on “Intelligence,” a full-length opera, in addition to new works for the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Miró Quartet and Music of Remembrance. Ticket questions should be directed to the Bass Hall Box Office at 817-212-4280.


When: Nov. 16

Where: The Cliburn 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

Contact: 817-738-6536, cliburn.org


The 41st annual Parade of Lights sponsored by GM Financial returns to downtown Fort Worth. Texas’ largest illuminated holiday parade will start at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton streets. A sold-out crowd is expected. The 1.59-mile route will feature professionally designed floats, marching bands, antique cars, equestrian units, horse-drawn carriages and carolers. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to attend the “Holiday Magic”-themed parade. TCU football head coach Sonny Dykes will serve as grand marshal in honor of the university’s 150th anniversary celebration. “Street Seats” are available for purchase online and start at $17.50 for adults and $15 for children.


When: Nov. 19

Where: 777 Taylor St., Fort Worth

Contact: fortworthparadeoflights.org


The international sensation Lightscape is back at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for a second consecutive year. Light-filled installations, 80% of which are newly designed since last year, will immerse guests in dazzling displays during this nightly event. During peak visiting days, Santa will stop by, too. Tickets are required for entry and can be purchased through the Botanic Garden website.


When: Nov. 17 – Jan. 1, 2024

Where: Fort Worth Botanic Garden 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth

Contact: 817-463-4160, fwbg.org