Arlington Weekend Buzz: December 18-20, 2015
By Ryan Hunt
Posted on December 17, 2015, December 17, 2015

Weekend Buzz: December

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Interlochen Holiday Lights 2015

Interlochen, one of the largest holiday light displays in north Texas celebrates its 40th anniversary this year in The American Dream City. The Arlington Police Department can help you navigate safely through this wonderland of lights. Beginning Thursday, Dec. 17, through Dec. 25, 2015, the Arlington Police Department will setup traffic control posts from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to help facilitate safe travel for tourists and neighbors. Every year, more than 200 homeowners in this northwest Arlington community near Interstate 30 celebrate the season by adorning their homes and property with festive lights and holiday-themed displays. Admission is free. Click here to view the Interlochen Holiday Lights 2015 map.

Swim with Surfin' Santa

Missing the beach this winter? Well the surf' still up this holiday season! Support the local Seguin Swim Team with their Swim with Surfin' Santa fundraiser. Join Arlington Parks and Recreation on Friday, December 18th from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Hugh Smith Indoor Pool (1815 New York Ave.). Wear your tropical clothes and enjoy summer this winter! Also make sure to bring your camera to get a picture with the big man himself, Santa Clause! Admission is $2.50 per person. Call (817) 275-1351 or visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Texas Christkindl Market

The Texas Christkindl Market is one of the largest open-air markets in the Southwest. Inspired by Arlington' relationship with its German sister city, Bad Königshofen, the market is in its fifth year at Globe Life Park and will be open through December 23, 2015. It features vendors, selling handmade goods, decor and ornaments, along with German food and drinks. Live music, a Kinder Market, and pictures with Santa are also part of the fun. Admission and parking are free, but various activities, including many in the Kinder Market, are for an additional charge. For more information, please visit Texas Christkindl Market' website or check out the City' article to see what' in store for residents at this year' market.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas, transforms into the "Cheer" capital this holiday season. For 30 years, Holiday in the Park has spread holiday joy to families. This year the tradition continues as this magical event shines even brighter. On select dates through January 3, 2016, SantaLand, the Holiday Tree of Trees Spectacular, The Frosty Snowhill, and more await guests during this memorable celebration. The seasonal fun doesn't stop there as five holiday shows, ranging from a Texas twist to a Victorian revue, will have guests singing and dancing along. After visitors catch a show, they can warm up at one of the six holiday campfires around the park, with a cup of hot cocoa, or with their own s"mores. For more information, including operating hours, visit

Irving Berlin' White Christmas

Theatre Arlington is putting on their own rendition of the 1954 Paramount Pictures film, Irving Berlin' White Christmas. The musical adaption will feature seventeen of the original Irving Berlin classics, such as Sisters, Count Your Blessing Instead of Sheep, and White Christmas. The show will run December 4-20 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors over 62 and students with a valid ID, and $20 per person for groups over 10 or more. The price for opening night is $30. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

Modern Masters from the Guild Hall Collection

This exhibition will feature work by 60 artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell. Modern art has brought a fresh and unconventional approach to the creative community, expressing the loves, hates, ideas, beliefs, interests, passions, strengths, and weaknesses of a generation emerging in the mid-Twentieth Century. This exhibit will explore traditional mediums of art, outside the box, and how the art world embraced the work that represents a movement that changed the face of fine art in America. The exhibit will be open to the public until Sunday, February 21, 2016. Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 West Main Street Arlington, TX 76010. For more information, please call 817-275-4600.

Adventure to Santa at The Parks at Arlington

Adventure to Santa, a storytelling experience centered around Shrek characters and designed by Dreamworks Animation, returns to The American Dream City this holiday season at The Parks at Arlington! Just past the red cottage doors, Shrek and Donkey greet children and begin the interactive experience. Elves guide families through the next four rooms, where they design their own sleigh, go on a ride complete with pulsing seats and fans, compete in a virtual snowball fight, and meet Santa Claus. This event will be open to the public until Christmas Eve. This is a popular attraction at the mall, so be sure to book your reservation in advance by clicking here!

Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling Exhibit

The wrestlers. Their extravagant costumes. Overly exuberant fans yelling for their favorites. The referee who wasn't entirely necessary. The old-time arenas that smelled of sweat. Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling showcases more than 30 photos taken by Cirrus Bonneau, who spent Monday nights in 1982 and 1983 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth documenting the interplay between the costumed stars and their captivated audiences. The exhibit is free to the public and runs through Jan. 16 at the UT Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. Call UTA Libraries Special Collections at 817-272-3393 for more information.

City officials and members of the community gathered today, December 17, 2015, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Martha Walker Park Development, another example of a dream project getting done in Arlington.

Martha Walker Park is a 13-acre, heavily wooded site, located in southwest Arlington. It is surrounded by single family housing and is divided into two sections, a native stand of oak trees and a large open space.

On November 10, 2015, City Council approved a construction agreement with North Rock Construction LLC of Denton, Texas for Martha Walker Park Development in the amount of $648,820.

The park is named after Martha Walker, an instrumental part of the city' success and the first female elected to the Arlington City Council, serving from 1972 to 1982. Walker helped found the Fielder Museum, helped plan the Fourth of July celebration in 1974 to 1976, and volunteered in various church, school, and Chamber of Commerce activities.

Since 1987 the city has owned the land that is to become Martha Walker Park," said Parks and Recreation Director Lemuel Randolph. "It is a privilege to finally provide this needed amenity to the Southwest Arlington community and do so by honoring an Arlington pioneer, Ms. Martha Walker, Arlington' first female councilmember."

The scope of this park development includes construction of a new parking lot with lighting and automated access gate, looped concrete trail, playground with swings for two age groups (2-5 years old and 5-12 years old), fitness equipment, landscaping, benches, picnic tables and park monument sign.

Arlington Parks and Recreation Project Manager and Landscape Architect Mitali Mandlekar says the proposed development will also include a drinking fountain, beautiful open areas and wildflower areas.

This project is part of the Arlington City Council' priority to Champion Great Neighborhoods.

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