Arlington Weekend Buzz: December 4-6, 2015
By Ryan Hunt
Posted on December 03, 2015, December 03, 2015

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Arlington Holiday Lights Parade

Arlington's annual holiday parade will be Saturday, December 5 in the Downtown/University District. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with live entertainment, food, and vendors. The parade will start at the intersection of Main St. and Center St. at 6 p.m. and end at the intersection of Abram St. and S East St. at 7 p.m. At the conclusion of the parade, Mayor Jeff Williams and Santa Claus will flip the switch, lighting the 50 foot blue spruce tree. Pictures with Santa at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza will conclude the event. For more information about the event or becoming a sponsor, volunteer, or to submit a parade entry, click here.

Mayor's Holiday Party for Children

Celebrate the holiday season with stories, music, and fun at the Mayor's Holiday Party for Children this Saturday, December 5 at the Southwest Branch Library! Arlington Public Library will kick off the holiday season with songs and fun performed by Theatre Arlington's SRO (Standing Room Only) Youth Touring Company. There will also be interactive stories by library staff, and a special story-time led by Mayor Jeff Williams. This event runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday and has become a holiday tradition for many families in The American Dream City. Admission is free.

Olde Town Christmas Craft Fair

On Friday, December 4th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, Arlington Parks and Recreation hosts its annual Olde Town Christmas Craft Fair. The smells of homemade goodies will fill the air, music of the season will surround you, and the newest ideas in holiday craft decor and gifts can be seen and purchased at this fun-filled family event. Admission is free and concessions will be available all day. Interested in becoming a vendor for this event? Prices range from $45-$65. Vendors may reserve space by calling 817-277-5001. If you can't make it out Friday, there will be a second day of the Olde Town Christmas Fair on Saturday December 5th!

Arlington Animal Services Home 4 the Holidays

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Arlington Animal Services" dream is to help adoptable cats and dogs find a "Home 4 the Holidays" during this annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature:

  • Pictures with your child or pet with Santa from 12 p.m. 4 p.m.
  • Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) low cost vaccinations from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • A garage sale from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.
  • An angel tree to help shelter pets
  • Half price pet adoptions. ($50 adoptable dogs/ $45 adoptable cats)

Texas Christkindl Market

The Texas Christkindl Market is one of the largest open-air markets in the Southwest. Inspired by Arlington's 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's website or check out the City's article to see what's in store for residents at this year's 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's White Christmas

Theatre Arlington is putting on their own rendition of the 1954 Paramount Pictures film, Irving Berlin's 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.

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