Immerse yourself in a world of lights at the Botanic Garden. | Photo provided by Lightscape
Get ready for an immersive holiday experience at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden starting tomorrow and running through Monday, Jan. 1. Lightscape will illuminate the garden with a 1.2-mile-long path featuring millions of lights and new installations.
New this year
The after-dark spectacular celebrates the beauty of nature during winter with family-friendly exhibits on an enchanting trail. Over 80% of the display will be updated this year with 15 all-new installations including:
Christmas Village | Fire pits, s’more-roasting, hot cocoa, music, and photos with Santa (on select dates)
Star Walk | A glowing canopy of suspended twinkling stars
Santa’s Grove | “12 days of Cactus Christmas” with illuminated cacti and a snow globe
Sea of Light + Star Tree | 2,000 color-changing lights leading to a 40-ft illuminated Christmas tree
Heart Arches | Six heart-shaped arches
Candy Lane | A “Candyland-inspired” path that winds through larger-than-life sweets
Guests will find 10 larger-than-life installations including 2,000 illuminated bluebonnets, an 18-ft tall cathedral-like tunnel, and garden of fire-like lights.
Admission is set in brackets, based on date. Check out $50 All-Access tickets to arrive at any time. Members get $8 off all pricing.
Off-peak pricing: $23 for adults, $15 for kids
Regular pricing: $28 for adults, $18 for kids
Peak pricing: $30 for adults, $20 for kids
Value nights: $18 for adults, $12 for kids
The average tour time from start to finish is 1.5 hours — entry times are available every 15 minutes between 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Seasonal treats are available for purchase.
Parking is available on-site for $20 or at Yellow Dickies Arena lots for $15.
Barbie vs. Ken Silent Disco | Thursday, Nov. 16 | 6:30-11:30 p.m. | Rooftop Cinema Club, 235 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth | $30-$45 | Break out your hot pink go-go boots for a dueling dance off — ages 18+.
Friday, Nov. 17
Art Warehouse Vault Sale | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | Times vary | Gallery 440, 440 S. Main St., Fort Worth | Cost of purchase | Shop 500 fine art pieces from local and national artists.
Gary Allan | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 10 p.m.-12 a.m. | Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth | $25-$85 | Catch the “Her Man” singer perform at the world’s largest honky-tonk.
Saturday, Nov. 18
TCU Football | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2:30 p.m. | Amon G. Carter Stadium, 2850 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth | $23-$513 | The Horned Frogs will face off against the Baylor Bears in the Bluebonnet Battle.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Fiesta Del Toro | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 1:30 p.m. | Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth | $12-$40 | Take in the pulse-pounding thrill of freestyle bullfighting blended with vibrant Hispanic entertainment.
Sunset Yoga | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Bowman Springs Park, 7003 W. Poly Webb Rd., Arlington | Donation-based | Unwind with an all-level yoga class on the banks of Lake Arlington.
A new fast-casual Mexican restaurant called Buena Vida is headed to the SoMa District this month. From OTC Concepts — the owner of Pour Decisions — the restaurant at 314 S. Main St. will feature specialty tacos and street food. (CultureMap Fort Worth)
Cook Children’s and JPS Health Network broke ground on the Las Vegas Trail Neighborhood Health Center earlier this week at 2800 Cherry Ln. The 40,000-sqft health center is set to open in 2025 with pediatric and adult medical, behavioral health, and social services.
The TCU board of trustees announced a tuition increase for the 2024-2025 academic year. Undergraduate tuition will go up 7.9% and there will be an additional $250 fee per credit hour for classes in the Neeley School of Business. Need-based financial aid will increase by the same margin.
The TCU board of trustees also approved a research annex and renovations for the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, set to be complete before the fall semester of 2024. The facilities will be used for the new kinesiology and occupational therapy programs announced earlier this spring. (TCU 360)
Speaking of traffic — City Council commissioned AECOM to create the Fort Worth Master Transportation Plan for $2.2 million earlier this week. The plan will address growth, congestion, connectivity, and safety + is expected to be complete by the fall of 2025.
Workwear brand Carhartt opened its second Texas location this week at 2217 North Tarrant Pkwy. The 4,300-sqft store in Presidio Town Crossing sells clothing for men, women, and children, as well as footwear. It’s open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday + 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sundays.
Arts Fort Worth will continue to run public arts programs after City Council approved a $1.78 million contract earlier this week. The organization also manages the city’s arts grants program and operates the Community Arts Center at 1300 Gendy St.
Sign up for Thanksgiving Break Camp at community centers across the city. Kids ages 5-13 are invited for recreational and education activities from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20-Wednesday, Nov. 22. Pre-registration is $15 per day + same-day registration is $20 per day.
Fort Worth-based aerospace and defense manufacturer Bell is offering voluntary separation bonuses in advance of its Army contract. The separation program is available to management and non-management positions, but not to engineers or pilots. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The Eastside YMCA originally opened in 1968. | Renderings courtesy of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is inviting you to celebrate the past, present, and future of the Eastside YMCA.
On Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Y will present the new Eastside YMCA Community Impact Center at 1500 Sandy Ln. Check out a timeline of the center, meet YMCA representatives and mascots, and see renderings of the future project.
The facility has been closed for renovations since 2020, but thanks to federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, the $16 million, three-part transformation is underway. The project was partially funded by Community Project Funding in March.
Phase 1 is set to be completed in the fall of 2024 with other expansions planned for the future.
Phase 1 | Renovation of building and outdoor spaces including the pool + creation of transition spaces
Phase 2 | A full-sized gymnasium, outdoor sports field, and court
Phase 3 | Childcare center to provide a safe and nurturing environment
Who doesn’t enjoy a little recreational Zillow scroll? I know I do. This week, I’m imagining an alternative reality where I have an extra $5.5 million lying around so I can buy the newly listed Parsons Castle on Lake Whitney.
With just a quick 75-minute drive from downtown, y’all can take turns visiting me in my new 10-bedroom mansion. We’ll have a party in the ballroom and drinks on the terrace.