Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-463-4160, fwbg.org/lightscape
The spectacle that has wowed crowds on both coasts makes its Texas debut this month at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. It includes a mile-long illuminated walking trail and displays that come to life after dark with color, sound and imagination. Expect tunnels of light, undulating waves of bluebonnets, singing trees and sky-high sculptures. Nov. 18-Jan. 8
Parade of Lights
Downtown Fort Worth fortworthparadeoflights.org
Hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights festoon floats, vintage cars, horse-drawn carriages, marching bands and carolers on a 1.5-mile route beginning at Weatherford and Throckmorton streets. And, yes, Virginia, Santa and Mrs. Claus promise to wrap up the evening’s revelry. Free, but reserve “Street Seats” online to ensure a good viewing spot on the route. Arrive early to allow time for traffic and parking. Nov. 20
Panther Island Ice won’t return this year, but you can still strap on your skates thanks to a new setup in the Stockyards.
Stockyards Rodeo Rink
Along with Cowboy Santa, live music and other festivities on the Northside, look for a new 4,000-square-foot professional rink in front of the Livestock Exchange Building. Find ticket and rental info on the website. Nov. 25-Feb. 5; 131 E. Exchange Ave., fortworthstockyards.com