Fun Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth this Weekend

Get into the holiday spirit—or avoid it all together.

Young Girl Under Lights at Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Fort Worth Botanic Garden

With Thanksgiving next week, the last thing we want to see this weekend is anything turkey-and-dressing related. Even cosmos are a little too much cranberry for us right now. That’s because we want eating all our traditional family favorites to be a novel experience—as unique as an experience can be that happens every year. Luckily, there’s plenty going on this weekend that’ll distract us from the feast that awaits next Thursday. Among them, a holiday market to get a jump on shopping at Fair Park, an elaborate light display in Fort Worth, a Winter Wine-derland in Addison, and a much-needed fitness race at the Hilton Anatole to help burn some extra calories ahead of Turkey Day. So, line up for the buffet of entertaining delights and sample from one of eight fun things to do around DFW this weekend.

Friday, November 18 - Sunday, November 20
Fort Worth
An elaborately illuminated walking trail with music over 120 acres, Lightscape makes its North Texas debut at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden this weekend. Don’t worry if you miss out before the end of the year. This festive display runs through January 8.
Cost: Tickets are $23 - $60 per adult.

Friday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19
Fair Park
The Chi Omega Christmas Market 2022 benefits 12 different organizations, as well as you—because you can find gifts for everyone on your holiday list and be done with it. The goal is to exceed last year’s $501,312 in money raised.
Cost: Tickets are $20.

Entertainers at Villa Azur's White Party
Villa Azur | Villa Azur

Friday, November 18
Victory Park
W Hotel-Victory’s house restaurant, Villa Azur, turns a year old and to celebrate its having a White Party. Make a reservation for dinner, dress the part, and enjoy an indulgent experience from chefs Yia Medina and Carlos Torees while enjoying performances from live saxophonist Davi Sax and music by DJ Stephan, in town from Villa Azur Miami.
Cost: The event is free to attend, but reservations are required to dine. Food and beverage at standard menu prices.

Saturday, November 19
Hilton Anatole
HYROX, also known as the World Series of Fitness Racing, is an “all body” inclusive fitness experience with four levels, from beginner to pro. It starts with a 1K run, followed by a single functional movement routine repeated eight times indoors. The event returns to Dallas in March 2023 if you can’t make this one.
Cost: Tickets are $10 for spectators and $120 - $195 for participants.

Saturday, November 19
The final Addison After Dark of the season brings a Holiday Cheer theme, along with free wine tastings in the Winter Wine-derland, a holiday marketplace, two live musical performances, and free In-N-Out burgers to the first 1,000 guests.
Cost: The event is free to attend.

Sunday, November 20
The Lights at Legacy Pre-Party features three hours of entertainment leading up to the shopping center’s official tree lighting. During that time, speed down ice slides, play in real snow, and chat with Santa between visiting the shops and restaurants to cross off some shopping to-do’s.
Cost: The event is free to attend.

Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20
Fort Worth; Uptown
Take your pup to MUTTS Canine Cantina in Fort Worth on Saturday or in Uptown Dallas on Sunday for an adorable photo with Santa. Love and Paws Rescue will be on-site for adoptions during the event and for every dog adopted, they’ll get a free one-year membership to the MUTTS dog park.
Cost: The event is free to members of MUTTS parks. Guests and their dogs can access the event with a $7 day pass.

Women Eating at Electric Shuffle's Brunch
Electric Shuffle | Electric Shuffle

Saturday, November 19
Deep Ellum
Electric Shuffle celebrates its first year in Deep Ellum with drink specials, live DJs, and plenty of giveaways, including a $1000 bar tab gift card. Sip on $10 Espresso Martinis and Spicy Lucy cocktails while competing with your friends in a variety of high-tech shuffleboard games.
Cost: Brunch is $50 per person for four to 24 people and includes a bottle of prosecco per person, brunch food, and 90 minutes of shuffleboard play.

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Steven Lindsey is a contributor for Thrillist.