Weekend Buzz: December 15 – 17, 2023
By Office of Communication
Posted on December 14, 2023, December 14, 2023

Here are a few ways you can enjoy your weekend in The American Dream City. 

UIL State Football Championships

The 2023 UIL Football State Championships will take place Wednesday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 16 at AT&T Stadium. Tickets are on sale now at SeatGeek.com.

Lights at Interlochen 2023

The Lights at Interlochen, one of the largest and longest running holiday traditions in North Texas, is back for the 2023 season! Each year, more than 200 homeowners in this northwest Arlington neighborhood celebrate the season by decorating their homes with festive lights and holiday-themed displays. Admission is free. The public is invited to drive through the neighborhood from 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. each night, December 15, 2023 – December 25, 2023. Click here to learn more. 

A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show at Theatre Arlington

It’s the last weekend to catch A Christmas Carol: The Radio Show at Theatre Arlington. It’s Christmas Eve, and with the actors snowed in and unable to make it to the studios of WXMS for the live radio performance of A Christmas Carol, the sound effects person decides to take the audience through the classic tale himself. In an impressive and amusing feat, this telling is performed as a 1940s radio play with one person providing all of the characters’ voices and sound effects. This rollicking, creative adaptation of Dickens’ classic work is sure to warm the hearts of even the chilliest audience members. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, and then 2 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets on-site or at Theatre Arlington’s website

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas

Celebrate the magic of the season during Holiday in the Park where Six Flags Over Texas will transform into a festive wonderland complete with millions of lights, scrumptious holiday treats, and classic live entertainment! Click here for more information. It runs through New Years’ Day.

José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico

Experience the artistry of José Guadalupe Posada, a visionary illustrator whose legacy is perhaps the most influential of all Mexican artists but whose name was almost lost to history. The exhibition runs until Sunday, January 7, 2024, at the Arlington Museum of Art. To get pricing and tickets, click here

Forever Forest Visiting Exhibit 

 Forever Forest by Omaha Children’s Museum, is an immersive exhibit that teaches families how their everyday lives are connected to forests through the ways they live, work, and play. Families will enjoy hands-on activities focused on forest life and sustainable harvesting. Visit the River Legacy Nature Center to explore the forest like never before. Climb, crawl and slide on treetops, become a conductor for a day and work a kid-sized replica of a Union Pacific engine, or work together to build a house as you learn about the many things wood is used for! The exhibit runs through Saturday, Feb. 10, 2023.

Texas Christkindl Market

In its 13th year, the Texas Christkindl Market, presented by Reliable Commercial Construction, is a free, family friendly market in Arlington featuring a unique shopping experience for holiday gifts, decorations, and one-of-a-kind finds. This year's event is scheduled from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23, 2023, at the North Plaza at Globe Life Field. Click here to learn more. 

Visit The Parks Mall at Arlington for Pictures 

What's that sound? Santa's in town. Don’t miss out on taking pics with St. Nick at The Parks Mall at Arlington daily through Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023. Reserve your time by clicking here

Cricut for Beginners

Join the Arlington Public Library as you design and cut using the Cricut Design Space Software 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s Tinker Room. This class is limited to the first 8 in attendance and is appropriate for ages 13+.

Candyland: Winter Wonderland 

Follow the rainbow path through a magical land of sweet surprises as the Southeast Branch Library is transformed into a giant game of Candyland 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2023. This is an after-hours program for teens in 7th - 12th grade.  

Shows at Arlington Music Hall

The Arlington Music Hall has shows you can enjoy this weekend. You can experience Tin Top- Season 1 Premiere 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, The Texas Tenors’ Deep in the Heart of Christmas 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, and A CandiLand Christmas 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. Click on the event for ticket information.  

Kringle Village hosted by Dance Theatre of Arlington

All the way from the North Pole. Singing elves, dancing reindeer and Santa himself invite you to Kringle Village at Knapp Heritage Park for food, fun and family friendly festivities. There will be games, prizes, food, drinks and live entertainment. It takes place Dec. 16 & 17 from 1-5 p.m. You can shop the holiday market for secret Santa surprises, stocking stuffers or a little something special just for you. Make a meal of tasty hot tamales on site or pickup frozen tamales to go for your family's holiday feast. Adult day passes are just $10 each, and kids 12 and under get in for free.

Discovery Day Trip - Ice Skating at the Park

Discover DFW creating memories that you will never forget! Enjoy popular events around the metroplex and gain some new friends at our themed weekend day trips. Join the Arlington Parks and Recreation’s team as they visit the ice-skating rink for some winter themed fun! It takes place 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. Click here to register!

Jingle Bell Rock Boot Camp

 It's time to sweat it out with Coach Darcia! Join the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department at Cliff Nelson 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, for this fun and upbeat holiday-themed boot camp in our Multipurpose Room. Click here to register!

Cookies with the Clauses

Everyone is welcome to come decorate cookies, play festive games, and make some holiday crafts with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at East Library and Recreation Center 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. Don't forget your camera for pictures with the Claus family! Families are welcome. Click here to register!

Time Capsule for Teens

Celebrate the Arlington Public Library's Centennial by making your very own time capsule 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library’s Innovate Room. Bring some personal mementos of your life as it is right now. They will provide the storage and materials to decorate your time capsule, and you can fill it. The time capsules we are making are meant to be open in five years. They are intended to be stored indoors. This program is intended for students ages 13 - 18. It will be limited to the first ten participants who arrive.

Pet Adoptions

Join Arlington Animal Services mobile adoption truck will be in front of DICK'S Sporting Goods with furry friends to meet 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023. Stop by to visit with an adoptable pet to get some pet therapy and possibly a forever friend. Cannot make it to the event? See adoptable pets by clicking here - or meet them in-person at Arlington Animal Services at 1000 SE Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76018, open until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Spice Club: Coffee

Learn about Coffee 12-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, at the Southeast Branch Library. Learn different ways to spice things up in your kitchen. At Spice Club, you will learn about a different spice every month. Attend to discover a spice and receive a take-and-make kit featuring a variety of unique spices, herbs, or blends. Check out new cookbooks and recipes or bring a favorite recipe of yours to share! 

 Each kit will include:

  •  Information about the featured spice, its history with a few facts;
  •  two simple recipe suggestions;
  • Small packet of the featured spice to try.

Spice of the month kits are free, but supplies are limited. Please, only one kit per household. No registration required.

Feral Cat Sunday 

 Arlington Animal Services is having a special Trap-Neuter-Return event for feral cats in Arlington 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2023, at the Arlington Animal Services Center. The first 20 cats to arrive between 8-9 a.m. are eligible for these free clinics. Only the first 20 Arlington feral cats will be accepted, and only one feral cat per trap. Kittens must be at least three (3) months old. Ferals must be in a trap. Learn more about the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program at https://www.arlingtontx.gov/tnr, or call 817-575-8131.

Sunday Brunch

 Ventana Grille at the Tierra Verde Golf Club clubhouse is now serving brunch from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each Sunday. Menu items include four savory Eggs Benedict entrées, Shrimp-N-Grits, Ginger Salmon, and our favorite - Napoleon's Last Meal, a buttermilk fried chicken breast over bourbon french toast and served with maple syrup! Guests can also order off of our à la carte menu, making the Sunday Brunch a great option for families, picky eaters or those with smaller appetites. Reservations Welcomed: 817-548-5047.  

Little girl sitting on Santa Claus' lap indoors

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