If you're planning to be in Dallas in December, then don't miss Christmas at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. This is the perfect place to experience a true Texan Christmas celebration, complete with a cowboy Santa!
Other activities at this fun annual festival include the lighting of the cowboy Christmas tree; an exciting holiday parade, complete with cowboys and cowgirls on horses; and caroling. The little ones will love the fun pony rides, the petting zoo, chicken roping and the Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp.
Christmas at the Fort Worth Stockyards — Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Stockyards Station
While you're down there, check out some of the regular happenings and attractions that occur throughout the year. Test your navigation skills and compete against family or friends going through the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Watch an authentic cattle drive in person: they take place every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m, and they are free to watch.
Take your favorite history buff to the Stockyards Museum in the Livestock Exchange Building, which has been there since 1902, or visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Barn A (previously the horse and mule barns). This unique attraction pays tribute to more than 70 cowboys and cowgirls who've made their mark in the rodeo and cutting sports.
And if you want to see a live rodeo, you're in luck! The Cowtown Coliseum hosts regular events and rodeo shows throughout the year.
If you love shopping, you'll have a ton of Texan boutiques and shops to peruse. The Stockyards area has everything from stores that sell nothing but beef jerky to cute shops that sell Texas bar ware, t-shirts, cookbooks and other souvenirs.
If you want to pick up a true cowboy hat or boots while you're around, then head on over to M.L. Leddy's Boots & Saddlery on Main Street. This is where true Texans and cowboys get their gear!
After you've worked up a Texas-sized appetite at the Christmas festival, cool your heels at one of many watering holes, like the Love Shack. Or have a cold one at Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honky tonk. This one-of-a-kind spot also has a mini rodeo on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Then dine on a mouthwatering steak at Cattleman's Fort Worth Steakhouse, H3 Ranch or Riscky's Steakhouse.
Admission to this festive annual event is free. It's scheduled this year for Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can park onsite at one of many parking lots, which typically charge around $5 a car.