Photo Credit: Dave Diamond

 

It’s that time of year again: Family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company. Children speak in excited tones of Santa and dream of what lies under the tree. The air is full of wonder, that special kind of energy that comes only once a year. It must be time for Holiday in the Falls! Grab some hot chocolate and check out our list of holiday activities, concerts, displays and much more. You’ll be sure to find that special event that will help make your holiday season bright.

Multiple Dates

ElectriCritters
River Bend Nature Center
2200 3rd St
Nov 17 – Dec 23 Fridays and Saturdays; 6:30PM to 8:30PM

With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 lighted displays will glitter and sparkle, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Butterfly Queen will make an appearance each night. After exploring the lighted grounds come on into the Candy Cane Cafe and enjoy hot chocolate and apple cider, feast on hot cookies and popcorn, and shop for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. River Bend is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
ElectriCritters is a major fundraiser for River Bend Nature Center. Proceeds help fund education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year. Presale tickets will be on sale at the River Bend Nature Gift Shop for $4 per person starting November 1st. It will be $5 at the door on the day of the event, and children ages 1 and under are admitted free!

 

Santa’s Mailbox
MSU Fantasy of Lights
3400 Taft Blvd., next to the flagpole
Nov 17 – Dec 15

Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your letter to Santa, and he will send a return letter!

 

Christmas Trains at the Museum of North Texas History
Museum of North Texas History
720 Indiana Ave

Nov 18 – Dec 31

Ron Mauch is once again building a model train display–and this one is bigger than what he has done before! This year’s Christmas Trains display features 13 trains, an amusement park, a Jurassic World, ice skaters, skiers, a monster truck rally, a football game, hot air balloons, Santa and the reindeer, and much, much more. Be sure to see the Santa Claus figures and Nutcrackers on display for the Holidays; all designed and made by Lynn Haney of Lubbock.

 

A Christmas Story: the Musical
Wichita Theater
10th and Indiana Ave
Multiple Dates; see below

One of the most popular Christmas movies of all time is now live on stage. Returning after it’s debut in 2014 to the Wichita Theatre, Ralphie and his friends will sing and dance their way into your heart in the incredible stage musical adaptation. Will Ralphie get the Red Ryder BB gun? Will his Dad get to keep the leg lamp? Will Schwartz ever get his tongue unstuck from the flagpole? Join us and find out!

Performances: Nov. 17 and 18; Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16.
Please note that Friday shows begin at 7:30PM and Saturday shows begin at 2PM and 7:30PM.
Adults: $24, Military: $21, Students and Children: $12

 

Art Express Holiday Trains
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU
#2 Eureka Circle
Nov 18 – Jan 20; 10AM – 5PM
FREE

Art Express is a holiday tradition at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU. An outstanding display of model electric trains, the Art Express from the collection of Jim Hughes will be up and running on Saturday, November 18, and will close on January 20. This year’s display of working gauge trains is in the Museum’s Art Lounge, featuring such favorites as the Thomas the Train, Harry Potter, the Circus, and the Polar Express. Children and adults delight in the detail and action of the colorful display. There is no admission fee and the trains are on view during museum’s public hours, 10AM to 5PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

 

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights
Hardin Lawn at Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Nov 20 – Dec 25; Dusk to 10PM
FREE

The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is one of the largest holiday displays of its kind. The displays are owned and operated by Midwestern State University for the benefit and enjoyment of the Wichita Falls community and surrounding area. The Fantasy of Lights is filled with individual displays that showcase characters from well-known children’s stories, fairy tales, and holiday themes.

 

The Polar Express
Hardin Lawn at Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Nov 23 – Dec 25; 6PM

Climb aboard The Polar Express and take a tour of the beautiful Country Club to see the dazzling Christmas Lights. Bring a blanket and be ready to make a memory with your loved ones while enjoying Christmas music. The Polar Express will be leaving from the MSU parking lot next to The Fantasy of Lights. (Turn into the parking lot from Hampstead.) The Polar Express will start Nov 23 and run through December 25. It will run nightly beginning at 6PM until 10PM. The cost is $5 per person and no reservations are needed.

 

PTL Carriages 8th Annual Carriage Rides
The Forum
2120 Speedway Ave
Nov 24 – Dec 24; 6:30

Enjoy a horse-drawn ride to see the dazzling Christmas lights! Rides last approximately 45 minutes and tour through the beautiful country club neighborhood, beginning and ending at the The Forum. Reservations are required, so please call 940.636.4404 to reserve your ride. Please visit ptlcarriages.com for more details.

 

35th Annual Santa House
Kell House Museum
900 Bluff St
Nov 29 – Dec 8; See below for times

Santa and Company invite you to their 35th Annual Santa House! Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a special tour through Santa’s winter wonderland. View the original Christmas play: “The Magical Rocking Horse Part III”, visit with Santa, decorate a cookie to eat with Mrs. Santa, and make a keepsake ornament to take home.

Weekdays: 9AM – 12:30PM
Friday Evenings: 6PM – 8PM
Saturday: 10AM – 3PM
Sunday: 1PM – 3PM
Tours begin every 15 minutes. Admission is $3 per person.

Reservations for large groups are required. Call the Kell House at 940.723.2712 for more information.

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
The Kemp
1300 Lamar
Dec 1 & 4; 7:30PM
Dec 3; 2:30PM

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem -and the fun- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.

Ticket prices $7.00 adults (16 and over) and $3.00 kids (under 16).

 

5th Annual City Lights Trolley Tour
The Wichita Falls Recreation Center
10th & Indiana, Room 202
Dec 7 & 14; 5:30PM

Come ride the trolley and visit with Santa! The trip will begin with hot chocolate and cookies with Santa
and will end at the same location after a trolley tour through the Fantasy of Lights/Country Club. Sign-up
with your friends and family today to choose your time slot together! Fee: $5 per person and 5 & under
are FREE!

Sign up and register at the Recreation office, 600 11th St, Room 209 or call 940-761-7490.

 

Morningside Luminaries
Morningside Neighborhood
Dec 9 – 10; 6PM to 9PM

This annual event is sponsored by the Morningside Homeowners Association. Perfect for getting into the Christmas Spirit! For three decades, residents and visitors alike have enjoyed this serene neighborhood all lit up with glowing luminaries that line the streets. Some 1,500+ candles nestled in paper bags will give this historic neighborhood an ethereal glow from dusk until the candles blow out. The lanterns will line the winding streets around the Morningside Park, Morningside Pond and on Ninth Street. Backup dates for bad weather are Dec 16th and Dec 17th.

 

Christmas in the Falls
First Baptist Church
1200 9th St
Dec 9 & 10; 7PM

Join Grammy winner Jason Crabb and his band, in concert, along with the musicians and cast of First Baptist Church Wichita Falls for CHRISTMAS IN THE FALLS! Tickets are $15 each or $12 each for groups of twelve or more people. Only children four and over are allowed admittance into the program; apologies for any inconvenience.

 

Saturday, December 2nd

Burns Fantasy of Lights 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run
Pavilion at WMFA (Sikes Lake)
Dec 2; Check-in begins at 8:30AM, run begins at 9AM

5K Run: $25 entry, $15 for students, 1 Mile Fun Run: $15 entry

$25.00 gift cards will be awarded for:
Best Holiday Themed Participant – male and female.
Worst Dressed Holiday Themed Participant – male and female.
Fastest 5K – male and female.

Additionally, please consider donating a toy or canned food item to support the efforts of the MSU Wellness Center, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU, and the University Programming Board. We are proud to join forces with them to support our community!

 

Children’s Holiday Workshop
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU
#2 Eureka Circle
Dec 2; 10AM – Noon

Bring your children to experience two hours of excitement at the holiday workshop. We will enjoy Art
Express, the model train exhibit, and design holiday crafts or a gift for someone special! For ages 6 and
up; $10 per student. Please call 940.397.8900 by Dec 1 to register.

 

Wichita Falls Ballet Theater Presents: The Nutcracker
Memorial Auditorium
1300 7th St
Dec 2; 1PM and 7PM

Join the ballet for their annual production of The Nutcracker and enjoy the splendor of this beautiful holiday tradition! Journey with Clara and The Nutcracker Prince as they travel through a magical growing Christmas tree, a dazzling snow scene, and a fantastical Land of Sweets. The elaborate sets and fanciful costumes will be sure to spark the holiday spirit in everyone!

Two performances at 1PM and 7PM.

 

Christmas in the Park
Scotland Park Elementary School Gym
1415 N. 5th Street
Dec 2; 1PM
ALL AGES • PUBLIC WELCOME • FREE EVENT

Santa will arrive at 12:50PM on the Parks and Recreation Train. Visit with Santa indoors at the Scotland Park Gym, Enjoy Parks & Recreation Train Rides, and FREE Carnival Games for the entire family.

 

Candy Cane Scramble
Scotland Park
1415 N. 5th Street
Dec 2; 2PM

Over 10,000 candy canes will be scattered over a designated area at the Scotland Park Softball Field including Prize Candy Canes!

Ages: 2 – 2nd grade ONLY!
Rain Date: Dec 9, 2PM

 

Iowa Park Fire Departments Lighted Christmas Parade
Downtown Iowa Park
300 E Cash St
Dec 2; 7PM

Iowa Park Fire Department’s Lighted Christmas Parade will be starting at Dutton’s Funeral Home travelling through Downtown Iowa Park and ending at the Library to meet Santa!!

 

Tuesday, December 5th

Christmas Tour of Homes
Multiple Addresses; see below
Dec 5; 5PM

This year marks the 38th Annual Womans Forum Christmas Tour of Homes. The Senior Junior Forum
invites you to tour 5 beautifully decorated homes handpicked for their location, eclectic decor and special
displays of holiday splendor. Tickets are available for purchase at the Forum, United Supermarket on
Jacksboro Hwy, United Market Street, and Smith’s Gardentown. Tickets will also be available at any
home on the tour the day of the event:

• Mark & Susan Kimes – 3407 Westbury Lane
• Kevin & Ashley Parsons – 2025 Avondale
• Ronald & Susan Gross – 3008 10th Street
• Dale & Nann Harvey – 2904 Harrison Blvd
• Cliff & Sarah Swanson – 2406 Buena Vista

 

Thursday, December 7th

Archer City’s Christmas on the Square
Archer County Courthouse
100 Center Street, Archer City, 76351
Dec 7; 6PM-8:30PM

Shop the street vendors, food trucks, and local stores. View the lighting of the Christmas tree on the courthouse lawn, plus the school performances, carolers, and live music at the historical Royal Theater. Don’t forget to visit with Santa and his elves! Come out and enjoy this small town hallmark event.

 

Saturday, December 9th

The Market
9th Street Studios
920 9th Street
Dec 9; 12-6PM

THE MARKET’s mission is to provide a community of local artisans who create high quality products and work to support and empower one another in business and in life. THE MARKET’s goal is to keep this market intimate and the focus on the artisans in our community. 15 local vendors will bring you a variety of handcrafted products in a one of a kind historical building in downtown Wichita Falls. This new market will allow you the chance to shop local, handcrafted products made by individuals who have had a dream and are making it a reality. THE MARKET will be a place to shop unique gifts and support your local artisans. Visit themarketwf.com for more details and vendors.

 

Santa Paws Hustle 5K Fun Run hosted by the YMCA benefiting P.E.T.S.
Lake Wichita Baseball Fields
5205 Fairway
Dec 9; 3PM

This YMCA hosted event is proudly partnering with the local P.E.T.S organization. Both Non-profit organizations will benefit from your participation and generous support and donations. The YMCA is bringing you the most fun your family can have… and even the dog will love it! Awards given to 5K runners with dogs (1st place and 2nd place), Best Dog Costumes (1st place & 2nd place), and Best Owner & Dog Costumes (1st place & 2nd place). Each dog entered gets a FREE bandana!

$25 per person (18+)
$10 per person (5-17 year olds)
$5 per pet

 

Saturday, December 16th

Clinkers Holiday Jingle n Mingle Shopping Event
Clinkers Unlimited
4216 Kemp Blvd
Dec 16; 10AM
Clinkers Unlimited is more than excited to invite you to the first Jingle n Mingle! Shop local and get your last minute Christmas shopping done! We will be hosting eight other vendors in our store for a total of ten unique shopping experiences!
This will be an ALL DAY shopping event with CRAZY discounts by each vendor. We will provide wine, for attendees 21+, and desserts for all who attend. We will also be doing a drawing for a giveaway from each vendor!
Facebook Event Page: Here!

 

Tuba Christmas
Akin Auditorium at Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd
Dec 16; 4PM
Bring your tuba or baritone and join in a for Christmas Concert like none other. All ages and skill levels welcome. Instrument decorations highly encouraged! Help us beat last year’s participation and hit our goal of 100 tubas on stage. $10 participation fee; chairs and stands will be provided. Meet at the MSU Band Hall for registration at 1PM, then rehearsal from 2 – 3PM.

Concert begins at 4PM at Akin Auditorium.

 

WFSO Presents: Christmas with the Canadian Brass
Memorial Auditorium
1300 7th St
Dec 16; 7:30PM

In its 47th season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.

 

Thursday, December 21st

Downtown Wichita Falls Candle Walk
Downtown Wichita Falls
Dec 21; 5PM

Downtown merchants, eateries, artists and entertainers are coming together for the first Downtown Candle Walk. Bring the family for a walk Downtown one magical evening in December amidst the glow of luminaries lining sidewalks, carolers on every corner and scents of peppermint and sugar cookies in the crisp air.

 

Wednesday, December 27th

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Memorial Auditorium
1300 7th Street
Dec 27; 7PM

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.