Fort Worth offers seniors an abundance of holiday treats.
The holidays can be a joyful time for you and the seniors in your life, especially if you plan outings that bring the family closer together. They need to be fun, easily accessible and not too strenuous. In Fort Worth and nearby cities, the season offers bountiful ideas, from magnificent Christmas lights to musical memories. Here are just some of the activities available in December that seniors will love.
Merry X-mas, y’all.
Christmas in the Stockyards blends carolers, holiday spirit, lighted Christmas trees and many other traditions. http://www.stockyardsstation.com/event/detail.php?id=28&date=1387051200
The shops of Sundance Square are now festively decorated, with the 50-foot tall lighted tree as the area’s centerpiece. You can drive or walk around the square.
Grapevine, which calls itself the Christmas Capital of Texas, is gifting the area with events through December 22 that will delight seniors, including Christmas on Main with its Victorian-style buildings and such highlights as glass-blowing at the Vetro Glassblowing Studio, Christmas lights at the historic town square gazebo and Santa on stilts. The Grapevine Opry stages special holiday shows, The Palace Theatre presents classic holiday movies and The Texas Tenors take the stage on Dec. 18-22.
Active seniors won’t want to miss Christmas at the sumptuously decorated Gaylord Texan Resort, where the popular Ice! Attraction features scenes from The Nutcracker carved expertly out of 2 million pounds of ice.
Lights, Lights everywhere.
Take a ride to a Christmas wonderland of over 200 decorated homes on the Holiday Lights Tour, presented by The T (December 14-15 at 6:30 p.m.; festivities start at 5:30 p.m.). Board at the Stockyards Station. Price of $5 includes refreshments, activities for grandkids, music and more. For more information, go to http://www.the-t.com/Holiday.aspx. The TRE offers a Winter Whistler Express every Saturday through December 21. Riders can expect carolers, visits from Santa and more. To learn when Santa will be onboard, visit http://www.trinityrailwayexpress.org/winterwhistler.html
Here’s another lights spectacle that’s just the right speed for seniors. “The Gift of Lights” is presented from 6-10 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on weeknights) nightly through January 5 at Texas Motor Speedway. More than 2 million lights comprise the spectacular displays in this glorious drive-through extravaganza. Tickets start at $13. Visit http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/ for details; the event is held weather permitting.
If you’d like to drive to the Lights at Interlochen in Arlington, an exceptional light display awaits. Drive through this renowned annual neighborhood attraction, but remember that it is very popular and there may be gridlock.
Musical treats will make a senior smile!
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker AND The Nutty Nutcracker. Few holiday traditions are more appealing to all ages, and The Texas Ballet Theater does not disappoint in its beautiful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, with performances through December 27. But on one special evening (December 20), The Nutty Nutcracker—a satirical collaboration between dancers and other artists—will highlight the year’s news and pop culture in a lively comedy presentation. For more information, visit http://tickets.texasballettheater.org/single/psDetail.aspx?psn=30245
Lusatia will present “A World of Holiday Music” on December 14 (11 a.m. to 12 noon) at the Benbrook Public Library. The unique flute choir, featuring all types and sizes of flutes, will perform Christmas music from many countries. http://www.benbrooklibrary.org/ai1ec_event/flutasia/
The 5th annual Merry Little Christmas Show with Ricki Derek will be presented on December 13 at 8 p.m. at the Scat Jazz Lounge in downtown Fort Worth. It’s the perfect evening for seniors, with its full big band and great songs that bring back fond memories. http://rickiderek.com/christmas/
Other holiday suggestions for seniors.
The Littlest Wise Man, presented by the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, through December 15 at the Scott Theatre. http://www.thelittlestwiseman.org/performances.swf
Cattle Baron Holiday: A Fashionable Past, through December 19. Tour the Thistle Hill mansion, all decked out for Christmas with grand staircases and fireplaces. http://www.fortworth.com/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=11197
Watch the ice skaters at the new Panther Island Ice, the first seasonal outdoor rink in Fort Worth. http://www.trinityrivervision.org/pantherislandice
Homecare Assistance of Fort Worth can help you plan some great holiday activities for your senior, or accompany them to events if you are not able to do so. We can also assist with cooking, shopping for gifts and other tasks that make the holidays special, happier and more effortless for them.
For more information, contact us at www.homecareassistancefortworth.com