Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which usually means plenty of food, fun and family. But if you start to get a little stir crazy, not to worry! There are plenty of activities happening that weekend in Wichita Falls!! Here’s a look at the top events we recommend, whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or a night out for Friendsgiving!
ELECTRICRITTERS AT RIVER BEND NATURE CENTER
November 25 & 26
Price: $4 per person; $5 at the door, and children ages 1 and under are admitted free!
Load up the entire family and check out Electricritters! This annual lighted Christmas display will be open Friday and Saturday for you to enjoy! Electricritters is the major fundraiser for River Bend, so grab you tickets now! Presale tickets are available.
THE MSU-BURNS FANTASY OF LIGHTS DISPLAY
NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 25
Another amazing display of Christmas Lights. On the beautiful Midwestern State University Campus, you can tour 36 scenes of lighted, animated displays! It’s a wonderful Wichita Falls holiday tradition! The Fantasy of Lights is free to the public, but donations are accepted.
THE POLAR EXPRESS 2016
NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 25
Another way to kickstart your Christmas! The Polar Express returns with guided tram tours around the Country Club neighborhood. Located right across the street from the Fantasy of Lights display, you can tackle two fun activities in one night.
THANKSGIVING NIGHT FOOD BANK FUNDRAISER
Price: Can of food or cash donation
So much of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season revolves around food. Why not help area families in need by attending the Iron Horse Pub’s special Thanksgiving Night Fundraiser for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. This would make the perfect Friendsgiving night!! Donations of canned food will get you in the door.
FANTASY OF LIGHTS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
NOVEMBER 25 – 26
Price: Day Pass $8.00, Tournament Pass $15.00
If you’ve got a family full of sports lovers, but you’ve all had your fill of football head out to the Fantasy of Lights Basketball Tournament. This High School Varsity Basketball Tournament is held every year on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.
NUNCRACKERS AT BACKDOOR THEATRE
NOVEMBER 25 & 26
Join your favorite nuns for a hilarious holiday hit: Nuncrackers! The Nunsense Christmas Musical is the first “TV Special” taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio for Cable Access. It stars the nuns you love plus Father Virgil and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students.
WICHITA FALLS WILDCATS VS ODESSA JACKALOPES
NOVEMBER 25 & 26
More sports for you to enjoy!! Pack the Kay Yeager Coliseum as the Wichita Falls Wildcats take on teh Odessa Jackalopes! Games will be on Friday and Saturday. Fresh off their record-breaking season last year, you won’t want to miss a minute of Wildcats fun!
QUEEN FOR A DAY AT IRON HORSE PUB
This Friday night show is being billed as one of the biggest concerts of the year for Iron Horse Pub! Queen for a Day, a Queen tribute band, always puts on an amazing show. If you love the music of Queen, don’t miss out on the fun. They will rock you.
KEVIN FOWLER AT DENIM AND DIAMONDS
Price: $12 online, $15 at the door
This could be the perfect way to introduce out of state family to the Lone Star State. Texas country singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler recently released his eighth studio album, Coming to a Honky Tonk Near You. The well known artist returns to Wichita Falls for what’s sure to be an exciting night.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: ART BAZAAR
Price: free to attend
Finish up (or… maybe start) your Christmas shopping at this first time event put on by the Kemp Center for the Arts. Held on Small Business Saturday, you’ll be able to browse the works of several area artists and find one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays!
This is by NO MEANS a comprehensive list of events!! Be sure to check the calendar often! New events are added daily!