Santa's Arrival at the Fort Worth Stockyards


November 26, 2021
11:00 AM until 06:00 PM


Fort Worth Stockyards View map
131 E. Exchange Ave.,
Fort Worth, TX, 76164

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The holiday festivities kick off when Cowboy Santa makes his grand arrival to the Stockyards on Friday, November 26. Guests can welcome him in his stagecoach following the 11:30am cattle drive. Activities to follow his entrance include photos by appointment, Cowboy poetry, storytime with Mrs. Claus, and strolling holiday entertainment.

The day concludes with the Stockyards' holiday light spectacular with a festive tree lighting outside the Exchange Building and at Hotel Drover at 6pm. Guests can see the Stockyards, Mule Alley, and Hotel Drover adorned with Christmas lights as they welcome Santa and the district-wide celebrations commence.

Guests can journey through a district-wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree will be lit, light poles will be wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Enjoy quintessential Texas-themed lights with two boot sculptures up the steps of the Exchange Building, a horseshoe outside of American Paint Horse Association, and a 6-foot large wreath outside Shake Shack on Mule Alley.

Photos with Cowboy Santa: Every Wednesday – Sunday from November 26–December 23 from noon–6pm (including Monday, 12/20 & Tuesday, 12/21), located at Mule Alley (next to Avoca Coffee Roaster off E. Exchange Ave).

Mrs. Claus Story Time: November 26–28 and December 4–5, 11–12 and 18–24 at12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, located in Santa’s Christmas Cabin at Mule Alley.