Holiday Events

ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23  
*Closed November 19 for the Downtown City Lights Parade.  

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City Lights Downtown Parade

Price: FREE

Enjoy the twinkling lights of the downtown skyline while you stroll along and shop with downtown merchants. A lighted parade, music, children's activities, food booths and of course, Santa Claus, make this a night for the entire family. Watch in amazement as the City Lights Parade fills the downtown streets with floats, bands, clowns, and memories to last all year long!  

Parade starts at 7:00pm

 

 

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MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights

Price: FREE

The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is one of the largest holiday displays of its kind and a much beloved tradition in Wichita Falls.  34 lighted animated displays adorn the front lawn of Midwestern State University along with over 20,000 christmas lights outlining the campus buildings.  Over 20,000 people visit the Fantasy of Lights display annually and young and old alike marvel in the magic of this time-honored display.  

Hours:  Sunday-Thursday dusk until 10:00pm and Friday-Saturday dusk until 11:00pm.  

*Fantasy of Lights is a non-profit organization that relies solely on dontations and volunteers.  We encourage visitors to make a donation in order to keep this holiday tradition alive for years to come.  

 

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Fantasy of Lights Opening Ceremony

Price: Free to the public

The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opening ceremony will be on the front lawn of the Hardin Adminstration Building to kick off this much beloved Christmas tradition!

 

 

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Fantasy of Lights Basketball Tournament

Price: Day Pass $8.00, Tournament Pass $15.00

Celebrating 36 years in 2016 as the largest high school co-op basketball tournament in the U.S.!  Games are played at D.L. Ligon Coliseum on the campus of Midwestern State University as well as other gyms around the area. 

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ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23   
*closed November 19 for Downtown City Lights Parade

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ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23    
*closed November 19 for Downtown City Lights Parade

   

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Christmas in the Park & Candy Cane Scramble

Price: FREE

The City of Wichita Falls Parks & Recreation Department's Great Candy Cane Scramble is open to children ages 2 years old to 2nd grade.  Over 10,000 candy canes will be scattered over Scotland Park!  Santa Claus will arrive at 12:50pm sharp so don't miss his fantastic arrival!  The Candy Cane Scramble starts at 1:00pm.  Also enjoy fun activities for the whole family including free carnival games, arts & crafts and train rides!

Rain Date: Saturday, Dec. 10th at 2:00 p.m. for Candy Cane Scramble only. Check our Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation facebook page and the local news stations for weather cancellations.

Christmas Tour of Homes

Price: $20.00 per person

The Woman's Forum invites you to a special event where holiday joy inhabits every dwelling.  It's the 37th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes, a holiday tour of uniquely decorated private homes in the Wichita Falls area.  A complete list of the homes will be available soon.  

This year's tour will be Tuesday, December 6 from 11:00am-8:00pm.  

Tickets are $20 per person.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at United Market Street, Harvest Drug & Gift, and The Kemp at the Forum.  Tickets will also be available at each tour house the day of the event.

 

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ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23   
*closed November 19 for Downtown City Lights Parade

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City Lights Trolley Tours

Price: $5.00 per person, $2.00 Kids 5 and under

Hop aboard a vintage trolley and enjoy a visit with Santa!  The trip will start off with hot chocolate and cookies with Santa upstairs above the Public Library (The Recreation Center) in Room 202 and will end back at the same location after a ride through the Fantasy of Lights Display and a tour of the beautiful homes in the Country Club neighborhood. 

Tours will leave every hour beginning at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm.

Call 940.761.7490 for reservations.  

ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23    
*closed November 19 for Downtown City Lights Parade

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ElectriCritters

Price: $4.00 Advance/$5.00 at Gate, Kids 1 & Under FREE

Reindeer galloping, woodpeckers pecking, and frogs wearing holiday hats, this is no ordinary walk down a nature trail.  This is ElectriCritters, the 14th annual lighted display at River Bend Nature Center. With the flip of a switch, more than 60,000 lights on more than 150 silhouettes will glitter along the nature trail, bringing the sights and sounds of the season to adults and children. After walking the trail, come in from the cold to the Candy Cane Café 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 the major fundraiser of River Bend Nature Center and the proceeds help fund the education programs enjoyed by over 35,000 children and adults of our community each year.

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30pm-8:30pm  November 18-December 23 
*closed November 19 for Downtown City Lights Parade

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