Football and Picasso. Holiday lights and holiday ice. All this and more is heading your agenda for fun, Weekend Warriors, so let’s get it at and see what Arlington’s got in store for you this pre-holiday weekend:

UIL State Football Championships

The state’s best high school football player will get their taste of the big leagues as they play their top competitors at AT&T Stadium this weekend. Come support your favorite high school teams and even your alma mater! Get tickets here, or read our blog for fun stuff to do while in town for the games!

The Dallas Cowboys vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The playoff-bound Cowboys host Tampa Bay at AT&T Stadium as the regular NFL season charges toward an exciting conclusion. Date and time: Sunday at noon. Get tickets. Find a nearby sports bar.  

Women’s College Basketball

Come cheer on the UT Arlington Mavericks as they take on Texas A&M Commerce at beautiful College Park Center in Downtown Arlington. The first 250 kids to arrive will win a free UTA-themed holiday stocking! Date and time: Sunday at 5 p.m. Get tickets.

Interlochen Holiday Lights [FREE]

One of the most popular holiday destinations in the Dallas-Fort Worth region opens this weekend! Pack a thermos, set your car radio to your favorite holiday station, and drive through a dazzling neighborhood light display that’s been going 41 years with no sign of stopping yet. Dates and times: Daily, 7-11 p.m. Get tips to help you plan your visit.

Six Flags Holiday in The Park

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas, recently transformed into a wonderland that’s full of fun, thrills, and live entertainment for the entire family. Dates and times: Friday from 5-10 pm, Saturday from noon-10 p.m., Sunday from 4-10 p.m.  Get tickets. Find things to do at this year’s Holiday In The Park. 

Searching for Santa at Globe Life Park

Check out Santa’s favorite spots at the home of the Texas Rangers in a holiday-themed, kid-friendly behind-the-scenes tour of one of the world’s premiere sporting venues. Beside the tour, activities include story time and an interactive playroom—and if you come on Saturday, you’ll get to witness the arrival of the Big Man himself and grab a few Santa photos. Dates and time: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m., with tours departing every hour on the hour. Find out more.

Breakfast with Santa at Alley Cats Entertainment Center

Get a personalized photo with Santa and enjoy breakfast and games galore at one of the most fun-filled destinations in Arlington. Note: Alley Cats is asking all Breakfast with Santa guests to please bring non-perishable food items for donation to a local food bank that helps families in need. Date and time: Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. Find out more.

“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre Arlington

This heartwarming adaptation of the Dickens classic is the perfect addition to your Christmas holiday. Dates and times: Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Texas Christkindl Market [FREE]

The sights and sounds of the Christmas season take on distinctive German flavor at the Texas Christkindl Market, one of the most unique holiday destinations in the area. Drop by to shop for out-of-the-ordinary gift items, take in a marionette show, nosh on some hot strudel or sip a glass of gluhwein (hot spiced wine). Dates and times: Friday from 5-8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Get tickets or find out more about the Arctic Blast Tubing Run and other special events at this year’s market.

Adventure to Santa at The Parks Mall at Arlington

The only Adventure to Santa exhibit in Texas, featuring DreamWorks' Kung Fu Panda, just so happens to be taking place right here in Arlington at the Parks Mall. Join Po and Friends for interactive games and an immersive, cinematic journey that transports you to the North Pole for a private meeting with Santa that won’t soon be forgotten. Dates and times: Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sundays from  noon-6 p.m. Get

Pablo Picasso: Ceramics at the Arlington Museum of Art [Under $10 per person]

Although most people only know him for his paintings, the legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso actually spent 25 years near the end of his life developing stunning ceramic pieces that speak to his imagination, wit, and quest for new and innovative ways to weave beauty and utility into a harmonious fabric. Through Feb. 12, you can get a rare up close and personal view of these fascinating works at the Arlington Museum of Art in Downtown Arlington—so don’t miss out! Dates and times: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Find out more.

ICE At The Parks

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a turn or two around the ice rink—especially when you can shop or dine at more than 100 nearby stores and restaurants afterwards, or catch a holiday blockbuster at a world class movie theatre? Get tickets or find out more.

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