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Free Shipping Day DealsFree Shipping Day Deals Today, Dec. 18, is Free Shipping Day - a day when many online merchants offer free shipping on all or most orders. This is a great way to round out your holiday shopping list without having to brave the...

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Win A $500 Shopping Spree from AdPagesWin A $500 Shopping Spree from AdPages How does a little extra cash for the holidays sound? AdPages, the publisher of those local coupon magazines we love so much, is sponsoring a weekly giveaway in conjunction with Metroplex Piano Warehouse....

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Save on Fun Christmas Break ActivitiesSave on Fun Christmas Break Activities So, the kids are getting out of school soon for the holidays - keep them entertained with these fun activities at deep discounts: $5 for one admission to "North Pole Texas" holiday show - get a half-price...

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Free Dental Care on Christmas EveFree Dental Care on Christmas Eve If you need some dental work - but don't have the funds for it - make room on your calendar for the morning of Dec. 24. That's Care Day at Comfort Dental, an annual event that gives free dental care to...

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Tacky Sweater Special at ChipotleTacky Sweater Special at Chipotle Got some cheesy Christmas gear? Wear it on Saturday, Dec. 13. On that day, you can come into any Texas Chipotle location wearing your cheesy Christmas outfit and receive a buy-one-get-one-free special...

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Win A $500 Shopping Spree from AdPages

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, shopping

 photo VISA1214_FacebookCover_851x515_zpsd2046f1b.jpgHow does a little extra cash for the holidays sound? AdPages, the publisher of those local coupon magazines we love so much, is sponsoring a weekly giveaway in conjunction with Metroplex Piano Warehouse. You can register here for a chance to win $500 in one of their weekly prize drawings. One winner will be drawn every week until the end of 2014. You can only enter once; however, after you fill out the super-short form, you can share the contest with your friends and receive a bonus entry for every friend that enters using your link.

AdPages also has some fantastic deals going on right now to round out your holiday list, including:

$20 for two indoor surf sessions – you don’t need to be anywhere near the ocean to ride the waves at Aqua Shop in Plano; use a surfboard or a bodyboard

$39 for a one-way airport transfer to or from DFW – skip parking and leave the driving to someone else with this handy option; you’ll ride in a Lincoln Town Car. Price is normally $80.

$45 for a Blue Sky Golf Pass – this pass gets you discounts to lots of DFW-area courses, including several in Fort Worth

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by AdPages for this post. Please see the site’s disclosure policy for more information.

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Save on Fun Christmas Break Activities

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

So, the kids are getting out of school soon for the holidays – keep them entertained with these fun activities at deep discounts:

$5 for one admission to “North Pole Texas” holiday show – get a half-price child’s ticket to this fun marionette show at the Christkindl Market in Arlington; shows happen through 12/21; adult tickets can also be purchased for $7

$5.49 for one admission to Studio Movie Grill – head to Arlington and see a movie for less than the $10.50 they normally charge. Best part: You can order drinks and food while you watch! Use by Jan. 18.

$9 for an experience for two at Dublin Bottling Works - visit the birthplace of Dublin Dr Pepper and enjoy a tour of the bottling plant (though DP is no longer produced here), as well as two Frostys; note there are no tours on Mondays

$10 for 2 admissions to ICE at the Parks – go ice-skating in Arlington; includes skate rental. Use within 90 days of purchase.

$12 for a bowling experience for 2 at Cowtown Bowling Palace - in Fort Worth; includes two games per person and shoe rental for both; packages also available for parties of 4 and 6

$17 for an entertainment package for two at Mountasia – includes 18 holes of mini-golf, one go-kart race and $5 in arcade tokens. Packages also available for parties of 4 and 6. Use within 120 days of purchase.

$19 for 5 open-jump sessions at Pump It Up – this is valid at the Ridgmar location; valid during open playtime hours; pay $35 for a card good for 10 sessions

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Free Carriage Rides Around West 7th

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo west7thcarriage_zps56879b05.pngEvery Friday and Saturday night through Jan. 3, you can enjoy the holiday sights and sounds are the West 7th area with a free carriage ride. Simply come to the district from 6-9 p.m. and pick up your carriage ride on Crockett Street near Tillman’s Roadhouse and Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Carriages run rain or shine.

Find directions and parking info for West 7th here.

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Family Fun at Irving Arts Center

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free, holiday

 photo irvingartscenterholiday_zpsc99e6a28.jpgThis weekend, the Irving Arts Center is holding fun, free family events. Here’s what’s going on:

Friday, Dec. 12 – Tango from Heaven – Starring harpist and dancer Anna Maria Mendieta, this exciting multi-media concert leads the audience through the tight turns and dips of the Tango. With live music, dance and film clips, Mendieta and her troupe of musicians and dancers capture the finesse and fire of the tango in an exciting new way. Free. Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13 – Silver and Gold: Annual Holiday Open House – The Irving Arts Center shines with holiday spirit in celebration of the Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed exhibition. Enjoy performances, meet Santa Claus for a photo op and enjoy art work by Irving ISD elementary students. Kids can take a train ride in the Sculpture Garden and make holiday-themed art projects and greeting cards. Complimentary refreshments. Free.

The Irving Arts Center is at 3333 N. Macarthur Blvd.

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Walk of Gratitude in Downtown FW

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 photo walkofgratitude_zpsf55321a1.pngThis Saturday, Dec. 13, military charity Snowball Express will hold a Walk of Gratitude in downtown Fort Worth around 9:30 a.m. This event is a way for local residents to show their appreciation for the families of military personnel who have died during their service. Feel free to bring flags, patriotic signs and any other items you feel might help create a festive atmosphere! The parade will run down Main St. between 9th and 4th streets. See a map here. Organizers are asking attendees to arrive around 9 a.m.

Snowball Express flies in children of fallen soldiers (and their surviving caretakers) to Dallas every year for a fun weekend. Airfare is paid for. If you are a surviving spouse with surviving children, you can apply to attend around September. See an FAQ here.

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Holiday-Themed Events in DFW This Weekend

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo christmaslights.jpgHere’s the list of holiday-themed festivals going on around DFW this weekend:

Friday, Dec. 5:
Texas Christkindl Market – noon to 9 p.m., Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas Christkindl Market is an enchanting Christmas market in the spirit of markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season. Features Texas-German cuisine, like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, baked goods, Gluhwein and German beers. And of course plenty of live entertainment and shopping! Free admission.
Mansfield Hometown Holidays – 5-9 p.m., Mansfield City Hall. Enjoy activities including a snow hill, entertainment, kids’ activities, tree lighting, fireworks and an appearance by Santa.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops- ongoing event at the store in Grapevine; see details here.
Keller Holly Days – 6 p.m., Keller Town Center; see details here.
Colleyville Christmas Tree Lighting - 5:30 p.m., City Hall. Join the mayor and City Council for the lighting countdown and holiday carols. After the tree is lit, the celebration continues next door at the library for lots of reindeer games, carriage rides, treats and refreshments, and free photos with Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 6:
Birds’ Christmas Tree - 11 a.m., FW Botanic Garden; see details here. Free.
Christmas in the Stockyards – 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., FW Stockyards. Free holiday event includes games and fun with Radio Disney, Cowboy Santa pictures (bring your own camera), holiday face painting, and a Christmas parade at 4 p.m.
Lewisville Holiday Stroll - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Old Town Lewisville. Christmas parade at 2 p.m., breakfast with Santa event at 8 a.m. and more. See details here.
Victorian Christmas- 3-6 p.m., Nash Farm in Grapevine. Visitors will be led by docents through the farmhouse and the farm to experience how Grapevine’s earliest settlers celebrated Christmas in Texas during the latter part of the 19th Century. Tours will be led from the pole barn, where visitors can enjoy hot cider and cookies, to the front door of the farmhouse, through the parlor, bedroom, dining room and kitchen, then outside by the burning yule log and back to the pole barn. Free.
Texas Christkindl Market – 10 am. to 10 p.m., Globe Life Park in Arlington. Texas Christkindl Market is an enchanting Christmas market in the spirit of markets held throughout Germany during the holiday season. Features Texas-German cuisine, like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, gingerbread, baked goods, Gluhwein and German beers. And of course plenty of live entertainment and shopping! Free admission.
Coppell Holiday Celebration – Lighted holiday parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Begins at Parkway and Samuel, and travels westward to Town Center Blvd., just west of City Hall.  Immediately after the parade, visit Town Center Plaza for a tree lighting ceremony. Stick around the Plaza for the tree lighting ceremony, musical performances, refreshments and, of course, Santa Claus! Free.
Grapevine Twinkle Light Boat Parade – 6-9 p.m., Lake Grapevine. This is one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see! You will find water crafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina including Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake. Free.
Benbrook Christmas Tree Lighting – 7 p.m., Benbrook YMCA. Tree lighting and fireworks show. Donations of money or non-perishable food items will be accepted at the park entrance. All proceeds benefit the annual Benbrook Firefighter Food Drive. Immediately following the Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks Show, the annual Benbrook Winter Wonderland display lights up Dutch Branch Park with twinkling lighted holiday characters and merriment. Stroll the park and enjoy this free holiday exhibit each evening through New Year’s Day.
Burleson Christmas Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show – 6 to 8:30 p.m., Old Town Burleson. Parade of lights departs Kerr Middle School at 6 p.m. and travels to corner of Johnson Avenue and Ellison St. Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. followed by fireworks show set to holiday music. After the tree lighting, Santa will head to his sleigh to listen to Christmas wishes. Free.
Euless Christmas Parade of Lights – 6:30 p.m. Parade begins at Midway Dr/Industrial Blvd, travels east on Midway and ends at Euless Family Life Center. Theme is “A Patriotic Christmas.” Free.
Mansfield Hometown Holidays – various activities, including a 5K at 9 a.m. and Christmas parade at 2:30 p.m.
Weatherford Christmas Parade – 10 a.m. Begins at Ninth Grade Center and travels around the Courthouse in downtown Weatherford. Free.
Weatherford Christmas on the Square – noon to 5 p.m., Weatherford courthouse square. Enjoy this FREE event hosted in beautiful, downtown Weatherford. Santa and holiday characters, ice sculpting, live reindeer, carriage rides and a classic car show! Stroll the historic downtown while visiting the local merchants as well as vendors. There will be live entertainment and children’s activities.
Haltom City Christmas on Broadway – 3-6 p.m., Haltom City rec center/Broadway Park. The free event will feature carriage and train rides, a climbing wall, crafts and games, a petting zoo, bounce houses and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free.
Azle Christmas Celebration – tree lighting at 5 p.m. followed by parade. Refreshments, kids’ activities and appearance by Santa at 404 Main St.
Haslet Christmas Tree Lighting – 6-8 p.m., Haslet Fire Station. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Free.
Christmas Tyme in Aledo - arts and crafts fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Aledo Community Center; nighttime celebration begins at 5 p.m. with the local store front businesses staying open late providing activities and refreshments. Free.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops- ongoing free event at the store in Grapevine; see details here.

Sunday, Dec. 7:
Holiday Symphony for Kids - 1-2 p.m., Hulen Mall. Southwestern Adventist University Wind Symphony has prepared a Concert with many light traditional holiday numbers, especially those that kids would enjoy such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Calypso Christmas” (tunes from south of the border), “Highlights from How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and so on. Free.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops- ongoing free event at the store in Grapevine; see details here.

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Birds’ Christmas Tree at Botanic Garden

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo botanicgardenbirdstree.jpgCome to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to noon for Birds’ Christmas Tree, an annual holiday tradition. Guests are invited to make biodegradable bird “tweets” ahead of time and bring them to hang on a Christmas tree for the garden’s birds. You can find a list of treat recipes here. The event will take place in the Grove area. Park in the area behind the Montgomery Street Antique Mall along the I-30 access road, which is close to the Grove.

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Extended: 25% Off LivingSocial Deals

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, gifts, Uncategorized

 photo pantherislandice_zps929b9c6e.pngThe Cyber Monday sale has been held over! Now through today (Dec. 2), you can visit LivingSocial and get an extra 25 percent off most deals when you use the code CYBERSALE at checkout. Restrictions apply; see details here. Deals available include:

$10 for $20 at Swirl Bakery - get half off breakfast, lunch or dinner in Flower Mound; just $7.50 with discount

$11 for two ice-skating admissions at Panther Island Ice – in Fort Worth; includes skate rentals; just $8.25 with discount

$10 for $20 in lunch at Tillman’s Roadhouse – classic Texas roadhouse-style food at 50 percent off; just $7.50 with discount

$14 for a family photo session + prints at JCPenney Photo – get a family photo shoot and 28 premium photo cards just in time for the holidays; just $10.50 with discount

$18 for one ticket to see The Nutcracker – attend North Central Ballet’s performance on Dec. 5 or 6 in Fort Worth; just $13.50 with discount

$35 for 1-hour customized facial at Stockyards Spa and Boutique – combo massage-and-facial also available from $50; just $26.25 or $37.50 with discount

$129 for dinner and private plane ride for two - Delta Charlie’s serves a 3-course dinner and then takes you on a private flight over Dallas; just $96.75 with discount

Online-redeemable, shipping-friendly gifts available include:

$9 for a pair of NFL team earbuds – delight your favorite football fan with these high-quality buds; Dallas Cowboys model available; just $6.75 with discount

$10 for a 3-port USB car charger – charge up to 3 devices at once in your car; just $7.50 with discount

$19 for a 3-piece Apple-certified charger set – includes wall charger, car charger and lightning cable; good for iPhone 5 and up; just $14.25 with discount

$25 for a personalized cutting board – you customize the initials on this rugged board; just $18.75 with discount

$40 for a 5-piece personalized popcorn bucket set - great gift for a family; customize the names on each bucket to reflect a family member’s name; just $30 with discount

 

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Special Holiday Shows at UTA Planetarium

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

 photo utaplanetariumseasonoflight_zpsab0ad5be.pngStarting Thursday, December 4, the UTA Planetarium will start holding special holiday-themed star shows to get you into the spirit of the season! These shows will run through Jan. 4. Here are some of the shows you can expect to see:

(Through Dec. 21)
Thursdays
6:00
Season of Light - Discover winter solstice traditions of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian,   and Jewish. Learn some astronomical possibilities for the Christmas Star.

Fridays
6:00
Holiday Music Magic – This music entertainment show features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor.

Sundays
1:30
Holiday Music Magic – This music entertainment show features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor.

(Dec. 23 to Jan. 4)
Tuesdays
2:00
Season of Light - Discover winter solstice traditions of the Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican, Hopi, Christian, and Jewish. Learn some astronomical possibilities for the Christmas Star.

Wednesdays
2:00
Holiday Music Magic – This music entertainment show features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor.

Sundays
1:30
Holiday Music Magic – This music entertainment show features a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller and Burl Ives to Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor.

Of course, there are also plenty of non-holiday-themed shows going on too. See the full schedule here. UTA Planetarium is at 700 Planetarium Place on the UTA campus.

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Keller Holly Days

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo christmaslights.jpgThis Friday, Dec. 5 is Keller Holly Days, the city’s annual holiday celebration. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. at Keller Town Center. Enjoy live entertainment, Santa’s arrival, a Christmas tree lighting, a two-lane snow hill, arts and crafts, bounce houses, concessions and activities at the Jingle Bell Zone. Bring money for food and shopping. Cost of admission is one non-perishable good for donation to The Community Storehouse.

If you’re so inclined, you can register for and participate in the Santa Scurry 5K, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Keller Town Center is at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

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