Out with the old, in with the new. Make a new year's resolution to have more fun in DFW! I did. And I'll provide some fun options for your social calendar.
Did you get a calendar for Christmas? I hear that people still give those as gifts! Mark your calendar (digital or literal) with these upcoming events.
2. January 4: The Cotton Bowl
Don't be confused. The Cotton Bowl is no longer played in the Cotton Bowl Stadium located in Dallas. No, it's now played in the death star -- aka Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
What: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma. 9 am - Cowboys Stadium Pro Shop and Stadium Box Office opens; 2 pm - Parking lots open; 3 pm - Plazas open; 5 pm - Cowboys Stadium gates open; 7 pm - 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Kickoff.
When: January 4, 2013. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Where: Cowboys Stadium in Arlington
El Ranchito, 610 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75208. 214-946-4238
Kraig Parker Performances, January 9 and 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Elvis Impersonator Contests January 16 and 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Kraig Parker Show - $5 cover charge; Elvis Contest - $5 cover charge.
7. January 20: Create a Snowflake at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Create a Snowflake: Every snowflake is unique in its own way. There are no two that are identical. Bring the kids out for a fun filled learning experience about these winter beauties. Each child will be able to make their very own snowflake to take home with them! Free with paid admission.
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76135. 817-392-7410
What: 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. It's great rodeo action, world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, daily live music, terrific food, carnival midway, four acres of unique daily shopping and more. No matter what the weather is, you're guaranteed a unique shopping experience. Many items are western-themed but you'll find everything under the sun here.
When: January 18, 2013 through February 9, 2013. The "All Western Parade" is Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth.
Where: Fort Worth Stock Yards, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Ticket office: 817-877-2420
January 26-27, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Dallas Market Hall, I-35 and Market Center Blvd., Dallas, TX. Admission: $12 Adults, $6 Children Age 14 and Under.
The Dallas Bridal Show is the third largest bridal show in the United States and the largest bridal show in the Metroplex with over 300 wedding businesses, ranging from the first steps of planning your wedding to the honeymoon. This incredible bridal event showcases bridal party fashions daily, amazing prizes are given away including a diamond ring from Dallas Gold & Silver, and more.
10. January 19: Texas Rangers Winter CaravanThe Texas Rangers Winter Caravan will visit Dr Pepper Ballpark on Saturday, January 19th. Several Rangers players including Craig Gentry, Derek Holland, David Murphy, Tanner Scheppers, and Frisco manager Steve Buechele are scheduled to appear and interact with fans and sign a limited number of autographs (players that appear are subject to change).
RoughRiders fans can also take this opportunity to choose a ticket plan and select their seats for the upcoming 2013 season in addition to getting autographs. Gates will open at 1:15pm and RoughRiders sales staff will be on hand to assist fans.
Deuce and Captain, the lovable mascots for both teams, will be at the event to meet fans and take pictures. Fans can also enjoy hot dogs and beverages on sale at the concession stand.
When: 1:30pm to 3:00pm (Autograph session in JCPenney Club & Luxury Lounge)
Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco
Who: Craig Gentry, Derek Holland, David Murphy, Tanner Scheppers, Steve Buechele (Players scheduled to appear are subject to change.)
11. Jan 26-27: Lewisville Gun ShowIf you're into guns, knives and ammo you won't want to miss the Lewisville Gun Show. It's held Janyary 26-27, 2013 at the Lewisville Event Center, 2460 Stemmons, (Exit 448) Lewisville, Texas 75067. It's located across from Vista Ridge Mall behind Saltgrass Steakhouse. 817-722-1194.
Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: General Admission – $8, cash only; Weekend Passes – $12, cash only; Children under 12 – free; Uniformed Peace Officers – free.