Paula Justice

Stop jiggling your bells trying to figure out what to do for the holidays.

Nothing will replace the classic traditions of home, but if you’re looking for new traditions or just can’t make it home this holiday season, DFW offers a variety of entertainment options.

For a Texas holiday, Billy Bob’s Texas offers an authentic Fort Worth experience. The self-proclaimed “world’s largest honky tonk” is a one-stop shop where visitors can strap on boots and get to stepping. And, stepping is something Wendell Nelson, Billy Bob’s Texas dance instructor, knows all about.

“We offer a one-of-a-kind Texas experience at Billy Bob’s,” Nelson said. “We certainly invite everyone to come out for the holidays-bring the family-and have a great time.”

It doesn’t stop there. Billy Bob’s also features live competitive bull riding shows. And, if you’re feeling lucky (and actually know what you’re doing), you can contact Cindy Reid to reserve a spot.

“Most of the information can be found on our website,” Reid said. “And, if your questions aren’t answered, our number and email address are listed to get exactly what you need. We take pride in taking care of our folks.”

Billy Bob’s Texas can welcome newcomers and make the natives remember why they love being a Texan with a stocking full of Texas cheer, good food and music, dancing, and bull riding. The Texas landmark even has a gift shop if you’re looking for some holiday shopping.

Located in the historic Fort Worth Stock Yards, Billy Bob’s Texas offers an affordable atmosphere suitable for families, but keep in mind alcohol is available. Visit the website at for reservations or more information.

If honky tonking, line dancing, and bull riding aren’t kicking up your holiday spirits, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament offers a different kind of excitement.

Take a pilgrimage with the friendly ghosts of Christmas past where you will feast on a four-course banquet in the medieval arena. While you grub like kings and queens, enjoy the Olympic games of knights competing in action-packed events including sword fighting, jousting, and more.

Group pricing is available if you’re planning to take the family or a group of friends. Medieval Times is open on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Guests are encouraged to call the national contact center for pricing information and reservations.

The king’s court is located in Dallas, Texas. Visit the website at for a sneak peak at events, the menu and reservation information.

Billy Bob’s and Medieval Times not quite what you’re looking for? The perfect storybook holiday awaits at Christmas at the Anatole.

Christmas at the Anatole is on display from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan 4, 2014. This yearly event features a brilliant display of one million Christmas lights, an outdoor skating rink, and live entertainment.

Hang out with Santa and his elves or choose from many scheduled activities. Rudolph and the gang will be there, along with the tallest Nutcracker in Texas. Theatre shows, bounce houses, Christmas crafts and much more are sure to give you a holly jolly time at the Anatole.

Whether you’re in the holiday spirit or hoping to find it, Christmas at the Anatole has activities that will make even the Grinch sing a few carols. This all things Christmas event is family-friendly. Prices vary so you can plan activities that fit your budget.

North Texas’ own winter wonderland is located in Dallas, Texas. Check out the website for details and ticket purchases at

Tough decision… But while you’re deciding on which of these great events you’ll attend, consider those whose Christmas song won’t be as cheerful without your help.

Texas Wesleyan’s School of Arts and Letter is having its yearly Bear Drive. Brighten the holidays for a child with a simple donation of a new plush animal. All types of plush animals are welcomed so feel free to pick up a giraffe or turtle or whichever plush friend made you smile as a child. Donations are accepted at the School of Arts and Letter’s dean’s office, located in Polytechnic United Methodist Church. The deadline is Dec. 2, but donations are accepted year-round.

Also, stop by the West Library to pick a star from the Meals On Wheels Tree or make a donation. Each star represents an elderly person who is in need. Simply choose a star, purchase your gift, and drop it off at the library. While Santa is making his rounds, he’ll deliver the present just in time for Christmas.