A laser light show with free hot cocoa and more holiday events in Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth

Events such as the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be held over multiple days to allow social distancing. (Courtesy the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth)
Events such as the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be held over multiple days to allow social distancing. (Courtesy the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth)

Events such as the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be held over multiple days to allow social distancing. (Courtesy the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth)

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people all over the world to make compromises to keep themselves and everyone else safe. Holiday celebrations this year might feature more face masks and sanitizer stations than ever before, but Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth will still be lit up this season. This list of events is not comprehensive.

Nov. 26-30: The Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be a virtual event this year. Participants can register online through midnight Nov. 25 and run any day through the end of the month. Participants are encouraged to use an app, such as RaceJoy, to track their run, but this is not required. Proceeds support the Y’s COVID-19 relief programs and other programs that benefit the Fort Worth community. $35. 817-249-0500. http://fwtrot.org/

Dec. 5: Roanoke will celebrate the Hometown Holiday festival with a tree lighting, a parade, a gingerbread house-building contest and more. The deadline to sign up for gingerbread house-building contest is Nov. 30. Noon-9 p.m.; 6 p.m. (parade kickoff). $10 (entry fee). Oak Street, Roanoke. http://roanoketexas.com/calendar.aspx?eid=7938&month=12&year=2020&day=24&caltype=0

Dec. 8-11: Keller Public Library will offer a gift-wrapping station for those who would like help or who need a place to wrap a secret present. Appointments will be prioritized and can be made online. 4:30-5:30 p.m. (by appointment). Free. Keller Public Library (teen area), 640 Johnson Road, Keller. 817-743-4800. www.cityofkeller.com/home/components/calendar/event/33671/16?curm=12&cury=2020

Dec. 9-13: Keller’s annual tree lighting will be replaced this year by a Holiday Laser Light Show at Keller Town Hall, which will be accompanied by music and a free hot cocoa pop-up event. The first 50 families will receive a free gift bag, and hot cocoa will be served until 8 p.m. or until supplies run out. Social distancing is encouraged. 6-9:45 p.m. (light show repeats every 30 minutes). Free. 1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller. 817-743-4050. www.cityofkeller.com/services/parks-recreation/parks-recreation-special-events

Dec. 12: Roanoke’s First Responders Breakfast with Santa will take place outdoors at ChopShop Live on Oak Street. Santa Claus will visit each table, and photos are welcome. Kids will receive a small gift. Masks will be required for guests when not seated, and tables will be socially distanced. Guests reserve a time slot between 8:30 a.m.-noon. $10 (adults), $5 (children). ChopShop Live, 309 S. Oak St., Roanoke. 817-491-8151. http://roanoketexas.com/calendar.aspx?eid=7939&month=12&year=2020&day=24&caltype=0

Dec. 19: Cinnamon Creek Ranch in Roanoke will celebrate the Christmas edition of its Couples by the Creek event with a catered dinner, archery, live music by Sean Cowin and more. 6:30 p.m. $65. 13794 Old Denton Road, Roanoke. 817-439-8998. www.cinnamoncreekranch.com
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.


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