Cities across the nation are stepping up to thank their local veterans in a variety of ways. Here are some ways to participate, as well as something fun to do for the holidays.
1. Visit ICE! featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Friday kicks off the annual ICE! exhibit with more than 2 million pounds of ice crafted by artisans to reflect the theme ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from the holiday poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas.” ICE! features five ice slides, snow tubing, a Christmas market and more. The attraction is kept at 9 degrees, so guests are encouraged to bundle up, though parkas will be provided.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Adult tickets are $21.99 weekdays and $29.99 during weekends. Tickets for children 4-12 are $12.99 weekdays and $16.99 weekends. Tickets for seniors 55+ are $19.99 weekdays and $26.99 weekends. Children under 3 are free. Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. 817-778-2606. www.marriott.com/hotel-info/dalgt-gaylord-texan-resort-and-convention-center/lone-star-christmas/udp3ura/ice.mi
2. Attend a Veterans Day parade and fair in Grapevine
Grapevine will honor military veterans at its Veterans Day parade, with a special focus on women who have served or are currently serving in the military. During the parade a variety of veterans groups will display their patriotism, as well as many of Grapevine’s civic and service groups will show their support for the nation’s veterans.
Following the parade Congressman Kenny Merchant will host a Veterans Fair in Liberty Park. The fair will feature veteran benefits information, the wall of honor, veteran organizations, live music, food, activities and more.
The parade will take place at 10 a.m. and the Veterans Fair will take place from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Both events are free. The parade will begin at Main Street and Dallas Road and will travel north along Main Street. The route will turn east on East Wall Street, where the parade will end at East Wall and Jenkins Street. The fair will take place in Liberty Park, 215 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3185. www.grapevineveteransparade.org/index.html
3. Celebrate local heroes in Colleyville
The Colleyville Chamber will honor local veterans, active military and first responders with a video reveal and will hear from local organizations on ways to be involved. There will be opportunities to learn about veteran-owned businesses and other ways to support local veterans.
1 p.m. Free. Compass Fields, 5700 Pool Rd., Colleyville. 817-488-7148
4. Stay up late to write
The Southlake Public Library will host a special writing session in honor of National Novel Writing Month. The midnight writing session will have writing space reserved all day. Writing fuel (snacks) and word count breaks will be provided.
10 a.m.-midnight. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Southlake. After hours participants should enter through the south Town Hall doors. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=7348