You better watch out.
You better not cry.
You better not pout.
I'm telling you why.
Cowboy Santa Claus is coming to town!
Are you looking for a way to keep the kids occupied while you shop for Christmas gifts on Black Friday? An all-day affair is scheduled for the Fort Worth Stockyards that will provide enjoyment for the whole family.
The day will begin with the morning Cattle Drive at 11:30 am down Exchange Avenue.
If you have never experienced this, the Drive will provide goosebumps to any lover of the Old West. The Herd, as they are affectionately known, was created as part of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1996, and have continued with twice-daily Drives along Exchange Avenue and around the historic stockyards since 1999. Consisting of 17 Texas Longhorns, each represents a decade from Fort Worth’s past. Drovers are as diverse as the city’s history and are clad in authentic 19th-century clothing.
On Friday, though, The Herd will be accompanied by a stagecoach carrying Cowboy Santa for the morning Drive.
After the Drive, Santa will make himself available for photos.
Along with meeting the Father of Christmas, kids of all ages can participate in activities such as Cowboy Poetry, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, and live music. Following the afternoon Cattle Drive, which occurs at 4:00 pm, a Holiday Light Spectacular is planned for 6:00 pm.
All of these events, as is the twice-daily Cattle Drive, are free and open to the public. To participate is as simple as showing up and standing or sitting on the sidewalk to watch the festivities. The Herd generally draws quite a crowd by itself, and adding Cowboy Santa to the mix means that arriving early to get the best spots is recommended.