If you're in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area in November, you've picked a great time to visit. As cooler fall temperatures continue to drop over the month, it's still warm enough to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and events around the area.
From attending a last-minute Halloween party to watching a Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day to shopping at Christmas markets popping up throughout the metroplex, there are plenty of holiday traditions you can enjoy in the city this November. You also won't want to miss events like the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race, Turkey Trot fun run, or a full lineup of awe-inspiring holiday light shows coming to Dallas and Fort Worth this month.
Dallas–Fort Worth Weather in November
The heat of summer has finally disappeared by the end of October, leaving November relatively cool for most of the month without ever really dipping below freezing. Daily high-temperature averages range in the 50s and 60s while low-temperature averages are typically between 45 and 53 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the month with a potential for even colder weather after Thanksgiving.
However, as the old saying goes, the weather in Texas is unpredictable. November is more prone to rain and moderate temperatures, but an unexpected hot, sunny day could really heat things up—sometimes even up to 90 degrees. Check the weather before your trip and every day before you get dressed for your adventures since forecasts often change daily.
What to Pack
Since Texas is one of the southernmost states, it's not nearly as cold as some other places in the United States in November. As a result, you may not need to bring a heavy coat if you're visiting this year. However, you will want to pack both short and long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, pants, shorts, and clothing that can be layered to accommodate for the changing weather in Dallas and Fort Worth, which is located in the cooler northern part of the state.
November Events in Dallas and Fort Worth
- The AAA Texas 500: The AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway is a wonderful way to enjoy the fast-moving excitement of NASCAR racing. Past winners have included Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, and Kurt Busch. You can attend this long-anticipated event in Fort Worth on November 4, 2018, and tickets range in price from $49 to $400 for Victory Lane Club seats.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's Holiday at the Arboretum: Celebrate the holidays like never before at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden's Holiday at the Arboretum, one of the best Christmas attractions in the South, which runs from November 4 to December 31, 2018. Additionally, from November 14 to December 30, its spectacular "12 Days of Christmas" light display can be seen in the evenings Wednesdays through Sundays; it features 500,000 lights displayed around the garden and on historic homes, overhead canopies, and a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree. Throughout the rest of the two-month event, you can also see more than 800 nutcrackers figures, visit the mistletoe kissing booth, and enjoy holiday tea at Restaurant DeGolye. Many more special events are planned at the arboretum during the holiday season; visit its website for more information.
- ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort: It's an annual freeze fest when the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center presents hand-carved ice creations inspired by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." This walk-through attraction in Grapevine features two million pounds of ice sculptures and five two-story-tall ice slides as well as a full nativity scene made from sculpted ice. You can visit ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort from November 9, 2018, to January 1 of next year.
- Lakewood Home Festival: The Home Festival began in 1976 when the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA staged a tour showcasing five distinctive and historic neighborhood homes as a fundraiser to purchase playground equipment for kindergarten children. Since then, this annual event has expanded tremendously and now features a gala fundraiser and an intimate Saturday evening candlelight tour. Proceeds go to Lakewood Elementary, J.L. Long Middle School, and Woodrow Wilson High School, and events will take place from November 9 to 11, 2018.
- Sundance Square Parade of Lights: Held each year in downtown Fort Worth, the Sundance Square Parade of Lights features more than 100 illuminated entries, marching bands, antique cars, and performers. In addition, Santa Claus will make a special appearance along with the Cowboy Santas, a group of volunteers who collect new, unwrapped toys along the parade route before the parade starts. Street seats are available for a fee but there are also plenty of free viewing areas along the procession. The parade begins at 6 p.m on November 18, 2018, at the intersection of Weatherford Street and Houston Street, and the theme this year is "Through the Eyes of a Child."
- YMCA Turkey Trot: Started in 1967, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is now the largest Thanksgiving Day event in the nation. More than 25,000 people participate in the 5K run/walk and eight-mile run. Guests are encouraged to dress like a turkey and head to Dallas City Hall in downtown for the 9 a.m. run. Proceeds benefit North Texas communities, and children, strollers, and dogs welcome. The event will take place rain or shine on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.
- Cowboys Thanksgiving Football Game: If your Thanksgiving Day tradition centers around the Dallas Cowboys, then pack up the family and head to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for their Week 12 game against the Washington Redskins. The Dallas Cowboys game will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018. If you can't make it to the ballpark, you can also catch a broadcast of the game on Fox.
- The Prairie Lights: Prairie Lights, located in Grand Prairie, is a two-mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring more than four million lights, hundreds of displays, and a light show. About halfway through the drive, you can also get out of your car to visit Holiday Village, which features photos with Santa, a snow maze, a lighted walk-through forest, snacks, and souvenirs. Admission is based on vehicle size and the number of passengers. Prairie Lights is open Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. each night starting on Thanksgiving (November 22) and running through December 30, 2018. Prairie Lights recommends visitors try to schedule their trip during the week to avoid long waiting times.
- McKinney's Home for the Holidays: For nearly 40 years, the town of McKinney has hosted Home for the Holidays, a festive Christmas event in historic downtown on the weekend following Thanksgiving. It's complete with live entertainment, food galore, and a chance to finish all your holiday shopping in one place. Kids will love the petting zoo, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, costumed characters, Ferris wheel, carousel, SnowZilla, and Frosty's train. You also won't want to miss the tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday on the MPAC lawn.
- Christmas in the Square: Don't miss North Texas' largest choreographed holiday lights and music show. Christmas in the Square, located in Frisco, features more than 175,000 lights and is visited by more than 750,000 people each year. You can experience this beautiful, free attraction by car, foot, or carriage ride every night from 6 to 10 p.m. through the end of the year starting on Thanksgiving night.