FORT WORTH - FORT WORTH - When Santa comes to the Fort Worth Stockyards, he doesn't bring his reindeer, or his sleigh.
Instead, a group of longhorns lead him down East Exchange Avenue Friday, while he rode on top of a stagecoach. And yes, Santa was wearing a cowboy hat.
You also won't find snow. At least, not this Black Friday. It was in the '70s in Fort Worth.
"Not in Texas! You're used to it, you never know what the weather's going to be like," said Laura Allard, of Burleson.
The warm weather was enough to melt the ice, in one small patch at Panther Island Ice, a skate rink in Fort Worth.
"This is not the first 80 degree day we've encountered," said Sara Townley, Panther Island Ice associate. "When it gets sunny, there are certain portions of ice under the sun a little bit wetter than others... There are actually coils that run underneath the rink set at zero to five degrees so it keeps the ice frozen from underneath."
And for ice skaters wearing short sleeves, that's not such a bad thing.
"Enjoying the weather but still being able to ice skate, who gets to do that," laughed skater Shelly Long, who just got back to Texas after a week in Kansas City.
"It feels pretty good," said Sully Stroope "This is my first time ice skating, but it's really fun. I think I got the hang of it now."
It's like the old saying in Texas. Wait a minute, and the weather will change. But the holiday spirit, will still be going strong.
"When we have warm pretty weather, we just get out twice as much and we enjoy it twice as much," said Dorothy Collins, who dressed in a festive holiday outfit with her friends and their dogs at the Stockyards.
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