The Dallas Fort Worth area is home to some of the best Christmas light displays in the state. There are dozens of options available. Whether you prefer visiting neighborhood displays, drive-thru parks or other festive lighting displays, there is something in the area for you. We’ve put together a list of some of the best!
Lights in Interlochen (via arlingtontx.gov)
2016 marks the 41st year that Arlington’s Interlochen neighborhood has participated in this huge lighting display. More than 200 homes typically participate and traffic is known to be extremely heavy. The display runs December 16 through 25th from 7pm to 11pm daily. Entry is at the intersection of Randol Mill Road and Westwood Dr. Full details are available here!
This neighborhood in Plano began their Christmas light tradition because the builders wanted to get people into the neighborhood to look at the homes in the new sub-division. Prizes were offered and it became very competitive. The tradition continued as the neighborhood grew and is now a huge neighborhood display and a big fundraiser for Children’s Medical Center. Admission is free, but the hospital auxiliary will be out to collect donations throughout the neighborhood. The display runs December 1 through December 30 from 7pm to 11pm daily. Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston Rd. and Coit Rd. Enter from Legacy on Colonnade or Archgate, noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Dr. and Hallmark Dr. Full details at deerfieldplano.org.
The prestigious Highland Park neighborhood is full of majestic homes decorated beautifully for the holiday season. As with other neighborhood displays, expect heavy, bumper-to-bumper traffic as you make your way through the neighborhood. Several companies offer carriage rides through the neighborhood if you’d rather not mess with traffic. Enter at Armstrong and Preston for the best experience. Viewing begins November 25 and runs through December 31.
Drive-thru Lighting Displays
Light tunnel at Prairie Lights
Located at Lynn Creek Park near Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, the park features more than 4 million lights along a two mile path. Lights line both sides of the road and in many places arch over the road A highlight is the animated light tunnel. Visitors can take a break for shopping, dining and a walk-through area at the Holiday Village. There is also a laser show and Santa is available to visit with the kids (extra charges may apply). The park opens Thanksgiving day and remains open through January 1, 2017. Hours are 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 6pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday. Price per car is $25 for weeknights and $35 for Friday and Saturday. Discounts may be available through sites like Groupon so be sure to check that out. The park is located at 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie. For full details visit prairielights.org.
Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights
TMS boasts the largest drive-thru lighting attraction in Texas. It features more than 2 million LED lights in 600 holiday displays that you can drive through at Texas Motor Speedway. At the end of the drive-thru park, stop for a visit in Santa’s Village for photos, refreshments and more. Tickets are $25 per car but you can get a $5 discount if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at the gate. Open nightly from November 24 through December 31 from 6pm to 10pm. TMS is located at 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. Visit tmsgiftoflights.com to find out more.
Christmas Tour of Lights in Farmers Branch
The Tour of Lights features over half a million flashing lights and is one of North Texas’ longest animated shows. The tour is accompanied by festive holiday music and the grand finale show that will include Santa Claus himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park. The tour begins November 25 and continues until December 30 except for the first Saturday in December and Christmas Day. Times are 6:30pm through 9:30pm. Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Ln. Admission is free but a $5 donation per vehicle is suggested. For more information call 972-919-1433 or visit farmersbranch.gov.
Trees in Vitruvian Park (courtesy of Brad Swiger & Chris Rivers Band)
Addison’s 12 acre Vitruvian Park illuminates hundreds of trees in this gorgeous display of lights. The season kicks off on November 25, as Mayor Todd Meier “flips the switch” at 6pm! The evening will also feature a concert by The Jordan Kahn Orchestra, Gourmet Food Trucks, delicious Desserts, Free Photos with Santa and the Holiday Reindeer, an Elf Balloon Artist, Holiday Shopping Village and Metrocrest Services Food & Toy Drive. Visit the park any day until January 1 or come out for special performances including The Dallas String Quartet on December 3, The Chris Rivers Band on December 10 and The Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra on December 17. Admission is free and free parking is available at Alfred J. Loos Sports Complex located at 3815 Spring Valley Road. The park is located at 3966 Vitruvian Way. Find out more at vitruvianpark.com.
Magic of Christmas Light Show
Located at the corner of Main Street and Dallas Road in historic Downtown Grapevine, this 20 minute light show runs continuously from 6pm to 11pm nightly beginning November 22 and running through January 8, 2017. Grapevine has many other Christmas activities so be sure to check out grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/ to find more.
Christmas in the Square
Frisco’s Christmas in the Square boasts the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen. Experience ‘snow flurries’ every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Christmas in the Square. Light show nightly runs nightly from November 27 through January 3 from 6pm to 10pm. Located at Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, in Frisco. Admission is free but some attractions may require an additional fee. Visit friscosquare.com/cits for more information.
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