Top 10 Places To See Holiday Lights In Dallas Fort Worth

Dated: 12/02/2015

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Looking for a place to take the family this holiday season to see Christmas lights?  

Check out these Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights in DFW

Neighborhood displays


This Plano neighborhood display is traditionally one of Collin County's biggest, with merry penguins, glittering gift boxes and plenty of Santas. Times that lights will usually be on are Dec. 1-30 from 7 to 11 p.m. The neighborhood covers a large area north of Legacy Drive between Preston and Coit roads.

Visitors should obey the signs in the neighborhood. To make a reservation for a carriage ride through the neighborhood in December, go to Free to view. There's a map of the recommended driving route on the homeowners' association website,

Christmas lights in the Deerfield neighborhood in 2012

File/Brad Loper

Highland Park

The mansions themselves are sights to behold. In the vicinity of Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road, sprawling homes stand majestically on endless lawns (there's also a particularly awesome big pecan tree there that's covered in lights). Expect them to be glittering for the holidays with classic light decorations. Check out the area south of Preston and Mockingbird for more light displays. Several companies offer carriage rides.

Festive lights on a Highland Park home

File 2015/Alexandra Olivia


This Arlington neighborhood has gained legendary status for its lights and decorations, and more than 200 homes usually participate. It has official hours and police will direct traffic Dec. 17-25 from 7 to 11 p.m. (There tends to be tons of traffic near the holiday.) The neighborhood's drive-through entrance point is at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road.

Lighted pink flamingos and a travel trailer with a "gone fishing" sign in Arlington's Interlochen neighborhood

File 2011/Brad Loper

Lights & more

Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights

The attraction features 2 million LED lights in 600 holiday displays that you can drive through at Texas Motor Speedway. There's a new Santa's Village for photos, refreshments and more. Get a $5 discount if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots at the gate.

Through Dec. 31, nightly from 6 to 10, at 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. $25 per

Lone Star Christmas

The "Ice!" exhibit brings 2 million pounds of the cold stuff carved into festive holiday scenes to the Gaylord Texan as part of the hotel's Lone Star Christmas celebration, which runs through Jan. 3. This time around, the exhibit's theme is "Christmas Around the World." 

It also features two-story ice slides decorated with world landmarks, as well as the On the Blocks Ice Bar, an optional $15 add-on for those 21 and older at select times. If you're looking for things with no additional cost, Lone Star Christmas also features 2 million holiday lights, miniature trains that run on more than 500 feet of tracks, 16-foot-tall Santa boots and other decorations. If you're willing to shell out some extra money, consider the 12-lane snow tubing hill, the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt and Milk & Cookies With Mrs. Claus.

"Ice!" runs through Jan. 3 in Longhorn Exhibit Hall B at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. Tickets are timed; check the website for a schedule. Adult tickets are $21.99 for nonpeak times and $29.99 for peak times; tickets for children 4-12 are $12.99 for nonpeak times and $16.99 for peak times; seniors 55 and older are $19.99 for nonpeak times and $26.99 for peak times; free for children 3 and younger. When you purchase tickets to any of the events, you get a coupon for discounted $10 self-parking. (Free to view Lone Star Christmas decorations.)

Holiday in the Park

See millions of twinkling lights wrapped around trees and along rooftops, take a slide down the snow-sledding hill, warm yourself by fire pits, decorate holiday cookies and enter Santa's Workshop, where you can meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves. It's all happening at the annual Six Flags Over Texas festivities. There'll also be seasonal performances, a Fa-La-La-La Light Show, journeys on the Santaland Express and, oh yes, lots of other rides.

Through Jan. 3 at 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. At the gate, tickets are $68.99, $53.99 for kids under 48 inches tall. Additional discounts on the website. 817-640-8900.

Prairie Lights

More than 4 million lights twinkle in this drive-through holiday attraction with new displays. Visitors can hop out at the Holiday Village, check out a walk-through area and see a laser show. There are VIP passes with no waiting in traffic lines, a guided tour through the drive-through, fast passes for carnival rides and more (check the website for details).

Through Jan. 3 at Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie. Hours: Most Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays 6 to 9 p.m. ( Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day 6 to 10 p.m.). $20-$35 per car; light show and walk-through cost extra. 972-237-4569.

Grapevine attractions

There'll be a nightly Magic of Christmas Light Show choreographed to music in charming downtown Grapevine. The city, which calls itself the Christmas Capital of Texas, has tons of holiday activities scheduled, such as the North Pole Express train ride for kids (reserve a ride on select dates Nov. 27-Dec. 23); and Christmas on Main, with seasonal photo ops and tractor-drawn wagon rides (weekends Nov. 27-Dec. 20).

The light show continues through Jan. 3, nightly from 6 to 11, at Main Street and Dallas Road, Grapevine. Free. For a schedule and more details on Grapevine events, go

Galleria Dallas

The mall is home to what's billed as America's tallest indoor Christmas tree, sparkling with nearly half a million lights and more than 10,000 ornaments. The tree's daily Illumination Celebration light shows are set to music. On Macy's Grand Tree Lighting dates, skating Santa Missile Toes will shoot sparks from his skates and do some back-flips in free ice shows that also feature Olympic and national champions at Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center in the mall's Center Court. On Nov. 27 and 28, catch 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis. Other attractions include Operation Kindness pet adoptions, holiday performances and menorah lightings. The "Dallas Cityscape" display featuring iconic Dallas landmarks made of toy bricks will run Dec. 11-Jan. 3.

Macy's Grand Tree Lightings are Nov. 27 at noon and Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Free ("Dallas Cityscape" costs $3 for adults, $2 for kids). For a detailed schedule of Galleria events, go to

Christmas Tour of Lights

Follow the candy-cane signs as you take this evening drive through Farmers Branch, illuminated with more than 500,000 twinkling lights and holiday decorations. The route begins at Interstate 35E at Valley View Lane and continues to the Farmers Branch Historical Park, where you'll find Santa Claus and a light show nightly (the park portion of the show will be closed Dec. 5 and 25).

The lights are on Nov. 27-Dec. 30, nightly from 6:30 to 9:30. The tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35E and ends at the park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch. Free; donations are accepted.

Vitruvian Lights

Wander through Vitruvian Park's 12 acres and view hundreds of illuminated trees in this modern-looking display (the large number of single-color trees adds to the effect). On Nov. 27 at 6 p.m., there'll be a party featuring Addison Mayor Todd Meier flipping the switch on the lights, a concert by Jordan Kahn Music Company, free Santa photos, food trucks and more. There'll also be 6 p.m. performances on Dec. 5 by Dallas String Quartet, Dec. 12 by the Project and Dec. 19 by Chris Rivers Band.

Nov. 27-Jan. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. at 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison.

Christmas in the Square

More than 175,000 lights blink along to holiday music at this Frisco attraction (tune in on the radio; the station will be posted on signs). You can drive through or brave the elements to walk around Nov. 27-Jan. 2. There'll also be a Skate the Square outdoor ice rink for $10 per person, including skates, Nov. 27-Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 25 or in inclement weather). On select dates, there will be carriage rides, flurries of faux snow, a Christmas tree lot, a petting zoo, pony rides and a trackless train. The city of Frisco's Merry Main Street free tree lighting and festival will be Dec. 5, and Christmas in the Square's 11th anniversary special-event night -- with a parachuting Santa, a four-lane snow slide and holiday treats -- will be Dec. 19.

Light show nightly Nov. 27-Jan. 3 from 6 to 10 at Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco. Free admission; some attractions require a

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