One of our favorite things to do every year is to drive around enjoying the beautiful holiday lights in Dallas / Fort Worth. Kevin and I will pack cups and a thermos of hot cocoa, set the car radio to the Christmas music station and tour some of the local communities. This time of year is special to us for several reasons, but one of those is because we were engaged during the Christmas holidays. He proposed in a park which was blanketed in fresh snow, reflecting the millions of twinkle lights dancing around us. It was so beautiful and magical. And I mention the fresh snow because it’s a rare sight during the Christmas season in North Texas!
Every year we find new communities and events to go see to celebrate the season. And since I was creating a list of places we may want to go see this year, I thought I’d share the list and add of some of the best places to view holiday lights in D/FW for all of you! It makes a wonderful date to go see the lights, plus you can see them from your car, by plane, or by horse & carriage!
Best Holiday Lights in Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex:
Addison – Vitruvian Park
3875 Ponte Avenue, Addison, Texas 75001
When: 2016 dates pending
Details: Check out this 12-acre park with hundreds of trees wrapped in brightly colored lights as their reflections sparkle on the water. Special events bring bands to perform free concerts. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Arlington – Interlochen Lights
Approximately 2100 Westwood Drive, Arlington, Texas 76012
The route begins at Randol Mill Road and Westwood Drive.
When: December 16-25, 2016. 7-11p
Details: Drive through this neighborhood where over 200 homes are decorated with twinkle lights and fun displays. Waits can be long so use the restroom before you go! A map of the route is available on the website.
Arlington – Six Flags Over Texas – Holiday in the Park
2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, Texas 76010
When: Select days November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Check website for hours of operation.
Cost: Admission prices start at $52.99 per person. Check website for discounts as ticket prices increase when purchased at the park.
Details: The amusement park is turned into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights just for the holiday season. Guests can enjoy the thrill rides, holiday shows, and special events.
Dallas – Dallas Arboretum: 12 Days of Christmas at Night
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
When: Select Wednesdays – Sundays, November 9 through December 30, 2016. 6-9p (excludes Nov 24, Dec 24 & Dec 25)
Cost: Check website for admission fees and parking information.
Details: An illuminated evening event celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas in the beautiful gardens of the Dallas Arboretum.
The Dallas Arboretum is also open during the daytime November 6 – January 8, 2017. See their website for times and admission information.
Dallas – Highland Park Holiday Lights
Approximately 4200 Armstrong Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75205
Start at the Big Pecan Tree on the corner of Preston Road and Armstrong Parkway.
When: December 1 through January 1, 2017
Details: Drive through this beautiful community of homes to view some of the most decorated homes in the metroplex. One of my favorite communities to drive through after having a romantic dinner! Start at the corner of Armstrong Parkway at Preston Road and drive your way north toward Mockingbird, between Dallas North Tollway and Preston.
Dallas – Highland Park Village
47 Highland Park Village, Dallas, Texas 75205
When: December 1 through February 14, 2017
Details: Stop by this beautifully lit historic shopping center to view the spectacular trees blanketed in white lights. There are some wonderful restaurants in this center if you’d like to dine among the twinkle lights. Social Media: #HPVillageLights
* Carriage rides through Highland Park are available. Reservations in advance are highly recommended.
Farmers Branch – Tour of Lights
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Dallas, Texas 75234
When: November 25 – December 30, 2016. 6:30-9:30pm (excludes Dec 3 and Dec 25)
Cost: Free (Donations accepted)
Details: Drive through this free display of animated light displays with over 500,000 twinkling lights. From I-35E, turn east on Valley View Land and follow the route.
Fort Worth – Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights
3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, Texas 76177
When: November 24 – December 30, 2016. 6-10pm
Cost: 2016 admission fees pending. See website for updates and discount info.
Details: Drive through the Texas Motor Speedway to see over 600 LED light displays. Also a designated Toys for Tots drop off center.
Downtown Fort Worth – Sundance Square
420 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Details: From their annual Christmas tree lighting to annual parade and events, the celebration in downtown Fort Worth continues all season. Check website for calendar of events.
Frisco – Frisco Square, Christmas in the Square
8874 Coleman Blvd, Frisco, Texas 75034
When: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017. 6-10pm
Cost: Free (Donations accepted for Toys for Troops through December 17)
Details: Set your radio to 107.3 FM and drive through the square to watch over 175,000 synchronized lights dance to the music. The ice skating rink will be open again this year! Check website for additional activities and special events.
* Carriage Rides available for a fee and are first come, first served. (Thur-Sun, 6-10p)
Grand Prairie – Prairie Lights
Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
When: November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017. Sunday – Thursday 6-9pm | Friday – Saturday 6-10pm
Cost: Admission varies by the day of the week and vehicle size. Check website for admission fees. (Check groupon for deals.)
Details: Drive through 2 miles displaying over 4 million lights. Stop in the holiday village for concessions, gift shop and additional attractions. Check website for special events & exhibits.
Downtown Grapevine – Christmas Capital of Texas
636 S. Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051
Details: Stroll historic downtown Grapevine for beautiful light displays and events. Grapevine offers of 1,400 Christmas events during the holiday season. Check website for calendar of events and activities throughout the city.
Lake Grapevine – Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Starts at Twin Coves Marina, 4500 Murrell Park Road, Flower Mound, Texas 75022
Continues to Scott’s Landing, 2500 Oak Grove Loop S, Grapevine, Texas 76051
and Silver Lake, 2500 Fairway Drive #1, Grapevine, Texas 76051.
When: December 3, 2016. 6-9p
Details: A unique Christmas light display to see this season! A one night event along the shores of Lake Grapevine.
McKinney – Holidays at the Heard Museum
1 Nature Place, McKinney, Texas 75069
When: December 10, 16 & 17, 2016. 6:30-9pm
Cost: Admission varies. See website for info.
Details: Bundle up, grab a hot chocolate from the concessions area and stroll along a half-mile nature trail among thousands of synchronized lights, musicians and carolers.
Plano – Deerfield
4600 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75024
When: December 1 – 30, 2016. 7-11p
Drive through this neighborhood for spectacular light displays and decorations. Enter from Legacy on Colonnade or Archgate. Check website for info on how you can vote on your favorite homes.
* Carriage rides are available for a fee. Advance reservations are recommended. See website for details.
Additional neighborhoods to view holiday lights in Dallas /Fort Worth:
- Dallas – Swiss Avenue in East Dallas
- Dallas – Lakewood
- Dallas – White Rock Lake
- Oak Cliff – Kessler Park
- Fort Worth – Westover Hills and Rivercrest
- Fort Worth – Historic Fairmount District
- Fort Worth – Ridgemar
You may also be interested in the 12 Dates of Christmas!
What are your favorite holiday traditions with your partner?
*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December 2014. It has been updated to reflect current information and links for winter 2016.