What: ADDISON: Vitruvian Lights
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 1st @ 6:00PM
Where: Vitruvian Park
3850 Vitruvian Way, Addison, TX 75001
Why: When millions of sparkling LED Lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees, Vitruvian Park is transformed into the Magical Holiday Wonderland; Vitruvian Lights. Plan to make Vitruvian Lights apart of your holiday tradition this season! Special Live Musical Performances: Saturdays, Dec. 3rd, 10th and 17th
What: ARLINGTON: Interlochen Lights
When: Friday, Dec. 16th – Sunday, Dec. 25th @ 7:00PM- 11:00PM
Where: Lake Interlochen
Entrance at Westwood Dr. & Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX
Why: The Lights at Interlochen are “Texas Best” Christmas Lights (as voted by the viewers of the Texas Country Reporter TV Show) are always free to see. Starting drive-through entrance point is at the intersection of Randol Mill Rd and Westwood Dr.
What: ARLINGTON: Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Monday, Jan. 2nd @ 2:00PM-10:00PM
Where: Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road to Six Flags St., Arlington, TX 76010
Why: Holiday in the Park celebrates the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas. From more than a million twinkling lights, holiday shows, toasty campfires, delicious hot cocoa and your favorite rides to the nearly 60 foot Holiday Tree of Trees, Santa Land and Santa Claus. Special moments and fun await you at North Texas’ largest holiday festival where there is something magical for everyone
What: CLEBURNE: Whistle Stop Christmas & Parade
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Friday, Dec. 31st @ 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: Whistle Stop
1098 Hillsboro St., Cleburne, TX 76033
Why: Come enjoy the 20th annual Whistle Stop Christmas in Cleburne with 3.5 million Christmas lights decorating the park every evening during the holidays. Friday 12/2: Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6:30PM followed by the lighting ceremony and a visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus. Adding to the fun will be food vendors, Children train rides & Horse Drawn Wagon Rides ~ see schedule of events for times.
What: DALLAS: Highland Park Lights
When: Thursday, Dec. 3rd – Thursday, Dec. 31st @ 4:00PM (Sat –Sun @ 10AM)
Where: Highland Park
Entrance at Armstrong Pkwy and Preston Road, Dallas, TX
Why: Be prepared to witness a friendly holiday “competition” at its finest. This iconic Dallas neighborhood brings thousands of visitors each year to witness the over-the-top, life-like, and sometimes technologically advanced displays from some of Dallas’s largest homes. If you make an appointment quickly, you can grab a coffee in Highland Park Village and jump on board one of the Highland Park Carriage Rides for a unique light tour, but time slots go fast!
What: DALLAS: Fair Park Holiday Delights Festival
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6th @ 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Fair Park- Big Tex Circle
3809 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
Why: Celebrate the holidays with this free Fair Park event presented by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Enjoy crafts, musical and dance performances, live reindeer, concessions for purchase, and Santa!
What: DALLAS: Kessler Park Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
When: Saturday, Dec. 5th @ 5:30PM
Where: Kessler Park
1415 W. Colorado Blvd., Dallas, TX 75222
Why: This historic neighborhood sits just south of downtown and overlooks the skyline with treelined streets and charming turn of the century homes that will be decorated with thousands of festive Christmas lights. Tis the season for our annual tree lighting featuring jolly ole Saint Nick. Hot chocolate and cider will be served, and neighbors are asked to bring holiday treats to share. This festive evening lights up in the company of Kessler residents, families and friends.
What: DALLAS: Christmas at the Anatole
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Wednesday, Dec. 31st @ 4:00PM (and 10AM Sat & Sun)
Where: Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, TX 75207
Why: Christmas at the Anatole is an interactive experience sure to bring holiday spirit to the young and young at heart. Join us for festive favorites including breakfast with Santa, gingerbread cookie decorating, a winter wonderland. Inside the winter wonderland you will come across Geppetto’s Marionette Theater’s holiday show, featuring a cast of over 60 hand-carved marionettes. Children will delight as they meet the Winter Wizard, the North Pole dancing elves, the magic toys of Santa’s workshop and a whole host of other holiday favorites, including Rudolph and Frosty.
What: FARMERS BRANCH: Tour of Lights
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Wednesday, Dec. 30th @ 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Why: The 2016 edition of this animated light show will return bigger than ever! The Tour of Lights drive through, with over half a million flashing lights, is one of North Texas’ longest animated shows. There will be 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. Admission is free, donations accepted. Tune into 107.3 FM during the drive!
What: FORT WORTH: Christmas Candlelight Home Tour
When: Saturday, Dec. 3rd – Sunday, Dec. 4th @ 12PM -9PM (Sat) and 12PM – 5PM (Sun)
Where: Ryan Place
2401 College Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76110
Why: The theme of the 33rd Annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place home tour is “The Legacy of Family,” honoring the traditions of our Ryan Place neighborhood and the families that live here. We have handpicked six beautiful homes for the tour that blend new and old in structure, form, and family. Each home will showcase a different aspect of architecture and unique take on tradition in the Historic Ryan Place Neighborhood.
What: FORT WORTH: West 7th- Starlight Symphony
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Friday, Jan. 6th @ 5:00PM -9:00PM
Where: Crockett Square
2900 Crockett Square, Fort Worth, TX 76107
Why: Join West 7TH & Pinnacle Bank as we light our streets with Holiday Joy! View a five-minute rousing music and light show is synchronized to spirited versions of your favorite holiday tunes held on the hour.
What: FORT WORTH: Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Friday, Dec. 30th @ 6:00PM -10:00PM
Where: Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Cir., Fort Worth, TX 76177
Why: Texas Motor Speedway will once again host Gift of Lights, where can drive the entire family through a brand-new array of twinkling lights to jump-start the holiday spirit. This drive-thru includes more than 1.5 miles of light displays, with almost three million lights! Then, after you finish with the drive, make sure to stop at Santa’s Village inside the track! See Santa, ride the train, and enjoy the fun! This event benefits Toys for Tots, Christmas Wish, Ronald McDonald House Fort Worth, and the Scottish Rite Hospital.
What: FRISCO: Christmas in the Square
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 1st @ 6:00PM
Where: Frisco Square
8874 Coleman, Frisco, TX 75034
Why: Christmas in the Square is a computerized light show featuring more than 175,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. Lights! Music! Snow! The Holiday lights and music (tune in to radio station 107.3 while you’re in Frisco Square), is choreographed by Frisco’s own Jeff Trykoski (Illumimax LLC). The same snow machines used by Disney create a Winter Wonderland on the sidewalks of Frisco Square. Experience ‘snow flurries’ every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout season. Special Event Night, Sat. 12/17
What: GRAND PRAIRIE: Prairie Lights
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 1st @ 6:00PM -9:00PM
Where: Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Why: Upon arriving at the entrance to Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest.
What: GRAPEVINE: Magic of Christmas Light Show and Parade
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 8th @ 6:00PM -11:00PM
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine
Main Street and Dallas Road, Grapevine, TX 76051
Why: It will be a memorable winter wonderland this Christmas in Historic Grapevine, Texas. Sparkle and shine at the Magic of Christmas Light Show. Located at the corner of Main Street and Dallas Road, this beloved light show is approximately 20 minutes in length and runs continuously from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly. Parade 12/1 @ 7PM. Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands.
What: GRAPEVINE: Gaylord Texan’s ICE! and Lone Star Christmas
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 1st @ 11:00AM
Where: Gaylord Texan
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
Why: Families will marvel at lavish holiday displays with more than two million twinkling lights and larger-than-life decorations during Lone Star Christmas. Enjoy ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town, Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Glacier Glide Ice Skating, Cookies & Milk with Mrs. Claus, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt and other Grapevine holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season
What: GRAPEVINE: Great Wolf Lodge- Snowland
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Sunday, Jan. 1st @ 11:00AM
Where: Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Dr., Grapevine, TX 76051
Why: Water = Snow, so who says it can’t be a holiday destination? Explore the enchanted winter wonderland– from snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes. Soak in the holiday spirit with caroling, photos with Santa, Snowploma assignments all while splashing in the 84-degree water park. You must be guests of the hotel to participate in the activities
What: MCKINNEY: Holidays at the Heard
When: Monday, Dec. 26th – Friday, Dec. 30th @ 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Where: Heard Museum
1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069
Why: Holidays at the Heard, the most unique holiday event in North Texas. A Southwestern tradition, Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Visitors can experience American Indian Music and dance performances including hoop and fancy dancing.
What: PLANO: Deerfield Holiday Lights
When: Thursday, Dec. 1st – Friday, Dec. 30th @ 7:00PM -11:00PM
Legacy Dr. and Colonnade and Archgate (between Preston & Coit Rd.), Plano, TX
Why: A well known neighborhood in the area, and widely appreciated for their spectacular holiday light displays. Click here for directions and more info. There is a preview on their website to help you decide if it’s worth the drive, but stop by 4665 Quincy Drive and you’re guaranteed to enjoy a show! Carriage Rides are also available if you don’t mind the price.