Everything's bigger and brighter in Texas when it comes to Christmas lights. Dallas-Fort Worth has a number of beautiful holiday displays so grab a peppermint latte or some hot cocoa for the kids, load up the station wagon à la Clark W. Griswold, and enjoy the show.
Addison: Vitruvian Lights
Where: Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison, Texas
Arlington: Interlochen Lights Display
One of the largest holiday light displays in North Texas come to life when more than 200 Interlochen homeowners dress up their homes and lawns with Christmas lights and an assortment of holiday-themed displays.
Directions: From Interstate 30E, take the Fielder Road exit and go south to Randol Mill Road. Turn right on Randol Mill and follow it to Westwood Drive. From Interstate 30W, take the Eastchase Parkway Exit, turn east on Meadowbrook Boulevard to Randol Mill Road, then right on Randol Mill Road to Westwood Drive.
Holiday in the Park celebrates the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas. It sparkles with more than a million twinkling lights and puts on five holiday shows, has toasty campfires, delicious hot cocoa, a huge tree, Santa Land, and Santa Claus.
Where: Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, Texas; 817-640-8900. Located near I-30 and Highway 360
Dallas: Highland Park
It's obvious that many of the residents in Highland Park hire professionals to do their decorating, and that makes it one of the best neighborhoods for viewing holiday lights in Dallas.
Directions: The best place to enter is at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road. The area is bordered by Preston on the east side, Mockingbird to the north, the Dallas North Tollway to the west, and Armstrong Parkway for an entrance. It's free to drive through; carriage rides are also available for a fee.
Kessler Park is a wonderful neighborhood to view holiday lights in the fabulous Oak Cliff neighborhood.
Directions: From downtown Dallas, go West on I-30. Take the Sylvan exit and turn left (south) on Sylvan. Travel about a half a mile on Sylvan to Colorado, then go right (west) on Colorado. Travel another half mile on Colorado to the intersection of Colorado and Lausanne. Look for a big traffic triangle at that intersection with five large trees.
Christmas in the Square is a light show featuring more than 175,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. Visitors can drive, stroll, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage ride past the shops, restaurants, and amazing holiday display around the square.
The same snow machines used by Disney create a winter wonderland on the sidewalks of Frisco Square. There are "snow flurries" every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays throughout Christmas in the Square—even if it's 75 degrees outside.
Where: Frisco Square, Main Street at Coleman Boulevard
Held each year in downtown Fort Worth, the Sundance Square Parade of Lights features more than 100 illuminated entries, cowboy Santas, marching bands, and antique cars. Street seats are available for a fee, but there are also plenty of free viewing areas available.
Where: The parade starts at the intersection of Belknap and Throckmorton streets and proceeds east along Belknap, turns south on Commerce and goes to Ninth Street. At Ninth Street the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston Street, and then turns north on Houston Street to Weatherford Street.
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway features more than a million lights and 100 displays. Tickets cost $25 per carload and are available at the entrance or online. You only need one ticket per car.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, Texas
Prarie Lights is a two-mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring more than 4 million lights, hundreds of displays, a Holiday Magic light show, walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food, and family fun. About halfway through the drive, you'll find Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs.
Where: Lynn Creek Park is at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Take I-30 or I-20 to 360 and go south. Make a left turn at Camp Wisdom Road and a right on Lake Ridge Parkway.
Take a drive through this festively illuminated neighborhood. You can also make a reservation for a carriage ride, which begins in the Legacy Church parking lot at Legacy and Preston Meadow.
Where: Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston and Coit roads. Enter from Legacy on Colonnade and Archgate, noting one-way and restricted turn signs along Old Pond Drive and Hallmark Drive.