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 SUV, and enjoy the holiday events and lighting displays. Some displays offer refreshments, rides, and visits with Santa, while others go all out, even offering carriage rides.
Addison: Vitruvian Park Lights
Walk and wind through the 19-acre Vitruvian Park in Addison, where millions of sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 500 glittering trees to create this magical holiday wonderland. The lights are turned on November 27, 2020, and can be enjoyed all the way through January 3, 2021, every night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Entrance to the park as well as parking are both free.
In addition to the lights, there are usually musical performances, gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, free photos with Santa, classic holiday characters, and an elf balloon artist. However, these activities have been canceled for the 2020–2021 season.
Arlington: Interlochen Lights Display
One of the largest holiday light displays in North Texas comes to life when more than 200 Arlington neighbors dress up their homes and lawns with Christmas lights and an assortment of holiday-themed displays for the Interlochen Lights Display.
For the 2020 holiday season, you can drive through the illuminated neighborhood at no cost beginning December 18 until Christmas Day, from 7–11 p.m. each night. There is a route that all drivers must follow, with the only entrance at the intersection of West Randol Mill Road and Westwood Drive.
Arlington: Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas
Holiday in the Park celebrates the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. The park sparkles with more than a million twinkling lights and hosts a variety of holiday shows. Enjoy toasty campfires, delicious hot cocoa, a huge tree, Santa Land, and Santa Claus. The celebration usually runs from November 20, 2020, until January 4, 2021, on select nights. Your general admission into the park includes access to all of the holiday activities, although for the 2020–2021 season, your tickets must be purchased in advance for a specific day.
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 elaborate holiday lights in Dallas. The lights are available from late November through the holidays, and while you can drive through them in your own vehicle, you can make the journey extra festive by booking a carriage ride. Brazos Carriages and White Haven Carriages both offer horse-drawn sleigh rides through the neighborhood for a truly memorable experience. For the 2020–2021 holiday season, neither company is providing blankets to riders, but you're welcome to bring your own.
Frisco: Christmas in the Square
Christmas in the Square is a light show featuring more than 180,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. Visitors can drive, stroll, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage past the shops, restaurants, and amazing holiday displays 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. The Christmas in the Square Light Show is open nightly during the festival, which runs from November 27, 2020, until January 4, 2021.
Fort Worth: Sundance Square Parade of Lights
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.
The parade is usually held just before Thanksgiving, taking place on November 24, 2020. It starts at the intersection of Throckmorton and Weatherford Streets, proceeds south along Commerce Street, and ends on Third Street.
Fort Worth: Gift of Lights
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway is a two-mile-long track featuring more than three million lights. Tickets start at $30 per carload and are available at the entrance or online. You only need one ticket per car, and your ticket is good for enjoying the display at any time you like. The website has a pre-made holiday music playlist so you can put on some seasonal tunes while driving through the lights for a full Christmas experience.
For the 2020–2021 season, Gift of Lights runs from November 27 through January 3. A new guideline is that all passengers must be inside a vehicle; no one is allowed to exit the vehicle, sit in the bed of a truck, or enter on a motorcycle.
Grand Prairie: Prairie Lights
Prairie Lights is a two-mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring more than four million lights, hundreds of displays, a Holiday Magic light show, walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food, and family fun. However, the 2020–2021 event has been modified to be a completely in-car experience, with the carnival and Santa events canceled.
Prairie Lights runs from Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve, and the cost starts at $30 per vehicle. Extra-long lines have been reported for the 2020–2021 season, and some nights the park reaches capacity before the closing time. To avoid long lines, check the park status before leaving, visit between Christmas and New Year's Eve, or consider purchasing a Fast Pass to guarantee entry and skip the line.
Take a drive through the festively illuminated Deerfield neighborhood. You can also make a reservation for a carriage ride, which begins in the Legacy Church parking lot at Legacy and Preston Meadow. Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston and Coit roads. There are several ways to enter the neighborhood, but the roads that enter from Legacy Avenue tend to have the longest lines.
The lights are on every night from December 1–30, 2020, from sunset to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on weekends.