Everything's bigger and brighter in Texas when it comes to Christmas lights. Dallas-Fort Worth has a number of beautiful holiday lighting displays so grab a peppermint latte, some hot cocoa for the kids and load up the station wagon a la Clark W. Griswold and enjoy the show. There's nothing like looking at holiday lights to get into the spirit of the season. If you live near the DFW area, make a weekend of it and do some shopping in the bargain. For seasonal show dates and times, check the websites.
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Addison: Vitruvian Lights
Walk and wind through the 12-acre park in Addison, where millions of sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 200 glittering trees to create this magical holiday wonderland.
Where: Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison, Texas
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Arlington: Interlochen Lights Display
One of the largest holiday light displays in North Texas comes to life when more than 200 Interlochen homeowners dress up their homes and lawns with Christmas lights and an assortment of holiday-themed displays.
- 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.
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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
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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 homes are beautifully dressed for the holidays. 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 available for a fee.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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This 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 – turn left (south) on Sylvan. Travel about a half a mile on Sylvan to Colorado – 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. It's a free drive-through display.
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Christmas in the Square is a computerized light show featuring more than 175,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. Visitors can drive, stroll or enjoy a leisurely 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. And it's all free.
Where: Frisco Square, Main Street at Coleman Boulevard
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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.
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Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedways features more than a million lights and 100 displays.
Cost: Tickets -- $25 per carload are available at the entrance or can be purchased online. You’ll only need one ticket per car.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TexasContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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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.
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Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a gingerbread latte and take a drive through this festively illuminated neighborhood. Driving through is free. Carriage rides are available through DFW Carriages.com. It's best to make a reservation although they will take walk-ups if a carriage is available. Carriage rides begin in the Legacy Church parking lot, 4501 Legacy Drive, located 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.