We’re suckers for pretty holiday lights, so we’ve rounded up the best 2016 holiday light displays and festive neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for your (and our) viewing enjoyment. The best part? Most of them are free. So go ahead – grab the cider, pile in the car and make your rounds through these fabulous light exhibitions, perfect for date night or family night out.
Magic of Christmas Light Show Spectacular, Grapevine
Nov 22-Jan 8
Details: Head to the corner of Main Street and Dallas Road for a 20-minute light display that will knock off your Christmas socks. Millions of lights envelop the town, allowing Grapevine to live up to the title of “Christmas Capital of Texas.” For additional fun, try out the Parade of Lights (the biggest Christmas parade in North Texas) on Dec 1 or the Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine on Dec 3.
651 S Main Street, Grapevine
Vitruvian Lights, Addison
Nov 25–Jan 1
Details: Mayor Todd Meier will flip the switch on Vitruvian Park’s annual light display at 6pm on Nov 25; from then on, you’re free to stroll through 12 acres of colorful wrapped trees every night through Jan 1. Other holiday activities like photo ops with Santa will be available at the lighting ceremony on opening night, and look out for special concerts happening every weekend.
3875 Ponte Ave., Addison
The Lights at Interlochen, Arlington
Details: The homeowners in this Arlington neighborhood know how to capture the spirit of the season. Their festive light displays have become a must-see attraction for families in Dallas-Fort Worth. Start your driving tour at the intersection of Randol Mill and Westwood Drive. Traffic is always heavy, so allow several hours for your tour.
Christmas Tour of Lights, Farmers Branch
Nov 25–Dec 30 (closed Dec 3 & Christmas Day)
Admission: Free ($5 donations suggested)
Details: This drive-through display featuring over 300,000 lights starts at I-35 and Valley View, but follows a different route this year. Follow the candy cane signs and you’ll wind up in Farmers Branch Historical Park for a new dancing lights display incorporating the historic buildings. On December 3, count down to the official Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show while tubing down a snow hill and sipping hot chocolate.
Gift of Lights, Fort Worth
Nov 24–Dec 30
Admission: $25 per car; purchase tickets in advance online for access to Express Lane. Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and receive $5 off admission.
Details: Leave your need for speed behind as you cruise through Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway, featuring 150 new displays. At the end of your driving tour, visit Santa’s Village for photos with Santa and other family-friendly activities. The event benefits local charities such as Ronald McDonald House and Speedway Children’s Charities.
3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth
Christmas in the Square, Frisco
Nov 25–Jan 1
6–10pm nightly; 5–10pm on Dec 20
Admission: Free; some attractions cost extra
Details: Christmas in the Square is one big holiday extravaganza, with a Christmas tree lot, carriage rides and of course an impressive display of lights lining the downtown shops. On the weekends, watch for falling snow, and mark your calendar for December 17 for a big night of special events (including a parachuting Santa, snow tubing, ice skating, and an interactive snow play area) to celebrate the tradition of Christmas on the Square.
Prairie Lights, Grand Prairie
Nov 24–Jan 1
Sun–Thurs 6–9pm; Fri–Sat 6–10pm
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day 6–10pm
Admission: $25 per car Mon–Thurs; $30 per car Fri–Sun & holidays; some attractions cost extra
Details: Drive through two miles of over 4 million sparkling lights, including a light tunnel finale. Halfway through, you can pull over at Holiday Village for concessions, rides, photo ops with Santa, a new laser light show and a walk-through light display that highlights holiday traditions around the world. Expect to spend 45 minutes–1.5 hours in the park (longer on weekends). Restrooms available at Holiday Village.
Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie
Best viewing: Mid-December–Dec 31
Details: Enter the tastefully decorated streets of Highland Park at Preston and Mockingbird or Preston and Armstrong for spectacular, professionally done house light displays your family will love. We recommend reserving a carriage through Brazos Carriage, Whitehaven Carriage, Vintage Carriage or NorthStar Carriages to make your tour through Highland Park even more special. Don’t forget hot cocoa!
Best viewing: Dec 1–31; 7–11pm
Admission: Free, donations accepted for Children’s Medical Center
Details: This northwest Plano neighborhood between Preston and Coit has a tradition of elaborate holiday light displays, spurred by a contest early in the neighborhood’s establishment. Cars are free to tour the streets along suggested routes (download the map from their website), or you can reserve a carriage through NorthStar Carriages. Deerfield is best accessed from Legacy Drive, but you may find entrances from Preston Meadow and Ohio Drive to be less congested. Plus: you can text in your vote for your favorites.
Santa Land, Tyler
Nov 1–Jan 4
Admission: $25 per car; some attractions cost extra
Details: No holiday lights round-up would be complete without Santa Land, nearing its twentieth year. This huge drive-through park near Tyler beckons families from the highway with more than 2.5 million lights spread across 24 acres, including the Twirling Tunnel of Lights and dancing Christmas trees. Trailer rides through the lights are available through December 26 for $12 per person. Don’t miss the gift shop or photos with Santa. Concessions available. Arrive early.
11455 I-20 West, Tyler
Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour, Dallas
Nov 29-Dec 30
5:30 or 6:30 nightly
Admission: $43 per person
Details: Let someone else take the wheel as you tour through some of the best light scenes Dallas has to offer. Plan on hitting places such as downtown, the Vitruvian Lights in Addison, and Park Cities, all from the comfort of a private motor coach. The journey starts with a taste of dessert from premier local venues, and continues with hot chocolate, soft drinks and other beverages. Count on knowledgeable tour guides and festive music to usher in the holiday spirit. Book online in advance, as tours sell out quickly.
5118 Greenville Ave, Dallas