Few things can both simultaneously light up a night and lift someone’s mood quite like a beautiful display of holiday lights. When these kaleidoscopes of seasonal cheer come alive, remembrances of childhood spring to mind. With the number of and types of displays, Dallas-Fort Worth certainly knows how to capture the spirit of the season.
Christmas light displays in the Metroplex are both big and bright and among the state’s most spectacular.
12 Days of Christmas
Leading the way is the magnificent display at the Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum’s lush gardens transform during the holiday season with more than one million lights that sparkle at night in the 12 Days of Christmas display. Tour the grounds as the Arboretum opens after dark and see the 12, 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos, each themed according to the traditional holiday carol. This three-quarter-mile walk is annually one of the area’s best displays. It begins Wednesday through Sunday in mid-November through the end of December.
In Addison, Vitruvian Park offers a walking trail winding its way around the park’s man-made lake and brightly colored Christmas lights are strung up virtually everywhere the eye can see. The lights are switched on Nov. 29 to Jan. 1. Get out there early as the park is very popular and only gets more so during the season.
Christmas in the Square
Another North Texas favorite holiday light spot is the city of Frisco and Christmas in the Square. The buildings along Frisco’s historic downtown square are lit up and synced to music broadcast on local radio frequencies. When you’ve finished enjoying the lights, go for a horse-drawn carriage ride or take a spin on the ice rink. Christmas in the Square runs through Dec. 31.
Gift of Light
The Texas Motor Speedway plays host each year to the Gift of Lights. Visitors literally drive through one of the largest holiday light displays in Texas, which benefits numerous local charities. The lights go up the end of November and last to the end of December.
Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Over Texas theme park in Arlington has Holiday in the Park, with a massive Christmas tree, more than a million twinkling lights, five holiday shows and nightly visits from Santa Claus. The holiday spirit begins in the middle of November through the end of the year.