Happy December! I’m super excited to share this post in collaboration with Epic Helicopters. I’ve been living under a rock all week researching the holy night out of neighborhoods in DFW with amazing Christmas lights and drive-through light parks. If you drive around aimlessly looking for Christmas lights, light shows, and holiday displays every year, then look no further. This just might be the most comprehensive list you will come across.
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Gift of Lights: Texas Motor Speedway, 76177
TMS Gift of Lights is the LARGEST drive thru park in TEXAS boasting over 150 new LED light displays brought to you by Christmas by Zenith. Santa’s Village is bigger and better this year at 22,000 square feet! Be sure to visit the village to ride the miniature train and have photos with Santa.
Check their calendar of event before you go! TICKETS
Open every evening November 23 through December 30, 2017; 6-10 PM. Closed New Year’s Eve.
Fairmount Festivus: 1101 W. Magnolia Avenue 76110
Come celebrate the fourth year of Festivus! Tour the Fairmount neighborhood by bus to view the Christmas lights! Begin your tour at Kent & Co. The Space where you can enjoy refreshments and holiday activities. There will be a stop at Santa’s Village (Rosen House Inn) where you can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy carolers, and craft making activities and more! Hop back on the bus to return to The Space. TICKETS
December 12, 2017; 5:30-8:30 PM
View Christmas lights in style with private transportation. The best part is that you can leave the driving to someone else and just enjoy the lights! Silver West Limousines offers fab Holiday Light Tours to many destinations around the area. Call Brian for info on packages, pricing, and to book your tour at 817-870-1333.
The Lights at Interlochen: Westwood Drive & Randol Mill Road 76012
Celebrating its 44th anniversary this year, more than 200 homes make this one of DFW’s largest holiday light displays and one of the very first and original of its kind, enchanting visitors with their extravagant Christmas lights, decorations, and displays. Voted “Texas Best” Christmas lights by viewers of Texas Country Reporter television show.
December 15-25, 2017; 7:00-11:00 PM MAP
Dalworthington Gardens: Rushing Meadow Court & Harder Drive 76016
For more than 30 years David Kulesz has decorated his house with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, sparking his neighbors to follow suit. Don’t miss this amazing display that encompasses 2 cul-de-sacs and 14 houses. Mr. Kulesz’s light display is in honor of victims suffering from Alzheimer’s. A sign in his yard gives the address to make donations to the North Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Highland Park Neighborhood: Armstrong Parkway & Preston Road 75205
Bring the family out to tour this mansion filled neighborhood! Start at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road and wind your way through the streets to view the beautifully decorated homes. Be sure not to miss the Rheims to Mockingbird and Lomo Alta to Preston area! It is especially gorgeous and makes the perfect square! For the Prancerciser in you, try this 4 mile, 21 block walking tour. Start in Highland Park Village, head to Armstrong Parkway, work your way down Armstrong to Lakeside Park, boogie on over to Abbot, hook it over to Beverly and make your way to Douglas, then back to the Village.
Kessler Park Holiday Lights: Oak Cliff @ 1415 W. Colorado Blvd. 75208
Check out the five colorfully lit trees in the street island at Colorado and Lausanne with the beautiful Dallas skyline in the background. You won’t be disappointed! This is also a lovely neighborhood to drive around and see all the lights.
Christmas Lights, Chocolate, and Sips: Greenville Avenue 75206
View holiday lights in delicious style on our private motorcoach! Begin by tasting scrumptious treats from premier local dessert venues. Then relax as you glide past some of Dallas’ most spectacular holiday displays! While touring, you’ll sip hot chocolate, soft drinks, and water as well as other beverages (you may also bring your own).
November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018; 6:30 PM
Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park 75001
It’s the most dazzling time of the year! With millions of sparkling LED lights, Vitruvian Park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Lights come on at 6:00 PM on November 24 as the Mayor of Addison flips the switch! There are special events and performances on select evenings. Be sure to attend and make Vitruvian Lights a family tradition.
November 24, 2017-January 1, 2018
Glenbrook Christmas Lights: Cummings Drive @ Brookside Court 76021
For over 20 years, the Glenbrook subdivision has told the story of “It’s the night before Christmas, in Texas That is” using colorful storyboards and decorations.The streets are lined with beautiful red lights and the houses are brightly decorated with colorful lights and displays. Start a new family tradition by visiting this neighborhood every holiday season.
December 1-31, 2017; 6:00-10:00 PM
Daystar Television Network: 3901 Highway 121, 76021
Visible from state highway 121 with more than 1 million lights, a full, life-sized 20-piece nativity scene serves as a visual reminder of the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas. New this year is Christmas Town. This kid-friendly attraction includes an interactive 8-foot “JOY” sign, toy soldiers, a candy cane archway, Santa’s workshop, a gingerbread house, Olaf, Thomas the Train, and more! Daystar’s Scratch Cafe will be open every Friday and Saturday of December for holiday treats.
November 28, 2017-January 3, 2018; 6:00 PM
December 15-16, 20-22, 2017; 6:00-8:00 PM (Santa will visit)
December 22, 2017; 7:00 PM (Santa will read the Christmas Story)
Whistle Stop Christmas: Hulen Park 76033
Your kids will LOVE this Christmas wonderland!! Just a short drive down the tollway and you’re transported to Hulen Park turned magical village with more than 3.5 million lights. Check out the full SCHEDULE of fun activities including children’s train rides, lighted Christmas parade, pancakes with Santa, and much more! The Christmas tree lighting kicks off the season on November 20 at 6:30 PM!
November 20-December 31, 2017
Tour of Lights: Historical Park 75234
Tour of Lights is the longest animated light shows in DFW with over half a million shimmering lights. This tour will surely be a crowd pleaser with its themed displays ranging from fantasy to patriotic. There will be festive holiday music, and the grand finale includes Santa himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park.
November 24-December 30, 2017; 6:30-9:30 PM (Excludes December 3 & 25)
Prairie Lights: Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake 75052
Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the brand-new indoor Snow Maze, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget! EVENT DETAILS
November 23, 2017-January 1, 2018
Holidays at the Heard: Heard Museum 75069
Enjoy viewing holiday lights in nature. Walk the ½ mile Heard Trail to view a beautiful light display designed to enhance the nature that surrounds you. There will be photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature along with family-friendly entertainment. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. TICKETS
December 15-16, 2017; 6:30-9:00 PM
Eldorado Holiday Street Themes: Eldorado Parkway @ Country Club Drive 75070 Eldorado is widely known for its extensive, theme-based Christmas lights and decorations. People come from all over North Texas each year to drive through the streets and enjoy this tradition. Eldorado is just another secret neighborhood gem in DFW with so many homes decorated for Christmas. December 1-31, 2017
Tucker Hill Neighborhood Christmas Lights: Tucker Hill 75701 Although there isn’t a particular theme surrounding the holiday decor found in Tucker Hill, the residents are encouraged to go all out and even bring in a judge to pick their favorite. Traditionally, most homes have their lights and decor up by the second week of December. Start a new tradition and make this precious community a stop on your Christmas light tours. The Tucker Hill’s front porch lifestyle will take you back in time! December 1-30, 2017, 6:00-10:00 PM
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Diamond Loch Christmas Lights: Diamond Loch Drive 76180 Diamond Loch is another festive neighborhood that you can tune your car radio into a suggested local station and listen to holiday music while driving along their streets. You’ll avoid long lines and the fuss from well publicised holiday neighborhoods when you visit this NRH community. December 1-31, 2017; 6:00-10:00 PM
Deerfield Holiday Lights: Legacy Drive @ Colonnade or Archgate Drives 75024 This longtime holiday tradition has brought joy and fond memories to many families for years in this 16 plus block community LOADED with festively decorated homes. Vote on your favorite decorated homes by texting category and address to 469-200-4699. (Example: D – 1222 Main) A- BEST OVERALL B- MOST TRADITIONAL C- CHILDREN’S FAVORITE D- FUNNIEST December 1-30, 2017; 7:00-10:30 PM
Trophy Club Neighborhood Christmas Lights: 76262 This wealthy northern country club suburb of DFW has a Christmas light contest each year with four different award categories, including the Griswold Award, cause you can never have too many lights, right? December 1-31, 2017; 6:00-10:00 PM
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