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4 Dec

The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Light Displays in DFW for 2017

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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FORT WORTH

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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.

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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

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Christmas Lights by Private Limo:

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.

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ARLINGTON

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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

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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.

DALLAS

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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.

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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.

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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

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ADDISON

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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

BEDFORD

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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

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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)

CLEBURNE

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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

FARMERS BRANCH

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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)

GRAND PRAIRIE

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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

MCKINNEY

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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

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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

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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

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

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Diamond Loch Christmas LightsDiamond 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

PLANO

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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

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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

GETTING INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Now you too can register your appalling, I mean ridiculously, I mean beautifully decorated abode right HERE and HERE, or at least find out who’s registered near you.

A UNIQUE & ROMANTIC WAY TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Anyone can load up their car with family or friends and head out for an evening of holiday cheer, but what about trying something different, maybe something you haven’t done before, EVER? Well, welcome to Santa’s Sleigh Ride!  Epic Helicopters is the largest helicopter tour operator in North Texas, offering several Christmas light tours from the sky! Experience the holiday magic in a genuinely Epic way when you climb aboard one of these whirlybirds.  Make this a memory your loved ones will NEVER forget!  Oh, and they do gift certificates too, the PERFECT STOCKING STUFFER!

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Be sure to check out The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2017. Over $1000 in prizes are being given away on this post. 

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I hope you enjoyed my annual Ultimate and Best list, since 2012.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a fabulous Holiday Season!!!

 

17 Sep

Welcome To SoFortWorthIt

Welcome to SoFortWorthIt

Welcome to SoFortWorthIt! SoFortWorthIt is a Fort Worth based lifestyle blog by Christy Dunaway Smith, featuring the latest in beauty, entertaining, fashion, jet-setting, the local social scene and more.

SoFortWorthIt was originally created in 2012 when our dear friend Hal, owner of Fort Worth Magazine, asked if I would become their social blogger. As a Fort Worth native, I was thrilled because I am so passionate about our city! One evening while my mother and I were enjoying cocktails and brainstorming blog ideas, the name SoFortWorthIt was born.

For more than four years, I was fortunate to share my expertise and experiences with Fort Worth Magazine readers. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to explore many fun topics with the support of the magazine. I developed a new confidence, and now I’m branching out on my own to showcase more content more often! I will still cover entertaining, home and interior design, social events and dining, travel, holidays, health and beauty…and maybe some personal drama too.

What better way to get started than to reacquaint ourselves?

I was born and raised in Fort Worth. Growing up, I attended Country Day, All Saints and Arlington Heights. During my 8th grade year, I went to school in Dallas, lived in Big D with my grandparents for a few summers in high school, and attended Southern Methodist University for college. While at SMU, I started dating my sweet husband Jason, who I met at a stop light. For a long time I was a dual city girl, attending events and making my society debuts in both Dallas and Fort Worth, but after graduation, I decided to plant my roots in The Fort.

Steeple Chase Ball with my parents in 1996.
Visiting with friends at a debutant ball in Dallas in 1997.
Dancing with my grandfather, Francis Winn.

Jason and I have two boys. Our first born rule follower is twelve, and my mini-me party animal just turned nine. We have a cat named Spooky Boots, and a Lab we call Boo (both pets were adopted in October). We also have a rotating door of critters ranging from parakeets, turtles, snakes, hedgehogs, and whatever other heartbeats my kids collect along the way. Oh, and let’s not forget about the amphibian in our kitchen that my kids won at the rodeo, aka Kitchen Fish. We affectionately refer to our house as The Smith Family Zoo!

Family and faith are important to me. Without getting too wordy, I’d like to emphasize that I am a non-stereotypical Christian – an open-minded, social drinking, occasional F-bomb dropping (but never around my children) kind of Christian. We attend a bible church regularly, I cherish my mom’s group bible study, and I love being a youth leader at VBS in the summer when there isn’t a travel conflict on the calendar. I try my best to put God first, husband second, and kids third – except when it’s not possible to go in that exact order, which is frequently. I mean, who are we really kidding, let’s be honest here.

Besides faith and family, my true love is entertaining. I enjoy doing this because it forms relationships and brings everyone together to celebrate even life’s smallest joys. I owe my love for this “sport” to my parents and grandparents, who hosted magical parties for all occasions with amazing food, breathtaking decorations, and ever-present entertainment.

I believe my passion for entertaining is best seen in the exquisite details of each event, from wildly wonderful tablescapes to unexpected surprises.

Although I love going for the wow factor, I appreciate a simple approach when it comes to entertaining, too.

Design is also top on my passion list! Whether it’s a room in your home or a perfectly decorated table, stellar design sets the tone for everything! Not only will I showcase fabulous interior spaces and beautiful tablescapes from my own home, but we will go behind the scenes for different occasions to explore other people’s homes and the way they entertain and decorate.

Here’s a little taste of what else you’ll experience on SoFortWorthIt:

Beauty: Maintaining the Fountain of Youth, anti-aging secrets, beauty education, current trends, product launches, personal services and more.

Design: Decorating tips, styling tricks, trade secrets, home and garden tours, and antique shopping.

Entertaining: Simple to grand-scale tablescapes, floral design, holiday inspiration and dining, parties and even hostess tips and etiquette.

Jet-Setting: From local staycations to global adventures, city tours and excursions, experience the exciting journey through my eyes.

SFWI-Scene: Everything fun and fab in The Fort, grand openings, restaurant events, and all the places to see and be seen.

Style: Casual to couture apparel, costume to precious jewels, in-store events and fashion shows in and around DFW.

Wellness: Healthy recipes, organic foods, the power of essential oils, holistic lifestyle, and sharing what I’ve learned along the way from my own health journey.

The Calendar: Your go-to spot for social and charity events and so much more.

Subscribe via email to stay up to date with SoFortWorthIt. GIVEAWAYS are the best part of SoFortWorthIt! Almost every post will have a prize for a lucky local. From helicopter rides, rodeo boxes, concerts, restaurants and even tickets to sold out galas, I’ve got you covered! In fact, SoFortWorthIt has given away over $50,000 worth of prizes since 2012!

I know you’ll enjoy reading SoFortWorthIt. I’m excited to continue sharing everything I love with you and hope to inspire you along the way. As always, I LOOOOVE hearing from you and reading your comments. SoFortWorthIt wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for all of your LIKING and SHARING of my posts! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It means the world to me. xoxo

16 Sep

SoFortWorthIt LOVES Beauty

When I was a little girl, my mom always said to me, “beauty comes from the inside.” I never quite understood what she meant. I thought, how could your guts be pretty? It wasn’t until the dreaded, hormonal, pre-teen phases of middle school, when I started to realize what she was trying to tell me. People’s behaviors determined if they were truly beautiful or not. I feel very fortunate my parents emphasized the importance of inner beauty, because no matter what you look like on the outside, if your inside isn’t beautiful, then you’re just plain ugly.

Me, at age three.

Truthfully though, no matter who you are on the inside or out, we all want to look the best we can, right?

Fort Worth Star Telegram, Class Acts, 1991.

Well, you have come to the right place! I can’t wait to share with you the amazing world of maintaining your fountain of youth. Speaking of youth, here are two dear friends of mine who know more about beauty products than anyone else I know.

Lisa, on the left, is the founder of LA FACE, an all natural and organic luxury skincare line. She definitely knows the science behind age defying. Kathryn, on the right, has tried every beauty product known to man, no joke. In fact, she travels with a duffle bag filled to the brim with all of her lotions and potions.

These gals are my go-to when it comes to trying something new or answering any questions I might have about ingredients. I look forward to sharing their opinions here in SFWI Loves Beauty!

I’ll talk about what’s happening in the DFW area with current trends, beauty education, and products & services.

I’ll also share all the details of the products I’m using and my current routine.

Charlie Price, hairstylist to the stars, Charlie & Co., 2017.
Makeup application at the Chanel counter, Neiman Marcus, 2017.
Airbrush makeup application, Bella Retreat, 2016.

Most importantly, I will never write sponsored content about a product or brand that isn’t already a natural fit for myself. I will always stay true to my readers. If you see something here, rest assured I love it, and it’s worth trying!

SoForthWorthIt is always on the hunt for the holy grail of luxurious beauty products and trends. If you have a product that meets my standards, I’d love to collaborate! Reach out to [email protected]