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24 Oct

How to Design an Elaborate Halloween Tablescape

Flash back to 2013 when I first wrote about this elaborate Halloween tablescape article on my blog with Fort Worth Magazine! I’m bringing it back from the grave for your reading and viewing pleasures! Enjoy, and happy Halloween!

Here, in my parents home, an elaborately decorated dining table with seating for 14 guest was whipped up in true Carol Dunaway fashion.  Enjoy these inspirations for your own Halloween table design.

Elaborate Halloween Tablescape
Elaborate Halloween Tablescape

Six skulls from Katherine’s Collection were the main focal point of this table.

Mom got crafty when she made these homemade stone-crusted Elizabethan Collars to compliment the decorative skulls.

These large Katherine’s Collection skulls didn’t come with those darling tophat headbands with their own jewel-toned glittered mini-me’s.  But they were the perfect addition to this ensemble or to any outfit for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

Crystal Skull

Glittered candles from Pier 1 (similar) and decorative butterflies along with black and white ribbon from Amazon add to the decor.

Black Sparkle candle

Arranged white Hydrangeas in mirrored containers add that garden touch I alwasy enjoy incorporating in my own tablescapes.

The perfect addition, bone encrusted ornaments hanging from the chandelier.

Complimenting the theme of the table are two different sizes of black goblets.

Several layers of alabaster & silver rimmed plates are stacked upon these fabulous chargers that burst with silver, along with one of my very favorite flatware.

And don’t forget to do name cards! Individually wrapped custom made bone cookies were the finishing touch.

Silver-lined plates and chargers

Having a wreath on the front door gets the party started before your guest walk in.

Halloween Door Wreath

Recreate this elaborate Halloween tablescape HERE!

If you are anything like me and already planning for the Christmas holiday then don’t miss this Christmas Tablescape!

Happy holiday planning!


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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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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


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.




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.

Chocolate Tour

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



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



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


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.


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!!!


28 Nov

The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2017

2017 Ultimate and Best in DFW

Welcome to The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW for 2017. I’ve spent hours curating, updating and adding to this collection and I’m proud to bring this post to you for the sixth year in a row. I hope you enjoy building precious memories with your family from the list below.

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Candlelight Christmas Ryan Place

A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place: 2401 College Avenue 76110

The 34th annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place features five festively decorated homes. This tour features homes from a 1919 treasure, to beautiful homes from the 1920’s, 1940’s, and even a mid-century traditional ranch style home. This year’s home tour has many different examples of period architecture for everyone to enjoy.

December 2, 2017; Noon-9:00 PM

December 3, 2017; Noon-5:00 PM

Clearfork Christmas

A Clearfork Christmas: The Shops at Clearfork 76109

Visit The Shops at Clearfork for a Clearfork Christmas! Enjoy a fun-filled day with carriage rides, hot chocolate bar, face painting, Texas Boys Choir performance, Santa’s arrival and meet the ballerinas of the Texas Ballet. Classic Tea Parties at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED).

December 2, 2017; 10:00 AM


Clearfork Holiday Market: Heart of the Ranch 76109

Shop a wide range of local merchants and artisans vendors at the second-annual The Clearfork Holiday Market. This free, family-friendly evening event features festive fun with Santa Claus, Reindeer, Music, a North Pole Mailbox and More!

Holiday food and beverages available for sale from Central Market, Dough Boy Donuts, and The Beignet Bus.

December 5, 2017; 5:30-8:30 PM


Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

This Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza has become a holiday tradition cherished by many in Fort Worth. Friends and families gather for fun and festivities, and the patients of Cook Children’s Medical Center are the beneficiaries.

November 30-December 1, 2017

FWBG Bird Event Dec 2015

Santa’s Wonderland: Fort Worth Botanic Garden 76107

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus for an afternoon of crafts, games, story time, holiday treats and a Christmas movie!

December 16, 2017; 1:00-5:00 PM


Fort Worth Opera Christmas Concert: Fort Worth Botanic Garden 76107 Kick off the holidays with this FREE sing-a-long concert. Celebrate the season with the Fort Worth Opera and TCU Lesley Apprentice Artists as they perform a festive blend of classic carols, holiday songs, and opera favorites! ‘Tis the season! December 2, 2017; 2:30-4:30 PM


Christmas High Tea: Fort Worth Botanic Garden 76107 You are cordially invited to celebrate a Holiday High Tea. Dress up in lace and pearls for this magnificent event. Be sure to make RESERVATIONS! Space is limited. December 9, 2017; 3:30-4:30 PM

Christmas in the Stockyards

Christmas in the Stockyards: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District will host its annual Christmas in the Stockyards on the veranda of the Historic Livestock Exchange Building, inside Stockyards Station and along East Exchange Avenue. Western Heritage activities for the entire family include caroling, face painting, Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Shoe, a cattle drive, photos with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, and much more. Christmas parade begins at 4:00 PM. December 2, 2017; 11:00 AM-5:00 PM


Santa’s Arrival in the Stockyards: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 Other activities include caroling, the Cow Camp, face painting, cowboy poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, and The Legends of Texas! November 24, 2017; 11:00 AM-8:00 PM


Sippin’ and Shoppin’ at Stockyards Station: Fort Worth Stockyards 76164 Enjoy a wine stroll through Stockyards Station and explore more than 20 unique shops carrying authentic wear with a Western flare and other custom goods while enjoying five tastings of hand-selected wines from Cowtown Winery. Enter the raffle to win awesome prizes including rodeo tickets, museum tickets and a week’s summer camp at Skye Ranch! November 16, 2017

Grapevine ChristmasWineTrain

Christmas Wine Train: Historic Stockyards: 130 E. Exchange Avenue 76164 Climb aboard this vintage train for a grown-up Christmas event! Guests will enjoy a special dinner, complimentary wine served in a souvenir glass. Riders must be at least 21 years of age. December 7, 2017; 7:00 PM SOLD OUT!


Wright Holiday Magic Concert: Scott Theatre 76107 Pianist and composer Danny Wright brings a holiday performance you won’t soon forget! Trained as a classical pianist, Wright composes and performs original compositions blended with various influences including new age piano, contemporary jazz, classical and neoclassical Performances by Symphony Strings, Texas Boys Choir, and Miss Elizabeth Wills, are included as well. A dessert reception and CD signing will be held immediately following the performance. Book reservations at 817-763-5087 or December 16, 2017; 7:00 PM


Sugar Rush: Ashton Depot 76102

Join Santa in the land of never-ending candy, sugar, and fun! Champagne for parents, delicious brunch and all the sweet treats your kids can stand! Yummy activities include candy-colored hair extensions, face candy, s’mores station, scavenger hunt, letters to Santa, a Candy Dash and more! TICKETS

December 17, 2017; 12:30-2:30 PM


Holidays at the Hearth: Log Cabin Village 76109 Enjoy historic holiday traditions with music, crafts, games, and more! Plus, get your digital photo taken with Santa. December 2, 2017; 1:00-4:00 PM


It’s Christmas Market Expo: Will Rogers Memorial Center 76107 Enjoy a festive holiday shopping experience with tons of vendors, holiday music, 1000s of unique items perfect for holiday gifts, drawings, prizes and delicious food! Admission is $5 per adult. Kids are free with paid adult. December 16, 2017; 9:00 AM-4:00 PM


Panther Island Ice: Coyote Drive-In 76164 Enjoy skating at Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice rink located at Coyote Drive-In. A movie ticket is not required to skate. Coyote Canteen offers seasonal food along with a full menu. November 17, 2017-January 15, 2018

FtW Museum of Science

Polar Pajama Party: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History 76107

Enjoy hot chocolate and wintry hands-on activities at the Polar Pajama Party. Immediately following the party, snuggle up to watch The Polar Express IMAX film.

Various Mornings and Evenings beginning November 25 through December 10, 2017.

Starlight Symphony

Starlight Symphony West 7th Street: Crockett @ Currie 76107

On Friday and Saturday evenings, families and friends will enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides around Crockett Row. Community and local choirs, vocalists and musicians will also perform from Crockett Square on the weekends. Santa will make appearances December 9 and 23. Participate in the gift drive benefitting SafeHaven Fort Worth December 9-18. Carriage rides Fridays and Saturdays November 25-December 30; 6:00-9:00 PM.


Sundance Square Plaza: 201 Main Street 76102

Start off the holiday season with the Sundance Square Christmas tree lighting. See the spectacular 65 foot Blue Spruce come to light surrounded by decorative water fountains. Also in the Square are the four giant umbrellas covering more than 6,400 sq. ft.  as they provide beautiful lighting displays after dark. Don’t miss many FREE special events including holiday choir performances, concerts and Santa.

November 18-December 31, 2017


XTO Energy Parade of Lights: Downtown Fort Worth 76102

The Parade of Lights is the perfect way to end a great day of shopping, dining, and festive activities downtown. Kick off the holiday season watching the 100+ floats as they make their way around downtown. This year, you can enjoy the 65 foot Christmas tree in Sundance Square before the parade. RESERVED SEATING

November 19, 2017; 6:00 PM

Eagle Mountain Parade of Lights

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: Eagle Mountain Marina 76135

Bring your boat or watch boaters participate in this annual Christmas lake tradition. The Parade of Lights will include prizes for Best Decorated Boat in three different categories and Best Costume. The parade will start at Eagle Mountain Marina and end at the Fort Worth Boat Club.

December 2, 2017; 7:00 – 10:00 PM



Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park 75001

It’s the most dazzling time of the year! With millions of sparkling LED lights, 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


Christmas Tyme Aledo

Christmas Tyme: Downtown Aledo 76008

The 40th annual Arts & Crafts Fair launches the holiday season and continues as a tradition. Shop at this day-long festival for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts from 50+ vendors! Celebrate the 17th Annual Christmas Tyme in Aledo with holiday fun, food, and entertainment for all ages. Lots of attractions are scheduled in and around downtown and local storefront businesses will stay open late, providing activities and refreshments for visitors! Santa and his reindeer will be stopping by again this year! Bring your friends and family and enjoy all that Aledo has to offer this holiday season! PS- Pop into The Bird’s Nest, they have great gifts for girlfriends and more!

December 2, 2017 Arts & Crafts Fair 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Christmas Tyme 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM



Santa’s Toy Factory: The Parks Mall in Arlington 76015

Check out Santa’s Toy Factory! You can test new toys and even digitally design your own! Get the Fast Pass to see Santa. There will also be a special PJ Nights where you can visit Santa and take photos.

November 11-December 24, 2017

ArlingtonParadeof Lights

Arlington Holiday Lights Parade: Downtown Arlington 76010

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade.  See and hear the pageantry which ends with the lighting of the Christmas tree on the steps of City Hall. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Levitt Pavilion in Founders Plaza at 100 W. Abram St. Pre and post-parade activities include music, food, vendors, and a screening of the movie “Elf”.  

December 9, 2017; 2:00 PM Parade beings at 6:00 PM


Christmas at Campo Verde: Campo Verde Restaurant 76013

120,000 lights, 3,000 yards of multicolor garland, 50 Santa Claus’s,  30 Christmasmas trees, and two model trains that travel 635 feet throughout the entire restaurant and bar.  

October 2017 – March 2018


Enchant Christmas: Globe Life Park-Lot F 76011

You will find a world of enchantment at this wondrous Christmas extravaganza! Visit the most scenic wonderland in Texas with 2 million lights as well as the largest Christmas tree in North Texas. Make lasting memories as you glide along on the skating pond or navigate your way through the world’s largest maze. The children will enjoy the mini maze. Shop and take in the live entertainment. Enchant offers something for everyone and even includes a VIP experience you won’t soon forget. This is definitely A DON’T MISS!! There are a limited number of tickets for each night, so book early.

November 24-December 31, 2017

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Christmas at the Cabins: Knapp Heritage Park 76011 Experience pioneer life in this tiny log cabin village with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, live blacksmith demonstrations and tree lighting with refreshments. AISD school choirs will provide holiday music while children decorate the Christmas tree. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for a fee. December 1, 2017


Holiday in the Park: Six Flags 76011 This breathtaking wonderland is perfect for the whole family, so gather your loved ones to enjoy sparkling lights, glamorous decorations, festive scents and seasonal treats, playful activities, hair-raising rides and heartwarming shows with over a million lights and a real snow-packed Frosty Snowhill! A holiday must for the young and the young at heart. You can’t go wrong with this standard Metroplex favorite. November 19, 2017-January 7, 2018


Searching for Santa Ballpark Tours: Globe Life Park 76011

Take a tour behind the scenes at Globe Life Park and tell Santa what’s on your wish list this year. Enjoy a one hour guided tour of the ballpark where you will see areas like the home dugout, batting cages and more. Access to the Kid’s Zone play area and yummy sweet treats are included.

December 16, 2017; 10:00 AM-2:00 PM



NightSCARE Before Christmas: Moxley Manor 76021

Prepare for the SCARE!! Moxley Manor has been overrun by evil elves and the legend of Krampus. Celebrating its eighth year, this haunted house with a twist won’t disappoint.

December 16, 2017; 8:00-10:45 PM


BenbrookTreeLightingand Fireworks

26th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks: Dutch Branch Park 76126

Winter Wonderland will come alive as it bursts into a display of twinkling lights & holiday decorations. Capture the spirit of the season immediately following the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks Show at Dutch Branch Park. Follow the tunnel of lights and you’ll wind up at the new “Vernon Castle” display. The Christmas illumination runs every evening through the New Year.

December 2, 2017; 7:00 PM



Old-Fashioned Christmas: A.W. Perry Museum 75006

Bring the whole family to this popular celebration! Victorian carolers and Santa Claus will be spreading holiday cheer. Enjoy cookies and ornament making at our annual event to welcome the season! Walk through the historic 1909 home to see its festive decorations. Informal tours are available throughout the evening.

December 1, 2017; 6:00-8:30 PM


Mainstay Farms Xmas

Christmas Farm Adventure: Mainstay Farm 76031

Experience over 30 attractions and the Biggest Backyard in Texas with the New Texas Tubin’ Hill. VISIT SANTA in the Barn! Roast marshmallows at Santa’s S’more Station, scour our field for the perfect tree for your home or go into our 30,000sq feet big barn and shop the imported trees while supplies last! Don’t miss going in the Haymarket for the ornament selection and Christmas decor and Christmas gift shopping.

November 24-26, December 2-3, 9-10, 2017


ABPA HomeTour

ABPA Homes for the Holidays: Highland Park 75205

Homes for the Holidays, the primary fundraiser for the Armstrong Bradfield Preschool Association, highlights 4 of the most spectacular dwellings in Highland Park and University Park.

December 1, 2017; 9:30 AM-1:00 PM


Candlelight: Dallas Heritage Village 75215

For 46 years, Candlelight has been a tradition among families. With 13 acres of decorated buildings, flickering candles lining the paths, strolling carolers, carriage rides, and crafts for those young and young at heart, Candlelight captures the holiday spirit for all.

December 9-10, 2017; 3:00-9:00 PM


Nissan’s Winter Wonderlights: Klyde Warren Park 75201

Celebrate the holidays beginning with this fun day at Klyde Warren Park! Activities include kids’ crafts, face painting, food trucks, FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a mailbox to send letters to Santa. There will also be as well as big band entertainment. The height of festivities is the Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 PM.

December 2, 2017; 2:00-6:00 PM


Celebration of Lights: SMU Campus at Dallas Hall 75205

The entire SMU and surrounding communities gather for this joyous occasion to watch the famous Dallas Hall light up with thousands of lights in all its wonder. Our program begins with hot cocoa and cider accompanied by warm cookies to comfort everyone amidst the cold December of Dallas. People proceed to gather on Dallas Hall Lawn and listen to carols performed by SMU students. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, reads the Christmas Story from his own family Bible! Upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, Silent Night ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees.  

November 27, 2017


Breakfast with Santa: Adolphus Hotel 75202

Festivities include photographs with Santa Claus, face painting, balloon artists, character appearances, clowns, magicians and much more.

December 2, 2017; 8:30 AM


Christmas at the Anatole: Anatole Hotel 75207

Christmas at the Anatole is proud to feature new this year Peppermint Park! Activites will take place at the Anatole park and will feature games and activities for kids, visits with Santa Claus, holiday shows, train rides around the park, marionettes, light displays and more!

November 24-26, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-23, 26-30, 2017; 5:00-9:00 PM


Christmas at the White House: George W. Bush Presidential Center 75205 In the spring of 2005, President and Mrs. George W. Bush chose the theme All Things Bright and Beautiful to highlight the beauty to be found in nature, especially the fruits, flowers, and plants of the winter holidays. At the George W. Bush Presidential Center, visitors will discover the beauty and excitement of the White House holiday. The all-new exhibit showcases gorgeous flowers and colorful murals, behind-the-scenes photos, Mrs. Bush’s holiday dress, BarneyCam videos, and more. Winter Program Schedule November 16, 2017-January 7, 2018


Dallas Holiday Parade: Downtown Dallas 75202

This year’s event will feature spirited marching bands, famous characters, magical holiday floats, larger-than-life balloons and much more.

December 2, 2017; 10:00-11:30 AM


Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Parkway 75240

Celebrate the Galleria’s 36th holiday season with a full schedule of events including daily Grand Tree Lighting Celebration, Illumination Celebration, Slappy’s Holiday Circus, carolers, visit Santa Claus in his village and so much more. Not to be missed are the Holiday Teas and Breakfasts with Santa at American Girl. Full schedule HERE

November 17-December 31, 2017


Highland Park Christmas Tree Lighting: Armstrong Parkway (Just west of Preston Road) 75205

Be a part of history as you celebrate the oldest Christmas tradition in Dallas County. See the  5,000 red, blue, orange, and green lights as they illuminate the “Big Pecan Tree”. The celebration begins at 6:00 PM with live reindeer, Christmas treats, photo bus, and face painting. At 7:00 PM, the lights come on! The ceremony concludes with Santa arriving on a big red fire truck.

December 7, 2017; 6:00 PM


Holiday Night Local: Highland Park Village 75205

Enjoy complimentary carriage rides, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in, face painting, live musical performances at the annual Highland Park Village Holiday Celebration.

December 13, 2017; 5:00-9:00 PM


Holiday at the Arboretum: Dallas Arboretum 75218

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden present Holiday at the Arboretum featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit. The DeGolyer House features a new “Nutcracker Suite” exhibit, with a collection of more than 800 nutcracker figures on display throughout the historic home. The garden re-opens for evening hours for 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit, which is on display Wednesday through Sunday beginning November 8 through December 30. 500,000 lights illuminate the garden, architecture of the historic homes and light the canopies overhead-including a 30-foot-tall tree at the center of the property. Special Holiday Events and Activities: Elves’ workshop, karaoke, visits with Santa, photobus and much more will round out your adventure to the Dallas Arboretum. Be sure to make RESERVATIONS for the special activities!

November 4, 2017-January 7, 2018


Holiday Wonder: Fair Park 75210

Holiday Wonder makes its debut at Fair Park! You will marvel at this walk-through winter wonderland created with holiday-themed Chinese lanterns. The more than two million lights bring to life holiday favorites in giant illuminated eye-catching displays, including Santa Claus, beautiful floating swans, perennial holiday favorites, and more. Make unforgettable holiday memories as you enjoy the two-story Santa’s Arctic Slide; snowball throwing; music, dance, and world-class acrobatics show.

November 21, 2017-January 7, 2018


Light Up Lee Park: Lee Park 75230 Kick off the holiday season by joining family, friends, and neighbors and watch Oak Lawn Park and Arlington Hall come alive with twinkling white lights on the Great Lawn of Oak Lawn Park. This is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. November 28, 2017 5:30-7:30 PM


Reliant Lights Your Holidays: AT&T Performing Arts Center 75201 Bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic and illumination of the Center’s campus with dazzling LED lights. This FREE festival includes children’s crafts, a gigantic fireworks show and Holiday concert featuring RaeLynn and En Vogue. December 2, 2017; 5:30 PM

Reunion Tower

Holly Jolly Holidays: GeO Deck @ Reunion Tower 75207 ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Santa and his elves are spreading holiday cheer with weekly trips to the GeO-Deck. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, a kid’s craft and tasty treats from Cloud Nine Café! Santa will visit the GeO-Deck while taking in the 360-degree views of the beautiful Dallas skyline. November 25-December 23, 2017; Saturdays 12:00-3:00 PM


The Trains at North Park: North Park 2nd level next to Nordstrom’s 75225

Since 1987, the Trains at NorthPark have been delighting the hearts and minds of young and old alike. This holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. The Trains travel from the autumn foliage of New England to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge with stops in New York City, Washington DC, Dallas, and the Grand Canyon.

November 18, 2017-January 7, 2018


Wanderland Downtown: Downtown Dallas @ Main Street 75202 This multi-faceted holiday experience offers a variety of ways to eat, drink, shop, and be merry for the entire season. Enjoy season-long programming that includes shopping, entertainment and family-friendly activities, all set to live music, movie screenings, photos with Santa and more! November 30-December 16, 2017


Dallas Zoo Lights: Dallas Zoo 75230 The holidays are getting bigger and brighter as the Dallas Zoo debuts its inaugural holiday celebration, Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant. After the animals go in for the evening, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with nearly one million twinkling lights. Stroll a 25-acre path and enjoy an array of light-wrapped trees, overhead and hanging light displays, lighted 2-D decorations, and 3-D light sculptures. Tasty treats abound including gourmet donuts, cookies, s’mores and spiked hot chocolate for adult guests. Choirs will provide entertainment, and there will be activities for children. November 17, 2017-January 2, 2018; 5:00-9:00 PM



Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201

Bring the family for one of Denton’s most beloved holiday traditions! There will be plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event! The event is free with some food and activities available for purchase, all we ask is that you bring a toy for our toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves.

December 1, 2017; 5:30-8:30 PM



Holiday Market: The Grove @ Mustang Crossing 75234

Shop for handmade and vintage gifts and other unique items at the outdoor Holiday Market with over 70 vendors. There will be live holiday music, Santa Claus, food, drinks, and lots of shopping.

November 18 and December 16, 2017; 1:00-5:00 PM


Tour of Lights: Historical Park 75234

Drive through this amazing animated display with over 500,000 twinkling lights. You’ll travel through a variety of different scenes, each with their own theme, from fantasy to patriotic. The finale includes festive holiday music, animated holiday show, and Santa’s arrival.

November 24-December 30, 2017; 6:30-9:30 PM


Christmas Tree Lighting: Historical Park 75234

This fun-filled evening includes a fabulous fireworks show, children’s activities, tours inside the festively decorated historical structures, refreshments, and of course, Santa will make an appearance.

December 2, 2017; 4:00-8:00 PM



Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Bakersfield Park 75028

Join the Town in celebrating its 28th annual Christmas Parade! The parade celebrates “Christmas Around the World” and ends with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Fun activities include carriage rides, photos with Santa, food trucks, kids activities, and choir performances.

December 9, 2017; 6:00-9:00 PM

LakesideDFWHoliday Event

Lakeside DFW Holiday Event: Lakeside DFW 75022

Join Lakeside Plaza for the lighting of Lakeside’s 30-foot Christmas tree and the season-ending Lakeside Music Series. Other activities include live reindeer, treats, crafts, train rides, Santa, and carriage rides!

November 24, 2017; 6:00-9:00 PM



Christmas in the Square: Frisco Square 75034

This will be the 13th year Frisco has hosted the largest choreographed lights and music show in DFW featuring 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and 8 miles of extension cords. On Friday and Saturday nights, you can experience SNOW flurries throughout the square every 15 minutes. Special events include trackless train rides, Santa’s workshop, carriage rides, outdoor ice skating rink and more! EVENT SCHEDULE

November 24-December 31, 2017; 6:00-10:00 PM


Frisco Roughriders Winter Wonderland: Dr. Pepper Park Ballpark 75034

In conjunction with Toys for Tots, the Frisco RoughRiders are hosting the club’s inaugural “Winter Wonderland” at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. The free-to-attend, open-to-the-public event will feature carriage rides, the Vocal Magic carolers, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, accompanied by their reindeer. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., RiderVision, the state-of-the-art video board at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, will screen Christmas classics.

December 9, 2017; 4:00-10:00 PM


Merry Main Street: Simpson Plaza 75034

Enjoy a beautiful evening on Main Street with fun activities for the whole family! Santa will be there for photos, children’s choirs will perform, share holiday treats, and kids can shop at the Holiday Kid’s Store.

December 2, 2017; 5:00-9:00 PM

Santa Run Texas

Santa Run Texas: Toyota Stadium 75033

Gather your kids, friends, and the family pet for Santa Run Texas, a 5K Fun Run/1-Mile Walk where all participants dress up in a five-piece Santa suit (included with your registration).

December 2, 2017; 8:00 AM-Noon


Garland on the Square

Christmas on the Square: Downtown Garland Square 75040

Come be a part of the Christmas cheer with your friends, family, and community at Christmas on the Square. This FREE fun-filled evening of festivities will occur at the historic Downtown Garland Square. Activities include ice carving, snow hills, local choir performances, snowman building, trackless train rides, fireworks, a very special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, and more!

December 7, 2017; 5:30-9:30 PM



Magical Winter Lights: Lone Star Park 75050

Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. Let your imagination come alive as you enter the mesmerizing world of Magical Wonderland. From a whimsical forest to a mysterious pirate ship, Magical Winter Lights will guide you through a world you’ve only dreamed. See magical sights and lanterns that will take you to another world where you just might lose yourself.

November 17, 2017-January 7, 2018


Gprapevine Christmas Capital

The Christmas Capital of Texas: 200 South Main Street 76051 Come to the Christmas Capital of Texas for over 1400 events and activities for the entire family. See Grapevine sparkles with millions of lights, enjoy massive decorations, animated characters, and much more! Christmas in Grapevine is sure to become a treasured family tradition!


Carol of Lights: Grapevine City Hall 76051 Enjoy a Texas-sized spectacle of lights and sound. Join singing snowmen, Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus a few surprise guests as you sing Christmas Carols. See the Christmas tree light up and take photos with reindeer. Kids can make crafts, and there will be food for the entire family to enjoy. November 20, 2017; 5:00 PM


ICE! & Lone Star Christmas: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051 Christmas is back and better than ever at Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Resort. With 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, an 8-foot-tall gingerbread house, Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus and ICE! carved from more than 2 million pounds of ice. Check out the special bonus area – a LIVE ice carving zone. Watch a masterful ice carver create amazing sculptures before your eyes. November 10, 2017-January 1, 2018


North Pole Express: Cotton Belt Depot 76051

All Aboard! As the train departs and the anticipation of arriving at the North Pole builds, elves will welcome guests and sing traditional Christmas music aboard the beautifully decorated Victorian Rail coaches. Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance to give each child a “We Believe” silver Santa bell. Guests then arrive at the North Pole and walk along a snowy Christmas Tree trail, where, as they wait for an appearance by Santa, guests are entertained with songs and magical Christmas moments. Finally, Santa arrives! Santa wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and then shares his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk served in a memory mug for all the boys and girls

November 24-December 23, 2017 SOLD OUT!


Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Grapevine 76051

Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event.

December 7, 2017; 7:00 PM


Santa’s Wonderland: Bass Pro Shop 76051

Santa’s Wonderland is more than 3,500 square feet of holiday magic and fun! With old-time model trains, arcades, carousel and free crafts every week. Get a free 4×6 photo and personalized digital Christmas card with Santa.

November 12-December 24, 2017


Snowland!: Great Wolf Lodge 76051

Enjoy the magic of the season with a visit to the North Woods. During Snowland!, guests at this family-friendly resort will experience an 84-degree indoor waterpark along with special visits from Santa, North Pole University activities, holiday carol sing-alongs, a life-size Gingerbread House, Santa’s Letter-writing Depot, daily Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday show and a nightly Snowland! Story Time…all this and more with an indoor snowfall – right in the lobby.

November 25, 2017-January 1, 2018


Twinkle Light Boat Parade: Lake Grapevine 76051

It’s a floating festival of lights on Lake Grapevine with a parade of boats decorated in their holiday finest!  This lighted boat parade starts at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake, as it circles the lake.

December 2, 2017; 6:00-9:00 PM


After Christmas Trains: Grapevine Depot 76051

Just because you didn’t purchase your tickets way back in July for all the train ride fun at Christmas time, doesn’t mean you’ve completely missed out on the excitement. Still looking for something fun to do during your holiday break? Hop aboard the train with daily train excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards. These tickets are NOT SOLD OUT!

December 26-30, 2017




Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 75057

Old Town offers a day of fun family events including ice skating, pony rides, inflatables, community performances, and Lewisville Lights! tree lighting ceremony. End your evening with a screening of “The Polar Express”.

November 18, 2017; 12:00-8:30 PM Tree Lighting at 6:30 PM


Lewisville Holiday Parade: Old Town at Main Street 75057

Begin your fun filled morning with the Motorcycle Toy Run where as many as 1,000 riders are expected to participate in collecting more than 1,000 toys for local children’s charities. Santa will be on hand for photos and ornament making activities. The afternoon ends with the annual parade at 12:30 PM.

December 2, 2017; 8:00 AM



Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It’s an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season with entertainment, children’s activities, and of course, Santa! Tree Lighting is November 24 at 6:15 PM.

November 24-26, 2017



Santa’s Village: Richardson City Hall 75080

Santa’s Village, a tiny town of 16 holiday dwellings on the north side of City Hall is a holiday tradition for families from Richardson and beyond. Each colorful building offers children a fun activity and even a visit with Santa Claus! Attendees can also enjoy live performances, holiday photo ops and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a snack. SCHEDULE

December 2-3, 8-10, 15-17; 6:00-9:00 PM



Hometown Christmas: Downtown Rockwall 75087

Celebrate the season in historic downtown Rockwall. The day begins at 9:00 AM with the Kiwanis Christmas parade celebrating the “Spirit of Rockwall”. After the parade, enjoy snow hill tubing, bounce houses, live entertainment, food trucks, and much more! The day of celebration will conclude with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, cookies, hot chocolate, and craft workshop.

December 2, 2017; 9:00 AM-8:00 PM


Southlake Christmas

Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092

Southlake is the perfect place for your holiday days and nights! With fun things happening throughout the holiday season, there is no better place to see lights, visit with Santa Claus, send letters with your wish list to the North Pole, ride in a horse-drawn carriage, taste delicious holiday fare and fill up your car with items on your shopping list! The full schedule of events HERE.

November 18-December 30, 2017



Holiday in the Park: Perryman Park 75056

This annual event will make its way through town with a bang. Enjoy all-day activities in and around town with Santa at the library and a light show at the fire station. The Parade of Lights will end at the park and feature festive holiday music, performances, holiday carnival games and rides and a holiday baking contest.

December 2, 2017; Parade of Lights at 5:45 PM



Christmas at the Castle: Texas Pythian Home 76086

Get into the Christmas Spirit as you tour this festively decorated castle. This event is free and kid-friendly. Bring your camera and explore the Texas Pythian Home during Christmas at the Castle.

December 2, 2017; 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Well, folks, I hope you enjoyed this laundry list of fun. If you feel like I missed something, check my ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Lights Displays in DFW for 2017 post. Epic Helicopters is giving away an aerial Christmas Lights tour for two. 

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