The BEST Christmas Lights and Activities in DFW 2022

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Welcome to The BEST Christmas Lights and Activities in DFW for 2022. I’ve spent hours curating, updating, and adding to this collection, and I’m proud to bring this post to you for the TENTH year in a row. Yes, SoFortWorthIt is celebrating a decade of sharing the BEST of FW with YOU!!

This past year had people itching to get out and really celebrate the holidays early! New activities pop up every day, so check back for updated information as it becomes available. I hope you enjoy building precious memories with your family from the list below. 

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FORT WORTH

Christmas in the Stockyards: Stockyards 76164

A holiday celebration that’s bigger and brighter than ever before! Ring in the holidays at the 21st Annual Christmas in the Stockyards, featuring festive activities such as our holiday ice rink, sounds of the season, photos with Cowboy Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, reindeer games, Strolling Dicken’s Carolers, Cowboy Poetry and a spectacular Christmas Parade! Events will take throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

December 3rd, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Stockyards Rodeo Rink: Stockyards 76164

Giddy Up & Glide on the all-new ice skating rink in the Historic Stockyards. Enjoy Cowboy Santa’s Winter Wonderland, live music, theme days, holiday lights, Avoca Cocoa Coffee Corral & more.

November 25, 2022 – February 5, 2023, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Movie Nights in Burnett Park: Burnett Park 76102

Grab your popcorn and picnic blankets for Movie Nights in Burnett Park presented by Burnett Plaza! Join us under the stars for this free movie series. Arrive early for a holiday photo opportunity with Santa Claus from 5:30 – 7:00 PM (BYOC – bring your own camera!) There will be volunteers on site to take your photos with your camera. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets for viewing. Light bites, beer, and wine will be available for purchase from Neighbor’s House Grocery. Complimentary parking provided by Red Oak Realty is available in the First on 7th Garage on the upper floors (ground floor excluded). Movie Nights are free and open to the public. No tickets are required!

Friday, December 2, 2022

5:30-7:00 PM Photos with Santa

7:00 PM – SHOWING: Elf

The Clearfork Holiday Market FREE

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and shop over 50+ local merchants, farmers and artisan vendors! Find the perfect gifts, holiday treats & more from your favorite weekly vendors along with some exciting holiday additions, all under one of the largest Christmas trees in cowtown at The Shops at Clearfork!

Enjoy Performances from Uptown Revue at 10am & 11am!

December 03, 2022 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cookies and Castles: University Christian Church 76109

It is with great pride that we mark 2022 as our 22nd year of “Cookies and Castles: a Gingerbread Extravaganza.” The event has now grown to include four different events in Fort Worth, and has also expanded to other cities! 

Proceeds from Cookies & Castles go directly to Children’s Cancer Charities in the Hematology Oncology Unit at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Since its inception, Cookies & Castles has donated over $1M to Cook Children’s. Cookies & Castles also benefits the Jean Wiggin Roach Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to outstanding TCU women each year.

Family Party: December 1, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Teen Party: December 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Ladies Luncheon: December 2, 11:30-2:00 p.m.

Family Party: December 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

To-Go Kit Pick-up: December 1st & 2nd 2:00-5:30 p.m. in UCC parking lot, enter from Rogers Avenue.

13th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience: Will Rogers Memorial Center 76107 FREE

Enjoy at the 13th Annual Funky Finds Holiday Shopping Experience featuring 150+ makers & pickers selling unique handmade, repurposed, upcycled and vintage finds. This FREE indoor family and pet-friendly market will also feature swag bags, charitable raffle, fundraising benefiting Saving Hope Animal Rescue, and DFW Toys for Tots. This holiday market shines so bright Santa’s gotta wear shades…and swim trunks…and his Hawaiian shirt!!!! Join us as we take this year’s Holiday Market surf side!

November 19, 2022 10am-5pm

November 20, 2022 11am-4pm

Fairmount Festivus1100 Hemphill St 76110

We’re so excited to continue the AWARD-WINNING Festivus tradition and spread some holiday cheer. Kick off your holiday celebrations with a tour of Fairmount’s most exciting holiday displays! The participating house locations will be provided via a map so that everyone can experience the magic of Festivus safely from their own cars, bikes, or other preferred transportation methods.

In exchange for the map, they are asking for a small donation. The donation can be monetary, $10 recommended, or a toy donation for One Safe Place.

December 10, 2022; 6:00-9:00 pm.

Lightscape: Botanic Gardens 76107 

Walk a one-mile-long path with suspended strands and tunnels of light, a fire garden, undulating wave of bluebonnets, singing trees, treetop sculptures, and artistic installations, while toasting marshmallows over a fire and drinking hot chocolate and other seasonal drinks at stations along the trail. 

November 18 – January 8, 2023

Gift of LightsTexas Motor Speedway, 76177

TMS Gift of Lights is the LARGEST drive-thru park in TEXAS. 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 events before you go! 

November 25 – January 3; 6-10 PM.

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GM Financial Parade of Lights: Downtown Fort Worth 76102 FREE

It’s an evening filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade. This great Downtown tradition roars back to life in a reimagined way for our 40th year!

Reserve you seats

November 20, 2022; 6:00 PM

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Holidays at the Hearth: Log Cabin Village 76109

Celebrate historic traditions with holiday crafts, games, photos and visit with Santa, explore the Village and more!

December 10, 2022; 9:30 AM-2:00 PM

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Christmas Boat Parade of Lights: Eagle Mountain Marina 76135

The Eagle Mountain Lake Parade of Lights has been a holiday tradition for over 35 years! This is a fun family and community event to celebrate the holidays and to celebrate Eagle Mountain Lake. This years’ parade includes a benefit for Toys-for-Tots! There will be donation boxes at each of the marinas and restaurants around the lake, and at Twin Points Park. Boaters and observers are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys to help others celebrate the Christmas season.

November 26, 2022; 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Register 

ADDISON

Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park

The most dazzling and spectacular time of the year is here!  Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights.

Friday, November 25 (6:00pm – 10:00pm) – Jordan Kahn Orchestra

The merriment continues with a performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra, gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, FREE photos with Santa, classic holiday characters and an elf balloon artist.  To celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of Vitruvian Lights, Letters to Santa returns and we welcome Mrs. Claus as well as live reindeer for fantastic holiday photos. 

Saturday, December 3 (6:00pm – 10:00pm) – Dallas String Quartet 

November 25, 2022-January 1, 2023

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Christmas Tyme in Aledo: Aledo 76008 FREE

Please join the City of Aledo as we celebrate the 22nd Annual “CHRISTMAS TYME IN ALEDO”

This day-long festival is an Aledo tradition! It launches the holiday season and continues to be a free attraction for the community! There are many attractions scheduled all over the downtown Aledo area with holiday fun, food, and entertainment for all ages; and, many of the local storefront businesses stay open late, providing activities and refreshments for visitors! We also heard Santa will be stopping by again this year!

December 3, 2022

ARLINGTON

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Arlington Holiday Lights Parade: Downtown Arlington 76010 FREE

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting at the Levitt at 100 W Abram Street.

December 10, 2022; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Holiday in the Park: Six Flags 76011

It’s the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit. We’re bigger, brighter and merrier than ever with even more twinkling lights, more seasonal food favorites and more holiday-themed entertainment than you can shake a candy cane at!

November 19, 2022-January 1, 2023

The Light Park: Hurricane Harbor 76006

This is said to be the best, most exciting drive-through light show and it’s at Hurricane Harbor. Eat, drink and watch as they electrify the night with millions of Christmas lights and festive DJ music. 1 vehicle = 1 ticket. Pet friendly. Open 7 days a week.

November 4th, 2022 – January 1, 2023

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Christmas at Campo Verde: Campo Verde Restaurant 76013

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

October 2022-January 2023

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Christkindl: Globe Life Field – North Plaza 76011 FREE

It’s a German Christmas at the Texas Christkindl Market. You’ll discover holiday cheer, decorations, recipes, and one-­of-­a-­kind finds and gifts from your favorite vendors through our vendor listings. You’ll see how to create German holiday treats with authentic recipes and video demonstrations. Live performances from local choirs and dancers will be broadcast through our social media channels, and children (and adults alike) will get surprise messages from St. Nick throughout the duration of the Market.

November 25 – December 23, 2022

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Decorator’s Warehouse: 3708 West Pioneer Parkway FREE

This is the place you go to dive head-first into all things Christmas! Decorator’s Warehouse, Texas’ #1 Christmas Store, is the largest Christmas store in Texas, and one of the largest in the world.  Our Christmas wonderland features more than an acre of beautiful Christmas décor set in amazing displays.

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Dalworthington Gardens

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.

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The Lights at InterlochenWestwood Drive & Randol Mill Road 76012

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 12-25, 2021; 7:00-11:00 PM Old MAP

BEDFORD

DayStar

Daystar Television Network3901 Highway 121, 76021 FREE

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. This year, they have doubled their holiday display, in addition to adding an area solely dedicated to entertaining children by bringing in their favorite holiday characters. 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 in December for holiday treats.

November 25-January 2, 2023; 6:00 PM-Midnight

Photos with Santa: December 10-11, 17-18, 2021; 6:00-8:00 PM

December 17, 2021; 7:00 PM (Santa will read the Christmas Story)

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Glenbrook Christmas LightsCummings Drive @ Brookside Court 76021 FREE

For over 30 years, the Glenbrook subdivision has told the story of “‘Twas 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.

November 27-December 31, 2021; 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

CARROLLTON

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Christmas at the Perry: A.W. Perry Museum 75006 FREE

Santa called and asked for help and the A.W. Perry Homestead is up to the task. Get ready to take a stroll through the park and see how we are helping Santa get ready for Christmas. Gravley Park will be decorated with lights and photo opportunities. The Perry house will be decorated in traditional Victorian fashion, but some elves from the North Pole have turned a few rooms into workshop areas. The Homestead will be open after hours so guests can self-tour the Perry home and see the decorations and the elves at work. Preregistration is required, so be sure to sign up HERE.

December 1, 8, and 15, 2022; 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Santa on the Square: Historic Downtown Carrollton 75006 FREE

Santa and his reindeer will be out late this year to help light up the Square. Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown with the giant snow globe, live reindeer, toy soldiers, crafts, and more! Visit the local businesses for gifts for friends and family.

December 3, 2022; 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

CLEBURNE

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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: 25, 26, and 27

December: 3, 4, 10, 11, and 17

Friday, 11/25 (only Fri): 10 am – 5:30pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 5:30pm, Sundays 11 am – 5:30 pm

Whistle Stop ChristmasHulen Park 76033 FREE

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, parade, and entertainment.

NOVEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 31, 2022

Tree Lighting: November 21, 2022; 7 PM

Parade of Lights: December 2, 2022; 6:30 PM

DALLAS

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Highland Park Village’s Christmas Lights Celebration and Shopping Stroll Dallas 75205 FREE

The community is invited to experience Highland Park Village’s magnificent 1.5 million Christmas lights with family and friends while checking off gift lists and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. From exclusive shopping promotions and festive treats to live holiday music from The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Young Strings quartet and giving back to those in need by supporting local charities, soak up the holiday spirit while you sip, shop and stroll.

  • Exclusive shopping promotions and discounts, gift raffles, complimentary customization services, sweet treats, seasonal sips and more at numerous stores until 7:00 PM
  • Give back with local charity partners including The Salvation Army’s bell ringers and the Community Partners of Dallas’ toy drive

December 7, 2022, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

22nd Annual ABPA Homes for the Holidays Tour: Highland Park 75205 FREE

Featuring four beautiful homes in our community, the ABPA Home Tour has become a beloved holiday tradition for many of our guests and we look forward to welcoming everyone back this holiday season!

December 3; 9:30 am-1:00 pm

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SNOWDAY: The Galleria 75240

SNOWDAY takes guests on an explorable adventure through 20+ imaginative rooms and hundreds of surprises for all ages over the course of about an hour. Created to be a fully immersive and truly amazing journey, SNOWDAY features unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture – including 5 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting.

November 18 – December 31, 2022

SANTALAND

Santaland: The Galleria 75240

Catch the next train to Santaland with non-stop service to the North Pole daily! Sit back and relax and enjoy one of our luxury trains leaving every fifteen minutes. You’ll arrive in a magical moonlit forest and journey through an enchanted path filled with starry lights, polar bears, and endless photo ops leading to Santa’s majestic cabin hideaway. There you will find Santa who already knows every child’s name and what they want most for Christmas! Of course, he does, he’s Santa!

November 18 – December 31, 2022

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Galleria Dallas: 13350 Dallas Parkway 75240 FREE

Grand Tree Lighting Celebration – Spectacular ice-skating show with a fireworks finale featuring Missile Toes, Galleria’s famed ice-skating Santa. November 26, Noon, November 27, 6 pm

Slappy’s Holiday Circus – Experience a classic European Circus with holiday-themed puppets, magicians, clowns, contortionists, and jugglers in a fun show that’s free for the entire family. November 26 – 27 & December 4, 11 & 18; 1 pm & 3pm

Illumination Celebration – The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion for a special light show choreographed to magical sounds of the season.  November 26 – December 24; 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm

Chanukah Menorah Lighting – Celebrate Chanukah with our large-scale Menorah as we light a candle every evening. November 28; 5 pm

SNOWDAY– A fantastical and kaleidoscopic experience, with surprises around every corner. November 19 – January 17, 2022

Santaland – Santa is on his way to Galleria Dallas! Get your tickets to board a special and safe experience with Santa.November 19 – January 17, 2022

Santa Paws – Ever wanted to have your precious fur baby take a photo with Santa? This year you can at Galleria Dallas! Bring your furry friend that is under 100 lbs to our special event. December 1, 8, 15 and 22; 6 pm-9 pm

As always the Salvation Army Angel Tree will be on site this Holiday season for you to help others in need by providing gifts for children at Christmas time.

Candlelight: Dallas Heritage Village 75215

Join Dallas Heritage Village for their 49th Candlelight!

This holiday, Dallas Heritage Village will have over 13 acres of decorated buildings, strolling carolers, craft vendors, food trucks, and crafts for kids! The walkways are candlelit in the evenings to create the perfect holiday setting for friends, dates, and families alike

December 10-11, 2022; 3 pm-9 pm

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Enchant Christmas: Fair Park

The World’s Most Magical Christmas Light Maze & Village — transforms Fair Park this holiday season. Guests embark on an unforgettable journey of awe and wonder at Enchant — a world where Christmas comes to life… and to light. Enchant Christmas is whimsical and wonderful down to the very last snowflake. Glide down the breathtaking Ice Skating Trail, sample gourmet holiday treats from around the world, visit the artisan Christmas market on your way to meet the Big Man himself… and take the reins of an all-new holiday adventure in the most magical Christmas light maze, the world has ever seen. ‘The Great Search’, Enchant’s original adventure, takes guests on a quest to find Santa’s nine missing reindeer lost in a storm to save Christmas.

Wednesday – Sunday, November 25 – January 1, 2023

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Celebration of Lights: SMU Campus at Dallas Hall Lawn 75205 FREE

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 28, 2022; 7:00-10:00 PM

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Christmas at the Anatole: Anatole Hotel 75207

Christmas at the Anatole is a holiday festival for the entire family, from teens to tots. Guests can book holiday-themed packages like the “Breakfast with Santa” room package complete with an evening movie night and holiday crafts and games.

Every weekend, November 18 – December 24, 2022. Advance booking is required.

Dallas Holiday Parade

Dallas Holiday Parade: Downtown Dallas 75202 FREE

The Dallas Holiday Parade is the City’s largest one-day, outdoor event. More than 350 television stations in 159 markets have syndicated the parade. It has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout North Texas and coast to coast.  

December 3, 2022

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Dallas Zoo Lights: Dallas Zoo 75230

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. NEW THIS YEAR: immersive video projection mapping will transform select areas along the path, and the route ends with a bigger, brighter Reliant Holiday Village! Tickets are limited and will sell out, so be sure to reserve yours ASAP!

Select nights, November 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023; 5:30 – 10:00 PM

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Holiday at the Arboretum: Dallas Arboretum 75218

Holiday at the Arboretum, presented by Reliant, is Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition! Stroll the garden to see the 25-foot-tall elaborately decorated Victorian-style gazebos that represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights. Enjoy our Christmas Village, visits with Santa Claus, entertainment, shopping, food & beverage options and the NEW 50-foot tall Dazzling Musical Tree with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes.

November 10-December 31, 2022

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Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration: Klyde Warren Park 75201 FREE

Enjoy this free family tradition featuring a festive day of activities and entertainment, including photos with Santa and story time with Mrs. Claus, face painting, crafts, games and snow flurries! The day will culminate with a live show featuring performances of holiday music, visits from Santa’s friends Frosty and Rudolph, and Klyde Warren Park’s annual tree lighting.

December 3, 2022; 3:00-6:00 PM

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

Since 1987, the Trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD allowing us to serve more than 39,000 families.  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 12, 2022-January 6, 2023

Reliant Lights your Holidays

Reliant Lights Your Holidays: Winspear Opera House 75201 FREE

Reliant lights up the holiday season at the AT&T Performing Arts Center! Bring your entire family for an evening of holiday magic and music. We’ll be illuminating the Center’s campus with dazzling LED lights to celebrate the arrival of the holiday season. This FREE festival includes a holiday concert featuring Vinyl Countdown: A Tribute to Arena Rock, Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, incredible projections on our venues, crafts for the kids, and, of course, SANTA, thanks to our entertainment sponsor The David M. Crowley Foundation! We are proud to welcome back Univision 23’s Raul Solis and Johana Suarez as our hosts for the evening!

December 3, 2022; 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The Immersive Nutcracker: Lighthouse Artspace Dallas 75201

Your family will be enchanted by Tchaikovsky’s sweeping music, including iconic selections like “The March of The Toys” and “The Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy,” as they are immersed in 500,000 cubic feet of holiday wonder with breathtaking immersive projections! Magical special effects! Meet a life-sized Nutcracker! Magical photo ops, and more!

November 26 – December 31, 2022; various dates/times

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Kessler Park Holiday LightsOak Cliff @ 1415 W. Colorado Blvd. 75208 FREE

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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Highland Park Neighborhood: Armstrong Parkway & Preston Road 75205 FREE

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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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival: Denton County Courthouse 76201 FREE

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.

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December 2, 2022; 6 pm – 9 pm

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Christmas in the Branch: Liberty Plaza 75234 FREE

Welcome in the yuletide with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting debuting our new 50-foot Christmas Tree.  There will be outdoor ice skating, fun activities for children, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree with Santa Claus himself. Enjoy our kid’s zone in Liberty plaza filled with carnival rides, face painters, balloon artists and strolling characters. Make sure to shop the marketplace for gifts for those special in your life.  We will end the night with a low-level fireworks show.  Visit Santa from 5-9 p.m. Grab something to eat while enjoying all the festivities. Shop local vendors for unique handmade/homemade gifts at our Holiday Marketplace at the Grove.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Market – December 3, 2022; 5:00-9:00 PM

Skating under the Stars – November 25, 2022 – January 2023

And many more events!

FLOWER MOUND

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting: Bakersfield Park 75028 FREE

Every December, the Town of Flower Mound rings in the holidays with the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony!

The day will kick off with the 4th annual Reindeer Run 5K and Grinch Sprint hosted by the Rotary Club of Flower Mound, in partnership with the Town of Flower Mound. 

Parade and Tree Lighting December 3, 2022; 6:00-9:00 PM

Reindeer Run 5K December 3, 2022; 9:00 AM

And many more events!

FRISCO

Christmas in the Square: Frisco Square 75034 FREE

Christmas in the Square is the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas!

The nightly show begins at 6 p.m. and features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and over 8 miles of extension cords. Visitors may tune in to 107.3 FM on the radio in their vehicles, or listen to the music piped through speakers as they take a walk through the Square.

This year’s Christmas in the Square event will also feature Skate the Square, an outdoor ice skating rink, as well as a Christmas tree lot. The light and music show is free to experience. Some activities do require a fee.

Nov 18, 2022 – Jan 3, 2023

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Breakfast with Santa: The Grove at Frisco Commons 75034 SOLD OUT

It’s the most important meal of the day and one of the most memorable events of the season! Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a personal visit with St. Nick that includes a photo opportunity with family and friends.

December 3, 2022; 8 – 9 a.m., 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Merry Main Street: Simpson Plaza at City Hall 75033

Join the City of Frisco Parks & Recreation Department in celebrating the 30th annual Merry Main Street.  This family favorite features a holiday market, food court, live music, photos with Santa, the famous Kid’s Holiday Store,  carriage rides, and the City’s official tree lighting in Simpson Plaza.

December 3, 2022 3:30 – 8:00 PM

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Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza: The Star in Frisco FREE

This holiday season, the Dallas Cowboys will host the fifth annual Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza powered by Reliant at The Star in Frisco. Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza powered by Reliant is a must-see 20-minute show that electrifies The Star with a powerful mix of game day excitement and Christmas cheer on Tostitos Championship Plaza. Kicking off with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree by a Dallas Cowboys alumni, Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza then leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Drumline, Cowboys Rookie Squad, mascot Rowdy, Santa Claus, and special appearances from Dallas Cowboys Football heroes.

November 19 – December 18, 2021

GARLAND

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A Garland Christmas at Firewheel: Firewheel Town Center 75040 FREE

The 2021 A Garland Christmas at Firewheel tree lighting ceremony will be an in-person event on Thursday, Dec. 2. The ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. so come early and carpool! The City of Garland strives to bring families together by spreading the joy of the holiday season.

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  • Live entertainment provided by GISD choirs, bands, and more! Plus the Salvation Army Brass Band!
  • Food Trucks $$
  • Snow Hills
  • Inflatables and bounce houses
  • Santa $$
  • Live Reindeer
  • Stilt-walker
  • Signing Carolers
  • Trackless train rides
  • The lighting of the official Christmas Tree

December 1, 2022; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

GRAPEVINE

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! For an extensive list of additional  Christmas Events, click here

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Parade of Lights: Historic Downtown Grapevine 76051 FREE

Bring the entire family to the Annual 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 1, 2022; 7 – 9 p.m.

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Christmas Wine TrainsGrapevine Depot 76051

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.  The Christmas Wine Trains offer a great grown-up escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Your holiday excursion includes a special meal and two complimentary glasses of wine, served in a special souvenir glass. No one under 21 allowed.

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Carol of Lights: City Hall 76051 FREE

Rediscover the magic of Christmas as we illuminate Historic Downtown Grapevine with our annual Carol of Lights show and street lighting on Monday, November 22 in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Celebrate the Christmas spirit with live performances, a spectacle of lights and breathtaking fireworks at City Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Show up early for family-friendly fun and savory food vendors starting at 4 p.m.

November 21, 2022 4 p.m., show beginning at 7 p.m

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Twinkle Light Boat Parade: Lake Grapevine 76051 FREE

Enjoy a floating festival of lights with the Twinkle Light Boat Parade on Lake Grapevine  This lighted boat parade, filled with boats decorated for the holidays, starts at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake, as it circles the lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine.

December 4, 2021 5:30 – 8 p.m.

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Christmas at Gaylord Texan: Gaylord Texan Resort 76051

There is no better way to celebrate Christmas than gathering your family at Gaylord Texan. Explore acres of twinkling lights, dozens of exciting activities, shows, and events. ICE! returns this holiday season. Step into a wonderland carved by expert artisans out of two million pounds of colorful ice. You’ll see the story of The Polar Express!™ in larger-than-life sculptures

Nov. 11, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023

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Snowland!: Great Wolf Lodge 76051

As the temperature drops, escape to the warmth of Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge. If you love snow and classic holiday family fun, you’ll find plenty of it at our warm and cozy lodge. Find all the wonders of a Great Wolf getaway with the comfort of our heated indoor activities and 84-degree water park. It’s the best time of the year to discover the magic of Great Wolf Lodge.

November 28-January 5, 2022

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Santa’s Wonderland!: Bass Pro Shop 76051 FREE

Safe Free Photo with Santa. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital download that can be shared on social media.

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November 5 – December 24, 2022

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North Pole Express: Cotton Belt Depot 76051 SOLD OUT

Experience the magic of Christmas on board Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express®. Join Mrs. Claus on a 40- to 45-minute holiday adventure as she takes her guests to bring Santa to the Christmas Capital of Texas®. Guests will receive a cookie baked in Mrs. Claus’s North Pole kitchens, a beautiful “We Believe” bell, and a taste of Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk (served in a keepsake Memory Mug). Grapevine is your top Christmas destination. Remember us for your Christmas getaway!

Various Dates between November 26-December 30, 2021

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Victorian Christmas: Nash Farm 76051

Come experience how the Nash family celebrated in Victorian times. Learn about the roots of many Christmas events and traditions. Make a Victorian ornament to decorate your own tree. Cider and cookies will be available. Registration is not required and participants of all ages are encouraged to attend.

December 4, 2022; 3:00-6:00 P

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Prairie LightsLynn 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.  At the halfway point, exit your vehicle to enjoy: carnival rides, concessions, photos with Santa, the magical walk-thru forest, and more! The second half of the drive ends with the new and improved light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget!

November 24, 2022-December 31, 2022

LEWISVILLE

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Old Town Holiday Stroll: Old Town at Main Street 7505

8am – Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Details and pricing TBD

8am – Annual Motorcycle Toy Run
Ride will begin in Old Town Lewisville and leave for Maverick Harley Davidson at 11 a.m. The first 300 registered riders will receive a FREE commemorative pin.
Riders should bring a new, unwrapped toy with a minimum value of $10.

12pm – Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Christmas Parade

1pm-5:30pm – Elf Scavenger Hunt & Crafts

5:30pm – Lewisville Lights! Tree Lighting Ceremony

630pm – Movie in the Plaza: TBA

December 3, 2022; 8am-9pm

MCKINNEY

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Home for the Holidays: Downtown McKinney 75069 FREE

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!

November 25 – 27, 2022

Tree Lighting at 6:15pm Nov 25th

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Holidays at the Heard: Heard Museum 75069

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Bundle up your family, get out of the house, and experience the most unique family-friendly holiday event in North Texas.

Holiday lights and décor will accentuate a lovely half-mile Heard nature trail. Your family will be enchanted by this nighttime hike through the woods. Also, you’ll get a glimpse of the Dinosaurs Live! exhibit along the trail.

December 9-10, 2022 630P.M. – 930 P.M.

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Neighborhood Light Displays- McKinney

2600 Carriage Trail – Village of El Dorado

2100 State Blvd – Tucker Hill

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4534 Hallmark Drive – Deerfield Plano

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Lights on the Farm: The Heritage Farmstead Museum FREE

For one month this holiday season, Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano will be bedazzled with more than one million twinkling holiday lights and filled with animated yuletide displays as part of the venue’s first-ever Lights on the Farm holiday event.

The all-outdoor event will feature a quarter-mile trail through the property showcasing stunning holiday light creations and animated displays crafted by First Choice Lights. Guests will also enjoy a 20-foot Christmas tree, refreshments such as hot cocoa and make-your-own s’mores, and a chance for the youngest guests to visit with Santa. There will also be plenty of dazzling selfie photo opportunities throughout the farm property, as well.

Nov 25 – Dec 18 FRI, SAT, SUN: 6 – 9PM

Dec 21 – Dec 30 WED, THU, FRI: 6 – 9PM

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Mistletoe Market: 75074 FREE

Stuff your stockings at the Mistletoe Market in Downtown Plano! Come and explore shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown that will have special offers and promos to help you cross those last-minute items off your list!

December 11 – 12th

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Deerfield Holiday Lights 2021: 75024 FREE

Visit the Deerfield subdivision in Plano to see some of the most beautiful houses with the most beautiful light displays.

December 1 – 30th from 7pm-10pm

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Santa’s Village: Richardson City Hall 75080 FREE

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.

December 3, 4, 8 – 11, 15 – 18, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

SOUTHLAKE

Home for the Holidays: Southlake Town Square 76092 FREE

Witness Southlake’s Home for the Holidays Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. This event is free for the whole family to enjoy. The holiday festivities begin at 4:30 PM with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 PM, followed by a one-minute fireworks show!

  • Discover Christmas magic at every turn.
  • Get a head start on your holiday shopping.
  • Spend precious moments with loved ones.
  • Christmas Carriage Rides
  • Ice Sculptor Demonstration
  • Live Entertainment

The full schedule of events HERE.

November 19, 2022; 4:30 – 8:30pm

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Holiday in the Park: Perryman Park 75056 FREE

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 3, 2022; 5 – 8pm

Parade of Lights start at 5:45 PM

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Christmas in the ParkIndependence Field: 501 Parkview Drive 76262 FREE

This Christmas Event is sure to become a family tradition! Come see the Christmas tree lighting, ice skating rink, balloon artists, and many more fun activities.

December 10, 2022; 6:30 – 8:30pm

WEATHERFORD

Christmas on the Square: 76086 FREE

Historic Downtown Weatherford

Christmas on the Square will be around the square with lots of holiday vendors. All the boutiques and stores will be open and ready to help you start your holiday shopping!

THEME: Christmas CandyLand

December 3, 2022 10am – 4pm

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Weatherford Lights the Night Parade76086 FREE

December 3, 2022, 6:30 p.m.

The 3rd Annual Weatherford Lights the Night Parade will kick off at 6:30 PM. This long parade route gives you lots of opportunities to watch and enjoy. Parade starts at the 9th Grade Center and travels north on South Main Street to Palo Pinto Street then to Waco Street.

RADIANCE Christmas Events

Radiance! at the Ranch: 2251 Mineral Wells Highway, 76088

North Texas’ #1 Holiday Light Spectacular, Radiance! at The Ranch, returns for a THIRD MAGICAL YEAR to Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, Weatherford, this holiday season! Gather the family and sip a cup of hot chocolate as you marvel at a cavalcade of sparking lights animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics from the comfort of your vehicle! We’ve added new, exciting scenes, more lights, and a VIP option that includes shorter wait access, hot chocolate, and an exclusive photo driving through one of our light tunnels (for digital download to your social media!)  

November 18, 2022 – December 31, 2022; 6 PM-9 PM


Holiday Staycation Giveaway with Epic Helicopters, The Worthington Renaissance Hotel and Toro Toro

I have teamed up with some of my favorite Fort Worth businesses and we are bringing to you THE MOST FABULOUS romantic post-holiday escape.

ONE lucky winner and their holiday crush will enjoy this experience on Tuesday, December 28th, which includes:

–       A one-night stay for 2 at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel

–       A 30-minute EPIC Helicopters Holiday Lights Tour on Santa’s Sleigh from Meacham Airport.

–       A romantic dinner for 2 at Toro Toro

–       A champagne gift basket compliments of me, Christy Dunaway Smith.

Enter this fabulous giveaway below valued over $1000!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
~ GIVEAWAY STARTS NOW AND RUNS UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 22, 2022.⁣
~ 1 LUCKY WINNER WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL ON DECEMBER 23RD.⁣
~ WINNER MUST REPLY BACK WITHIN 3 HOURS, OR ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE DRAWN.⁣
~ WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ON IG AS WELL ON DECEMBER 23RD.⁣
~ HOTEL STAY, HELICOPTER RIDE & DINNER EXPERIENCE MUST BE REDEEMED ON DECEMBER 28TH AND CAN NOT BE RESCHEDULED.⁣
~ PRIZES ARE NOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. ⁣
~ ONLY OPEN TO DFW RESIDENTS. ⁣
~ MUST BE OVER 21 YEARS OF AGE. ⁣
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Christy is a wife, mama, community volunteer, and master party planner. She loves Jesus and all things fun and fab in The Fort. Follow along on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest.

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