There’s no doubt about it: Dallas-Fort Worth knows how to make the holidays merry and bright! You may be a bit overwhelmed with all there is to see and do around DFW, but don’t worry—we’ve made our list and checked it twice (so you don’t have to). Hit pause on the holiday hustle and bustle, and take a moment to celebrate the season at these 10 local favorites.
Arlington | November 23 – December 30
Since its’ U.S. debut in Arlington last year, this has been a holiday must for locals and visitors alike! Walk through a magical light maze with hot cocoa in hand, ice skate under twinkling lights and even cross a few gifts off your list at their holiday market.
COST — Weekdays $21.99 for children and $29.99 for adults; Weekends $23.99 for children and $32.99 for adults
Frisco | November 23 – January 7
For a fun-filled night, make your way to the Frisco Square. You can ice skate on an outdoor rink, then hop in the car, blast that heater and drive through magical holiday lights (daily until December 31). Don’t forget to tune your radio to 107.3 FM to watch the lights dance to Christmas tunes!
COST — Skate the Square: $12, Holiday Light Show: FREE!
Dallas | November 16 – January 1
Lions, tigers, lights, oh my! Spend a day at the Dallas Zoo saying hello to Saambili and feeding giraffes, then watch as the Zoo illuminates with over one million twinkling lights after sunset. While you’re there, be sure to snap a picture with Santa and make a memorable nature ornament!
COST — Included with general admission to the Zoo; $15 for adults and $12 for children 3-11 years old
Fort Worth | Throughout December
One of my favorite holiday memories is seeing White Christmas at Bass Hall with my family. Although there’s a different set of performances lined up for this year, there’s still no better way to treat your loved ones to a night out than seeing a show at this beautiful concert hall. My suggestion? Get tickets to The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater for a classic Christmas experience!
COST — Varies based on performance
Arlington | November 16 – December 30
There’s nothing like the view of holiday lights from the top of a roller coaster. Head to Six Flags Over Texas for chill rides and thrill rides, tons of twinkling lights and (my personal favorite) The Frosty Snowhill. They’ll also have festive performances throughout the season that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!
COST— Single-day tickets start at $49.19
Grapevine | November 9 – January 1
Have you heard? Grapevine is the Christmas Capitol of Texas, so it only makes sense that it’s home to ICE!® at the Gaylord Texan, a winter wonderland made up of two million pounds of ice. Bundle up and walk through magical scenes from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then slide down an ice slide and shop their Christmas market!
COST— $17 for kids and $30 for adults
Grand Prairie | November 22 – December 30
Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake is twinkling and shining with over four million lights! Hop in the car, turn on your favorite holiday music and drive through two miles of light displays. Along the way, stop at the Holiday Village and enjoy a Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Thru Forest, gift shop and one-of-a-kind show, Holiday Dreams. Pro Tip: Bring along car activities for the kiddos—the line can be long (unless you buy a Fast Pass), but it’s worth the wait!
COST— Tickets start at $35
DFW | December 1 – 30
Holiday fun isn’t complete without bringing your wishlist to the man in red! Santa’s traveled from the North Pole to make stops at Santa’s Village in Southlake, Epic Waters (the nation’s largest indoor waterpark) in Grand Prairie and other spots around town. You can even see him scuba-dive at SeaLife Aqarium in Grapevine!
COST— Varies based on location