It’s the time of year to spark holiday cheer, and while Dallas-Fort Worth sparkles all year-long, the holidays are a magical time filled with beautiful light shows and displays. Each of these holiday light experiences are perfect for getting in the holiday spirit—whether you’re young or young at heart.
Select nights from Nov. 16 to Jan. 1
Experience the holidays like never before at the Dallas Zoo with the first edition of the Dallas Zoo Lights featuring 3D light sculptures, hanging lights, illuminating exhibits and habitats across the largest zoological experience in Texas. Beyond the lights, take in live performances, enjoy winter treats (including gourmet donuts!) and activities for the kids. This event is free with zoo admission, so come during the day and stay late for the full holiday adventure. Click here for more information.
Nov. 29 to Dec. 31
Downtown Ennis will be sparkling with lights and holiday displays! Come snap a photo with three digital mega-trees, scenes from the 12 days of Christmas or Santa’s Sleigh. Throughout the holiday season, Ennis is also hosting free movie nights showing The Star, Home Alone, and Frozen complete with carriage rides and complimentary refreshments!
Nov. 23 to Dec. 31
Embellished with 175,000 lights, Frisco Square transforms into a magical space filled with holiday music and cheer. The choreographed light show is free to the public and runs nightly from 6 to 10. Dreaming of a white Christmas? Stop by the square on Fridays and Saturdays to catch the snow flurries where a snow machine runs every 15 minutes. There’s also an outdoor ice rink! For more information about this event, click here.
Nov. 29 to Dec. 30
Soak up the view of magical holiday light displays comprised of nearly three million lights from the comfort of your vehicle! Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights offers a brilliant drive-through experience of over two miles of twinkling light displays that lead to even more fun like Santa’s Village, Reindeer Express miniature train and delicious holiday treats. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online to save you time at the gate. Click here to plan your visit.
Nov. 23 to Dec. 30
Arlington’s Enchant offers a one-of-a-kind holiday experience with the world’s biggest Christmas light maze! With millions of illuminating lights and a fun ice-skating pond, Enchant has a little bit (or a lot!) of everything for everyone. Most importantly, kids age 4 and younger get in free. And bonus: Parking is free, too! There is a limited amount of tickets available for each night, so plan ahead! Get more information about this event here.
Nov. 22 to Dec. 30
Beginning Thanksgiving night, Prairie Lights offers a unique drive-through experience along two miles of illuminated paths sparkling with four million lights. Halfway through the drive, stop by the magical Holiday Village where you can snap some photos with Santa, peruse unique Christmas gift vendors and stroll through an indoor snow maze! Click here to read more about this event.
Nov. 23 to Feb. 3
In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is opening its second annual holiday lights display daily from 5 p.m. until midnight. Please note: The museum is closed on Mondays. General admission to the museum is $16, and attendees 18 years and younger get in free! Local tip: Admission is free on Fridays and half-price on Sundays. For more information about Modern Lights, click here.
This last one has become a part of my family’s annual holiday tradition. Driving through the Highland Park neighborhood (located in the central part of Dallas county) is an experience straight out of a magazine with magnificent homes and a swanky nearby shopping center, Highland Park Village. During the holiday season, homeowners and tenants around Highland Park go all out in displaying their holiday cheer. Some residences even have Christmas carols playing in their front yard every night.
Drive through this illuminated neighborhood in northwest Plano nightly from December 1 to 30 and enjoy stunning light displays. Prefer a more old-fashioned form of transportation? Carriage rides can be reserved in advance. While admission is free, visitors are encouraged to make a donation to Children’s Medical Center’s Change for Children’s campaign.