Find sparkling displays and attractions across North Texas.
The holidays in Dallas-Fort Worth are always bright with sparkling light displays shining across the area. At the Galleria, shoppers can gaze at what may be America’s tallest indoor Christmas tree. And in Grand Prairie, a drive-through attraction features around 4 million twinkling bulbs plus several new highlights this year. Other spots such as the George W. Bush Presidential Center also show holiday spirit with special displays. Here’s a roundup of places to catch holiday lights and cheer.
Centennial Park Lights
FREE The Irving Parks and Recreation Department creates a winter wonderland at this downtown park decorated with 60,000 lights winding around trees, fences, a bridge and walkways. In some spots, the lights create reflections in Delaware Creek, which runs through the park. Take a leisurely stroll while enjoying the display in this quiet park.
Dec. 7-25, nightly from dusk till 10, weather permitting, at Centennial Park, 444 W. Second St., Irving. Free. irvingevents.org.
Christmas in the Square
FREE More than 175,000 lights blink to holiday music in downtown Frisco. Visitors can drive through and turn their radios to 107.3 FM for the holiday tunes. For those who’d like to walk through the display, music will be played on speakers throughout the square. The event also includes the Skate the Square outdoor ice rink through Jan. 6, which costs $12 per person, including skates. And the Christmas Tree Maze will be back, with a path through about 250 flocked Christmas trees inside a tent. The maze is $8 per person.
Nov. 29-Dec. 31, nightly from 6 to 10, at Frisco Square, Main Street and Coleman Boulevard, Frisco. Free admission; some attractions require a fee. friscosquare.com/cits.
Dallas Zoo Lights by Reliant
More than 1 million lights illuminate the ZooNorth section. Kids of all ages can enjoy animal-shaped lanterns, light sculptures, holiday performances, crafts, animal encounters and, of course, Santa. New attractions this year include a forest of lighted holiday trees with a show set to music and a disco-themed strobe light display in the Wilds of Africa tunnel. The lights are on from 5 to 9 p.m. You can also visit the zoo during the day and stay without paying extra for the nighttime fun.
Through Jan. 5 on select nights at the Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $17 for adults, $14 for ages 3-11 and 65 and up, free for kids 2 and under. Parking is $10 per car. dallaszoo.com.