’Tis the season for hot chocolate ☕️ garland 🎄 mistletoe and of course 🎅 Christmas lights 👉 We’ve rounded up the best festive displays across the Metroplex ☃️ sure to bring that extra dose of cheer to your December.
Where: Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
When: Nov. 19, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022, 6–9:30pm
What to know: Dallas Zoo Lights returns as a socially distanced drive-thru experience with a mile-long route featuring one million twinkling lights, elaborate holiday-themed displays, dazzling 3-D lighted sculptures, larger-than-life animal lanterns you can see from the comfort of your vehicle.
Holiday at the Arboretum Dallas
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road
When: Nov. 10–Dec. 31, 2021; member preview Nov. 9
What to know: One of Dallas’ main holiday attractions, Holiday at the Arboretum will have you feeling all warm inside even if the weather is chilly.
Where: Riders Field (formerly Dr Pepper Ballpark), 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
When: Nov. 18, 2021–Jan. 1, 2022
What to know: The Radiance! holiday lights show is back with an all-new family attraction called Frozen in Frisco, with a two-story ice tubing hill, ice skating, snowball throw, bumper cars on ice, a 108-foot Ferris wheel overlooking the majestic Radiance! light show, and, of course, Santa greetings.
Where: Little Elm Park, 600 Main Street
When: Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
What to know: Drive through this holiday lights. Pricing per carload, or you can bypass must of the traffic with a Dash Pass.
Where: 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022; lights on 5–11pm nightly
What to know: Stroll or drive through 12 acres of colorful trees at Vitruvian Park’s annual free holiday light display of 550 trees in multicolored LEDs.
Where: Downtown Fort Worth, parade begins at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets and ends on Third Street. See the complete route information and a full map here.
When: Nov. 21 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving) at 6pm
What to know: The largest illuminated holiday parade in all of Texas, with more than 100 floats expected to march down the 2.2-mile parade route around downtown Fort Worth.
Where: Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 E. Road to Six Flags St.
When: Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022; times vary by date; lights on at sundown
What to know: In between the thrill rides you’ll enjoy festive shows including the all-new Holly Jolly Holiday Parade and meet Santa in the Merry Marketplace.
Where: Interlochen neighborhood, 2001 Westwood Dr.
When: Mid-December–Christmas Day, 2021 at 7pm until around 11pm
What to know: For nearly 45 years, more than 200 homeowners in this northwest Arlington neighborhood near Interstate 30 celebrate the season by adorning their homes and property with festive lights and holiday-themed displays.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle
When: Nov. 25, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022; Friday–Saturday 6–10pm, Sunday–Thursday 6–9pm
What to know: Relax and enjoy the ride as your family cruises through Fort Worth’s Gift of Lights, a 2-mile light park with millions (yes, millions) of shining bulbs.
Where: 8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco
When: Nov. 19 through Jan. 3, 2022; 6–10pm
What to know: Christmas in the Square returns with ice skating, Santa meet and greets, carriage rides, even a Christmas tree lot.
Where: Lynn Creek Park at Joe Pool Lake, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2021, open nightly at 6pm
What to know: Prepare to be dazzled with 4 million lights across two miles in this drive-thru holiday park.
Where: Grapevine City Hall, 200 S. Main St., Grapevine
When: Nov. 22, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022
What to know: The Christmas Capital of Texas illuminates its historic downtown with hundreds of thousands of lights up and down Main Street.
Where: Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail
When: Nov. 12, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
What to know: Step inside to enjoy the resort’s 4-acre indoor atrium, showcasing millions of twinkle lights, and even more walking through the Merry & Light lights, but the real draw is the myriad of recreational activities: ice skating, snow tubing, snow throwing, and new this year.
Where: Between Preston Road and Coit Road
When: Dec. 1–30, 2021; 7–10pm weekdays and 7–11pm on weekends
What to know: This northwest Plano neighborhood has quite the reputation of elaborate holiday light displays.
Where: Denton Downtown Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
When: Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, check back soon for more info as it’s announced.
What to know: There’s no place like Denton this holiday season, where the downtown square’s lights turn on when the sun goes down and local businesses compete in the wassail tasting competition.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave.
When: Check back for details about 2021 entertainment as it’s announced.
What to know: Enjoy a Cowboy Christmas in the Fort Worth Stockyards, with thousands of twinkling lights, a 30-foot tree, strolling carolers, Santa photos, and rodeo competitions at the Cowtown Coliseum on Friday and Saturday nights.