‘Tis the season to go see the Holiday Lights near by!
So, where are the Christmas and Holiday Lights near me, you may be asking yourself?
We’ve put together a list of 31 Really Fun things to do this Winter around Dallas and we can also help you find Where can you see Santa and get your pictures!
Are you feeling ready for all of the hustle and bustle?
Don’t forget to include a visit to the Gaylord Texan this Christmas to see their new signature exhibits – I Love Christmas and Yuletide Bright!
One of our most favorite family traditions is to dress the kids in pjs, make some hot cocoa for everyone, and drive around town looking at fabulous Christmas lights near me. Or, take pictures with Santa near me!
We also like to check off items on our Winter Bucket List with 31 things to do this Winter, with a Visit with Santa!
Are you wondering where to go to see Christmas Lights?
There are so many great places. We’ve got you covered, check out these places to see beautiful Christmas lights around Dallas.
Deerfield Christmas Lights in Deerfield (Plano)
Dates: December 1 – 30 from 7pm – 10pm on Weekdays, 7pm – 11pm Weekends.
Where: Northwest Plano between Preston Road and Coit Road.
This has to be one of the very best around and right here in Plano.
The neighborhood goes all out with lights, carriage rides, and carolers. Usually, around 75% of homes are decorated with lights and some have incredible animatronics too.
Top Tips to enjoy the Deerfield Christmas Lights in Plano
Our suggestion is to go early in the night and season unless you like to sit in super long lines and major traffic. People will come from all over the metroplex to see the displays at Deerfield.
The best times are 5.30-7pm or 9-10pm.
WE HIGHLY recommend visiting Deerfield on less busy nights during the week. Lines on the weekends can be hours long. To prepare for the long lines, the next tip is especially important…
The Deerfield Neighborhood does not have public restrooms, so please plan accordingly before your visit as you will get caught in very long lines to see the lights.
**Please do not get out of your car to take pictures as it causes problems with traffic as well.
Where to enter the Deerfield Neighborhood
There are MANY entrances to the Deerfield neighborhood for Christmas Lights. The entrances off Legacy have the longest lines. We suggest starting near the back of the neighborhood off Quincy Lane (turn right down Bettye Haun Drive).
Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston Rd. and Coit Rd. You can also enter from Legacy on Colonnade or Archgate.
Watch all signs, drive carefully and enjoy the holiday lights!
Are you planning to Park and Walk?
Should you decide to walk the neighborhood, please park on a street at the far north part of Deerfield, close to Quincy Lane and not on one of their busy streets as causes traffic problems.
Be sure to park north of the clubhouse, choosing a street that isn’t congested with cars driving through. An easy place to park is Haun Elementary School then walk south down Bettye Haun Drive.
If you park in the North side of the neighborhood (accessible via Quincy Lane) and have small toddlers, we recommend using a stroller or wagon, you’ll get to see the full sequence of the small details of the display.
Many are on a timer and you may miss them if you drive by too fast.
Be sure to pack some Hot Cocoa to sip as you walk
Conside taking cash for donations. There are a number of homes that are making collections for local nonprofits so be prepared for that and give when you can!
There is also a big Christmas tree at the Clubhouse, for great picture opps!
Wanting to hitch a ride in a Horse-drawn carriage?
For a magical, fun and easy experience, Carriage rides are available pre-booked with DFW Carriages starting December 1st. Pricing starts at $165.
Lights on the Farm at the Heritage Farmstead
Dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening November 26 to December 26
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W 15th St, Plano, TX 75075
Cost: Tickets for the event are on sale. Online, advance registration is encouraged. Online admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
Guests can also pay at the door (tickets subject to availability) where admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
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 Lights on the Farm event will feature a quarter-mile trail through the property showcasing stunning holiday light creations and animated displays crafted by First Choice Lights.
They’ll also have a 20-foot Christmas tree, refreshments such as hot cocoa and make-your-own s’mores, and a chance for young kiddos to visit with Santa.
There will also be plenty of dazzling selfie photo opportunities throughout the farm property, as well. Tours begin every evening the display is open beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Guests will be allowed entry into the property every 20 minutes and the last guests will be admitted at 9 p.m. The Farmstead will close at 10:00 p.m. on event evenings.
The Christmas Lights at Vitruvian Lights (Addison)
Dates: November 26th – January 2nd
Where: 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, 75001
Come enjoy a Magical Night of Lights ceremony!
Vitruvian Park is transformed into a dazzling and magical holiday wonderland during Vitruvian Lights, when over 1.5 million sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees.
On November 27th, the lights will be turned on during a spectacular lighting ceremony as they flip the switch at 5 p.m.
Once the switch is flipped, the lights remain on every evening from 5pm – 11pm through January 2, 2022.
These outdoor evening events are FREE and open to the public.
Mingle with family and friends, take a photo with Santa, dance and sing along to your favorite holiday songs and browse through the shopping village for gifts.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from gourmet food trucks on the event nights listed above.
Parking is available onsite at Vitruvian Park; Bella Lane, Park Road, and Ponte Avenue Parking Lots.
When: November 18 – January 1st, starting at 6pm every night
Where: Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, TX 75034
Cost: $19.99-$54.98. There are various types of tickets.
Get 1 ticket for both attractions. Radiance! is a theme park-style ride in a vehicle that guides guests through the show. Visitors can expect an all-new, mile-long light trail of over 3 million lights, animated to favorite holiday tunes.
Frozen in Frisco will feature a two-story outdoor ice tubing hill, ice skating under the stars, bumper cars on ice, snowball toss with real snow, a 108-foot Ferris wheel, Christmas carousel, buckin’ reindeer rides, s’mores fire pits and more.
You’ll love the iconic holiday tunes as you navigate through 160 feet of animated RGB light tunnels.
Hot Chocolate will be offered to guests through the theme park-style ride.
The Colony Christmas Spectacular
Dates: Saturday December 4, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022
Times: 5:30pm – 10:30pm Sunday – Thursday / 5:30pm – 10:50pm Friday – Saturday
Where: Central Fire Station (4900 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony, TX 75056)
The Colony Christmas Spectacular light show at is choreographed to music. Tune your radio to 99.9FM to enjoy the music.
Christmas In the Square (Frisco)
Dates: Awaiting updated information for 2021!
Where: Located at the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street (FM 720), Frisco, TX
A Free event for families, friends and holiday guests from all over come and enjoy the spectacular show. Visitors may tune in to 107.3FM on the radio in your vehicle, or listen to the music piped through speakers as you take a walk through the Square.
The light and music extravaganza is choreographed by Frisco’s own Jeff Trykoski (Illumimax, LLC).
With over 180,000 lights, 200 dancing snowflakes, 10 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, Christmas in the Square is unlike anything you have ever seen.
It’s the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas.
Free to the Public. Tune in to 107.3FM on the radio or listen to the music outside through speakers if you walk through the lights.
Dates: November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. nightly
Where: 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068, USA
Cost: $23 per standard vehicle
Following the sparkling path of 1.5 miles from The Lakefront at Little Elm and the Little Elm Park, overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life!
Magic of Lights is designed to be a true annual family tradition with enchanted tunnels of lights, mega trees and Victorian village.
Santa will also be on site waving at people driving through the Magic of Lights and free gifts will be given to each car by their sponsors.
Friday, November 20, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 30-minute break
Sun-Thu 6p.m. – 9p.m.
CLOSED to Cars Dec. 4
FULLY CLOSED Dec. 31
Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie)
Dates: Thanksgiving Night – New Year’s Eve
OPEN EVERY NIGHT 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Where: Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Cost: Admission includes drive-thru experience, Holiday Village Carnival Rides and the Magical Walk-Thru Forest.
Pricing is per Vehicle, up to 8 at $40 per car. Fast Pass tickets are available at reserved time slots for $129 per car. Prices for limos, commercial buses and shuttle vans vary.
Due to the high volume of cars on weekends and holidays, please allow additional time to get through the park.
For 2021, there will be one-of-a-kind custom displays and brand-new indoor and outdoor attractions. Photos with Santa and Concessions will be available for purchase at the Holiday Village!
*The end of the General Admission line will be marked on busier nights with a designated Prairie Lights vehicle.
Long wait times anticipated 12/13 – 12/25.
Be prepared and arrive early. You can also check current Park Status.
Prairie Lights takes you on a two-mile drive featuring 4,000,000 lights with all-new custom displays with themes like “Pirate Christmas”, “Santa’s Mailroom”, and “Winter Woods”.
This is a drive-thru only event – you must remain in your car.
Allow around 45 minutes to drive straight through with light traffic.
Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads.
The second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget!
When: November 26 to January 2
Where: Fair Park, TX
Cost: Prices start at $20 and vary. Infants under 2 are free. Premium experience tickets are also available, including parking and other upgraded experiences.
Immerse yourself in this all-new spectacular Light Maze adventure at Fair Park Dallas.
Guided by dazzling lights, you’ll join the magical Christmas story of “The Great Search”. Nine of Santa’s reindeer have become lost in a giant snowstorm and need your help finding their way out of the mystical Enchant forest.
They’ll also have a beautiful outdoor ice-skating rink, Santa Village (get ready to meet him!) and a Christmas Shopping Village.
For little ones, there’s an exclusive play area to enjoy.
Where can you go for Photos with Santa?
The Christmas Lights in Highland Park
Touring the beautiful lights and homes of Highland Park has been a tradition of the holiday season for many years.
It is free to drive through – be mindful these are Neighborhoods where locals live, so please be considerate.
You can even reserve a carriage ride to experience the lights in a more magical way. Homeowners and tenants around Highland Park go all out with home decorations every Christmas holiday.
We do recommend booking ahead for carriage rides in all cases, as availability is limited. This really is one of our favorite things to do.
Carriage Rides are available for a fee. Book early if this interests you!
For Brazos Carriages, the Transwestern Building, 3811 Turtle Creek blvd. Dallas TX 75219. Park in the parking garage in the visitors area.
For Highland Park Carriages, you’ll pick up at 4200 Oak Lawn Ave, Highland Park TX
12 Days of Christmas (Dallas Arboretum)
Dates: November 10th- December 31st.
Open for Daily Admission and Night Admission from 6-9 pm. Wednesday nights and some Mondays/Tuesdays (check with the venue).
Pricing starts at $12 for Children, $17 for Adults.
Members get in free during the day but need tickets for the Night Admission.
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
Celebrate the holidays like never before with this centerpiece exhibit featuring an elaborate collection of 25-foot Victorian style gazebos filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals, and music made famous by the beloved Christmas carol.
In the evenings, the garden comes to life for a beautiful nighttime experience aglow with over one million lights.
You’ll also enjoy the 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. This year there are children’s activities also.
Each gazebo will be encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience, and will feature mechanical parts and festive music that will assist in bringing the characters to an even more life-like state.
Dates: November 19th- Jan 2nd, from 6pm -9.30pm each night
Cost: Timed entry tickets must be pre-purchased, starting at $50 per car for members, $65 per car for non-members.
The Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland of lights and this year it is a Drive-Thru Experience! Tune your car’s radio to the Zoo’s station, 1680 AM to fill your car with holiday tunes and greetings.
Marvel at mesmerizing animal-themed vignettes, from a lush rainforest to an Antarctic adventure; stunning, 360-degree light-covered tunnels; hanging lighted décor; and silk-covered, illuminated animal lanterns.
Allow 30-45 minutes for the experience but patience will be needed for peak hours on high traffic nights.
Park and stroll through Reliant Holiday Village at the end of the drive-thru route for photos with Santa, photo ops in front of the 30-foot lighted Christmas tree, musical performances, and more.
Pre-order set package of food & drinks, or purchase individual items onsite in select areas
Tickets to the zoo lights are free with a zoo admission.
Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular & City Hall Light Show
Dates: November and December 2021, 6pm-11pm.
Location: South Main Street, Grapevine, TX
Cost: Free. Great for all ages.
Parking: Various lots along the main street, with some on-street parking available too.
Come see hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and decorations up and down Main Street, daily performances with the animated snowman, “The Chilly Dawgs”, and hang out with the Whos in Whoville at the Town Square Gazeebo.
After sunset, the magic really comes to life with a 40-foot animated Singing Christmas Tree, a massive City Hall Light Show Spectacular, and don’t forget, there is always a 100% chance of snow flurries in the Christmas Capitol of Texas!
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth)
When: November 25th – January 2nd 2022
Friday & Saturday: 6pm-10pm / Sunday – Thursday 6pm-9pm
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir, Fort Worth, TX 76177
Cost: Tickets start at $30 per car. You can pay at the age.
The Texas Motor Speedway Christmas Lights spectacle is something to behold and a must-experience. Allow 45 minutes to 1 hour for the experience.
Welcome to the only Texas-sized Drive Thru light park at the largest speedway in Texas
Santa’s Village is back this year and picture sessions are available everyday until December 25th. Costs from $15
There is always something new for everyone in the family to enjoy and Food Trucks are available
Dates: Open daily through New Year’s night from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM
Location: 5801 CR 904 Z, Joshua, TX 76058
Cost: They offer $5 off for Seniors, Military, and Veterans.
- Car, Pickup Truck, SUV, Mini Van – $35.00
- Limos, Vans – $50
- Small Motor Homes – $50.00
- Truck Pulling a Trailer of People – $60.00
- Shuttle Buses – $80.00
Head to Joshua, TX – just a short drive from Fort Worth, Burleson, and Cleburne.
The park is filled with 100’s of displays spread out across a mile and a half winding road – making this an ideal drive-through event.
There is also a large section of the park with lights timed to some of your favorite Christmas tunes.
Their new event tent includes Santa, Vendors, and a seating area for folks to sit!
Houses With Awesome Light Displays
Westridge Lights Display, Plano
This is one of our favorites!! They start decorating in JULY!!!!!
Hours: 6:30 – 9:30pm Sun-Thursday, 6-10pm on Friday & Saturday. The lights will synchronize to music to make sure you tune your radio to 92.9 FM.
This one is usually not very crowded and one you can go visit several times. It’s super cool!
1101 Stone Trail Drive, Plano
2701 Dublin Park Dr, Plano, TX 75094
Holiday Lights in Allen, TX
Holiday Lights in Richardson, TX
Do you have a favorite spot for seeing Christmas lights?
Share it with us in the comments below!