By: Jenny B. Davis
Welcome to The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Light Displays in DFW 2015. Thank's to ALL of you who have shared the holy night out of this blog, it went viral several years ago and has now been clicked on over 100,000 times since 2012. In fact, if you Google Christmas Lights in DFW, my blog post pops up near the top of the list! I've spent hours curating, updating and adding to this collection of light display in our beautiful Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and I am proud to be able to bring this post to you for the 4th year. With that said, this post became sooo long, I've now broken it down into 2 categories. You definitely don't want to miss The ULTIMATE and BEST Christmas Events and Activities in DFW 2015.
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Gift of Lights: Texas Motor Speedway @ 3545 Lonestar Circle 76177 MAP
This year is bigger and better than EVER with 100 new custom LED displays (600 total) with 2 million lights brought to you by Christmas by Zenith. Driving along the 1.5 mile path and through the light tunnel will surly make this a family tradition for years to come. Don't miss the new 22,000 sq. ft. Santa's Village inside the track at the completion of your drive for photos & fun! Check their calendar of events before you go! TICKETS
Open through December 31, 2015 6-10pm, 7 days a week
Sundance Square Plaza: 201 Main Street 76102 MAP
See the beautiful live 59ft lit tree, decorative water fountains that feature ever-changing waterfalls and cascades, and the four giant umbrellas covering more than 6,400 sqft, which provide gorgeous lighting displays at night. Plus don't miss many FREE special events, including holiday choir performances and concerts in downtown through the month of December, and Santa in Sundance too!
Now through December 31, 2015
Starlight Symphony West 7th Street: Crockett @ Currie 76107 MAP
Tap into the energy of the season with Starlight Symphony at West 7th and start a new exhilarating tradition! This rousing music and light show features animated holiday stars and other seasonal sparkle, all synchronized to spirited versions of your favorite holiday tunes. The 5-minute show on Crockett Street plays nightly on the hour from 6-10PM and carolers sing from 6-8PM. Plus don't miss out on the FREE horse and carriage rides every Friday & Saturday night through December.
Fairmount Festivus: 1101 W. Magnolia Avenue MAP
The Fairmount neighborhood takes pride in its holiday lights and decorating. Arrive at Kent & Co. where you can eat, drink and gather for a Christmas light tour by shuttle, complete with hot cocoa and Christmas music. Adults are $10 and children who bring an unwrapped child’s toy will get in free. All gifts will be donated to One Safe Place. TICKETS
December 13, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Christmas Lights by Private Bus:
I mean, who doesn't like stylish private ground transportation. Well here's your ticket! Roadrunner Charters of DFW has the BEST mini bus/coach transportation AND they are offering special Holiday Light Tour pricing & packages. You can't go wrong with this amazing company. They have been at our beck and call for years and we wouldn't consider anyone else for large groups. When you call to book, be sure and let Jerry know you read about this on SoFortWorthIt!
Fort Worth neighborhood secrets for great light displays:
• Alta Drive @ 7th Street (Rivercrest 76107) Although the home at the corner of this intersection has scaled back, there are several other nicely decorated homes to the right on Alta, especially the house on the front cover of the current issue of Fort Worth, Texas Magazine MAP
• 1100 block of Montego Road (Ridgmar 76116) MAP
• 1700 Desperado Road (Eagle Mountain 76131) MAP
• Luther Lake with lit homes reflecting off the water (Ridglea 76116). MAP
• Thornhill Road @ Steppe Drive on the corner has lights timed to music you can tune into on your radio (Benbrook 76132) MAP
• 3600 block of Locke Avenue has lots of cute festively decorated homes (Ridglea 76116) MAP
The Lights of Interlochen: Westwood Drive & Randol Mill Road 76102 MAP
Over 200 homes make this one of DFW’s largest holiday light displays and one of the very first and original of its kind, enchanting visitors with their extravagant Christmas lights, decorations and displays for more than 40 years. Even I remember going here as a child. Well worth the trip, but be prepared for extreme traffic. And I mean EXTREME!
December 18-25 until 11pm. TOUR ROUTE
Dalworthington Gardens: Rushing Meadow Court & Harder Drive 76016 MAP
For over 30 years, David Kulesz has decorated his house with hundreds of thousands of lights, and now all 14 houses on these 2 cul-de-sacs light up every Christmas with nearly 400,000 bulbs and 2 miles of extension cords. A sign on his lawn says the light display is in honor of Alzheimer’s victims and shows the address of the North Texas chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association where people can donate money. This is a sight not to be missed!
Highland Park Neighborhood: Armstrong Parkway & Preston Road 75205 MAP
For more than 40 years, family traditions and childhood memories began for many in this beautiful mansion-filled neighborhood. Start at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road and get lost in the hood from there. Area of special interest (an insider tells me): Rheims to Mockingbird and Lomo Alta to Preston, the perfect square. For the Prancerciser in you, try a 4 mile 21 block walking tour. Start in Highland Park Village, head to Armstrong Parkway, work your way down Armstrong to Lakeside Park, boogie on over to Abbot, hook it over to Beverly and make your way to Douglas, then back to the Village.
Kessler Park Holiday Lights: Oak Cliff @ 1415 W. Colorado Blvd. 75208 MAP
You can’t miss these 5 colorfully lit trees in the street island @ Colorado and Lausanne. With the Dallas skyline in the background and multiple houses in serious holiday spirit, you won’t be disappointed. This year’s annual KNU Holiday Lights Celebration will feature caroling, hot chocolate, cider and a table for the kids to write a letter to Santa. Bring a dessert and enjoy shared treats with the neighbors.
December 5, 6:00-7:00pm
Dallas neighborhood secrets for great light displays:
• M Streets aka Greenland Hills (75206) MAP
• University Park (75205 & 75225) MAP
• Swiss Avenue and Lakewood area(75214) MAP
• White Rock Lake mansions reflecting off the water (75214 & 75218) MAP
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Vitruvian Lights: Vitruvian Park @ 3875 Ponte Avenue 75001 MAP
This wonderful residential park with a spring-fed creek on 19 acres of lush grass and walking paths has over 550 trees lit up with 21,000 light strands which equals 1.5 million LED bulbs. An insider told me that Vitruvian Park spends 2 months wrapping the trees, and 1 month testing the lights before the formal tree lighting. Don't miss out on the special events.
December 6, 13, & 20 from 6:00-10:00pm.
Daystar Television Network: 3901 Hwy 121 76021 MAP
Visible from state highway 121 to passersby, over 500,000 pure white LED lights and full, life-sized 20-piece nativity scene serve as a visual reminder to the true meaning and reason for celebrating Christmas – the birth of Jesus, all those years ago in Bethlehem. And when you visit, be sure to take pictures of the lights and the nativity scene. Upload those pictures to your social media platforms using #DaystarChristmas, and your picture might appear on-air during an upcoming Marcus and Joni show.
Whistle Stop Christmas: Hulen Park @ 900 S. Hillsboro 76033 MAP
Zip down the new tollway and visit the sights and sounds of this Christmas wonderland featuring over 3 ½ million lights blanketing Hulen Park. Children train rides, horse drawn wagon rides and pony rides will be available around the park and make your kids jump for joy. If your kids LOVE trains, this is the place to be. SCHEDULE
Now through December 31.
Tour of Lights: Historical Park @ 2540 Farmers Branch Lane 75234 MAP
Create magical memories as you drive-thru stunning displays of holiday light scenes with over 500,000 glimmering lights. There's festive holiday music and the grand finale is a new animated show with Santa Claus himself. The driving tour will begin, as always, at I-35E and Valley View, continuing east on Valley View but now turning south onto Denton Drive and ends at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.
Christmas in the Square: 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard 75034 MAP
In it's 11th year, the city of Frisco will the largest choreographed holiday light and music show in North Texas, and has installed over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring, and 8 miles of extension cords. They have SNOW too...the same snow machines used by Disney create a “Winter Wonderland” on the sidewalks of the square. Experience ‘snow flurries’ every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. EVENT MAP SCHEDULE
Prairie Lights: Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake @ 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway 75052 MAP
Over 4 million lights along a 2 mile stretch, and 600 individual light displays make this the largest and brightest concentration of holiday lights in Texas. Hundreds of ALL-NEW displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel – the perfect finale to a night you will never forget! Feeling like a VIP? EVENT DETAILS
Heard Holiday Trail of Lights: Heard Museum @ 1 Nature Place 75069 MAP
This non-traditional viewing of holiday lights is synchronized to music down a ½ mile walking Heard Trail. There will be photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase with family-friendly entertainment of local musicians delighting audiences with live holiday music in the Heard outdoor amphitheater. Leave the electronic devices at home and experience nature in the Yuletide spirit. December 12, 18, & 19 @ 6:30-9:00pm
Deerfield Holiday Lights: Legacy Drive @ Colonade or Archgate Drives 75024 MAP
This longtime holiday tradition has brought joy and fond memories to many families for years in this 16 plus block community LOADED with festively decorated homes. Vote on your favorite decorated homes by texting category and address to 469-200-4699. (Example: D – 1222 Main)
A- BEST OVERALL
B- MOST TRADITIONAL
C- CHILDREN'S FAVORITE
Neighborhood secret for great light displays:
Spring Park community in NE Dallas, straddling Garland, Richardson & Plano, is located on Jupiter Road between Campbell Road and Lookout Drive. The highest concentration of lights are on the cul-de-sacs off of Jonandrea and Windmill. MAP
By: Jenny B. Davis