It is truly the most wonderful time of the year and as we close out Thanksgiving and head towards Christmas, we wanted to give you some ideas of some really cool Christmas light displays and events going on in your area of the metroplex!
Zoo Lights at the Dallas Zoo (Dallas)
Dallas Zoo Lights is back with the same socially-distant twist as last holiday season. This year’s event will be drive-thru, allowing guests to enjoy the Dallas Zoo’s lights without leaving their vehicles.
The exhibit will be open from Nov. 19 to Jan. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. Get ready to check out the more than one-mile long driving path with more than one million lights, animal lanterns and elaborate lighted displays.
This year’s event requires a separate timed entry ticket that must be purchased online in advance. Guests can choose a window of time for their entry.
Dallas Zoo members receive a discount, so admission is $50 per car for members. General Dallas Zoo Lights event tickets are $65 per car.
Where: Dallas Zoo Main Entrance, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, 75203
Click here to get more information and tickets!
Holiday at the Arboretum (Dallas)
Known as one of Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition, this holiday outdoor exhibit features a new 50-foot tall musical tree along with 25-foot tall Victorian-style gazebos depicting scenes from 12 Days of Christmas.
Each gazebo features movement to depict different characters from the traditional carol, such as French Hens, Twelve Drummers Drumming and Seven Swans a Swimming. There are more than one million lights included in the displays.
Reservations are required.
The event runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 31. The holiday-themed garden will be open during the normal daytime hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also go at night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., depending on what day you go.
Prices vary. You will get the best deal from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13, when admission is only $10. The closer it gets to Christmas, the more expensive the tickets will be.
Where: Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
Learn more about Holiday at the Arboretum by clicking here!
Trains at NorthPark (Dallas)
The Trains at NorthPark display has been around since 1987, showcasing 1,600 feet of track and a creative holiday them!
The display benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), raising more than $13 million and serving more than 40,000 families.
Facemasks are recommended. Tickets are available both online and in person.
The Trains at Northpark recommends coming earlier in the holiday season or during the afternoon for lower capacity.
The trains will be set up from Nov. 13 to Jan. 2. The exhibit will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Where: NorthPark, 8687 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 75225
Click here to learn about how you and your family can experience the Trains at Northpark!
Texas Christkindl Market (Arlington)
Arlington’s family-friendly market is back with its German holiday tradition.
While it was an online-only event last holiday season, this event is coming back to Arlington in person!
This market features holiday gifts, decorations, and music. What makes this unique is the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas decorations and designs from the renowned Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Village in Germany.
Admission to the market is free, although there may be parking fees.
You can check this out online from Nov. 18 to Jan. 2 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
*While admission is free, there is an entry fee for the ice skating rink.
Where: Choctaw Stadium, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011
Get more information by clicking here!
Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights (Fort Worth)
The largest drive-thru light park in Texas is back!
Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights will return with more than three million LED lights.
Santa’s Village will be back this holiday season, allowing kids to take a picture with Santa.
You can check out these lights from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2 featuring more than 150 new displays. Admission is $30-$60.
Texas Motor Speedway suggests arriving early to the show to avoid longer wait times. Weekdays also experience less traffic. The average time it takes to get through the show is about 45-60 minutes.
Pets are allowed.
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir, Fort Worth, TX 76177
Click here to learn more about the Gift of Lights!
Prairie Lights (Grand Prairie)
This annual twinkling drive-thru light display in Grand Prairie is always fun.
Open nightly from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, Prairie Lights features four million lights and hundreds of custom displays along a two-mile path. There will be hundreds of new displays this year.
The display is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Holiday Village will be returning this year, which people can find at the halfway point. You will be able to get out of your vehicle and enjoy carnival rides, concessions, photos with Santa and a magical walk-thru forest.
The second half of the drive ends with a new and improved light tunnel.
It typically takes about 45 minutes to drive straight through with light traffic.
Due to the high volume of cars on weekends, Prairie Lights asks customers to allow for an extra hour or longer to enter the park.
Admission is $40 per car and $80 for a limo. If you purchase a fast pass, it is $129 per car and $189 per limo.
Where: Lynn Creek Park 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Get your tickets and information about Prairie Lights here!
Holiday Lights Trolley Ride (Highland Park)
With some of the brightest lights in North Texas, these trolley rides will let you experience all the holiday spirit in Highland Park.
Experience the Holiday Lights Trolley Ride through Highland Park. Along the 1 hour ride, these festive trolleys let you enjoy magic of the holiday season and see some of the best holiday lights in the area.
Each red trolley holds 34 passengers and is heated as well. It departs from Twin Sixties Drive and Mockingbird Station.
This trolley experience lasts one hour — with free surface and garage parking at Mockingbird Station. The rides last from Nov. 27 to Dec 24. Admission is $20.
This year, there will be a new “adults only” holiday lights trolley where people can bring their own alcohol. You must be 21 years old for this ride.
All of the tours include narration.
Where: Bus lanes at Mockingbird Station. Corner of Worcola St. & E. Mockingbird Ln. Dallas, TX 75206
Click here to learn more about the Holiday Lights Trolley Ride!
Thank you so much to our friends at WFAA Channel 8 for putting this list together! If you’d like to see the full list of Christmas events going on in your area of town, click here!