The magic of the holidays is upon us, my Snitches! And what better way to start your yuletide cheer than with a drive through millions of twinkling little lights? A better answer still…. you have family in town or a houseful of guests and you need a good 2-3 hour activity that gets everyone into the holiday spirit. So pack up the fam, get in the car, turn up radio to the Christmas Music channel and great ready to bedazzled. I’ve also included some single day events if you’re interested in checking out parades or tree lightings in the area.

Enchant Christmas at Globe LifePark
Nov 23 – Dec 30
Enter the world’s largest Christmas light maze at Globe Life park! Visit Santa and then check out the ice skating trail – with a few pit stops for holiday eats and drinks.
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Light up Lowest Greenville
Dec 1 4-8pm
It’s the 2nd Annual Light Up Lowest Greenville complete with souvenir cups for $10 and Santa at the Greenville Avenue Pizza Company at 6pm, and lighting up the Christmas tree and Greenville block at 7pm. Bring a monetary donation, canned goods, or winter clothes and accessories and get a an ornament to decorate the block’s tree or take it home for YOUR tree! This year, all ornament proceeds and donated goods will benefit Alex W Spence Middle School’s Peace Pantry: a no questions asked/safe place for students to get food and other needs for themselves and their families. At this time they need winter clothing more than anything.
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Reliant Light Your Holidays
Dec 1 FREE
Start off December the most festive way – with a free concert, holiday lights, and fireworks at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Super family friendly with kids’ arts and crafts, a holiday concert, and even the Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself!
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Deck the Plaza
Nov 30 4:30-8pm
Join Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for the official lighting of City Hall Plaza, including a 40-foot tree lighting. Bring the family to this fun event filled with light, music and holiday treats!
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Hilton Anatole’s Peppermint Park
Nov 23 – Dec 23 
Can’t make it to the actual North Pole this year? No worries! Experience the magic of Christmas with a festive, holiday adventure at Hilton Anatole’s Peppermint Park! Peppermint Park is an immersive holiday experience, featuring children’s games and activities, holiday shows, endless light displays, Santa Claus and much more. Take a magical train ride through the park, predict the weather with Jack Frost, enroll in Elf School and learn what it takes to be one of Santa’s helpers, mail your letters to the North Pole or make holiday slime with the Grinch. There are endless activities for children and parents alike, in the most merry setting in all of North Texas.
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Santa Land Village
Dec 3 – Dec 31
Grab the family and check out this cute elf village complete with all the holiday decorations! Enjoy some festive fun with s’mores on the beach and a train ride!
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The Trains at Northpark
Nov 17 – Jan 6
What’s more Christmas than watching decked out trains? Nothing! Don’t miss the 31th annual Trains at Northpark benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and check out all the festive train cars, cabooses and engines! Perfect for a quick break between shopping at the amazing North Park stores!
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Dallas Zoo Lights
Select Nights Nov 16 – Jan 1 5-9pm

Be amazed as the Dallas Zoo transforms at night into a magical illuminated park filled with over 1 million holiday lights. Check the site for details and more activities like The Elves’ Workshop, nature ornament making, and musical performances.
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Centennial Park Holiday Lights
Dec 1 – Dec 25 FREE
Check out this FREE display put together by the Irving Parks and Recreation Department complete with lighted trees, cool train displays and holiday cheer!
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The Modern Lights
Nov 23 – Feb 3
Get your art fix this season AND have a jolly time doing it! The Modern will again be illuminated with an even more spectacular array of festive lights.
The Museum will be open until 7 pm on Tuesdays and 8 pm on Fridays. Check it all out while dining festively at the Café Modern on Friday evenings for dinner, with seating available from 5 to 8:30 pm.
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The Colony Christmas Spectacular
Dec 1 – Jan 5 FREE

Tune your radios to 99.9FM to hear Christmas music choreographed to a lightshow!
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Prairie Lights – Grand Prairie
Thanksgiving Night – Dec 30
You will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path with hundreds of displays in shapes of all kinds that line and arch over the roads. Stop at Holiday Village and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest- you can find concessions including hot cocoa, apple cider, coffee, and a variety of seasonal food like funnel cakes, kettle corn and more. 
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Deerfield Neighborhood – West Plano
Dec 1 – Dec 30   7pm-10pm
Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston Rd. and Coit Rd. Enter rom Legacy on Colonnade or Archgate, noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Dr. and Hallmark Dr.  Watch all signs, drive carefully and enjoy the holiday lights! 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS at the Dallas Arboretum
Nov 9 – Dec 31

Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition just got brighter! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit. Experience the magic of 500,000 lights throughout the garden 25′ Victorian style gazebos filled charming, costumed characters, whimsical animals and music my famous be the classic carol. A variety of holiday music is provided throughout theg arden. Seasonal sweet and savory treats and hot beverages for children and adults are available for purchase.
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Highland Park Neighborhood Lights
Nov 25 – Dec 31

Make this is a magical holiday season to remember! Tour the beautiful lights and homes of Highland Park. You can start your driving tour at Armstrong and Preston – and you’ll wind through the neighborhood – don’t miss Beverly Drive where you’ll see some amazing displays. After the trip, check out the Highland Park Village for high end shopping and the wonderful lighted trees AND their amazing gingerbread houses built by Dallas’ best chefs at The Gingerbread Stroll

Holly Jolly Celebration in Allen
Nov 30 5-10pm

A holiday tradition in Allen, Texas – complete with a 46-foot Christmas tree lighting, carriage rides, train rides and even a Scrooge Tavern! Check out some uniquely decorated Christmas trees and arts&crafts, holiday book readings, and more!
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Lights at Legacy @ Shops at Legacy
Nov 18

Great family event that starts with a 2pm movie at The Angelika Film Center. Ticket purchases will be available early November. The #LightsAtLegacy will begin at 4pm and run until 7pm. Santa Photos will be available, you can ride the Children’s Health Train and enjoy live entertainment, craft activities with Mrs. Claus, balloon animals, face painting, caricature artists, magic with Mr. Scrooge, plus the lighting of the sixty five foot tree!
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Celebration of Lights – SMU
See the beautiful lighted trees illuminate this amazing campus!
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Home for the Holidays…A McKinney Christmas
Nov 23- Nov 25 10-8pm
One of the best ways to start your Christmas celebration. The weekend after Thanksgiving in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more.
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TexasChristkindl Market – Arlington
Nov 23 – Dec 23 FREE
Inspired by the cherished German holiday tradition, the Texas ChristkindlMarket is a family-friendly market features traditional handcrafted gifts and collectibles, taste authentic German cuisine and holiday beverages, and enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, and much more!
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Klyde Warren Park Holiday Show & Tree Lighting
Dec 1 FREE
An amazingly festive date full of family friendly activities! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there – and so will a huge tree! Arts & Crafts, games and refreshments can be found at this great community event
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Denton Holiday Lighting Festival
Nov 30

Check out Denton’s most beloved holiday traditions – complete with live music, festive holiday lighting, food and great family activities!
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Dallas Holiday Parade
Dec 1 10am
The Annual Parade is one of the largest holiday parades in the country – you’ll be joined by at least 400,000 of your fellow holiday friends. The parade lasts a little over an hour and travels the streets of downtown Dallas. 
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Christmas in theSquare – Frisco Square
Nov 23 – Dec 31 6pm – 10pm FREE
In its 14th year, this is one of the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas! This amazing event has over 175,000 lights and coordinated with holiday music on 107.3FM. Experience a true winter wonderland with snow machines and create fluffy snow flurries every 15 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays. Skate the Square opens on Friday, Nov 23 and checkout carriage rides for the family! Check their event calendar here for all the times for seeing Santa, Train Rides and Ice Skating.
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Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov 18
Celebrate the start of the holiday season by lighting the a HUGE, LIVE, 57′-foot tall Christmas Tree. See beautiful holiday decorations, join the chorus of holiday carols and enjoy a hot chocolate before Santa makes his appearance!
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Christmas Capital of Texas – Grapevine
Check out the amazing events in Grapevine….the Official Christmas Capital of Texas!
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Fort Worth Parade of Lights
Nov 18 6pm
Celebrate the Parade of Lights! The parade includes floats and giant illuminated balloons, bands, clowns and holiday surprises! The parade starts at Belknap and Throckmorton.
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Galleria Dallas – Ice Skating
Make some fun holiday memories while you’re getting your holiday shop on! The Ice Rink at the Galleria is legendary – so if you can, make plans to head down there and skate a bit.
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Twinkle Light Boat Parade at Lake Grapevine
Dec 1  6 – 9 pm
If you’re missing boating season – make one last trek to the lake and check out this Christmas boat parade! This is one of the most unique Christmas parades with water crafts decorated in twinkling. This festival begins at Twin Coves Marina. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine.
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Parade of Lights – Historic Downtown Grapevine
Dec 6 7pm
Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas. This Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float! Come early to claim your spot along Historic Main Street to watch this exciting holiday event. 
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Christmas on Main in Grapevine
Nov 23 – Dec 23
Enjoy a step back to a historical Christmas in Grapevine on Main Street! Take in the scene with their Victorian-style buildings decked in holiday style with ribbons, bows and wreaths and thousands of twinkling light. Make it a family adventure and take a tractor-drawn wagon with the proceeds benefiting the historic preservation of Nash Farm.
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Neighborhoods of Interlochen – North Arlington
Dec 14 – Dec 25 7-10pm
The neighbors go all out in Arlington with this amazing light show. Tune your car radio to 102.1FM or 98.7FM
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Holiday in the Park – Six Flags over Texas in Arlington
Nov 19 – Jan 1
Enjoy some Six Flags adventure during this holiday season. They have some amazing snow covered hills for sledding, festive decorations, and magical lights all around the park. Check out SantaLand with its own locomotive and Santa himself! Great food awaits including S’mores, Gingerbread cookies, Hot Cocoa and more!
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Farmers Branch Christmas Events
Dec 1 – Dec 31
Check out all the fun events in Farmers Branch including ice skating, the tree lighting and more!
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VitruvianLights – Addison 
Nov 23 – Jan 1
Vitruvian Park becomes a lighted wonderland with millions of super colored LED lights adorning all the trees in the park. A beautiful photo-op for the family and an amazing site!
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Nov 29 – Dec 30 6pm – 10pm, 7 days a week
HUGE drive-through light display on the largest speedway in Texas. It’s about 1.5 miles of lights with over 500 light displays. After completing the drive through millions of twinkling lights, check out Santa’s Village for pictures with Santa and cool crafts and gifts. 
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Prestonwood Baptist Church – The Gift of Christmas
Dec 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
This amazing show is a must-see – it’s visually stunning and features your favorite Christmas songs with elaborate staging and lights, a live orchestra and a nearly 1000 member cast! If that’s not enough to excite the audience, they also have flying angels, live animals, a living Nativity and much much more!
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Garland Christmas on the Square
Nov 29 – Dec 31 5-10pm
Light Display runs nightly on the Garland town square. Enjoy millions of lights and shops the cute stores along the block. Santa will be there for the first 3 Saturdays in December from 7-9pm for photos.
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Gaylord Texan ICE
Nov 9 – Jan 1
If you haven’t been to ICE! You totally have to check it out. It’s an amazing walk-through wonderland that is completely made of ice! It’s cold – 9 degrees – so be sure to dress warmly under the coats they let you borrow. It’s 2 million pounds of ice that is sculpted into hand-carved sculptures, and they have 52-story tall ice slides that you can slide down.
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Gaylord Texan Lone Star Christmas
Nov 10 – Jan 1
Check out the huge Gaylord Texan for a festive holiday getaway. You and the family can enjoy ICE! And then enjoy some great activities including Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Build-A-Bear Workshop®,Santa’s Wild Workshop Snow Tubing, Glacier Glide Ice Skating, Gingerbread Decorating Corner, Santa’s Snowball Throwing Workshop, Cookies and Milk withMrs. Claus and Photos with Santa!
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