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All Is Merry And Bright At These Holiday Light Experiences

by Jessica Cross 10 Dec 2020 11:39 AM

Brighten up your holidays with any of these festive holiday light displays in DFW.

Photo: The Modern Arts Museum of Fort Worth.

With COVID-19 still an ever-present issue, one safe holiday activity is viewing light displays. Here are some amazing DFW drive-through holiday light experiences as well as socially distanced walk-able light displays that will get you in the holiday spirit. They are especially fun for the whole family to enjoy and you don’t even have to leave your car.

When you out and about enjoying any of these displays, be sure to tag @ArtandSeekTX on Instagram in your photos and videos for a mention!

Child looking at the light displays from the car. Photo: Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Lighted Life-Sized Nutcracker

Life-Sized Nutcracker, one of the many classic holiday lantern characters in the drive-thru display on Candy Cane Lane. Photo: Hunter Garrett

Candy Cane Lane

Prairie Lights

colorful trees light up water at night time.

Trees lit by thousands of colorful lights at Vitruvian Park. Photo: Stevan Koye.

Vitruvian Lights

  • Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave, Addison
  • November 27 – January 3
  • Open daily from 5:00pm – 11:00pm
  • FREE
  • Walkable and drive-through available
  • Parking available onsite at Vitruvian Park; Bella Lane, Park Road, and Ponte Avenue Parking Lots.

Dallas Zoo Lights

  • Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas
  • November 20 – January 3
  • $65 per car
  • More than one million lights
  • Silk-covered animal lanterns depicting Zoo favorites
  • Ice palace for a trio of penguins
  • All participants, including Dallas Zoo Members, are
    required to purchase tickets and food and drink add-ons online in advance.
night time shot of the Modern Art Museum with trees in front covered with white lights

The lighted trees in front of the Modern Art Museum make it the perfect spot for a nighttime photo op. Photo: The Modern Arts Museum of Fort Worth.

The Modern Lights

Walkable Light Displays:


night time shot of a gazebo with 4 calling birds

“Four Calling Birds,” one of 12 decorated gazebos in the 12 Days of Christmas display. Photo: Dallas Arboretum

Holiday at the Arboretum

someone in a polar bear costume standing near the Frisco Square ice rink

“Ike the polar bear” standing near the Frisco Square ice rink. Photo: Frisco Square.

Christmas in the Square

  • Frisco Square, 8843 Coleman Blvd, Frisco 
  • November 27 – January 4
  • FREE
  • Holiday lights and music will run daily 6-10 PM
  • Ice skating, Santa visits, live music, holiday vendor market, Christmas tree lot, horse-drawn carriages, Ike the polar bear
  • 180,000 lights, 200 dancing snowflakes, 10 miles of wiring
a "Whoville" post office display

The “Whoville Post Office” at the Whoville display in the Town Square Gazebo. Photo: Grapevine Parks and Recreation

Historic Grapevine Christmas Spectacular

  • 120 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051
  • November 23 – January 10
  • 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • FREE
  • Thousands of Christmas lights and decorations
  • Daily performances with animated snowmen, “The Chilly Dawgs”
  • “Whos in Whoville” at the Town Square Gazebo
  • 40-foot animated Singing Christmas Tree at Town Square Gazebo
  • City Hall Light Show Spectacular at City Hall and “snow flurries”
night time shot of Cowtown Coliseum with white lights

Cowtown Coliseum Lights. Photo: Greg Roach with Greg Roach Photography.

HO HO Holidays In the Stockyards

  • 2501 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, TX 76164
  • December 4 – December 24
  • FREE
  • Cowboy Santa will have socially distanced visits and photos in Santa’s Christmas Cabin (located at stockyards station). Appointments are strongly recommended
  • Thousands of lights
  • 30-foot Christmas tree, strolling carolers, plus live music
Sammons Park's reflection pool reflects the brightly lit trees

Sammons Park’s reflection pool reflects the brightly lit trees and festivities. Photo: Nate Rehlander

Reliant Lights Your Holidays

  • Sammons Park, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
  • Friday, December 4 – Sunday, December 20
  • 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Live pop-up performances on Fridays and Saturdays
  • 550,000 LED lights illuminating the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, and Sammons Park
  • Photo opportunities
  • Masks required
Boy holds out hand for snow at nighttime light display

Snow falls at St. Andrew UMC’s Journey of Lights. Photo: Chris Derrett

Journey of Lights at St. Andrew United Methodist Church 

St. Andrew United Methodist Church,  4030 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093

  • Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 19
  • 6-9 p.m.
  • $5, Paperless timed tickets. Advanced purchase required. Free for 2 and under
  • Multiple immersive outdoor Christmas environments throughout the 21-acre campus including a Christmas Village with snow and a live Nativity
  • Plenty of photo opportunities

We hope your holidays are brightened by these festive displays. For a list of even more holiday activities around the North Texas area check out Art&Seek’s Holiday Event Guide.

Got a tip? Email Jessica Cross at [email protected]. You can follow her on Instagram @jessica.cross.

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