Whether you’re looking for homey neighborhood displays or more professional installations, our list of where to see holiday lights in Dallas has got you covered.
Note: Personal responsibility is huge here, as it is with any public activities during this time. Please wear masks when around others, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Double check before you head to a location to be sure they’re still proceeding as planned.
Holiday at the Arboretum, Presented by Reliant :: Dallas Arboretum :: November 7 to December 31, 2020 (Wednesdays-Sundays: 6-9pm; After November 27 they’ll be open daily, Sunday-Wednesday: 6-9pm and Thursday-Saturday: 6-10pm) :: The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit comes alive after dark, with over a million lights illuminating the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes, and lighting the canopies overhead. Admission varies by date, see here for details and to purchase tickets. Advance registration required.
Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant :: Dallas :: November 20, 2020 to January 3, 2021 (select nights, 6:30-9:30pm) :: Now a drive-thru experience! After the animals go to bed, the zoo becomes illuminated with a mile of twinkling lights and silk lanterns depicting all your Zoo favorites, Santa’s candy cane lane, a trio of penguins on an Antarctic adventure, and so much more along the way! Priced per car, $50/members, $65/non-members. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. See the link for “Know Before You Go” information. Tickets are limited and will sell out!
Reliant Lights Your Holidays :: Sammons Park, AT&T Performing Arts Center :: December 4 to 31 (5:30-8:30pm) :: This year you can enjoy the sparkling lights and festive displays throughout the month of December. Stroll through the Downtown Dallas Arts District, illuminated with holiday projections, and enjoy live performances every Thursday and Sunday night. See the link for schedules and further details. Free!
Christmas on Main Street :: Grapevine :: Starting November 23, 2020 (6-11pm) :: Experience Christmas magic (and great photo backdrops) among the twinkling Victorian-style buildings of Historic Downtown Grapevine. Stroll and shop or come out for one of their light-based events: Carol of Lights with music and take-and-make crafts on November 23 or the Twinkle Lights Boat Parade on November 28. They’ll also have a nightly City Hall Light Show Spectacular set to music. The annual Parade of Lights is scheduled for December 3, although a decision has not yet been made on whether or not it will take place.
Prairie Lights :: Grand Prairie :: November 26 to December 31, 2020 (6-10pm) :: Drive through the world’s longest light tunnel and see displays of 4 million lights at this total in-car event. FAQ here. Admission prices are reduced this year, starting at $30 per car. See here for ticketing and Fast Pass info.
Gift of Lights :: Texas Motor Speedway :: November 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021 (6-9pm) :: This drive-thru light trail is over 2 miles long and made up of millions of lights. FAQ here. Santa’s Village is closed, but they’ve added a million more lights to make up for it. Priced by car (from $30), with food available from on-site, drive-thru food trucks.
Radiance! :: Frisco :: November 13, 2020 to January 3, 2021 (5:30-10pm) :: Head to Dr. Pepper Ballpark for a new drive-thru light spectacular set to music. See the FAQ for all the pertinent details. Purchase tickets online or at the drive-up ticket box when you arrive. $30 per car, or $50 for the VIP package with extra goodies (limited availability each day).
Highland Park :: Dallas :: November 28 to December 31, 2020 (7-11pm) :: This iconic Dallas neighborhood brings out extravagant light displays year after year. You can book a Christmas Lights Tour through Brazos Carriage if you want to get all fancy. These sell out fast though! While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to take a look at the gloriously lit trees throughout Highland Park Village. Located on streets around Armstrong & Preston.
Vitruvian Lights :: Addison :: November 27, 2020 to January 1, 2021 (5-11pm) :: Stroll the paths of Vitruvian Park and see dazzling technicolor trees reflecting off the water. This is one of the newer installations around town and it has become an instant fave. You can also opt to view the lights from your car; see here for the best route. Free!
Deerfield :: Plano :: December 1-30, 2020 (7-11pm) :: This neighborhood has been doing holiday lights for many, many years. See the link for directions and lots of helpful tips. Located between Preston and Coit.
Timberhollow Circle :: Lake Highlands :: December 1-31, 2020 (dusk-9pm) :: It may be just one cul-de-sac, but for the past 22 years, these homeowners have gone all out interpreting the 12 Days of Christmas in their front yards. Small but mighty! Located one block south of Royal Lane, off Abrams on Moss Haven Dr.
Kessler Park :: Oak Cliff :: Starting December 6, 2020 :: In addition to festively decorated homes, residents of this beautiful historic neighborhood team up to decorate traffic islands for the annual Holiday Lights Decorating Contest. You also get a nice bonus view of the Dallas skyline from over here. Located around Colorado and Laussane Ave.