Six foot tall Nutcracker soldiers, a house decked out with thousands of lights, all coordinated to Christmas music and a horse drawn carriage. These are all just typical sights when you tour some of the Dallas area’s most popular neighborhoods for Christmas lights. If you want to pack up the kids (and the dog) for a late night light drive by but don’t know where to go, start with these recommendations. It’s safe to say, Santa will be able to see these hoods from his sleigh way up in the sky.
This neighborhood will top most lists and for good reason. Timeless decorations are just another reason this city stands out. Set your eyes on commercial-level decorations that will inspire you and the attention to detail leave you in awe. Start your tour on Preston and Mockingbird.
From December to January, Deerfield, located in Plano, features some of its magnificent homes on its HOA web site and includes a map so that you can navigate from street to street with ease. Because so many residents participate, there are enough head-turning properties from street to street. In fact, we dare your kids to grow bored. We’re sure the homebuilders are enjoying the fruits of their labor. When Plano was considered the boondocks, they provided new residents with an allowance to deck their new homes in hopes of attracting more folks to the neighborhood. It looks like the plan worked.
Parent Tip: Print your map, some hot cocoa for the kids, and be patient. Deerfield is popular and while cars drive slowly through the neighborhood, it’s not impossible to get in and out. Also, if the evening is comfortable enough, hop into the horse drawn carriage for added fun.
Considered a hidden jewel, SpringPark is on the cusp of Dallas, Garland and Richardson. The entire neighborhood participates in a festival of lights.
Lake Country, Fort Worth
Just miles outside of Dallas, one neighborhood is perfecting the lighting magic. With twenty years under their belt, this Fort Worth neighborhood is lightning speed ahead with digital animation, over 250,000 lights, making it a true light show.
If a single house could put a city on the map for its Christmas Lights it would be this house. Known simply in the mom groups as that house in Prosper with the Christmas lights, these residents are managing a commercial-level light show like true experts. Over 130,000 LED lights set to 35 songs is pretty impressive and we can’t be the only ones who think so because this house was featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2013.
Light Parks & Other Attractions
Ready for it? Four million lights along two miles are this park’s ‘it’ factor. Prairie Lights is located in Grand Prairie at Lynn Creek Park. Halfway through your drive, make a pit stop at the Holiday Village for concessions including hot cocoa. Then, enjoy a stroll through their lighted walk-thru forest, including their newest attraction, a Snow Maze, a winter wonderland themed challenge your kids may never want to leave. Don’t forget to take your photo with Santa before you leave.
The Dallas Zoo transforms into a festive park at night with one million twinkling lights for animals and visitors to enjoy. Live holiday entertainment, a light show set to music, crafts, and tasty treats are just some of the things you can expect. Make sure you get your singing voice ready, though. A tree covered in sound reactivated lights awaits you in the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo.
Go big or go home, right? That’s what folks at The Star in Frisco must have said when they picked out a 52-foot tree and planned a spectacular holiday event comparable to a Dallas Cowboys halftime show.