Discover wonderful Christmas light tour suggestions!
The Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, a time to give and a time reflect upon the year. The Holidays really help us to reconnect with our loved ones and focus on the importance of giving to others. During these wonderful times, it is great to find things to do with the whole family. Nothing is quite as fun for the whole family as viewing holiday lights and Christmas displays.
Holiday light shows in North Texas have been a fantastic winter event for decades. The memories you make as you tour these incredible holiday light displays will stay with your children as they grow up. Make these holiday tours a tradition! And how can you make these tours even more special? Use chauffeured transportation. Some of these parks may not allow buses, so call in advance to get special advice about what vehicles to take. We also have limos and vans that would meet your needs for this type of adventure. Want to surprise that special someone with a cozy fun time for two? It's not as much fun if one of you has to drive. Let Premier provide you with a sedan, limo bus, or any of our other modern, luxurious vehicles!
We've scoured the web for the best of the best in Holiday lights shows in Dallas and North Texas. All of these are either in the Metroplex or not more than a couple of hours away. As far as winter Dallas events, these are among our favorites!
Nov. 21 - Dec. 31
Whistle Stop Christmas began in 1996 with just a few people who wanted to decorate Cleburne for the Holidays. The first Whistle Stop Christmas had lights in the park, the buildings downtown, and the Johnson Country Courthouse. Now, Whistle Stop Christmas is a countrywide event! There is a Whistle Stop Christmas Committee that spends the entire year just getting ready for this event. There are several volunteers that have dedicated many hours get the lights ready before they are put into the park. They began working at the Whistle Stop building in October and began creating the magic in the park mid-October. Check out this wonderful light display set up in Cleburne, Texas. From the Whistle Stop Christmas website:
"Throughout the holiday season, both of Cleburne's live theater groups will be presenting holiday plays. Carnegie Players present "It's a Wonderful Life" to the Cleburne Conference Center & The Plaza Theatre Company is presenting "A Christmas Carol." Songbird Live presents "Tom Burkett Orchestra Christmas Spectacular" at 7:30 p.m. The Brazos Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert is on Dec. 13th at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The Whistle Stop Christmas celebration promises to turn the most hardened Grinch and Scrooge into the jolliest of Kris Kringles. Mark your calendars and enjoy the holidays with us!”
Festivities will include a Christmas parade in downtown Cleburne as well as a picture-making opportunity with Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause. There will also be a free Christmas Concert offered to the public. Food, gift vendors, and the ability to blow the whistle on the historic 3471 Steam Engine is available for families and friends of all ages. Additionally, there will be children train rides and horse drawn wagon ride around the park on select nights.
Nov. 24 – Jan. 1
Grand Prairie, TX
From Thanksgiving night through January 1st, visitors to Grand Prairie will have the opportunity to see some of the most gorgeous light displays in North Texas! There are about 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path, with hundreds of brand new displays in all shapes and all different kinds that line and arch over the roads. Halfway through the drive, you get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village, where you will find food, gifts, Santa, and a laser show! There is also a Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. The second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel.
Located in Lynn Creek Park, 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, by Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, this is a great event for the whole family. You can purchase hot cocoa, apple cider, and a variety of seasonal foods as you walk through the Holiday Village and have your photo taken with Santa Clause. The All-New Indoor Holiday Laser Show is held in the Graff Chevrolet Theater where it actually snows on the audience! The Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest is lit up with tens of thousands of lights, which are arranged in scenes depicting how the holiday season is celebrated around the world!
Admission is per car, ranging from $15 - $125 (commercial bus with 31+ people). Note: Due to the high volume of cars on weekends, please allow for an extra hour to get through the park!
Nov. 25 - Dec. 30 (Excludes Dec. 3 & 25)
Farmers Branch, TX
The 2016 edition of this animated light show will return bigger than ever! The Tour of Lights drive through, with over half a million flashing lights, is one of North Texas' longest animated shows. There will be festive holiday music and the grand finale show that will include Santa Claus himself! The Tour begins at Valley View Lane and Interstate 35, continues south on Denton Drive, and through the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission is free, donations accepted.
The tour begins on the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues until December 30. With the wonderful help from our local non-profits, they are able to host the Historical Park portion of the driving tour every night between those dates, which in turn provides the opportunity to drive-through the dancing lights (with the exception of the first Saturday in December and Christmas Day).
The Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3rd will begin at 4:00pm at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission to both the Christmas Tour of Lights and the Christmas Tree Lighting is free, although donations are accepted! The driving tour begins at Valley View Lane and I-35E and concludes at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (972) 919-2620.
Dec. 17 – Dec. 25
There are Christmas lights galore in this collection of more than 200 homes! These homes participate and have been enchanting visitors with their extravagant Christmas lights, decorations, and displays for more than 35 years! The route to view the lights traditionally begins at Randol Mill at Westwood, west of Cooper Street. From Interstate 30, motorists can exit Fielder Road, go south on Fielder Road and west on Randol Mill Road to enter the Interlochen neighborhood. Start tour at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road).
This is a very popular event, so plan to spend up to a few hours on this tour! It is well worth it, as thousands of DFW residents know. Make sure to bring snacks and drinks, and be sure to fill up your gas tank before taking the tour! After you enter the neighborhood, please stay to the right to allow emergency vehicles and home owners of this neighborhood the right of way. Traffic is heavy for this event. Be sure to download the road map that they've supplied. Admission is free.
If you are interested in more events in Arlington for the holidays, be sure to check out the Spirit of Arlington homepage. With everything from a 4th annual German-themed open holidays market to holiday shows and Holiday in the Six Flags Park, Arlington has you covered for things to do for the holidays.
Nov. 10- Jan. 1
From the Gaylord Texan Website:
“You and your family will marvel at 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and dozens of lavish holiday displays that include larger-than-life decorations. Enjoy Milk & Cookies with Mrs. Claus and ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman. All new is a special bonus area — a LIVE ice carving zone. Watch a masterful ice carver create amazing sculptures before your eyes. And, don't forget about snow tubing! It is better than ever with 12 lanes of fun, as well as other exclusive holiday events and attractions to get you in the spirit of the season. It's all part of Lone Star Christmas!”
One of the coolest parts of this holiday display is ICE! At Gaylord Texan. Here, you can journey through Frosty the Snowman’s adventure to the North Pole in a frozen wonderland. There are great scenes from the original movie that come to life in more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures featuring Frosty the Snowman, including two-story tall ice slides. Here, you can even watch ice carvers from Harbin China create amazing ice sculptures before your very eyes.
For tickets and information, call (817)778-1000.
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