Are you looking for free things to do in Dallas? How about making a Christmas family tradition by heading out with hot chocolates in hand and see some of the wonderful lights displays in the DFW area? There are so many great places to see the lights — just look at this list:
Interlochen Lights Display (Arlington) One of the big lighting displays. The 107-acre neighborhood sees thousands of cars from all over North Texas in the week leading up to Christmas, all wanting to see the elaborate decorations put up by residents. More than 40,000 people drive through the streets of Interlochen each year to view their light shows. Interlochen is a neighborhood in North Arlington and they were barely able to pull off the show this year due to funding issues, but thanks to Allan Saxe, a UTA Professor and Philanthropist, the show will go on. Almost every house in this neighborhood is lined perfectly with Christmas lights. Begin your route at Randol Mills at Westwood, west of Cooper Street. Due to the popularity of this show, plan to spend a few hours here.This is one of the largest free drive-thru holiday light displays in north Texas with an assortment of holiday-themed displays. Dec18-25 in Arlington (MAP)
Deerfield Christmas Lighting Display in Plano – Deerfield is well known around Plano for our wonderful display of holiday lights on most of the neighborhood houses. Please visit our website and click on the Holiday Lights tab during the months of November and December for information on your next visit to Deerfield during the holiday season. It’s a festive drive you will never forget. To Dec 31 Enter from Legacy on Colonnade and Archgate, noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Drive and Hallmark Drive.
Christmas in the Square (Frisco Square – Frisco) – The free Christmas in the Square is an awesome choreographed holiday lights and music show that runs from November 26, 2010 through January 8, 2011. This isn’t just a light show, Christmas in the Square is a fun adventure for the whole family. With over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of cords, this is the largest choreographed holiday lights and music display in Texas. There will be many activities for the family to participate in the weekend of December 10-11 and December 17-18. These displays are located at Frisco Square. Visitors can drive or stroll through and enjoy the shops, restaurants and holiday display around the square. Now through January 8, 2011. Come out on Dec 17 for great family events, including visits with Santa, the train exhibit, bounce houses, carriage rides or check it out on Dec 18 for a gigantic 3-Lane Snow Slide.
SMU – Celebration of Lights – Drive through the Boulevard at SMU for a breathtaking experience. There will be over 100,000 lights to ring in the Holiday season. Lights will be on throughout the holidays.
Highland Park – Highland Park is bordered by the Tollway on the West, Preston on the East, Mockingbird on the North and Armstrong on the South. Your best bet is to start your light tour at Armstrong and Preston. This community is approximately 20 blocks long. They know how to decorate and show that they are one of the most prestigious areas around. The lights on Beverly, are a must see. Book a carriage ride for a romantic night with your hunny and make a stop at Highland Park Village to view even more breath taking lights.
Farmers Branch Tour of Lights – The annual Farmers Branch Holiday Tour of Lights is now on and continues through December 31. The driving tour begins at I-35E at Valley View and follows the candy cane signs down William Dodson Parkway and around through the DART station area to the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Admission is free with donations accepted by the non-profit agencies working the Historical Park portion.
To December 31, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Holiday in the Park (Six Flags Over Texas) With more than one million twinkling lights, spectacular shows, Santa in SantaLand and the Holiday Tree of Trees there’s something for the entire family during this magical event. Holiday in the Park runs through January 2. Special moments and fun await you at North Texas’ largest holiday festival where there is something magical for everyone. Holiday in the Park celebrates the most wonderful time of the year at Six Flags Over Texas to Jan 3, 2011. Located near I-30 and Highway 360. To see it, you need to be in the park with a paid ticket.
Kessler Park in Dallas – This historic neighborhood in north Oak Cliff overlooks the Downtown Dallas skyline and is in the shadows of Methodist Central Hospital. They will be displaying thousands of lights throughout the streets as well as beautifully decorated houses. If you would like more info about the lights in this neighborhood, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To Dec 31. Start your tour at Lynn Creek Park at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie.