- Holiday at the Arboretum: Anyone who loves the Christmas carol The 12 Days of Christmas should plan a visit to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden this holiday season. Starting in mid-November, this annual favorite features Victorian-style gazebos that have been elaborately decorated to bring each of the 12 days of Christmas to life. This incredible experience features over one million dazzling lights. It even includes shopping and entertainment, food and beverages, and a Dazzling Musical Tree complete with 42,000 lights and holiday tunes. Visitors can purchase tickets online in advance.
- The Dallas Zoo Lights: This mile-long route snakes through the Dallas Zoo. Visitors can expect a million magical lights illuminating holiday-themed displays, statues and animal lanterns. You can also pre-order food and drink packages, and take photos with Santa or in front of the Christmas tree! You can purchase online ahead of time, including discounts for zoo members. Nightly showings start in late November and last through the New Year.
- Vitruvian Lights: Hundreds of trees in Addison’s Vitruvian Park are spectacularly illuminated with 1.5 million lights each holiday season. From late November through the New Year, the twinkling lights sparkle off the park’s spring-fed creek, creating a truly magical holiday wonderland. Parking and entry are free!
- Dickens in Downtown Plano: Plano residents should mark their calendars for December 3, when this free Victorian-themed holiday festival returns to Haggard Park. The popular event features a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Victorian music, carolers, s’mores, and more. It’s even pet-friendly!
- Holidays at the Heard: This family-friendly holiday event is a unique way to experience the holidays. Visitors follow a half-mile nature trail at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, illuminated by holiday lights. Festive music at the outdoor amphitheater and a photo op with Santa make for a memorable evening!
- The Christmas Capital of Texas: It’s easy to see during the holidays why they call Grapevine the Christmas Capital of Texas. Revelers can enjoy a lights show spectacular at City Hall, Christmas music on the Plaza, and a performance of Nutcracker in a Nutshell. Then enjoy wine tastings, dinner theater and so much more.
- Christmas at Gaylord Texan: Explore acres of lights and partake in activities, shows and events at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. There are several fun activities to choose from, including snow tubing, gingerbread decorating, ice skating and a holiday heist escape room. If you prefer a show, there is the action-packed Cirque Winter Wonderland.
Neighborhood Lights Displays: Many Dallas-area neighborhoods are well known for their festive lights displays during the holidays. For the best Dallas holiday lights that you can take in on your own schedule, head out with family or friends to tour don’t-miss areas like Highland Park, Lakewood, or Merry Swissmas along Swiss Avenue in Dallas; or Deerfield in Plano. (You could even book a carriage tour of the lights in Highland Park!) North of Dallas, the Browne Family Holiday Show in Parker and the Burkman Holiday Home in Frisco are two private residences that are must-sees for local residents.
Bring the Holiday Magic to Your Home
Heading out to take in dazzling holiday lights is wonderful. But so is enjoying some holiday cheer in your own front yard. If you’re interested in a twinkling display, but don’t know what type of Christmas lights to get, it’s time to call in a pro. Having your holiday lights professionally installed is the best way to take the guesswork and labor out of it. That way, you can sit back and bask in the season’s magic. A professional installation also includes taking the lights down at the end of the season.
Dallas Holiday Events
- The Nutcracker at Moody Performance Hall: Performances by Avant Chamber Ballet will run from December 9 to 11 this year, with live orchestral accompaniment. Tickets typically go fast for this one-weekend-only event.
- Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf: On stage at Dallas Children’s Theater from November 27 through December 23, this jazz musical will get people of all ages into the holiday spirit!
- Christmas Pops: This beloved holiday tradition returns to Meyerson Symphony Center from December 2 to 11. The Dallas Symphony Chorus performs holiday classics and sing-along carols. The Dallas Symphony Children’s Chorus sings at two of the performances.
- Holiday at the Arboretum: Gazebos featuring spectacular renditions of each of “The 12 Days of Christmas” are a can’t-miss holiday event at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. From mid-November through the end of the year, this spectacular holiday event features over a million dazzling lights.
- Klyde Warren Park’s Tree Lighting Celebration: This free family holiday tradition happens on December 3 in the heart of the Arts District in downtown Dallas. Visitors can expect photos with Santa, storytime with Mrs. Claus, holiday music performances and the annual tree lighting, as well as countless festive lights.