One of the best parts of the yuletide season is driving around with the family, searching for the perfect holiday lights display to enjoy. Holiday lights are a cherished seasonal tradition that many eagerly anticipate, and we are no exception! Here’s a list of places where you and yours can catch a holiday lights display or two for Christmas.
1. Christmas Tour of Lights through Farmers Branch.
Shining bright with over 300,000 lights and Christmas decorations, this holiday lights display will take you and your family from I-35 at Valley View, along William Dodson Parkway and eventually into Farmers Branch Historical Park, where you can check out the historic buildings all lit up. It happens nightly from 6:30-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 31.
2. Christmas tree lighting at The Galleria Dallas.
Witness the lighting of the nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree at The Galleria Dallas with an illuminating ceremony happening at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 24 (there are no 8 p.m. shows on Sundays).
3. Holiday Trail of Lights.
The nature trail at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney becomes aglow with the lights of the holiday season. The half-mile stretch features holiday decorations, carolers, and Mother Nature and Father Christmas posing for pictures with attendees. The Holiday Trail of Lights will be open from 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14-15. Admission ranges from $4-$9, with kids age 2 and younger admitted free.
4. Lone Star Christmas and “Ice” exhibit.
The4 Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine lights up with 1.5 million lights and a life-size gingerbread house, as well as decorations and the annually exhibit ICE! This year’s ICE! features characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar, sculpted from 2 million pounds of ice by 40 artists from China. Exhibit admission varies in price, but viewing of the lights and decorations is free.
5. Vitruvian Park Lights.
Twelve acres of park land in Addison (far North Dallas) are decorated and glowing with an LED holiday lights display. Music plays as visitors walk through the park to look at the 200 trees brightly decorated. Admission is free.
6. Highland Park.
Be sure to drive through the Highland Park neighborhood and take a look at the beautiful mansions all lit up and on display. Particularly impressive is the section just south of Preston and Mockingbird.
What’s better than holiday lights? Holiday lights synchronized to holiday music, of course! In this case, 65,000 lights to be exact — with over 200 channels of computer control that ensure an experience unlike any you’ve ever had. Stay in your car and tune into 103.5 FM and watch the lights dance in rhythm to the music played, and watch Mr. and Mrs. Claus put on a great show eight times nightly, every hour and half-hour starting at 6 p.m. It happens at 3310 Faulkner Drive in Rowlett, Texas, through Dec. 27.
8. Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
Over 600 displays with about 2 million LED lights will shine at the Speedway nightly through Jan. 6, 2013. $15 per car (Monday-Thursday) and $20 per car (Friday-Sunday), with some of the proceeds benefiting Goodwill Industries, Tarrant Area Food Bank and 94.9 KLTY Christmas Wish.
9. Interlochen Lights.
This Arlington neighborhood’s lights have gained legendary status; so much so, in fact, that police direct traffic at certain times of the day to make it possible for everyone to drive through and witness the beautiful holiday spectacle. This year’s festivities run Dec. 14 through Christmas Day, Drive-thru hours are 7-10 p.m., with hours expanded to 7-11 p.m. Dec. 23-25. Admission is free. Get directions to Interlochen here.
10. Prairie Lights Holiday Display.
Featuring the world’s longest light tunnel, the Prairie Lights at Lynne Creek Park in Grand Prairie also features brand new holiday displays that can be seen as you drive through the park. You can also enjoy the Holiday Magic Live! Indoor show and the Holiday Magic Lights walk-thru. See it all through New Year’s Eve. Admission rates vary.
The best part about enjoying a holiday lights display with your family? You don’t have to spend a ton of money on electricity and time in putting up lights on and around your home when you can view some pretty magnificent light displays for free. But, if you’re interested in learning more about saving money on electricity all year long and not just during the twinkling of holiday lights this season, then check out Payless Power. Offering low-cost energy plans to suit both residential and business needs, Payless Power is a company committed to providing people not only with some of the best electricity rates in Texas, but also with helpful customer service. Visit the website to learn more about how to save electricity at home, or connect with the online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.