Are you looking for all the best places to see Christmas lights and all the best holiday events? Look no further, here’s our comprehensive guide to all the best Christmas things to do this holiday season—including tree lightings, Christmas markets, holiday festivals and celebrations, the best places to visit Santa as well as where to shop for the best christmas decor and gifts.

CHRISTMAS 2021

Christmas Lights Displays

Lights at the Farm (Plano)
Walk-through holiday light display at the Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano featuring over one million lights in festive yuletide displays.
When: November 26 – December 26, weekends only, 6-10 p.m. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Tickets/info: here

Christmas Lights at Deerfield Plano
One of the best neighborhood Christmas lights displays in DFW. Walk or drive-thru, you can also visit with a horse-drawn carriage.
When: December 1 – 31, 7pm-10pm on weekdays; 7pm-11pm on weekends
Where: Deerfield, Plano
Info: localprofile.com/2021/11/09/deerfield-plano-horse-drawn-carriage/

Independence & Biscayne Drive (Plano)
Small (2-3 houses) neighborhood holiday lights display that wows every year. This street, off of Independence Parkway in Plano, offers a magical Christmas lights experience full of holiday characters, trains, and even a couple of wild cards.
When: December 6 to January 12, 6 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Biscayne Drive in Plano, off of Independence Parkway

Christmas in the Square (Frisco)
Frisco Square is transformed for the season with thousands of lights and a choreographed light show. The show has over 180,000 lights, 200 dancing snowflakes, 10 miles of wiring, and 8 miles of extension cords. There’s also ice-skating!
When: November 27 – January 4, 6 – 10 p.m. daily
Where: 8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco
Info: friscosquare.com/cits-overview

Radiance! featuring Frozen in Frisco
Drive-thru 1.5 mile-long holiday light spectacular of over 3 million top-of-the-line RGB lights and a winter carnival with bumper cars on ice, snow ball toss and a ferris wheel. Take note that the drive-thru portion is not in your our car, you park your care and ride-through in a theme park-style vehicle ride.
When: November 18 through January 1
Where: Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
Info: radiancechristmas.com | $30

The Burkman Holiday House (Frisco)
3809 Hazelhurst Drive is the best neighborhood holiday light display in Frisco. So good they will featured on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC, the season premier airs November 28. The owners of this house are known for their spectacular style: over 25,000 lights, a giant Santa, a gingerbread house, polar bears, reindeer, penguins, and even a llama or two.
When: December 1 through the holidays
Where: 3809 Hazelhurst Drive
Info: localprofile.com/2020/12/15/friscos-burkman-family-to-compete-on-national-holiday-reality-show/

Magic of Lights (Little Elm)
Drive-thru Christmas light display at Little Elm Park, includes a 200-foot light tunnel and over 40 scenes of holiday lights displays spread over a 1-2 Mile course.
When:
Where: 701 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm
Info: magicoflights.com

Enchant Christmas (Dallas)
Enchant has Christmas lights, a Christmas carnival, ice-skating and more. This is the winter wonderland you’ve been dreaming of.
When: November 26 – January 2, 2022
Where: Fair Park at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas
Info: enchantchristmas.com

Holidays at the Arboretum (Dallas)
Holidays at the Arboretum features the 12 Days of Christmas brought to live with animated gazebos plus the Christmas village featuring an authentic German Christmas pyramid.
When: November 10 – Decemeber 31
Where: 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas
Info: 214.515.6615 | dallasarboretum.org

Dallas Zoo Lights
This drive-thru holiday lights adventure is a great option for the kids with over 1 million twinkling lights and lots of glowing animals to spot.
When: November 19 through January 2, 6–9:30pm
Where: Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
Info: dallaszoo.com/zoolights/

Vitruvian Lights
With over 1.5 million sparking LED lights and more than 550 trees, the display is truly magical. This is a self-guided walk-through experience.
When: November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022 | Available daily from 5 – 11 p.m.
Where: Vitruvian Park at 3875 Ponte Ave., Addison
Info: udr.com/vitruvian-park/vitruvian-park-events/

Grand Prairie Lights
A drive-through holiday lights display along a 2-mile circuit featuring over 5 million lights. This display is know as one of the best places to see Christmas lights in DFW.
When: November 25 – December 31
Where: Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy., Grand Prairie
Info: prairielights.org

Holiday in the Park
Six Flags in Arlington gets into the spirit with a giant Christmas tree and a nightly tree lighting ceremony as well as lots of lights and even a Holly Jolly Parade.
When: November 19 – January 2, 2022
Where: Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 E. Road to Six Flags St.
Info: sixflags.com

Lights at Interlochen (Arlington)
A massive neighbordhood Christmas lights display similar to Deerfield Plano. Plan for heavy traffic through the neighborhood.
When: December
Where: Interlochen neighborhood, 2001 Westwood Dr.
Info: lakeinterlochentx.com/christmas-lights/

Gift of Lights
Drive-through holiday light display with millions of lights along a 2-mile trail at Texas Motor Speedway.
When: November 25 – January 2 (Friday–Saturday 6–10pm, Sunday–Thursday 6–9pm)
Where: Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle
Info: giftoflightstexas.com

Ho ho holidays at the Stockyards in Fort Worth
Expect holiday lights, a 30-ft tree, santa, strolling carolers and even rodeo competitions at the Cowtown Coliseum, Friday and Saturday nights.
When: Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76164
Info: fortworthstockyards.org/events/christmas-stockyards

Grapevine Christmas Spectacular
The “Christmas Capital of Texas” has 40 days of Christmas events and millions of lights.
When: November 22 – January 9, 4-9 p.m.
Where: Grapevine City Hall, 200 S. Main St., Grapevine
Info: grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/events/

Lonestar Christmas Featuring Elf
There’s a lot more to see at the Gaylord Texan Resort than just Christmas lights. Expect holiday activities and endless hours of Christmas fun including ice-skating and snow tubing, as well as Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf, an immersive multi-sensory experience and adventure which puts you in the midst of the action to save Buddy the Elf!
When: November 12 – January 2
Where: 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine
Info: christmasatgaylordtexan.marriott.com


The Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights Displays

Buckle up the family and hit the road: These festive districts and stand-out residences are legendary for over-the-top holiday decorations. We broke down our favorites by city (and added some travel tips from Christmas past).

Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights Displays – PLANO

Deerfield Holiday Lights: From tasteful blue and silver lights to giant snow globes and Santa dancing on the roof, most of the homes in this community get into the holiday spirit (pretty sure Jenkins Street can be seen from space). Of course, the elaborate displays make the neighborhood quite popular: To avoid long lines of cars, try starting at the back of the district off Quincy at multiple entrances: Bettye Haun Drive, Ivanhoe and Tweedsgate.
When: December 1 through 30. Most homes turn their lights on at dark until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Price: Free.

3601 Brookshire Drive: The Brookshire Drive Holiday Lights extravaganza has been delighting Christmas-light lovers since 1998. An estimated 30,000 lights and 20 flood lights illuminate the star-studded displays including the cast of the Wizard of Oz, Luke and Leia from Star Wars and an always excited Olaf from Frozen.
When: December 6 to 25, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Price: Free. 

Independence and Biscayne Drive: These neighboring homes light up the block with colored lights that twinkle from the treetops down to the snow-covered lawn-turned-ice rink where Snoopy and the Peanuts crew hang out. Two model trains with toys from Santa chug around railroad tracks and expect some familiar faces from America’s favorite street: Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo. Best to explore by foot.
When: December 6 to January 12, 6 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Price: Free, donations for Minnies Food Pantry have been welcomed in the past.

Want more? Cruise over to 2709 Westridge Drive, just a two-minute drive south of Biscayne. Look for the giant inflatable Scrooge atop a red bag of gifts. There’s a sign in front of the house that says to tune in to radio station 89.1 and enjoy the synchronized light show featuring more than 50,000 LED lights.
When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Price: Free.

Keep the fun going … Continue east about 10 minutes until you reach the junction of Westridge and Custer. The entire street is known to get in on the festivities and it’s an ideal spot to park and walk around.

Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights Displays – FRISCO

3809 Hazelhurst Drive: The Burkman home is known for their impressive homage to holiday cheer. Highlights over the past 20 years include a life-sized gingerbread house with a smoking chimney; garage-turned-miniature Christmas village; and more than 25,000 lights on the facade. Among the cast of penguins, reindeer and polar bears is a gigantic Santa overseeing the operation. Via the Facebook page for the Burkman Holiday Home of Frisco, the house may be a contender for The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC.
When: December 1 through the holidays. Price: Free. 

Another bright idea: Try this Christmas light crawl. From the Burkman’s, head south on King Road for about 10 minutes to 5913 Myrtle Lane where tiny white lights cover the entire house with large snowman and Santa inflatables on the lawn. It’s worth the drive … 12 minutes north from King Road to 12365 Flamingo Court where delicate snowflakes glow from the trees and a smiling lion illuminates the lawn. Travel another 12 minutes … to 6942 Walnut Street and find a spot to park when you see an inflatable farm of characters—snowman, Santa, a yeti—to the right. To the left is an enchanting collection of hundreds of miniature houses in front of the main fence. Admirers are welcome to walk through the front garden to check out the nativity scene. 

Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights Displays – MCKINNEY

Lights at Tucker Hill, 2100 State Blvd: The Tucker Hill neighborhood is transformed into a sophisticated winter wonderland, and they take decorating seriously: Neighbors compete for the title of “Best Holiday Décor;” past winners brought the holiday cheer with North Pole signage; large candy canes and lollipops; and a flawless Christmas tree so tall Boban Marjanovic would struggle with the star. The community also awards a “Best Daytime” award, so it’s worth a drive before dark. Trees throughout the neighborhood boast white twinkling lights, and the same style of lights outline gorgeous two-story homes with wreaths and red ribbon on almost every doorstep.
When: December 1 to January 1 starting at 6 p.m. Price: Free.

Best Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays – ARLINGTON

For those who can’t get enough of local Christmas light displays, a visit to Lights of Interlochen is worth the drive. Every year, homes in the Interlochen neighborhood deck the halls with the most extraordinary and elaborate Christmas lights. Similar to the Christmas Lights at Deerfield Plano, traffic is often bumper-to-bumper through the neighborhood so plan your visit accordingly.

Interlochen neighborhood, 2001 Westwood Dr. | lakeinterlochentx.com/christmas-lights/


CHRISTMAS 2021

Tree Lighting Ceremonies & Christmas Events

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (The Village at Allen)

November 13, 5-7 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a visit with Santa and enjoy some hot cocoa and candy canes while listening to carolers to start the holiday season off! There will be a tribute for veterans and first responders as well as the tree lighting at dusk.

The Village at Allen, 190 E Stacy Rd, Allen TX 75002 | Free entry, tickets here

Dallas cowboys christmas spectacular on the plaza at ford center at the star in frisco, texas. Photo by james d. Smith/dallas cowboys

CHRISTMAS AT THE STAR (Frisco)

Opening night is November 19, 6 p.m.
Cowboys Christmas Extravaganza kicks off every Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. from Nov. 19 – Dec. 18 outdoors on Tostitos Championship Plaza.

The show begins with the lighting of The Star’s 67-foot Christmas tree, lit with digital LED lights and leads into a holiday performance showcasing the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Dancers and Rookie Squad, Dallas Cowboys Drumline, mascot Rowdy, Santa, and special Dallas Cowboys guest appearances. Opening night is Nov. 19 featuring special guests Gene Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Haley Anderson, and Dixon Edwards. Additional shows will take place throughout the season, Nov. 19 through Dec. 18.

Tostitos Championship Plaza, The Star, Frisco | thestardistrict.com/christmas/

LIGHT THE NIGHT (Watters Creek)

November 20, tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

It feels like a Christmas miracle when Santa lights the 30-foot tree at Watters Creek. The festive display features 145,000 lights shared among the 20-plus trees at the Green. Fireworks will follow the ceremony. If you can’t make the event, no worries: Catch the synchronized light show every hour from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through January 1. Tree lighting

959 Garden Park Drive, Watters Creek, Allen | watterscreek.com

LIGHTS AT LEGACY (Plano)

November 21, from 4 p.m., tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.

The Shops at Legacy kicks off the holiday season with their annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday festival. Activities include holiday crafts, rides on the Christmas train, caricatures, face painting and photos with Santa.

The Shops at Legacy, Plano | shopsatlegacy.com

VITRUVIAN LIGHTS – HOLIDAY LIGHTS SPECTACULAR (Addison)

November 26, tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The official opening ceremony for Vitruvian Lights – Holiday Lights Spectacular. Following the tree-lighting at 6 p.m., the merriment continues with a performance by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. The event also includes gourmet food trucks, sweet treats, FREE photos with Santa, classic holiday characters, an elf balloon artist, and more.

Vitruvian Park at 3966 Vitruvian Way Addison, TX 75001 | udr.com/vitruvian-park/vitruvian-park-events/

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Downtown McKinney)

November 26-28

Downtown McKinney’s three-day festival helps get everyone in the holiday spirit with horse-drawn carriages, holiday music, chats with Santa Claus and a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting ceremony the first night.

 202 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney | mckinneytexas.org

GRAND TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION (Galleria Dallas)

Friday, November 26 at noon; Saturday, November 27 at 6 p.m.

Every show features Missile Toes, Galleria’s ice-skating, back-flipping, pyrotechnic Santa Claus, live performances by some of the region’s top figure skaters and ice dancers, as well as students from the Galleria Dallas Skate School, who introduce the lighting of the country’s  tallest indoor tree.

Galleria Dallas, All Levels, Center Court | galleriadallas.com/holiday

FRISCO FRESH MARKET

November 29, 6:30 p.m.

This one-day event will feature Market Vendors, entertainment, and food & beverage options. The gorgeous 30′ tall tree will light up the sky through December, and is one amazing sight to see! 

Frisco Fresh Market | friscofreshmarket.com

PRESTONWOOD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL

December 1, 5 to 8 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Prestonwood stands tall among lighting ceremonies with free hot chocolate, photo booths and hayrides. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph have already RSVP’d.

Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano | prestonwood.org

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE (Celina)

December 1, 5-9 p.m.

Celina’s signature holiday event brings all the North Pole favorites to North Texas. Snap a photo with Mrs. Claus; pose in front of the larger-than-life snow globe; and try for the ultimate selfie of a live reindeer and Santa. (We can’t guaranteethat they will be together, but you can always post the photos side by side.)

Note: Most attractions and vendors accept cash only.

Downtown Celina and the Square at 142 N Ohio St Celina, TX 75009 | celina-tx.gov

MERRY MAIN STREET (Frisco)

Decemember 4, tree lighting at 6 p.m.

The Frisco Elementary School angels— choir—will perform on three stages before the annual tree lighting ceremony. Stick around for the Denton-based, Grammy Award-winning band Brave Combo, set to perform live on the Christmas Tree Stage.

Simpson Plaza, 843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco| friscotexas.gov

LITTLE ELM PARK TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

December 4, 6 p.m.

Opening night will be the only free opportunity to check out Magic of Lights in Little Elm. On December 4, the light display will be open for a walking tour only which starts at 6 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the tree lighting ceremony.

Note: This is a walk-through event (the rest of the season will be drive-through only).

701 W. Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm | magicoflights.com

HOLLY JOLLY CELEBRATION

December 4, 3:30 – 7: 30 p.m., tree lighting at 6:50 p.m.

The City of Allen always organizes great celebrations and their annual holiday event is no different. This Christmas festival begins with the Holly Jolly fun run at 3:30 p.m. and ends with the tree lighting at 6:50 p.m. Throughout the event other attractions and festive fun includes hay rides and train rides, plus 20,000 Christmas lights and a 46-ft Christmas tree!

300 N. Allen Drive, Allen | allenspecialevents.org/152/Holly-Jolly-Celebration

PROSPER CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL & CHRISTMAS PARADE

Saturday, December 4, 1:30 to 7 p.m.
Rotary Christmas Parade at 2:30 p.m.
Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m.

A Prosper tradition that brings the community together to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Festivalgoers can expect Santa’s Workshop, Kids’ Gift Shop, Kids Zone, Community Stage performances by local school groups and talent, exhibitors (artisans and local businesses), carriage ride, food trucks, and the Community Tree Lighting followed by fireworks.

Town Hall, 250 W. First Street, Prosper, TX | prosperchristmas.org

DICKENS AT DOWNTOWN PLANO

December 4, 5 to 10 p.m.

Not even Scrooge can complain about the cool ice sculptures, free s’mores and fun photos with Victorian Santa. There is even a slide with real snow! Dickens in Downtown Plano is also known for a stellar line-up of live holiday music across several stages.

Haggard Park and McCall Plaza, 901 E. 15th Street, Plano | plano.gov

ALLEN ROTARY CHRISTMAS PARADE

December 5, 2 p.m.

The Allen Rotary Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Allen Sunrise and Allen Noon Rotary Clubs. The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas in Toyland.” Local youth groups, schools, churches, businesses, and community organizations march or ride festive floats. The parade route will begin at North Cedar Drive and St. Mary’s Drive and proceed south to the Main Street. The parade will head west on Main to Allen Drive and then north on Allen Drive to the traffic circle at St. Mary’s Drive.

allensunriserotary.com

Christmas Things To Do

Christmas things to do #1:
18TH ANNUAL LONE STAR CHRISTMAS AT GAYLORD

The 18th annual Lone Star Christmas experience is bringing back all the whimsical winter activities that most of us yearn for this time of year, including snow tubing. It’s a thrilling race down the eight- lane, snow-covered hill to the bottom.

Another authentic wintery moment: the 6,000-foot skating rink made with real ice. In addition to these favorites, check the website for new family-friendly events and live performances.

November 12 through January 2, 2022
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine
christmasatgaylordtexan.marriott.com

Christmas things to do #2:
CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE

This year, the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas will feature more than 175,000 lights that shine for 11.5 miles. Lace up your sneakers to walk the square or pack the whole family into the car: Hundreds of dancing snowflakes and cutting- edge LED canopies light up the town.

November 26 to January 1, 6 to 10 p.m.
8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco
friscosquare.com.

Christmas things to do #3
RADIANCE! + WINTER CARNIVAL

The holiday extravaganza Radiance! is back with the latest and greatest RBG lighting that creates more than 16 million hues of light. Just park the car and enjoy a hot chocolate on board the ‘Holly Jolly Trolley,’ a new high-capacity ride vehicles which’ll cruise you past the display of over 3 million lights. While you’re here, check out the new Frozen in Frisco outdoor winter carnival for games like the snowball toss (actual snow!) and rides including a 108-foot Ferris wheel and bumper cars on ice.

Also cool: One ticket gives you access to both Radiance! and the winter carnival.

November 18 through January 1
Price: $30
Riders Field, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco
radiancechristmas.com

Christmas things to do #4
HOLIDAYS AT THE ARBORETUM

Don’t worry: You didn’t accidentally board a plane at DFW and wake up in Europe, but the Pauline and Austin

Neuhoff Family Christmas Village does feel like a departure from traditional holiday celebrations. Inspired by European Christmas markets, the village features individually designed shops and a 23-foot-tall German-built authentic Christmas Pyramid with bright, animated levels, plus a large biergarten and performance area. That’s not all: Victorian-style, 25-foot glass gazebos will honor the 12 days of Christmas with moving mannequins and animals

November 10 – December 31. The garden has extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m. Price: $10-$25 for entry to the garden.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas
dallasarboretum.org

Christmas things to do #4:
THE TRAINS AT NORTHPARK

For the past 34 years, the Trains at NorthPark, benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD), has delighted generations of Dallas families as one of the city’s premier holiday traditions. Since 1987, the trains have raised more than $13 million for RMHD, allowing us to serve more than 40,000 families.

November 13 through January 2, 2022
NorthPark, Dallas
thetrainsatnorthpark.com

Christmas things to do #4:
ENCHANT CHRISTMAS

With a breathtaking Ice Skating Trail, a Christmas market and eatery, a play place for the little ones, and the World’s Most Magical Christmas Light Maze, you better believe this is gonna be Christmas like never before.

November 26 – January 2, 2022
Fair Park at 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas
enchantchristmas.com

Christmas things to do #6
VISIT THE CHRISTMAS CAPITAL OF TEXAS

Experience the North Pole Express vintage railroad, Christmas movies at the historic Palace Theatre, and 40 days of other spectacular Christmas events in quaint Grapevine, Texas, USA.

Christmas events and activities between November 14 and January 9, 2022
Grapevine, Texas
grapevinetexasusa. com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

CHRISTMAS 2021