Sitting in the back seat of your parents' car, gazing at holiday lights and watching them beam down, is a favorite feeling of most children. And for adults, too. The bright and colorful bulbs hang proudly on homes, businesses and parks, bringing light to people even in the darkest times. So get out and enjoy Christmas lights. Here are the 10 best places in DFW to see holiday lights this year.
Christmas in the Square
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. now through Dec. 31
8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco
If you’re looking for a family-friendly night when the kiddos can tire out their sugar rushes, then this one is for you. Christmas in the Square presents an enchanting Christmas tree maze, an outdoor ice-skating rink, light and music shows and much more.
Christmas on Main Street
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. now through Jan. 6
South Main Street, Grapevine
Calling all you professional Instagrammers, the beautiful backdrop of the Victorian-style buildings on Grapevine’s Main Street dressed up with ribbons, bows and everything set aglow will provide the perfect photo-op this Christmas season. Not to mention, there’s also a synchronized light and sound display that has become a visitor favorite.
Dallas Zoo Lights
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. now through Jan. 1
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway
After the animals head in for the evening, this holiday season the Dallas Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland with more than one million twinkling lights shining through ZooNorth. Visitors can enjoy making nature ornaments, nightly musical performances and even Rudolph’s Sugar Shack.
Enchant Christmas at Globe Life Park
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Now through Dec. 30
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington
What’s across the street from the world’s largest football stadium? That’s right, the world’s largest Christmas light maze. Visitors can explore the lit-up maze and help Santa find eight gifts hidden by the mischievous Eddie the Elf in time for the Christmas delivery. There’s also plenty of entertainment, an ice-skating trail and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus. For more information and pricing, visit the website.
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. now through Dec. 30
3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth
Treating yourself to a day at the racetrack is an experience all in itself, but have you ever imagined it being decorated head-to-toe in Christmas lights? Well, now’s your chance to find out what it’s like, all while benefiting different charities. It’s a guaranteed night full of fun and special memories for years to follow for only $30. Plus you can get a photo with the big guy himself in Santa’s Village. How could you say no to that?
7 p.m. to midnight now through Dec. 31
Pickup location: 4510 Buena Vista St., Dallas
Many Highland Park residents obviously hire professionals to decorate their decadent homes, and the look is truly nothing short of extravagant. If you’re feeling super splurge-worthy, book a Brazos Carriage ride to see what one of the wealthiest Texas towns has to offer this season.
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Holidays at the Heard
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 15
1 Nature Place, McKinney
Bundle up and experience one of the most unique holiday events in DFW. Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the season into nature. Lights and decorations will run along a half-mile nature trail. With the Heard's role as a nature preserve, the light display is designed to enhance the sanctuary's natural state all while visitors can take photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature and enjoy hot beverages and treats during performances in the outdoor amphitheater.
Illuminate at The Perot Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Jan. 6
2201 N. Field St., Dallas
Planning an educational day for your child during Christmas break? Bring them to see the Perot in a whole new light. As if the content wasn’t enough, the museum added breathtaking lights as well as inspiring, light-themed science.
5 p.m. to midnight now through Feb. 3
3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth
If you’re feeling the desire for something a little different and new this holiday season, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is illuminated with a spectacular array of festive lights for its second annual holiday lights display.
The Night Before Christmas — In Texas, That Is
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. now through Dec. 31
Cummings Drive at Brookside Court, Bedford
For almost 30 years, the Glenbrook subdivision has told the story of "The Night Before Christmas — In Texas, That Is" using colorful storyboards and correlating decorations. Sadly, the leader of the neighborhood’s beloved Christmas antics died earlier this year, but his children let his house, the holy grail of Christmas spirit, be decorated one last time in honor of their father.