For a lot of us, it’s an annual tradition: Get in the car, get ready to drive slow, get in line, dim the headlights and gawk at over-the-top Christmas-light displays.
So here’s some info on the neighborhoods, parks, museums, raceways and ballparks where you can see the lights. And in some cases, other people will do the driving for you.
Some started before Thanksgiving; others start in December; at least one goes into February of next year. We will update and add more as we get more info.
Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tours: Dallas by Chocolate, which as you might expect specializes in chocolate tours but does other tours as well, offers this tour (via private heated motorcoach) that includes stops at Dallas dessert venues (which may include pastry shops and ice-cream parlors as well a chocolatiers), views of holiday displays in downtown Dallas and the Park Cities, and “terrific beverages.” 6:30-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Multiple tours available (including a Tacos, Margarita, Dessert and Christmas Light Tour) and prices vary. For a list, visit https://www.dallasbychocolate.com
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Crossroads Christmas Light Spectacular: Grand Prairie’s Crossroads Christian Chruch promises “a musical journey through all the great memories of the Christmas season,” featuring more than a half-million lights dancing to music. Free; holiday concessions will be available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7-24, 6450 S. State Highway 360, Grand Prairie; info at @crossroadscctx on Facebook.
Daystar Television Network: The Bedford-based Christian TV network does its own Christmas-lights display at its headquarters, with decorative snowflakes, pink LED lights and Instagram-ready #DaystarChristmas and “JOY” signs for a total of more than a million Christmas lights. There’s also a life-size nativity scene, visits with Santa (Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 19-21) and Daystar’s Scratch Cafe serving holiday treats. 6 p.m.-2 a..m. through Jan. 4 (#DaystarChristmas and “JOY” signs open till 10 p.m. weeknights and 11 p.m. weekends), 3901 Highway 121, Bedford. Scratch Cafe open 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 30-Dec. 15; 6-10 p.m. nightly Dec. 17-21. Additional information at @DaystarTV on Facebook.
Enchant Christmas Arlington: “The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze” returns to Globe Life Park, in which visitors search for presents that have been hidden by a mischievous elf. Enchant will also include a Christmas market, seasonal concession items, live entertainment, an ice-skating trail and appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Ticket packages ranger from $19.99 to $64.99 for a VIP pass and $69.99 for a family 4-pack. Children 3 and under are free. 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday Nov. 23-Dec. 10; 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Dec. 11-30; closed Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Information: https://enchantchristmas.com/arlington
Gift of Lights: The popular Texas Motor Speedway drive-through light park returns, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a half-dozen charities. Grand opening 6:30-10:30 p.m Nov. 29.; 6-10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 30. $30 cars/passenger trucks; $50 RVs and trucks with trailers; $60 for busloads of 20 or more. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth; https://www.tmsgiftoflights.com
Glenbrook Christmas ‘18: According to its Facebook page, the Glenbrook subdivision in Bedford, known for its Texan-themed decorations, will have a display that tells the story of Leon Harris’ book, “The Night Before Christmas — in Texas, That Is.” 6-10 p.m. Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Cummings Drive at Brookside Court, Bedford; updates at Glenbrook Christmas on Facebook
Interlochen Lights 2018: One of Tarrant County’s most popular and longest-running light attractions snakes — or maybe the verb should be “snails” — through Arlington’s Interlochen neighborhood, where the houses are known for elaborate Christmas displays. It can be slow, so arriving early is recommended. 7-11 p.m. Dec. 14-Dec. 25; route starts at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road and proceeds one way.
The Modern Lights: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth already has one of the most attractive buildings in the city, and beginning Nov. 23 the Modern will be festooned with its annual Christmas-lights show. The museum will be open till 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 p.m. Fridays, with a good view from Cafe Modern, which will be open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays as well as its usual daytime hours. And the lights don’t stop at Christmas or even New Year’s. Through Feb. 3, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, https://www.themodern.org
Prairie Lights: One of the most popular light shows in DFW, featuring 4 million lights along a 2-mile path at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Praire. The website promises hundred of all-new displays, some of which form canopies over the road, and it all concludes with an animated light tunnel. Also available: “Holiday Dreams,” an indoor computer animation/project-mapping show, in the Holiday Village Tent; a “Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Thru Forest”; photos with Santa; and more. $35-$35 for cars; $80-$100 for limos, shuttle vans or buses; $125-$150 for commercial bus; “Fast Pass” available for higher costs to avoid long lines. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and “prime days” (Dec. 10-13 and 17-20) from Nov. 22 to Dec. 30. Tickets and other info: https://prairielights.org
Virtuvian Lights: Addison’s big light show features more than a million and a half lights displayed on more than 500 trees in Virtuvian Park. A bit of a road trip from parts of Tarrant County — but admission is free (although parking is $10, cash only). 6-10 p.m. Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, http://vitruvianlights.com