So you just can’t bring yourself to submerge your home in Christmas lights. No one’s going to find you on top of a ladder stringing lights along the eaves. No way. I don’t blame you. No amount of hot toddy is going to get me on the roof.
Still you love to see what artful creations other people devise. Yes, that homeowner in Carrollton is still putting a lit Snoopy helicopter on his roof.
To help you find the very best of holiday light displays in the Dallas metro area, I’ve put together the list below. Enjoy!
Dallas’ premier neighborhood and home of Texas aristocracy is located in this 20 block area bordered by Preston Road on the east, Mockingbird Lane on the north, the Dallas North Tollway on the west and Armstrong Parkway. Stately homes you wish you owned dating from the 1920’s are adorned with traditional, expansive presentations of lighting. Enter at Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road.
One of Dallas’ oldest and most comfy neighborhoods, Kessler Park is located in North Oak Cliff at the southwest corner of Sylvan Road and West Colorado. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you’re standing in front of Kessler’s hallmark - the festive, shining lights of the island at West. Colorado and Lausanne Avenue. Dozens of homes are decorated with festive twinkling lights. Find out details about this historical neighborhood and its light show at www.kesslerpark.org/holidaylights.htm
The Interlochen Christmas Lights is a35-year-old local legend. More than 200 homeowners in this northwest Arlington subdivision deck their homes with festive lights and holiday exhibits. Be sure to bring lots of patience. This celebration is wildly popular, and visitors should plan on slow, hours-long traffic winding through the neighborhood. From Interstate 30E, take the Fielder Road Exit and go south to Randol Mill Road. Turn right on Randol Mill and follow it to Westwood Drive. Start tour at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road. The event runs December 16-25
The Prairie Lights Holiday Display is a Grand Prairie tradition. Bring the kids and begin your drive at Lynn Creek Park at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway near Joe Pool Lake. Hundreds of lights line and arch over the roads surrounding the park, and residences are bedecked with remarkable displays of multi-colored lights and figures. Visit www.Prairie Lights.org for directions and additional information.
Not to be outdone by localities to the south, Plano’s Deerfield neighborhood presents a flashy spectacle of lights. Experience the festive atmosphere in a horse drawn carriage as you tour the brightly lit streets. Enter the neighborhood at Legacy Drive and Colonnade Drive or Legacy Drive and Archgate Drive.Visit www.deerfieldplano.org for additional details.
While you’re in the northern hinterlands, stop by 12478 Botanical Lane in Frisco to view a synchronized light show set to music. Then mosey on over to Frisco Town Square on Main Street at the Dallas North Tollway where the largest choreographed light and music show in Texas has returned for the its sixth year.