'Tis the Season: Ten Top Holiday Happenings Around The Dallas Area

It may not always be a white Christmas, but it's always a bright Christmas around Big D– where the metroplex goes all out for the holidays. And for a perfect example, look no further than Prairie Lights, a drive-through holiday park that showcases one the most impressive Christmas light displays in North Texas.

There's also nothing more enchanting than the magnificent gardens at the Dallas Arboretum– which celebrates the season with thousands of twinkling lights and elaborate Victorian gazebos filled with whimsical characters inspired by the story, A Christmas Carol.
And if any place knows how to let the good tidings roll, it's Grapevine. Dubbed the "Christmas Capital of Texas," this Dallas suburb boasts a wide variety of holiday events and attractions, including the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas.

We're just getting the party started, there's lots more seasonal fun to be had. From street festivals to Santa chats to snow hills, keep reading–10Best has your ultimate holiday spirit checklist all wrapped up.

Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square
Photo courtesy of Christmas in the Square at Frisco Square


Over 175,000 lights choreographed to music set the scene for Frisco's annual Christmas in the Square this year. And there's a sack-load of festive fun planned as well, including carriage rides, an outdoor ice rink, an enchanted Christmas tree...  Read More

Santa's Village
Photo courtesy of City of Richardson Parks & Recreation


During the holidays the lawn next to the Richardson City Hall gets transformed into a dazzling Christmas village-- complete with walk-through, gingerbread-style houses featuring a variety of fun-filled activities for kids to participate in. And...  Read More

Christmas at the Anatole
Photo courtesy of Hilton Anatole


There's Christmas family fun aplenty at the Anatole this year. And the best part is you don't have to be a hotel guest to get in on the action. From November 23 to December 23, 2018, the hotel is home to Peppermint Park, an outdoor holiday...  Read More

GeO-Deck the Halls at Reunion Tower
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Of course, anytime is a good time to visit the city's most iconic landmark, but Reunion Tower's sky-high viewing platform becomes even more merrier at Christmastime. From November 24 to December 22, 2018-- the GeO-Deck will be featuring a slew...  Read More

South Dallas
Dallas Zoo Lights
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Make the season even more magical for your little ones by heading over to this after dark holiday experience at the Dallas Zoo. While the zoo's furry friends snooze, wild animal light sculptures and over a million sparkling lights will ping into...  Read More

Six Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park
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Millions of twinkling lights, thrilling rides, live performances, plus visits with Santa are what you'll find at Six Flags amusement park's massive tribute to festive fun. This year's Holiday in the Park features everything from a spectacular...  Read More

Enchant Christmas
Photo courtesy of Dale Klippenstein


This Christmas season, Arlington's Globe Life Park is going to be even more festive with Enchant, a Texas-sized holiday festival featuring everything from Santa appearances and a Christmas artisans' market to an ice-skating trail and over 2...  Read More

Grand Prairie
Prairie Lights
Photo courtesy of Prairie Lights


If you want to see as many lights as possible, this twinkling drive-through wonderland in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie never disappoints. Every year, folks pile in by the carload ($35 per car during the week and $45 on weekends) to cruise...  Read More

Holiday at the Arboretum
Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum


Though anytime of the year is magical at the Dallas Arboretum, this stunning 66-acre acre oasis becomes even more enchanting during the holidays when it undergoes a magnificent seasonal makeover. Along with over 500,000 lights illuminating the...  Read More

Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas
Photo courtesy of Visit Grapevine


When it comes to getting folks into the ho-ho-holiday spirit, few places do it better than the Dallas suburb of Grapevine (AKA: the Christmas Capital of Texas). Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the downtown area will transform into a magical...  Read More


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