Bright Lights, Big City

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Grab those cam­eras, smart­phones and selife sticks: Photo opps abound at our fa­vorite light­ing dis­plays in the Metro­plex. While we may not al­ways have a white Christ­mas, snowflakes are at least a guar­an­tee. How can we pre­dict the weather, you ask? In ad­di­tion to the City of Frisco’s snow-filled fam­ily fun (p. 11), the city of Gar­land’s Christ­mas on the Square (be­tween State and Main Streets and Fifth and Sixth Streets,www.christ­ma­son­thesquare.com) brings snow hills, snow­man build­ing, rein­deer and more to down­town on Thurs­day, Dec. 1 from 5:30-9:30 pm.

If you’re into horse-drawn car­riage or wag­onette rides through larger-than-life dis­plays of hol­i­day lights, look no fur­ther than High­land Park Vil­lage (Mock­ing­bird Lane at Pre­ston Road, www.hpvil­lage. com), the up­scale shop­ping cen­ter that be­comes a glit­ter­ing can­vas cov­ered in fes­tive white lights ev­ery sea­son.

The City of Ad­di­son’s Vitru­vian Park be­comes a col­or­ful, mag­i­cal won­der­land of shim­mer­ing LED-cov­ered trees dur­ing Vitru­vian Lights (3966 Vitru­vian Way, Ad­di­son, www.vit­ru­vian­park.com). The tra­di­tion kicks off right af­ter Thanks­giv­ing with a con­cert and mini-fes­ti­val and lasts through New Year’s Day.

Right be­tween Dal­las and Fort Worth, Prairie Lights (5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy., Grand Prairie, www.prairielights.org) of­fers a hol­i­day ad­ven­ture start­ing Nov. 24. The jour­ney be­gins with a car ride be­neath a tun­nel of mil­lions of lights and ends with a Hol­i­day Vil­lage filled with hot choco­late and ap­ple cider, ket­tle corn, a walk-through lighted for­est and more (we hear Santa will be there, too).

Fi­nally, Fort Worth’s 34th an­nual XTO Pa­rade of Lights (www.fort­worth­pa­rade­oflights.org.) re­turns to Sundance Square Sun­day, Nov. 20 at 6 pm. Draw­ing tens of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors each year, the event is the largest il­lu­mi­nated hol­i­day pa­rade in Texas and fea­tures over half a mil­lion lights adorn­ing floats, horse-drawn car­riages and more. Re­serve seats early to claim a prime spot to watch, then stay for the tree light­ing cer­e­mony af­ter­wards.

Vitru­vian Lights at Ad­di­son Cir­cle Park

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