Bright Lights, Big City
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