Brilliant lights are up all over Dallas-Fort Worth. Welcome to the holidays!

Indoors, bulbs go up on trees, both large and small, white, multi-colored or both, making moods warmer, merrier, and brighter. While stringing holiday lights may not be anyone’s favorite part of decorating, the results can be simply inspirational.

I’m Sue Krider, Dallas’s high-rise real estate expert. I’ve lived and worked in DFW for years, and watched the annual tradition expand. 

Nowadays we see the beginning of the season’s decorations in early November, extending through Christmas, and in some cases, into the New Year. That means there is plenty of time to enjoy the joy.

If you’re like me and adore twinkling lights, DFW is the perfect place to get out and see the sites. With that in mind we compiled a list of can’t miss options. 


Cruise the mile-long route and see 1 million twinkling lights, elaborate holiday-themed displays, and dazzling 3-D sculptures at Dallas Zoo Lights, November 17 through January 2

Drive along the spectacularly bright path in the comfort of your car and see four million lights along two miles of pathway with a holiday village, Santa and more. Prairie Lights at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie is November 24 through December 31.

Enchant Christmas cranks up November 25 and continues through January 1 at Fair Park. It features a walk-through light maze, a 100-foot-tall Christmas tree, an ice-skating trail, and a village market with crafts, gifts, culinary treats, and cocktails. 

Vitruvian Lights in Addison is the largest lights display in North Texas. It transforms the popular Vitruvian Park into a holiday wonderland with millions of LED lights hung on over 550 trees from November 27 through January 1. Best of all, it’s free. 

On December 1, the Parade of Lights struts down Main Street in Grapevine. Since its inaugural year in 1979, the annual event has been billed as “the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas.”

Join friends and neighbors in Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’s favorite urban gathering spot, for a stirring start to the holiday season in Texas with a traditional tree lighting party on December 3

In late November and throughout the month of December, the Park Cities come alive with a variety of tasty visuals. Several companies have staged old fashioned carriage rides through the region for years, a winter ritual for families all over DFW. 

Highland Park Village is also a seasonal treat, with special activities and loads of cool lighting. The Shops of Highland Park is another pick up and drop off point for carriage companies. Marveling at the intricate decorations wrapped around the beautiful homes and grand estates along tree lined streets in the most storied neighborhoods is always unforgettable fun.

Finally, don’t forget the spectacular seasonal displays at standbys like the Gaylord TexanSix Flags Over Texas Holiday in the Park, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical GardenGift of Lights at Texas Speed Motorway, and Richardson’s annual Santa’s Village.

Take it from me, Sue Krider, holiday lights around DFW are unbeatable. For more information on top high-rise properties in Dallas, and a continuing flow of information on the market, community happenings and special things to see and do, check with me at now.