40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas

40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas. Hold tight, stay merry and bright with this list of holiday lights and displays in Dallas and DFW. These illuminating displays can be enjoyed by driving-thru, driving-by or walking-thru.

Note: Most lights will not turn on or be turned on if raining. On rainy nights, or following a rainy day, check ahead to make sure lights will be turned on.

40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas

East Dallas

#1 Swiss Avenue Historic District, Merry Swissmas

To enjoy Merry Swissmas: Go to Swiss Avenue and take a right. Enjoy the views on this street passing through the intersection at Collett Avenue. At the end of the street, turn around and drive down the other side of Swiss Avenue towards La Vista Drive. Classy, beautiful, and elegant 20th-century houses are holiday-ready and worth a trip to see.

Location: Swiss Avenue Historic District, Swiss Avenue, La Vista Drive, Bryan Parkway, Bryan and Beacon streets. Click here for a map. Cost: Free

#2 Lakewood

In Lakewood, drive up and down the following streets: Lakewood Boulevard (6726 has a huge Christmas tree), Lakeshore Drive (look for the Griswold house), Westlake Drive and Meadow Lake Avenue (look for Santa and Buddy the Elf).

#3 Electric Lizzyland Update: Closed for 2021 but she will be back for 2022!

Tucked away in East Dallas is the home of Liz Simmons which is transformed into Electric Lizzy land during Christmas. Located: 714 Newell Ave.; Cost: Free

Electric Lizzyland is one of our favorite holiday houses!

#4 M Streets

On the M Streets in Dallas there are several houses with amazing lights coordinated with music. It’s delightful to park and walk by to view while listening.

Location: 5824 Marquita Ave, Dallas, 75206.

#5 Christmas lights coordinated with music

Location: 7424 Axminster Court in Lakewood; Cost: Free

#6 Holiday at the Arboretum

The 12 Days of Christmas and Christmas Village. Amazing!! Click here for tickets, location, cost, and other info.

Lake Highlands, Northeast Dallas

#7 2020 Coronavirus

A 2020 must of course! Location: 510 Edgelake, Dallas, 75238. I haven’t driven by yet to see if this is displayed again for this year, 2021.

My kids are inside!!

#8 Timberhollow Circle, Twelve Days of Christmas

Ever since I was a child, my family has driven to the Twelve Days of Christmas on Timberhollow cul-de-sac nearly every Christmas. In the Oak Highlands Estates near Abrams Road and Royal Lane on Timberhollow Circle there are a dozen houses decorated to illustrate the 12 days of Christmas. Listen along to different versions of The 12 Days of Christmas by tuning your radeo to 87.7 FM.

Location: Timberhollow Circle, go west on Moss Trail and then left on Moss Haven Drive, right onto Timberhollow Circle; Cost: Free; Open nightly until 11pm.

** Added for 2021

# The Cedar on Caribou Trail

The Cedar on Caribou Trail: 10,800 total bulbs, 2 days and a cherry picker to create a beautifully lit tree that is a must see. Location: 10020 Caribou

# Christmas Blow Mold Home on Spring Branch

The Shoults family has their home decorated with many Santa and other Blow Molds. Christmas Blow Mold Home, Location: 9443 Spring Branch

#9 Lake Highlands Town Center

Take a short stroll around this Town Center. There is a huge, decorated Christmas tree that makes for a nice picture. There are also some wonderful restaurants in the Town Center offering to-go and curbside pickup. Lights on until 9pm through the end of December.

Location: Wildcat Way, Lake Highlands Town Center; Cost: Free

Highland Park, Dallas

#10 Highland Park Lights

Nearly every year since high school, I’ve taken a horse-drawn carriage Christmas light tour through Highland Park either with friends, family or for a date. I’ve also walked the light tour with my family as well as driving-by.

Walking: If you want to walk, it’s just under 5 miles and 25 blocks. Driving: If you enter on Armstrong Parkway, note the well-lit Pecan tree. It’s 140 years old!

Located: Highland Park; Recommended to enter at Armstrong Parkway and Preston. Beverly Drive is usually our favorite street. We usually drive: Enter Armstrong then take Lomo Alto up to Beverly, go east ending at Airline Road. If driving, there are lots of pedestrians, bike riders, and carriages so please drive slowly.

*On the other side of Preston Road, Arcady Avenue, Belclaire Avenue, Lorraine Avenue, and Highland Park Village are also worth a view.

#11 Wayne’s World; University Park Santa House

For another well-decorated home for the holidays, check out Wayne’s World.

Homeowner Wayne Smith has more than 500 Santas, snowmen, and other figures lighting up his house and yard.

He even has the original Big Tex head from 1950! Watch this Christmas classic movie and then head over to Wayne’s World!

Located: 3629 Southwestern Blvd

Downtown Dallas (#MYDTD)

#12 Sammons Park, Downtown Dallas

Enjoy a stroll through the Downtown Dallas Arts District taking in festive displays, holiday lights and projections. Click on the weblink for special pop-up performances.

Open: December 4th to 20th , 5:30 – 8:30pm; Location: Sammons Park, 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, 75201; Cost: Free

#13 Butterflies

This Neiman Marcus metal sculpture is a picturesque LED-lit display of eight butterflies.

Location: Civic Garden (once called Belo Garden), Downtown Dallas; Open through December 31st.

#14 Christmas Trees

Pegasus Plaza, Downtown Dallas

There are other amazing holiday trees, lights, and displays in Downtown Dallas:

Main Street Garden, City Hall Plaza, Klyde Warren Park, Pegasus Plaza, and several hotels and plazas such as The Adolphus, Omni, The Joule, and Reunion Tower.

#15 Candy Cane Lane, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Downtown Dallas

Update: Candy Cane Lane was in 2020. I didn’t see anything for this year 2021. However, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be performing. Candy Cane Lane 2020: American Airlines Center has been turned into a drive-thru candy cane lane experience. The different levels of the parking garage offer a wonderland of experiences with holiday lights, lantern characters and Santa with his elves.

#16 Neiman Marcus Car Tree

Make your way to Pegasus Park for a photo op with a tree made out of thirteen classic car parts and holiday lights. Some of the lights are even vintage from an old school bus.

Location: Pegasus Park, A little north of Downtown Dallas and west of Turtle Creek

40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas

South of Downtown Dallas

#17 Dallas Zoo Lights

For 2021, this event is a 45 minute drive-thru with a newly designed path through the zoo. In addition to millions of lights, there are giant silk-covered animal lanterns and an ice palace.

Open: Zoo closes at 4pm and the drive-thru light display begins at 6pm and ends at 9:30pm. Open select nights until January 2nd. Pre-purchase tickets online; Cost: $50 per car for members. $65 per car for non-members.

Additionally: At the end of the drive-thru, you can park and walk through the Reliant Holiday Village. There will be snacks, drinks, photo ops and more in the village.

Oak Cliff, Dallas

#18 Kessler Park, Oak Cliff

This historic neighborhood is even prettier with holiday lights. There is a Holiday Lights Decorating Contest so the residents really decorate even down to some of the traffic islands. From downtown Dallas, go west on Interstate 30, take the Sylvan exit, turn south on Sylvan, drive about a half a mile, and turn west on Colorado. While there, take a moment to appreciate one of the best views of the Dallas skyline. This can be viewed from Kessler Park. And for the best skyline view, go to Colorado and Lausanne.

Location: Kessler Park in Oak Cliff around Colorado and Laussane Ave. 1415 W. Colorado Blvd. 75208

#19 Elderoaks Lights, Oak Cliff

A neighborhood that has been decorating with homemade decorations and dazzling displays for over 30 years. Around 96% of the homes in this neighborhood participate in holiday lighting and displays. Some scenes celebrate Christmas with homemade decorations that span medieval times to present day. Don’t miss the streaming show of Christmas carols. Free to watch. Lights go on at dusk each night. Location: Just south of the Old Oak Cliff Country Club. Take West Camp Wisdom exit off 67 South and drive down the following streets: Elderoaks Lane, Elderleaf Drive, and Elderoaks Place. Open nightly through the end of December.

Grand Prairie

#20 Grand Prairie’s Prairie Lights

Drive-thru holiday lights. There are over 5 million lights, some special holiday scenes, drive-by concession stands, and an animated grand finale tunnel to view during this two-mile drive-thru. The Holiday Village event enjoyed in the previous years has been canceled this year.

Located: Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake; Cost: $30 per car; Open: Until New Year’s Eve


#21 Main Street, Grapevine

Grapevine is also known as “The Christmas Capital of Texas!” Christmas on Main Street provides a magical Christmasee walking experience. From photo backdrops to the Victorian-style buildings wrapped with hundreds of thousands of lights. Strolling through main street will feel very Christmas special. There are life-sized Christmas cards, vintage sleighs, and more.

Singing Christmas Tree: Once the sun sets, sing along with the 40-foot community animated Singing Christmas Tree at the Town Square Gazebo.

Whoville: Around the Town Square Gazebo, visit Whoville. Who-houses, Who Post Office, and Whoville characters cut-out forms for photo selfies.

Chilly Dawgs: Daily performances from wise-cracking animated snowmen. Location: Inside giant snow globes in front of the J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home.

Location: Main Street in Downtown Grapevine and Town Square Gazebo (325 S. Main St.); Cost: Free; Open until January 10th; nightly until 11pm. More info and events here.

#22 City Hall, Grapevine

Check out the huge City Hall Light Show Spectacular. Location: 200 S. Main St., City Hall, Grapevine, TX 76051; Cost: Free; Open nightly until January 10th.

#23 Grapevine’s Santa House Update: (Not happening in 2021 but will be back for 2022)

Grapevine’s Santa House has a maze of more than 1,000 lighted Santa statues. Vistors can walk among them and take pictures. Homeowner, the Murillo family wanted the light of the Santas to be a beacon of awareness for a local nonprofit program, “Grace Grapevine’s Christmas Cottage.”

Cost: Free but to donate or learn more about this nonprofit program, click here.

Open until December 28th; Location: 3373 Spruce Lane, Grapevine. To walk, park along the street and walk to the home inside a cul-de-sac.


#24 Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights

This is another drive-thru event. It includes holiday décor, tunnels of holiday lights, Christmas display, and food trucks. The food trucks are also drive-thru. There is a Santa’s Village but Santa will not be there on 12/6 & 12/13. Train rides are an additional $4 and no ice skating this year. Pictures with Santa are also an additional $$.

Located: Texas Motor Speedway ;  Open: Every Friday & Saturday, 6-10pm and Sunday-Thursday, 6-9pm, until January 2nd;  Cost $35 per car. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.

#25 Interlochen Lights

Also located in Arlington is Arlington’s Interlochen Lights. Not just a neighborhood lit with holiday displays but close to 200 homes decorated with lights, nativity scenes, and animated displays.

Even driving, it can take up to two hours to view the Interlochen Lights.

Open: December 12 through Christmas; Cost: Free; Location: Randol Mills Road at Westwood, Arlington, 76012


#26 Vitruvian Lights

Extra events in the Vitruvian Park were called off for this year. However, the more than 1.5 million lights illuminating Vitruvian Park have not been cancelled. You can view the lights by walking or driving through the park.

Event Details: Open daily from 5 pm -11 pm until January 3rd; Cost: Free; If you want to park and walk, there is free parking in lots on Bella Lane, Ponte Avenue and Park Road.

40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas


#27 Biscayne Drive

Several homes decorated with lights and holiday decorations.

Location: 2837-2841 Biscayne Drive, Plano; Cost: Free; Open: December 6 – January 9th, Weekdays 6 -10pm and Friday – Saturday 6 – 11pm.

#28 Brookshire Drive

The homeowner of Brookshire Drive has 13 grandchildren which are the inspiration for her displays. More than 30,000 lights and a different sort of display with life-size characters from Disney to Star Wars and Wizard of OZ.

Location: 3601 Brookshire Drive, Plano; Cost: Free; Open: December 6 -25th, 6 -9:30pm

#29 Deerfield Lights

Just north of Dallas, Deerfield is a beautiful neighborhood with Christmas lights. Drive-thru or walk to view.

Open: December 1-30th, Weekdays 7pm-10pm, Weekends 7pm – 11pm; Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day; Cost: Free; Located: Northwest Plano between Preston and Coit Road. *Note: This can get extremely crowded!

Enter: Legacy or near the back of the neighborhood off Quincy. (Legacy usually has the longest lines). From Quincy, enter on Tweedsgate, Ivanhoe, or Bettye Haun Dr. Also look for the one-way and restricted signs on the route. If walking, park on Quincy Rd. or another street at the far north park of Deerfield.

Frisco, Tx, Burkman Holiday Home

Flower Mound

#30 Flower Mound Lights

Several neighborhoods with amazing lights and holiday displays. The following were awarded for certain 2020 Holiday Lights.

Best Use of Animation – 1 Cimmaron Court; Best Use of Non-Lighting Decor – 307 Village Trail; Griswold Award – 2841 Annandale Drive; Frosty’s Recognition – 2600 Trophy Club Drive; Santa’s Favorite – 2208 Aberdeen Drive; North Pole Award – Hogans Glen


We LOVED our holiday and Christmas light tour through Frisco. Click here to read that post for the following Frisco locations. All details (#31-#36) cost, what to expect, when, where, and more are listed in that post.

#31 Burkman Holiday Home

#32 Historic Homes, The Rail District, Frisco

#33 Downtown Gazebo

#34 Myrtle Lane

#35 Christmas in the Square

#36 Radiance

We didn’t experience the drive-thru Radiance or the Little Elm Beach Drive-thru, but did drive-by via streets in passing. We didn’t want to pay for viewing holiday lights, when so many families and individuals go to so much trouble and expense to create personalized home holiday displays, and I have three little boys who have energy to burn via walking events. However, just from passing, it did look pretty spectacular.

Little Elm

#37 Little Elm Beach: Drive-thru Holiday Experience

Colleyville, A Stunning Red Tree

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Magical Drive-Thru Holiday Experience, click here.


#38 Stunning Red Tree

There is a Stunning Red Tree! Location: 5500 Montclair Drive, Colleyville, TX


#39 Prosper’s Great Christmas Light Fight House

Another place that we were close to but didn’t stop at has literally been a showstopper. This house was featured on TV, via channel ABC. They were featured on the TV Show Series in 2013, “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

Location: 891 Bridgeport Dr, Prosper, Tx, 75078; Open until January 1st from 6 -11pm. Cost: Free but donations requested to go in support of the families of fallen officers. Donations to C.O.P.S. at the Bridgeport house.

40 Most Spectacular Drive-thru Christmas Lights in Dallas


#40 Your Neighborhood

Don’t forget to drive around your own neighborhood for a good show and appreciation for the work your neighbors have put into holiday lights.

Even if the weather outside is frightful, we can all enjoy and treasure the time spent driving-by and driving-thru colorful and seasonal holiday lights.  

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