They say everything is bigger and brighter in Texas and that couldn’t be more true than in DFW during Christmastime—where you’ll find plenty of over-the-top light displays. Here are five DFW neighborhoods that will get you in the spirit with a heavy dose of holiday bling.
Moss Haven Drive at Timberhollow Circle
Dallas, TX 75231In the Oak Highlands Estates subdivision of Lake Highlands, you can find a partridge in a pear tree and the other 12 days of Christmas illustrated in yard art at each of the 14 homes that line the Timberhollow cul-de-sac. Each home fills the yard with elaborate lighting displays that represent each of the 12 days, while the first and last houses are decorated in a welcome and goodbye display. The displays are part of a neighborhood legacy that’s been passed on to new homeowners for over 22 years. The entrance is located one block south of Royal Lane off Abrams Road on Moss Haven Drive. The lights stay on from dusk to 9 p.m. through the end of December.
Preston Road at Coit Road
Plano, TX 75024
www.deerfieldplano.orgThis Plano neighborhood makes holiday decorating a competitive art form by decking the halls, the lawns and everything in between with countless lights and animated displays. It all started out when the subdivision’s builders offered homeowners a $5K prize for the best decorated house in the neighborhood in an effort to bring potential homeowners to look at the homes. The contest snowballed into a yearly tradition that draws thousands of visitors by foot, by car, by limo and even in horse-drawn carriages. To get here, enter from Legacy on Colonnade and Archgate— note that there are several one-way and restricted turn signs along the route. You can check the website for a detailed map, as well as carriage ride information. The lights stay on between 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. through New Year’s. Related: Best Places For Holiday Decorations In DFW
Randol Mills Road at Westwood
Arlington, TX 76012
www.spiritofarlington.comIf you want to see as many lights as possible, look no further than North Arlington’s famous Interlochen neighborhood where around 200 decked-out homes attract over 40,000 visitors from all over the region. Follow the stream of brake lights overflowing from Randol Mills and Westwood for a trek through 107 acres of visual overload. Here you’ll find every house, lawn and tree blanketed with lights, nativity scenes and animated displays. A word of warning, this place gets packed so plan on spending several hours to get through it, especially on weekends. The display runs nightly from December 12 through Christmas.
Highland Park Lights
Armstrong Parkway at Preston
Dallas, TX 75205Before there was Interlochen, this stately neighborhood was DFW’s most dazzling spot to see holiday lights and for many, it still is. The best light viewing areas lie between the Tollway, Preston Road, Mockingbird Lane and Armstrong Parkway. Most people start their tour on Armstrong Parkway near the decked-out 140-year-old pecan tree, then continue through all of the various streets that offshoot from there. Be sure to make your way north to Beverly Drive. A good way to do that is to take Lomo Alto from Armstrong up to Beverly and follow the road east until it ends at Airline Road. A great way to see the lights is to book one of the horse-drawn carriages. Highland Park’s lights shine bright until after New Year’s.
Jeff Trykoski’s Frisco Christmas
4015 Bryson Drive
Frisco, TX 75035
www.friscochristmas.comRegardless of whether the rest of the neighborhood lights up for the holidays, there’s always one home that stands out from the rest, like Jeff and Bridgette Trykoski’s holiday happy digs. Jeff Trykoski owns a lighting design company for large-scale Christmas light displays and uses his display to encourage onlookers to donate canned food for the Frisco Food Pantry and Frisco Family Services. Here, visitors turn out by the thousands to catch sight of over 85,000 lights, synchronized to music being broadcast over a low-power transmitter at 99.9 FM. You can also see Trykoski’s larger light display (175,000 lights) at Frisco Square on the corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Main Street. Both holiday light exhibits continue until the end of December. Related: Best Places To Go Ice Skating In DFW
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