Some folks in Fort Worth have been decking their halls since Halloween. Now it's time to flip the switch on their festive yuletide decor.
There's nothing more fun than loading the family into the car, sipping hot cocoa, and driving through neighborhoods to see Christmas lights.
Here are some of the biggest, best, and brightest commercial and neighborhood displays around Fort Worth in 2018. Looking for spectacular lights in the Dallas area? Check out our list here.
Enchant: World's Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market
Enchant returns for a second year to illuminate North Texas skies with its World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. This year, the family tradition has moved inside Arlington’s Globe Life Park, with a new heart-warming theme, an updated adventure in the light maze including a magical ice skating trail, and a larger, dazzling Artisans’ Market. New for 2018, the luxury suites of Globe Life Park can be reserved for private, VIP and group experiences. The event will go on through December 30.
Texas Motor Speedway presents Gift of Lights
No, you don't actually get to drive on the track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth during its annual Gift of Lights drive-through holiday lighting spectacular, but it's still impressive. The event includes over two miles of light displays, with almost 3 million lights, while visitors get to stay in their warm cars, listening to Christmas music on KLTY. After they finish with the drive, visitors can visit Santa’s Village on the inside track to get a picture with Santa, take a ride on the Reindeer Express miniature train, see a few retired race cars, and more. Open through December 30.
There’s always something new to discover at Daystar Christmas, the annual holiday lights display at Daystar Television Network in Bedford. With a life-sized nativity, over 1 million Christmas lights, a kid-friendly Christmas town, and an interactive 8-foot “JOY” sign, this display is fun for the whole family through December 21. Check the website for a full schedule of events.
The Modern Lights
After you peruse the art inside The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, spend time in the evening meandering through the dazzling lights on the museum grounds. For the second year in a row, the Modern is illuminated with a spectacular array of festive lights. Not only are passersby treated to a stunning display, visitors and families can enjoy nightly viewing opportunities with extended museum hours (until 7 pm on Tuesdays and 8 pm on Fridays). For the best seat in the house, take in the view from Café Modern on Friday evenings for dinner, 5-8:30 pm. The museum is lit up every night, 5 pm-midnight, all the way till February 3, 2019.
Sundance Square Plaza
No tour of Fort Worth holiday lights would be complete without a stop in downtown's Sundance Square and a few pictures with the illuminated Christmas tree in the plaza. This year’s tree is a towering, 56-foot blue spruce Christmas tree from Traverse, Michigan. The tree sparkles with thousands of LED lights and ornaments. Santa sits near it on the stage, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland with all new décor, including a dramatic, silver fabric backdrop, a sleigh backed by beautiful wintry trees, and snowflakes hovering from above. The entire plaza features large, brilliantly lit sculptures, perfect as the backdrop for photo opps with family and friends. The tree stays up until January 2, 2019.
Lightshow Spectacular in Whoville
Go to Grapevine for the blockbuster Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort, but stay for all the other festive events and displays around town. The popular Lightshow Spectacular in Whoville is a synchronized light and sound display at the Grapevine Christmas Tree. It's located next to the Town Square Gazebo along Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine, at the corner of Main and Dallas streets. This free, fun-for-all-ages lights show is about 20 minutes long and runs continuously from 6-11 pm nightly through January 6.
Prairie Lights is a two-mile, drive-through holiday park experience, situated along the shores of Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, that boasts a stunning display of more than 4 million lights and other holiday attractions. This year’s event, which runs through December 30, showcases all-new displays that line and arch over the roads, all leading to the park’s famous grand-finale animated tunnel at the exit. Featured events and attractions include the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Thru Forest, Holiday Dreams animated light show, and Holiday Village. Hint: Cut down on wait time with a fast-pass, available on the website.
Six Flags Over Texas presents Holiday in the Park
Holiday in the Park lights up Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington until December 30. Fans of impressive light displays should head directly to the Boomtown section of the park and see it come alive with more than eight-and-a-half miles of lights, a light up canopy of the Texas flag, and Texas-sized ornaments. The event includes festive shows, an extravagantly decorated Christmas tree, and more holiday fun. Check the website for daily programming and special events.
The Shops at Clearfork
The 500,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center has been transformed into a holiday wonderland, with all 110 trees lit in gleaming white lights and a spectacular 30-foot holiday tree in The Plaza. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride for a $10 donation to the Fort Worth Zoo, enjoy special entertainment, and more through December 24. A Clearfork Christmas on December 8 will welcome performances by special entertainers from 12-4 pm. Visit the Clearfork Facebook page for a complete schedule of events.
Starlight Symphony at Crockett Row at West 7th
Starlight Symphony celebrates the holidays through a five-minute music and light show held on the hour from 6-9 pm through December. The free show takes place all along Crockett Street. While you're there, enjoy holiday entertainment, retail deals, check out the new food hall, and more.
Waterside Grove of Giving
The third annual Grove of Giving at west Fort Worth shopping center Waterside puts a unique charitable twist on holiday decor. Participating nonprofits were given a tree to decorate; through December 21, visitors may vote for up to three of their favorite trees, and the nonprofit with the tree that receives the most votes will receive a $1,000 prize. The tree display raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association, Gill Children’s Services, Kids Who Care, Rutledge Cancer Foundation, Streams & Valleys, Trinity Habitat for Humanity, and Alliance for Children. Visit the center's website to find out more.
Neighborhood displays and events
Fairmount and Ryan Place
Every Saturday night until Christmas, take a golf cart Christmas lights tour through the historic Fairmount and Ryan Place neighborhoods. The tours start at Brewed on Magnolia Avenue and take place every 30 minutes from 6-9 pm. They're $10 per couple and $20 for groups of 4-6 people. To secure a spot, call 817-845-2610. Which leads to ...
You can pick any night to drive around Fairmount and see historic homes lit festively for the season. But the best night of all is Festivus, the annual celebration "for the rest of us." It's 5:30-8:30 pm December 18 and begins at The Space at Kent & Co. There will be refreshments, activities, and a holiday bus tour through the neighborhood to view Christmas lights. Buses will run at intervals beginning at 5:30 pm, and tours last about an hour, including the stop at Santa's Village.
Interlochen Holiday Lights
Arlington's Interlochen neighborhood consistently ranks high in national polls of most spirited areas with holiday lights. Each year, more than 200 homeowners go all out with extravagant lights, decorations, and displays that are worth the trek. This year is the neighborhood's 43rd to stage the free event, which begins nightly at 7 pm. Find the entrance at Westwood Drive and Randol Mill Road, tune your radio to Christmas stations, and make your way slowly along the winding roads of the neighborhood. (Note: You'll want to plan for long lines as Christmas approaches, as December 25 is the last day for the display.)
Ridglea Hills, Fort Worth
Folks who take walks and visit the ducks along Luther Lake in this westside Fort Worth neighborhood eagerly anticipate the arrival of the holiday lights on about 30 surrounding homes. The lights reflect in the water of the 10-acre lake, making for some pretty spectacular photo and video opps on clear nights. The best place to see them is along the bridge at Clayton Road.
Diamond Loch Christmas Lights Display
This North Richland Hills neighborhood has dressed up for the holidays for years. Drive through slowly to check out a "Whoville" presentation synched to music, Charlie Brown and Disney characters on the lawn, and thousands of colorful lights adorning trees for miles. To find it, navigate to the address 6300 Diamond Loch Dr., in NRH.
Glenbrook neighborhood, Bedford
Homes here have a tradition of decorating to fit the Texana poem “The Night Before Christmas — in Texas, That Is.” This year, the neighborhood pays special tribute to the man whose home was the focal point of the annual display, who died unexpectedly over the summer. The neighborhood will be illuminated nightly from 6-10 pm through December 31.
Homes worth visiting
The family homes at these addresses have spectacular set-ups of holiday lights, music, and more for passersby to enjoy.