Where to Find Christmas Lights in Collin County

Nothing gets us excited for the holidays like millions of magical twinkling lights. Have you noticed the uptick in major holiday light events in recent years? Some of these aren’t in Collin County proper, but are too spectacular not to include!

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Remember to check ahead for cancellations or updated safety measures.

Holiday at the Arboretum :: Dallas :: November 10 to December 31 :: 6pm

The 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit comes alive after dark, with over a million lights illuminating the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes, and lighting the canopies overhead. Times and admission prices vary by date; see here for details and to purchase tickets. Advanced registration required.


Radiance! :: Frisco :: November 18, 2021 to January 1, 2022

Head to Riders Field (formerly Dr. Pepper Ballpark) for a new version of this light spectacular. This year, board special theme-park-style ride vehicles know as ‘Holly Jolly Trolleys,’ that will transport you through the show. Also new this year is Frozen in Frisco, the attached carnival with holiday-themed attractions, including Santa. See link for LOTS more details and info on peak/non-peak days. Tickets from $19.99/child and $29.99/adult. Add-ons available.


Dallas Zoo Lights :: Dallas :: November 19 to January 2 (select nights) :: 6-9:30pm

Visit the zoo after hours to drive through a wonderland of twinkling lights. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals, animal-themed vignettes, tunnels of light, and more. Priced per car, $50/members, $65/non-members. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. See the link for “Know Before You Go” information. Tickets are limited and will sell out!


Magic of Lights :: November 20 to January 2 :: Little Elm

See Little Elm Park transformed into a magical wonderland! This drive-thru event features spectacular light displays, holiday themes and characters, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus sightings on select nights. See here for details and to purchase tickets, priced per vehicle.


Prairie Lights :: Grand Prairie :: November 25 to December 31 :: 6-10pm

Drive through a new-and-improved light tunnel and see displays of 4 MILLION lights. At the halfway point, you can get out of the car to enjoy the Holiday Village with carnival rides, concessions, photos with Santa, a magical walk-thru forest, and more! FAQ here. Tickets from $40 per car.


Gift of Lights :: Texas Motor Speedway :: November 25 to January 2 :: 6-9pm

Another mega drive-thru light trail, over 2 miles long and made up of millions of lights. FAQ here. Santa’s Village is back this year, although there will be no ice skating. Tickets from $30 per car.


Lights on the Farm :: Heritage Farmstead Museum :: November 26-28; December 3-5; 10-12; 17-19; 20-23; 26 :: 6-10pm

New this year, Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano will be bedazzled with more than a million twinkling holiday lights and filled with animated yuletide displays. Stroll through and enjoy treats like hot cocoa and make-your-own s’mores, plus a chance for the kiddos to visit with Santa. Lots of dazzling selfie photo ops throughout the farm property, as well. $15/adults, $10/ages 12 and under.


Vitruvian Lights :: Addison :: November 26 to January 2 :: 5-11pm

Addison brings back their annual light extravaganza, transforming Vitruvian Park into a colorful wonderland. The 12-acre park has walking paths and a large pond that reflects all the lights, making it super dreamy. You can also opt to view the lights by car; see here for the best route. Free! Several dates include special entertainment in the park.


Lights at Deerfield :: Plano :: December 1-30 :: 7-11pm

This Plano neighborhood fully embraces an over-the-top Christmas aesthetic. Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston and Coit. Check the link for tips on how to best navigate the residential neighborhood, including where to enter.


Christmas Spectacular Light Show :: December 4 to January 2 :: 5:30-10:30pm

This light installation is choreographed to music, so tune your radio to 99.9FM. Lights are on nightly. Free!


✨Don’t forget that lots of areas in and around Collin County have beautiful lights up all season: Watters Creek, Frisco Square, Historic Downtown McKinney, Legacy West, Shops at Legacy, The Star in Frisco, Historic Downtown Grapevine…Enjoy the glow!

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.

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