Where to Find Christmas Lights in Collin County

Nothing gets me 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 them aren’t in Collin County proper, but are too spectacular not to include!

Reminder: No public event can take place without a commitment to personal responsibility. Mask up, social distance, and stay home if you’re sick or have been exposed to COVID. Because everything is subject to change, we highly recommend double checking with venues for last-minute cancellations.

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November 7 – December 31 :: Holiday at the Arboretum :: 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. Advance registration required.

November 13 – January 3 :: Radiance! :: Head to Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco for a NEW drive-thru light spectacular set to music. See the FAQ for all the details. Purchase tickets online or at the drive-up ticket box when you arrive. 5:30-10pm. $30 per car, or $50 for the VIP package with extra goodies (limited availability each day).

November 20  – January 2 :: Magic of Lights transforms Little Elm Park 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 link for details and to purchase tickets, priced per vehicle. Select nights have special discounts, FYI. Note: December 5 is the free Christmas on the Beach event, so Magic Lights drive-thru will be closed.

November 20 – January 3 (select nights) :: Dallas Zoo Lights Presented by Reliant :: Now a drive-thru experience! Visit the zoo after-hours to see it transform into a wonderland of twinkling lights. Discover realistic silk-covered lanterns in the shape of your favorite animals, plus holiday light shows and festivities. 6:30-9:30pm. 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!

November 26 – December 31 :: Prairie Lights :: Drive through the world’s longest light tunnel and see displays of millions of lights in Grand Prairie. This year’s event is a totally in-car experience. FAQ here. Admission prices are reduced for 2020, starting at $30 per car. See here for ticketing and Fast Pass info.

November 26 – January 3 :: Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway :: Drive through this two-mile-long light park as you listen to Christmas music on KLTY 94.9FM.  FAQ here. Santa’s Village is closed, but they’ve added a million more lights to make up for it. 6-9pm nightly. Priced by car (from $30), with food available from on-site, drive-thru food trucks.

November 27 – January 1 :: Vitruvian Lights :: 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 that much dreamier. You can also opt to view the lights by car; see here for the best route. 5-11pm, nightly. Free!

December 1 – 30 :: Lights at Deerfield :: 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. 7-10pm, weekdays; 7-11pm weekends.

December 5 – January 4 :: Christmas Spectacular Light Show :: This light installation in The Colony shouldn’t be too far from you. It’s choreographed to music, so tune your radio to 99.9FM. Lights are on nightly from 5:30-10:30pm Sunday-Thursday; 5:30-10:50pm Fridays & Saturdays. Free!

Don’t forget that lots of areas in and around Collin County have gorgeous 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 Lewis
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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