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Local Light Displays Brighten the Season

Dec 20, 2012 03:13PM ● By tina

By Tina Auten, Staff Writer

Looking at lights on the evenings leading up to Christmas is one of many treasured memories from childhood as well as a family favorite with my own children.  We are now looking at neighborhood lights with our grandson, who happily gasps with wonderment, “Look Grandmama!  Christmas!”  And while there are many festive neighborhoods in Southlake to enjoy, there are also plenty of wonderful displays in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  If you’re looking for a fun way to while away the evenings, load up the kids with your favorite holiday CD and enjoy a few local favorites which is sure to wow all ages.

The Gift of Lights 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway

This family-friendly show is the perfect opportunity to share the joy of the season with friends and family at this dazzling holiday light display with over two million LED lights.  Proceeds from Gift of Lights benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, and KLTV Christmas Wish.  Open until Sunday, January 6th.  Vehicle admission is $15 per car Monday – Thursday, $20 per car Friday – Sunday.

Grapevine – The Christmas Capital of Texas

If the kids need to burn off energy, don’t miss the ultimate Christmas celebration in Historic Downtown Grapevine.  You’ll enjoy free hay rides, reindeer games, decorations, and of course Santa.  Other Christmas activities include a North Pole Express Train, Christmas movies, and much more.  Don’t miss the Christmas tree with lights synchronized to holiday music!

Arlington – Interlochen

The holiday light tradition returns to Arlington as the Interlochen neighborhood comes alive with lights.  More than 200 homeowners have decorated their homes with festive lights and holiday displays.  The displays run from 7pm – 11pm each night through Christmas.  Visitors must enter the Interlochen neighborhood from Randol Mill Road at Westwood Drive.  Arlington police will control traffic to help ensure safe passage through the neighborhood.

Corinth - Whetstone Lights
Every holiday season, this neighborhood just south of Denton becomes a village of 55,000 computerized lights. Drive through Whetstone neighborhood to see the dazzling display, all of which is synchronized to holiday music. The lights run from the 6 pm til midnight through Christmas.

Prairie Lights - Powered by Gexa Energy 
The must see light display of the season resides in Grand Prairie. Over 4 million Christmas lights adorn the World’s longest light tunnel.  Open until New Years Eve, the Prairie Lights display offers fun family activities from pictures with Santa Claus, walk-through light displays and a new Holiday Magic light show. Vehicle admission ranges from $20 for cars on non-holiday weekdays to $50-$80 for shuttle vans and buses.