Kick off your 2020 holiday season with a visit to one of these epic holiday light displays in and around Dallas. From drive-through lights at the zoo to downtown celebrations, you’ll feel the joy of the season when you visit these spots. Here are some of the best places to see Christmas lights in Dallas.

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I Love Christmas Movies! at the Gaylord Texan

I Love Christmas Movies presents a fully immersive exhibit featuring key moments from some of the most iconic Warner Bros. Pictures Christmas movies including THE POLAR EXPRESS™, A CHRISTMAS STORY™, ELF™, NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION™, and THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS™. As guests young and young at heart navigate the multi-sensory exhibits, they will enjoy over 13 fully immersive scenes complete with replicas of film props, audio clips and more, making participants feel as if they have stepped into part of the actual story. 

Dates: Nov. 13-Jan. 3

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Vitruvian Lights—Addison

Vitruvian Park transforms into North Texas’ most spectacular holiday destinations during Vitruvian Lights, when over 1.5 million sparkling LED lights are wrapped around more than 550 trees. On Nov. 27, the lights will be turned on and they will stay on through Jan. 1.

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The 12 Days of Christmas at Night

View the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in all its holiday splendor with over 500,000 lights.

Dates: Select dates Nov. 11-Dec. 30
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SNOWDAY Winter Pop-Up

SNOWDAY has returned for an even more adventurous second season, with  multi-sensory, magical, and awe-inspiring moments around every corner. Guests will navigate their way through 5,000+  square feet of wondrous holiday fun. This year will feature many new and surprising spaces, new takes on fan favorites  from last year, and, of course, the beloved celebrity elf, Sugarsocks.

Dates: Select dates Nov. 20-Jan. 3

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Illumination Celebration at Galleria Dallas

The nation’s tallest indoor Christmas tree illuminates in grand fashion choreographed to magical sounds of the season.

Date: Daily, Nov. 27- Dec. 24
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Dallas Zoo Lights Drive-Thru

Cruise through a newly constructed pathway—and through familiar parts of the Dallas Zoo—while marveling at more than one million lights in elaborate displays, silk-covered animal lanterns depicting all your Zoo favorites, an ice palace fit for a trio of penguins and so much more along the way.

Dates: Select days Nov. 20-Jan. 3
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Head to the Christmas Capital of TX

Grapevine, Texas really knows how to do it up for Christmas. Sing along with the 40-foot community animated Singing Christmas Tree all Christmas long and check out all the lights!

Dates: Nov. 23-Dec. 30

—Kate Loweth


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