There’s no denying that the true spirit of Christmas lies in sharing this special time of year with loved ones and friends. But nothing gets you in the holiday mood quite like light displays that adorn homes, businesses and shopping districts. And this is no different in Texas. Since everything’s bigger in the Lone Star State, the following places to go for Christmas lights are sure to make a sizeable impression.
“Frozen” Christmas lights spectacular
It takes an awful lot to knock the likes of Barbie from the top of the list of what kids want most for Christmas. But the popularity of the animated feature “Frozen” appears to have done the impossible, as 1 in 5 parents say they will buy merchandise based on the film, according to polling data from the National Retail Federation. Perhaps with this audience in mind, a Texas man has created a stunning display of lights that’s synchronized to the film’s anthem “Let It Go.” You can find out more about the display by visiting this website.
Texas Motor Speedway
“Nothing says Christmas like holiday lights.”
Since the day before Thanksgiving, the Texas Motor Speedway has been in the Christmas spirit. Up until Jan. 1, visitors can “start their engines” in order to view more than 600 various LED displays. While you’re there, the Toys for Tots Drive is going on. Visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate. This will not only bring a smile to the face of its recipient, but perhaps one for yourself as well. Plus, you’ll save $5 off the price of admission simply by donating.
Lights at Vitruvian Park
If you’re new to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, you may be unfamiliar with Vitruvian Park. Every year, Christmas enthusiasts congregate on the 12-acre park, where both young and old are greeted with a wide variety of ageless holiday favorite characters, not to mention activities that are sure to please. But what you’ll really be impressed by are the light displays, as the trees that line the park are festooned with brilliant shades of purple, red, green, orange, and yellow that make it a true sight to behold. Plus, the lights wind tightly around the branches, giving it a more clean, professional look that will make you wonder how long the process took.
The Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
Here’s where the “Everything is bigger in Texas” refrain lives up to its billing. The Lone Star Christmas spectacular at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine really needs no introduction once you see just how many lights there are there. More than 1.5 million holiday lights deck the halls of the convention center, where you can also see some amazing works of art at the hand-carved frozen ice display.
Johnson City Courthouse
Maybe you’d rather take in some of the holiday lights by going for a drive to communities within a few hours of Dallas by car. If this is your preference, you’re sure to find lots of towns where the light shows are simply amazing. As noted by the Dallas Morning News, Burnet, Bandera, Boerne, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, and Marble Falls are just a handful of the communities that have extravagant light shows in their downtown sections. The courthouse in Johnson City, for example, has 100,000 lights, while the nearby headquarters of Pedernales Electric has 10 times that amount at 1 million.
Be sure to take your family to one or all of these holiday lights displays over the next few weeks; they’re guaranteed to brighten your day!