Touring Holiday Lights Displays Tops List of Reader Christmas Traditions

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From Klyde Warren Park and downtown to the Park Cities to Swiss Avenue to Addison and beyond, we have your must-see neighborhoods on a handy map (Photo courtesy Flickr/skys the limit 2).

If you’ve lived in Dallas-Fort Worth for any length of time, you know that shortly after Thanksgiving Day — whether it’s 80 degrees or 20 — it’s a time-honored tradition to check out the Christmas light displays in nearby neighborhoods.

But do you ever have FOMO on your expeditions? Perhaps you worry that as much as you love the regular haunts you cruise through during the holidays, there might be new displays to check out, too. Or maybe you’re pretty new to the area and have no idea where exactly to go.

Thanks to and sponsor Christy Berry with Compass, you can FOMO no more – because we’ve created this handy map of key spots to check out Christmas lights.

We surveyed several neighborhoods and Realtors and compiled a list worthy of a cup of hot chocolate and a full tank of gas. Our criteria were simple — the locations had to be worth the drive, and free of charge.

But we went a little bit further today, too, and queried readers about their favorite Christmas traditions. Have you done any of these? Have any to add? See anything you’ll add to next year’s list of Christmas frivolities? Let us know in the comments!

Readers Choice Traditions:

Photo courtesy NorthPark

NorthPark Santa
Touring the Christmas lights in the Park Cities
The tunnels at Neiman’s downtown

Photo by Bethany Erickson

The Trains at NorthPark
Highland Park Village tree lighting
Park Cities horse carriage rides
The lights at Deerfield
The Neiman Marcus Santa Breakfast

Photo courtesy Dallas Holiday Parade

Dallas Holiday Parade
Tuba Christmas
Getting involved in a toy drive or donations to the homeless
The Heritage Village tour

The Gaylord Texan’s “Ice”
Richardson’s Lollipop Way
Cookies & Castles
Santa’s Village in Richardson

Photo courtesy the City of Richardson

The lights and tree at Klyde Warren Park
Christmas lunch at the Zodiac Room
Dallas Zoo’s Zoo Lights

Want to find all those light displays? You can download your own printable copy here.


Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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