Downtown Fort Worth turns into a winter wonderland during the holiday season thanks to one of the most beautiful light displays in the region. Sundance Square is a magnet for kids and adults, seeking Christmas spirit, from late November. The switch is flipped during the tree lighting ceremony followed by the spectacular Fort Worth Parade of Lights. The towering Christmas Tree on the square can't be missed. The giant 50-foot fir is adorned with 10,000 LEDs and ornaments. A stage with live music, beautiful decorations, and Santa Claus will make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Some of the residential areas in Fort Worth also boast professional-grade light displays, like Trail Creek, where a Christmas Light show with over 20,000 RGB LED is synced to music. Ridglea Hills also boasts some dazzling light displays, especially along Luther Lake, where you can see beautiful reflections. If you wish to get even more dazzled, check out the Texas Speed Motorway with over a million bulbs!
Fort Worth Parade of Lights (November 19, 2023)
The annual Parade of Lights features dozens of spectacular floats, large illuminated balloons, theater groups, dancers, and musicians. The parade, produced by Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, starts at Weatherford and Throckmorton streets at 6 pm. It lasts for about an hour ending on 3rd St. The parade includes about 100 illuminated entries. The main highlight of the parade is Santa Claus who begins his trip around the procession route on a spectacularly illuminated float at about 7:10 pm.
Modern Lights at The Modern Art Museum (November 24, 2023–February 4, 2024)
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is impressive during any season. However, it's only possible to witness its spectacular illumination during the holiday season. Visitors could enjoy the sight of festive lights from the galleries. The museum offers extended hours until 8 pm and free gallery admission on Fridays. Take your time to enjoy dazzling lights on the museum grounds or grab a bite at Café Modern during "Dinner with Lights" on Friday evenings. You can also enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at "Lights, Flights, and Bites" on Tuesdays.
Gift of Lights at Texas Speed Motorway (November 23, 2023–January 7, 2024)
The Gift of Lights, takes over Texas Motor Speedway in late November. This massive Christmas light display features over three million LED lights. The drive-through lighting spectacular begins around Thanksgiving and lasts through early January. Visitors can purchase 3D glasses at the entrance to enhance their Gift of Lights experience. The Texas Motor Speedway hosts Santa's Village, covering 22,000 sq ft, where kids have a chance to take a picture with Santa, interact with Olaf from "Frozen," ride a train, and make their own Christmas decorations.
Prairie Lights at Lynn Creek Park (November 23–December 31, 2023)
Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, boasts one of the world's largest light tunnels that can be explored by car. The Prairie Lights display is a two-mile drive-through, featuring over 4 million lights. Amazing arch displays line the road creating a dazzling experience. Prairie Lights also hosts a Christmas Village with food, warm drinks, gifts, and a lit-up walk-through forest.
Fairmount Festivus (December 9, 2023)
Fairmount’s Festivus is a holiday light drive-thru event held in the beautiful Fairmount neighborhood. The light tour lasts for one day only, from 6 to 9 pm, taking off from One Safe Place (1100 Hemphill St). Fairmount area features hundreds of lavishly decorated homes with fantastic holiday displays. Every participant gets a map showcasing the best houses en route. In exchange, participants are expected to donate a toy or $10 for One Safe Place.