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Drive Through Christmas Light Parks

A traditional Texan entertainment during the holiday season

Drive Through Christmas Light Parks in Texas 2019 - Best Time
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Thousands of visitors from all over the south-west travel to East Texas every November and December to witness the grandeur of the local Christmas lights drive-through displays. It has become an anticipated family tradition and a great way of getting into the holiday spirit. The best Christmas light parks in Texas feature millions of light bulbs, lighting up the countryside from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.

One of the largest holiday light displays; the Gift of Lights, takes over Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth. It's a massive Christmas display featuring over three million LED lights. The drive-through lighting spectacular begins around Thanksgiving and lasts till December 30. It covers a two-mile section of the speedway. The display is switched on at 6 p.m. and goes off at 10 p.m.

Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights 2020
Texas Motor Speedway Gift of Lights

Visitors can even purchase 3D glasses at the entrance to enhance their Gift of Lights experience. To get to the display, turn from Highway 114 onto Labonte Lane and take a left turn onto Lone Star Circle.

Gift of Lights 2020
Gift of Lights
Gift of Lights 2020
Gift of Lights

The Texas Motor Speedway also hosts Santa's Village where visitors can go after the "Gift of Lights." The village, covering 22,000 sq.ft gives kids a chance to take a picture with Santa, interact with Olaf from the “Frozen,” ride a train and make their own Christmas decorations. There are also food vendors with delicious snacks.

Santa Land in Tyler was the first drive-thru Christmas theme park in Texas. This 10-ha (24-acre) park is decorated with almost 12.5 million lights! You can see it from your own car or ride on Santa's trailer. The highlights of the park are animated animal displays.

Up in Lights in Tyler, Texas, also boasts over one million bulbs, animated displays, Santa and Christmas Carols.

TheChristmas Park Land of Lights in Athens, Texas features light displays of cartoon characters, Elvis Presley and several amazing light tunnels.

One of the world's largest light tunnels is located at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. ThePrairie Lights feature a two-mile drive-through consisting of over 4 million lights. Amazing arch displays line over the road creating a dazzling experience. Prairie Lights feature a Christmas Village in the middle of the park with food, warm drinks, gifts and a lighted walk-through forest. Entertainment includes live performances and Santa himself.

Prairie Lights 2020
Prairie Lights