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Where to Find the Brightest Lights and Biggest Displays in the DFW Metroplex

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FORT WORTH: Texas Gift of Lights

Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedways features more than a million lights and 100 displays. November 22, 2013 through January 4, 2014, including Christmas Day. There is a cost associated with this holiday lighting display. Advance tickets 888-926-7405. Tickets are available at the entrance or can be purchased easily on-line. One ticket per automobile. Larger vehicles and busses should contact them in advance.

Cost: Monday through Thursdays (not including holidays): $15 at the gate or $13 when purchased on-line; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: $20 at the gate or $18 online.

Open every evening at 6 p.m. and the gates close at 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and holidays. The other nights they close at 9 p.m. If you're in line at closing, they will let you in to view the display.

Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle Ft. Worth, Texas 76177.

GRAND PRAIRIE: Prairie Lights

What: Prarie Lights is a two mile stretch of decorations and festive fun featuring over 4 million lights, hundreds of new displays, an all-new Holiday Magic light show, new walk-through lighted displays, pictures with Santa, seasonal food and family fun. About halfway through the drive, Holiday Village has Santa, carnival rides (rides are included with the cost of admission), snacks, and souvenirs. Cars with up to eight people in them cost $20 Mon-Thu, $30 Fri-Sun and holidays.

When: Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve each year. That's Nov 28, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

Hours: Due to the high volume of cars on weekends, please allow for an extra hour to get through the park. Sun - Thurs: 6-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 6-10 p.m.; Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve: 6-10 p.m.

Where: Lynn Creek Park is at 5700 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Take I-30 or I-20 to 360 and go south. Make a left of Camp Wisdom Road and a right on Lake Ridge Parkway.

MCKINNEY: McKinney Christmas

Photo courtesy of Kenny Ahnemann
This year marks the 5th year for the show that the Ahnemann family calls “McKinney Christmas.” Over the past few years, the Ahnemanns have used their popular holiday attraction to help do good for others during the holiday season. They have partnered with the Toys for Tots program to help bring toys to those in need. Donations at their home have consistently doubled each year! Last year they collected close to 500 toys! Donations are accepted starting Thanksgiving night (the first night of the show) and will be accepted through December 18th. Donation boxes will be by the street.

The show features 70,000 lights all synchronized to music, 7 different songs, snow machines, a 25-foot Christmas tree, a 10-foot Christmas tree, an 8-foot star, and leaping arches of light. This home has been on the news and featured in local magazines as well. The show starts Thanksgiving night at 8pm and runs until the first weekend in January.

Hours: Sun - Thur 6-10 p.m.; Fri - Sat 6-midnight. Their goal is to collect 1,000 toys this year for Toys for Tots. Last year they collected close to 500 toys last year.

McKinney Christmas is located near the intersection of Highway 121 and Alma road. We are very close to the edge of Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney. They are located only minutes from Highway 75 as well as the Dallas North Tollway. 7805 White Stallion Trail, McKinney TX 75070.

PLANO: Deerfield

Angela Patterson

I've already made a mini trip through one of my favorite areas to view holiday lights and it doesn't disappoint. Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a gingerbread latte and take a drive through this festively illuminated neighborhood. The HOA suggests that guests do not stop for photos (although I did); it gets very crowded on weekend evenings especially.

Where: Deerfield is located in Northwest Plano between Preston Road and Coit Road. Enter from Legacy on Colonnade and Archgate, noting one-way and restricted-turn signs along Old Pond Drive and Hallmark Drive.

When: From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. throughout December 2013.

Cost: Free. Carriage rides are available through North Star Carriages through December 30, 2013. Reservation line is 214-441-9996. It's best to make a reservation although they will take walk ups if they aren't occupied. Carriage rides begin in the Legacy Church parking lot, 4501 Legacy Drive, located at Legacy and Preston Meadow.

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