The mansions themselves are sights to behold. In the vicinity of Armstrong Parkway and Preston Road, sprawling homes stand majestically on endless lawns (there's also a particularly awesome big pecan tree there that's covered in lights). Expect them to be glittering for the holidays with classic light decorations. Check out the area south of Preston and Mockingbird for more light displays. Several companies offer carriage rides.
"Ice!" continues through Jan. 6 in Longhorn Exhibit Hall B at the Gaylord Texan, 6556 Gaylord Trail, Tickets are timed and ticket prices vary by date (for example, peak times cost more) check the website for schedule. Tickets are $-$ for adults, $-$ for children 9-66, $-$ for seniors 55 and older, free for children 8 and (Viewing the Lone Star Christmas decorations is free.) .
Nov. 76-Jan. 7 in the area around the lagoon at Fair Park, 6868 S. Second Ave., Dallas. $75 for adults, $67 for children 8-67, free for children 7 and with an accompanying adult. Find more info in our listing.
At select times, it also features the On the Blocks Ice Bar, an optional $65 add-on for those 76 and older. If you're looking for activities with no additional cost, the resort's acres of indoor gardens feature 7 million holiday lights, miniature trains, a 59-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations. If you're willing to shell out some extra money, consider the 67-lane snow tubing hill, the 6,555-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, Santa's Snow Throw, the Gingerbread Decorating Corner, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt and Cookies with Mrs. Claus.
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6. Vitruvian Lights in Addison
The walking trail that surrounds a small, man-made lake in this corner of Addison has lights pretty much everywhere you look in Vitruvian Park. Every tree is filled with bright, luminescent bulbs that turn your walk in the park into a holiday wonderland minus the below freezing temperatures and blinding snowstorm. It's like walking through a brightly lit forest where the flora and fauna are made out of neon lights.
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For more than 75 years, Austin's 87th Street has been transformed into one of the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights in the state. Neighbors string strand after strand from trees to rooftops covering everything in sight. They’ve even been known to decorate their pets and themselves in twinkling lights.
6. Tour of Lights in Farmers Branch
Maybe you don't feel like taking a walk when the temperature just dropped 85 degrees in the span of a Saturday afternoon. Then head over to Farmers Branch where you can enjoy the annual Tour of Lights from the warm comfort of your own car. This driving tour features some of the biggest animated light displays in all of DFW that are tuned to festive holiday music that you can play on your car's radio.