Pictured Above: The Calloway residence, 2018, historic downtown Frisco.
This year, the Christmas season looks a little different but it’s going to be every bit as bright! Some of our favorite holiday traditions have been re-imagined, 2020-style, and there are whimsical new experiences to enjoy.
There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than hopping into the car to enjoy the area’s incredible holiday lights!
Here’s your fully festive list of Christmas light displays in and around Frisco. Whether you’re looking to establish a new family tradition or just want to squeeze a little holiday fun into a school night, we’ve got you covered.
Best Local Light Displays
Christmas in the Square: November 27 – January 4, Frisco’s favorite Christmas tradition is back! Christmas in the Square is a must-see display that runs from Thanksgiving through the entire month of December. 175,000 lights choreographed to music run daily from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Check out the calendar for details about the other special events, like carriage rides, a Christmas tree lot, Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, visits with Santa, and the Merry Main Street Holiday Market.
WATCH this interview with Jeff Trykoski, the genius behind Frisco’s annual Christmas in the Square music and lights show!
The Rail District, Downtown Frisco: The beautiful lights and the holiday atmosphere downtown are enough to transport visitors momentarily to the set of It’s a Wonderful Life. At the corner of 4th Street and Walnut, several historic homes have teamed up for what is a truly stunning must-see Christmas display. One home boasts of a tiny Christmas village! Continue exploring the historic streets nearby, as we’ve heard that many homes down there are decked out! Also, while you’re downtown, take a few pictures at the beautifully-lit gazebo off Main at 4th Street.
5913 Myrtle Lane: Just west of 423 off Lebanon, Myrtle Lane is another standout among Frisco residences this time of year. This home’s glow is visible from nearly a half mile away at the nearest intersection, and will likely remind you of Clark Griswold’s house in the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation! TEASER: The below photo was taken in 2017. We’ve seen it this year — it’s beautiful yet again, with a few changes and a lot more fun details!
3809 Hazelhurst Drive: The Burkman residence has over 25,000 lights on their house! “A family activity that takes weeks to put together” they have a life-sized gingerbread house with a smoking chimney and many other fun things on display. There is a mailbox for kids to place letters for Santa, that responds to all the kids in the neighborhood with a letter and goodie bag. The home is so popular, they have their own Facebook page to publish fun happenings on the calendar!
Worth the Drive
891 Bridgeport Dr, Prosper, TX, 75078: They were featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2013! They enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to share Christ’s love with the World. Now, they have over 150,000 LED lights on display and set to music using 144 separate channels that have been synchronized to 36 songs. View it Thanksgiving through January 1st night, from 6-11 pm; until midnight on weekends. Free, but please support the families of fallen officers by donating to C.O.P.S. at the show.
Prosper Tunnel of Lights: Beginning November 3rd and running seven days a week until December 30, the neighbors of Beechwood Drive in Whitley Place invite you to the 2020 Tunnel of Lights! This walk-through experience was established in 2018 and has become a beloved Christmas tradition. It has evolved into a neighborhood effort to bless all who come to enjoy! Visitors should park on Gentry Drive and walk onto Beechwood.
Deerfield, Plano: The Christmas decorating tradition at Deerfield began when the builders gave substantial prizes to homeowners for decorating for the holidays. Years later, it’s widely known in North Texas as one of the best neighborhood Christmas lights displays in the area. (Come ready to drive slowly and take it all in – there tends to be a lot of traffic.)
Praire Lights – Grand Prairie: Prairie Lights is one of Texas’ premier light parks located on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. This year, it’s an in-car event to provide guests with the safest experience possible. Visitors will be dazzled by more than four million lights along two miles of path, with hundreds of new displays and a grand finale. Half-way through the adventure, you’ll have an opportunity to order treats and drinks from the new drive-thru concession stand. General admission and “fast pass” tickets are available for purchase in advance.
Vitruvian Lights, Addison: November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021, Vitruvian Park transforms into a magical holiday wonderland. Free and open to the public.
Highland Park, Dallas: Just down the tollway, Highland Park offers stunning light displays on some of our area’s most gorgeous homes. You can view the fabulous sights from horse-drawn carriages or the comfort of your own car. From stately mansions to charming gingerbread-style cottages, the homes in Highland Park will be decked out in their Christmas finest! The Highland Park lights are a cherished Dallas tradition and well worth the drive from Frisco.
New Drive-Thru Experiences for Christmas 2020
Dallas Zoo Lights: This beloved holiday experience is now a drive-thru experience – the “same holiday tradition, with a socially distant twist!” Starting November 20th, visitors can marvel at more than one million lights in elaborate displays, silk-covered animal lanterns depicting all your Zoo favorites, an ice palace fit for a trio of penguins, and more! Pre-order packages of holiday goodies (including cotton candy, popcorn, holiday treats, hot chocolate, and more) are also available. Timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance ($50 for members, $65 for non-members).
Lights at Legacy Drive Through Experience: On November 22, hop in your own sleigh and kick off the season at The Shops of Legacy in Plano. The drive-through experience will feature appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, a live reindeer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, a snow queen, toy soldiers, drummers drumming, and more. The route will also have snow falling and a beautifully lit Christmas tree. Each vehicle will receive a gift bag with candy canes and other goodies from the retailers and restaurants at the Shops at Legacy. Attendees can continue to fun with a drive through the Gingerbread Village on the north side of the Shops at Legacy!
Radiance! A Holiday Light Special: November 11 – January 3 at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. Gather the family and sip a cup of hot chocolate as you marvel at two million lights, animated to the tunes of your favorite holiday classics, all from the safety and comfort of your car! Tickets are $30 per car ($50 for VIP tickets).
A Magical Drive-Thru Holiday Experience: Little Elm Beach: Magic of Lights™ at The Lakefront is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Beginning November 20, you can pile into the car and experience Magic of Lights as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life! Tickets are $23 per car.