Living in Arlington the Interlochen Lights and the Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie are just a part of holiday tradition. Not just because they are close to home, but because there’s nothing like looking at good holiday lights to get you in the Christmas spirit. Just make sure you know the difference: the Interlochen Lights are a free community project done by homeowners and the Prairie Lights are what happens when you the community gets behind it with sponsors, a professional light production and you pay at least $20 to go through. Either or both are worth your holiday time; just make sure you consider bathroom breaks and snacks before going.
With four million lights and two miles of lights, the Prairie Lights is not just a holiday light display, but a holiday light experience. Admission includes entry into the exhibit which featured hundreds of all-new displays, but a stop into Holiday Village with cocoa, cider and funnel cakes for purchase, a visit with Santa. For a little extra moolah (like $7 for adults and $4 for kids), check out the Light Show 4D Theatre and the Lighted Walk-Through Forest for the ultimate holiday evening.
When I took my three-year old he loved the evening, especially the world’s longest lighted tunnel. We brought hot chocolate, popcorn and even some blankets so we could open the windows. To participate in the other events, make sure to bring jackets and other cold weather gear like scarves, gloves and hats. Also, if you have little ones, make sure you know their capacity for staying in the car. With so many other people in line for the event, you want to make sure you allow only what your family can handle, especially during the weekend when it takes an additional hour to get through the exhibit. My recommendation: Go Monday or Tuesday except Christmas Eve or Christmas Day night.
It’s a big exhibit, so get ready for a big time at Prairie Lights.
Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Now until Dec. 31
Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday: 6 – 10 p.m., Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve: 6-10 p.m.
Cars: Mon. Thurs: $20, Sat & Sun: $30 (other vehicle sizes more)
Other features are additional costs
Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
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