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 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.
What a lot of people don’t know about Arlington is that we have lots of rolling hills. To be honest it reminds me a lot like North Austin, which is one of the reasons that I fell in love with Arlington is the first place. Another reason is the small, hometown feel that couldn’t be better represented than with the Interlochen Lights. Every year in the middle of the rolling hills in the heart of Arlington, more than 200 homeowners decorate their houses with holiday lights and Christmas displays.
Because the display is a neighborhood-run event, there’s no special website for information, but the City of Arlington and the Police Department help to ensure everything runs smoothly. And remember, since this is not an official event, there are no bathroom breaks on this display so make arrangements before you leave or think about cutting your route a little short if you have little bladders. Here’s the route to make things a little easier.
Here’s a great little YouTube clip if you want to take a look at what to expect at the Interlochen Lights.
Interlochen Lights in Arlington
Friday, Dec. 14 and continues through Christmas Day
No official start time, but Arlington PD will patrol 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Enter the Interlochen neighborhood from Westwood Drive at Randol Mill Road in Arlington, Texas or view this map for the route
For more information
Looking for more holiday fun?
Free Holiday Fun Has Already Begun at Galleria Dallas
Make Holiday a Home Run with Arlington’s Christkindl Market, Nov. 29 – Dec. 15
Light Up Your Holidays: Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
Rockin’ the Holidays with the Rockettes Tour — Dallas Nov. 23 – Dec. 8