The forecast for this holiday season is extra twinkly. New attractions at the Dallas Zoo, Fair Park and Lone Star Park will all start before Thanksgiving and wrap up after New Year's Day. Enchant Christmas in Arlington will run Nov. 24 to Dec. 31.
Here's a rundown of what they have to offer:
Dallas Zoo Lights
For 33 nights, nearly a million bulbs will liven up a path through 25 acres at the zoo. Expect a light show set to music, light-wrapped trees, holiday performances, light sculptures, crafts and treats including doughnuts and hot chocolate. Little ones might get a kick out of riding a gorilla or a giraffe on the carousel, or taking a spin on the mini train (and, of course, both the carousel and mini train will have lights).
The lights are on from 5 to 9 p.m., and you can get evening-only zoo tickets if you're going specifically to see them. However, you could also choose to make a long outing of it, since you can go to the zoo during the day and stay without paying any extra for the nighttime fun.
Nov. 17-Jan. 2 on Fridays through Sundays, as well as select weeknights. Find more info here.
Magical Winter Lights
The Dallas County Courthouse, Dallas' pegasus and a cowboy are among the inspirations for displays at the new Grand Prairie version of this huge attraction, which has been one of Houston's largest holiday celebrations since 2015. Magical Winter Lights is expanding to D-FW with a new home at Lone Star Park. (The Houston venue wasn't damaged in the recent flooding, so it'll be there, too).
Sprawling, eclectic, themed light displays are the name of the game, with areas dubbed Magical Wonderland, the Lone Star State, Dinosaur Land, Mystery of the East and Christmas Candy Land. Chinese lanterns are a strong influence in the Magical Winter Lights design, and Chinese acrobats will take the stage daily.
Nov. 17-Jan. 7 at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Find more info here. Here's what the Houston edition of Magical Winter Lights looks like:
More than 2 million lights will twinkle at a new outdoor, walk-through holiday spectacular at Fair Park's Leonhardt Lagoon. Expect a snowflake corridor, a 48-foot-tall Christmas tree, a display featuring penguins and polar bears, and plenty of Chinese lantern-inspired decorations.
Santa Claus will be on hand on some evenings. and even if he's not there, little ones can write him a letter and drop it in the mailbox. They also might enjoy Santa's Arctic Slide and get a kick out of making a snowball and trying to hit a target. Acrobatics and holiday performances round out the mix. If all that merry-making gets you hungry, you can dig into foods from Germany, Mexico, China and the United States.
Nov. 21-Jan. 7 at Fair Park, Dallas. Find more info here.
Two 25-foot reindeer will light the way for visitors as they enter this jolly new holiday stop. The U.S. debut of this attraction, which was previously in Vancouver, includes what's billed as the world's largest light maze. You can also expect a holiday market with 85 vendors, visits with Santa, more than 20 food trucks, ice skating and live entertainment.
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at Lot F of Globe Life Park in Arlington. Find more info here.
Want more Christmas lights info? Read all about this year's "Ice!" exhibit.
Update on Oct. 2 at 9:21 a.m.: This story has been updated to include info on a new lighted attraction in Arlington.
Update on Nov. 10 at 10:20 a.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the correct number of acres for the Dallas Zoo light display.