What defines your holidays? Spending time with family, singling along to familiar festive music, sipping hot beverages to warm the soul, and marveling at festive light displays! All of these things can be found at Prairie Lights. Kid Allergy Travel was lucky enough to be asked to partner (#sponsored) with this incredible holiday event this year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Look below for details on how you can plan your holiday activity here and how to make the most of your Prairie Lights experience.
What: Prairie Lights is holiday lights experience that features a drive through and walk through portion of the event featuring over 5 million lights, carnival rides and food, a live holiday themed show, and a holiday shopping bizarre. Learn more at the About page for Prairie Lights.
Who: Prairie Lights is put on every year by the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department located in Grand Prairie Texas. @grandfungp
When: Thanksgiving to New Years 6pm-10pm every night
Grand Prairie is located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.
Price: Price is per car starting at $45. All activities in Holiday Village are included in the price of admission. Tickets may be purchased through this Tickets page on the Prairie Lights website.
Length of Experience: The Kid Allergy Travel family spent 2 hours there but the website states roughly 1.5 hours on average.
The Prairie Lights Experience
Part 1 The First Drive
You begin the car viewing portion of the experience first. We loved driving and looking at lights from our vehicle and even thought it was a little chilly that evening we all rolled down the windows to listen to the festive holiday music played throughout this section of Prairie Lights.
One of my favorite areas was the "Season of Joy." I loved that Prairie Lights highlights that this time of year is about merriment and celebration in general and isn't exclusive to just those that specifically celebrate Christmas.
PART 2 Holiday Village
Roughly half way through the park, you encounter Holiday Village for carnival rides and food, holiday shopping bizarre, a walk-through light display including a walk through Christmas tree and tunnel of lights, and a live holiday themed show. The greatest part is that carnival rides, the walkthrough light display and live holiday show are all included in the price of admission!
This is your standard carnival fare which for those of your living gluten free lifestyles, that is a big sign that there won't be a lot of safe food options. We did briefly chat with the lady running the stand and per our conversation it sounds like the only thing that might work as a gluten free food offering is the flaming hot Cheetos nachos. As always though, please double check all ingredients before actually ordering and eating that item.
The good news? Because there is a drive through portion to this experience, you are free to bring your own gluten free snacks for the ride like we did!
Live Theater Performance
Don't miss the really well done holiday themed live performance that is best suited for the elementary aged crowd.
It's alien themed! My 6 year old absolutely loved this part of the journey partly because we recently visited Roswell, New Mexico and he is totally into anything alien centric right now.
Plus, it snows at the end of the production!
Make time to visit the shops at Holiday Village. Super cute themed holiday items are up for sale along with other cute gift items that can be given at any time of year. Plus, if you happen to visit on a cold night like us, you can stock up on hats and scarves here before heading to my favorite part of Prairie Lights: the walk through!
Walk Through Outdoor Light Garden
Bundle up and take a stroll through the outdoor garden filled with lights.
Walk through a giant tree.
But, as a person who is touched by wanderlust and a general lover of the cultural diversity seen across this great wide world, I fell in love with the "Wishing the World" section of the walk through.
Part 3 Final Drive
After loading up your vehicle again, you are off to experience the last of Prairie Lights. The 12 Days of Christmas along with jingle usher you toward the exit and then you end with a magical tunnel of dancing light.
Wanna see a video of the grand finale? Head here to our Instagram post.
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“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”~Ursula K. Leguin —- Pictured @prairielights in Grand Prairie, Texas. #dfwarea #dallasfortworth —- Please excuse my squeals & giggles, the hubby hit ludicrous mode mid filming in this incredible tunnel of light. 😆 #toogoodnottoshare —— We had the privilege of being the guests of the City of Grand Prairie to preview this incredible family holiday event before it opened to the public. The event was hosted by the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department: @grandfungp. #sponsored Between the driving & Holiday village walking portions of the experience, our kids got the opp to view over 5 million lights! — Read all about it in our #newblogpost http://kidallergytravel.com/prairie-lights-holiday-lights-dallas-fort-worth-texas/ —- #nottobemissed #booknow Open now through New Years —— #gograndgp #visitgrandprairie #holidayevents2019 #dfwwithkids #christmasiscoming #starttheholidaysnow #christmaslightsdisplay #familyfriendlytravel #kidallergytravel #winterfun #tunneloflights #xmaslights #magicofchristmas #christmasfun #celebrate_childhood #holidayseason
Kid Allergy Travel received complimentary admission to Prairie Lights. Although this was part of a media visit, rest assured, the opinions provided in the post by Kid Allergy Travel remain our own. Photos & Videos by Kid Allergy Travel.