Seeing Santa Claus is definitely great. Making a gingerbread house is fun too. And, okay, who doesn’t like Christmas shopping, watching Hallmark holiday movies and sipping on peppermint hot cocoa? All of those things are awesome, but ever since I was a kid, my favorite holiday tradition has been going to look at Christmas lights.
White icicle lights, big colorful bulb lights, tiny flashing lights, twinkling lights or lights that danced along to music – it didn’t matter. They are all so beautiful! I still tend to “get lost” this time of year and aimlessly drive around admiring the pretty colors in nearby neighborhoods. There’s just something about them that are simply magical! And for North Dallas Corridor residents, it’s the most dazzling and spectacular time of year – Vitruvian Lights returns to Vitruvian Park from Nov. 29-Jan. 1, 2020!
Vitruvian Lights is an amazing sight, as more than 500 trees are wrapped in millions of sparkling LED lights in every color under the rainbow. These glittering trees are set up throughout the entire park, so you can walk through them and admire the lights up close or stay warm in your car while stilling getting a good view.
The holiday season kicks off on Nov. 29, when Vitruvian Lights officially flips the switch at 6 p.m., lighting the park in a glittering glow of Christmas lights. From there, guests can order food from gourmet food trucks, nibble on sweet treats, meet classic holiday characters, get a balloon made by an elf balloon artist and get free photos of Santa. The event will also feature a performance by Jordan Kahn Orchestra, a fully customizable big band orchestra that knows how to put on a show.
Although you can see the lights every night of the week, there are a few more special events during Vitruvian Lights that you won’t want to miss. On Dec. 7, Phat Strad will be performing live at the park beginning at 6 p.m. This group is America’s original female rock electric string quartet, who have performed all over the world and opened for big names like Kelly Clarkson and Journey. And on Dec. 14, Sonny’s Holliday will take the stage starting at 6 p.m. This group is made up of Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holliday, a high-energy duo who sing beautiful country music. At both events, the food trucks, holiday characters, balloon artist and Santa will be back as well!
Looking for a more active way to celebrate the holiday season? Run the Lights is coming back at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Vitruvian Lights. Put on your red, long-sleeve T-shirt and LED Santa hat that are included with registration and run the 5k race through the beautiful lighted park. Afterward, you will receive a finisher’s medal and get to enjoy the after-party. You can enjoy holiday activities, music, beer, food trucks and free photos with St. Nick himself. Tickets are just $40 if you register by Dec. 1. All proceeds benefit the Addison Legacy Foundation, which provides funding for projects and philanthropic initiatives that enhance the quality of life for those who live in, work in or visit the Town of Addison.
Vitruvian Lights is also partnering with Metrocrest Services to support local families in need. Because there are many families in Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, Coppell and Dallas in Denton County who are not able to put food on the table or provide a gift for their children, Metrocrest is hosting a food and toy drive to help. Bring non-perishable food items, such as canned goods, rice, pasta, sugar, flour, muffin mixes and more. Or bring toys for children ages 1-18, such as sports and college apparel; electronics, video and board games; gym bags and sports equipment; wallets, jewelry and watches; DVDs; hair dryers, flat or curling irons; nail and cosmetic sets; perfume and cologne sets; Wal-Mart and Amazon gift cards; and Disney-themed items. Last year, Metrocrest Services provided food, toys and gifts to over 5,480 individuals! Help them help even more people by participating at this year’s drive. Just bring your items to one of the special events at Vitruvian Lights on Nov. 29, Dec. 7 or Dec. 14.
Vitruvian Lights is free and parking is $10 (cash only). It takes place at Vitruvian Park, which features a spring-fed creek and 19-acres of green space that serves as the heart of the development. The world-class park invites participation with public art, live performances and dramatic water features. A walkway meanders along the creek and connects to other regional trails. Future enhancements will include the addition of athletic fields, art installations, a sculptural play-scape and an interactive fountain.
If you love seeing sparkling Christmas lights as much as I do, then you have to see Vitruvian Lights this year. When you see the twinkling lights and get gorgeous photos for your Instagram, you’ll want to come back every day!