Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the family at special events in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas in 2017. There are several spectacular events, including holiday light shows that will be closing down at the beginning of 2018. Take the time to enjoy the family-friendly holiday lights and festive events while they last.
AT&T Streaming Lights @ Reunion Tower
Dec. 31 @ 11:59 p.m.
Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas, TX 75027
AT&T Streaming Lights @ Reunion Tower will be a show of dazzling fireworks to ring in the New Year. Celebrate the New Year at this colorful show that the entire family will enjoy. The eight-minute show will feature more than 4,000 special effects. The best views will be from the West side of Trinity River and Trinity River Park. The show will be televised on NBC, in case you want to watch from the comfort of home.
ICE! Featuring ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are the final two days of the winter wonderland at Gaylord Texas Resort. The spectacular walk-through attraction feature two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures, tall ice slides, a beautiful full Nativity carved in ice, and the classic story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. General admission is $21.99-$12.99/Child.
The 12 Days of Christmas
Nov. 16-Jan. 2
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX 75218
The Dallas Arboretum will be open for The 12 Days of Christmas and other holiday events during the daytime on New Year's Eve. The Garden features 12 decorated gazebos displaying Victorian-era characters portraying the scenes of the classic Christmas carol. Tickets $10-$15.
Dallas Zoo Lights
Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-23, & Dec. 26-Jan. 2 @ 5 p.m.
Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203
Dallas Zoo Lights is a festive show of lights and entertainment for the family. The final day of the show will be on Jan. 2. Zoo Lights will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so this will be a great family event to end 2017 or begin 2018. Zoo Lights will be free with regular zoo admission ($12-$15), so you can see the zoo animals during the day and the seasonal lights in the evening from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Magical Winter Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 7 @ 5 p.m.
Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, TX 75050
Take the family to the fantastic Magical Winter Nights at Lone Star Park to enjoy holiday cheer. Expect to see grand lights displays, including the Magical Wonderland, The Lone Star State, Dinosaur Land, Mystery of the East, and Christmas Candy Land. There will also be cultural performances and characters entertaining the family. Tickets will be $21/Adult, $13/Child (4-12) & Senior (65+). Wristbands for unlimited carnival rides will be $18.
Through Dec. 31
Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75012
New Year’s Eve is the closing night of Prairie Lights so take the family to enjoy this drive-through light show featuring four million sparkling lights. Tickets on New Year's Eve are $45/Carload.
Nov. 21-Jan. 7 - (Mon.-Fri.) @ 5:30 p.m., (Sat.-Sun.) @ 3 p.m.
Fair Park, Dallas, TX 75210
Fair Park’s Leonhardt Lagoon features Holiday Wonder through Jan. 7. The lights show will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, so consider this as a way to ring in the New Year with your family. Tickets are $20/Adults, $12/Children (3-12), and Free/Children under 3.
Light Show Spectacular
Nov. 22-Jan. 7
Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051
The Light Show Spectacular in Historic Downtown Grapevine will be illuminated through Jan. 7. Take the family to see the continuous nightly shows, which are free and open to the public.
Christmas in the Square
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 @ 6 p.m.
Frisco in the Square, Frisco, TX 75034
Christmas in the Square is the largest choreographed show of holiday lights in North Texas, featured an extravaganza of over 175,000 lights. New Year’s Eve is the final night of Christmas in the Square, which will be free and open to the public.
Vitruvian Lights – A Magical Night of Lights
Nov. 24-Jan. 1 @ 6 p.m.
Vitruvian Park, 3966 Vitruvian Way, Addison, TX 75001
Vitruvian Park’s holiday light show will run through New Year’s Day. The delightful show is free and open to the public.
Panther Island Ice Skating Rink
Nov. 17-Jan. 15 @ Various Times
Panther Island Ice, 223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, TX 76164
The family will enjoy celebrating the New Year ice skating at Panther Island Skating Rink. The ice rink will be open through Jan. 15, including all holidays, so it will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Admission of $12/per person will include skate rental and tax.
Skate the Square
Nov. 18-Jan. 3 @ various hours
Frisco in the Square, Corner of Main and Coleman, Frisco, TX 75034
The Skate the Square outdoor ice rink in Frisco is decorated for the holidays and will be open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $12/per person, with or without skate rental.