Get into the holiday spirit at Prairie Lights

November 26, 2021
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By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

Want to see Christmas lights without driving all over town? Check out Prairie Lights, where 4 million lights are scattered along a 2-mile stretch through Lynn Creek Park.

The folks at Grand Prairie’s Parks & Rec get really creative during the holidays, setting up thousands of light displays along the driving route. See elves getting ready for the holidays, Steampunk Santa, a Yeti family drinking hot chocolate, space aliens hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree, lights that look like dancing snowflakes, poinsettias that change color, lights that shoot into the air like fireworks and a tunnel of dancing lights.

Stop halfway through at the Holiday Village for photos with Santa, carnival rides, concessions (extra fee) and then snap selfies and stretch your legs wandering through the Magical Walk-Thru Forest (included with Prairie Lights admission). You can even walk through a Christmas tree!

To add to the holiday spirit, you can tune in to Spotify’s Prairie Lights 2021 playlist of holiday tunes.

Prairie Lights opens at 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 at Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway in Grand Prairie. Lines can back up, so check the website,, or Facebook page, PrairieLights, for updates, to see if the park has reached capacity and what time it will close each evening.

We arrived at 5:56 p.m., got to the ticket window at 6:37 p.m., took our time driving through the displays and strolling through the Holiday Village (including a stop for hot chocolate) and left the park at 7:53 p.m.

General admission is $40 for car pass, $80 for limo or $120 for bus pass. Fast pass tickets to let you skip the wait in line are also available. For more information, go to

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