By Amanda Rogers
Grand Prairie is ready to glow with Prairie Lights, the two-mile drive-through holiday display featuring more than 4 million lights at Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway.
The annual event pulls in about 30,000 vehicles to cruise along the winding road featuring pirates, mermaids, lots of elves, the Nativity and even the Alamo, all in lights. For people who have been through the popular attraction, open yearly since 2005, 40 percent of the light displays are new this year.
Halfway through the route, people can get out of their cars and stretch their legs at the Holiday Village, where they can purchase hot chocolate, funnel cake and dinner, ride the carousel, visit with Santa Claus and wander through the Lighted Walk-Thru Forest, featuring a walk-through Christmas tree, tunnel of lights and holidays around the world.
Back in the car, there’s more to see, a tunnel of poinsettias, a salute to the military, oil wells shooting candy canes and the animated exit tunnel with arches of running lights.
Prairie Lights opens at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving day and runs through nightly through New Year’s Eve. The cost is $50 per carload, and visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets and get in line early, even before the event opens.
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