Prairie Lights, Grand Prairie
During the summer, we often visit Lynn Creek Park, which sits on the shore of Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie. The park offers fishing, swimming and day use activities. It closes for the season. and reopens on Thanksgiving weekend for one of our favorite holiday traditions, Prairie Lights!
The park is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland, with more than 4 million lights during a 2 mile drive.
The light displays are amazing! While most of the light displays are new, we were happy to see some of our favorites, such as the 12 Days of Christmas!
We love driving through the park with the windows down, while we are wrapped in blankets with a thermos and cups of hot chocolate!
We bring our favorite Christmas cd, or listen to FM 98.7, which plays Christmas carols all season.
Weekdays are less busy than weekends, and less expensive. The lines are also shorter the earlier you get there. We visited at 7pm on a Thursday, and our wait was only 20 minutes. The lines are also much shorter coming in from Lynn Creek Pkwy off 360, or from the northbound side of Lake Ridge Parkway. Southbound from I-20 is the busiest.
Be sure and make a restroom stop before getting to the park, especially if you have younger children. There are port-a-potties at the entrance, and at the midway point.
I love horses, even 2 dimensional ones!
At the North Pole Rodeo, we enjoyed watching Santa and his elves as they roped and rode bucking reindeer, even barrel racing them! My kids were excited to be able to name all the different rodeo events, something they learned at our recent visit to (and their first rodeo) the Fort Worth Stockyards Rodeo!
At the midway point, you can stop and stretch your legs at Holiday Village. The village has free midway type rides; the Dizzy Bears (not sure if that’s actually the name, but it should be), and a carousel.
All those carousel horses and my little guy rode a chicken, twice! Really, he rode over and over and over. But it’s included in your park admission, so let them ride as much as they want!For an additional fee ($2 kids/$3 adults) there is the Holiday Magic Walk-Through Lighted Forest. There is also a lovely, heated tent where you can purchase holiday accessories, hot chocolate and even visit with Santa! Holiday Magic Live is a family friendly show you can watch for a small additional fee, $5/adults and $3/children, or you can buy a combo ticket for both the show and the Lighted Forest. Holiday Magic Live is one of the Texas Family Musicals offered at the historic Grand Prairie Uptown Theatre. Click HERE to go to be taken to their website to learn more about upcoming shows and events! When my kids finished their rides, we visited the concession stand for a funnel cake. Doesn’t it look delish? 22 seconds! I timed them. We got back in the warm car and drove through Santa’s Coal Mine. Where else do you think he gets all the coal he gives to bad boys and girls? We had a wonderful time at Prairie Lights! For more information, click HERE to be taken to their website. Click HERE to go to their facebook page, which is the best place to find out about any specials. We were able to take advantage of a 1/2 price coupon on our visit that we saw on facebook. For another fun way to enjoy Prairie Lights, check out the Sneak Peak 5K the kids and I did last year. This annual event is a great way to enjoy the lights before the park is filled with cars! Click HERE to read about it! Things to do in Grand PrairieLone Star Park makes horse racing fun for all ages, even if you just like to go watch the horses! Click HERE to read more.Grand Prairie Air Hogs is a fun, minor league team with great daily promotions, a playground, swimming pool and lots of fun for the family! Click HERE to read more.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax is an interesting and fun place to visit, but beware the Horror Chamber! Click HERE for more information.
Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake offers cabin, RV and tent camping, fishing, boat ramp, kayak rentals, a paddling trail, a hiking and equestrian trail and a mountain bike trail. Click HEREfor more information.
Lynn Creek Park is a day-use only lake park with picnic tables, boat ramp, swim beach and more. Click HERE to read more.
The Oasis Restaurant is lake-front dining on Joe Pool Lake, with a patio and live music on the weekends. My kids love feeding the huge carp that hang out there! Click HERE to visit their website.
Lynn Creek Marina rents boats and jet skis, and has a covered fishing pier, right by Lynn Creek Park. Click HERE to visit their website.
Prairie Lights lights up Lynn Creek Park each Christmas with millions of twinkling lights! Click HERE to read more!
The National Pow-Wow Championship at Traders Village takes place each September. Click HERE for more information.
Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun! Michelle