The City of Allen incorporated in 1953 and has experienced many growth spurts over the last 60 years bringing the population from as low as 400 to its current inhabitants of close to 86,000.
Area Christmas Lights
Take a tour of the Best Christmas Lights in Collin County!
Neighborhood Light Displays
These are the neighborhoods in Collin County who's residents put on a coordinated effort of decorating.
Typically last weekend in November thru December 30, Nightly
Eldorado holds their lighting contest in mid-December. This has historically been one of the few neighborhoods in McKinney that decorate for the holiday. On our visit mid December in 2016, we found many of the homes in Eldorado put up Christmas lights, with some streets doing an amazing job coordinating their efforts. Our favorites included Club Lake Trail (cartoon characters), upper Augusta (nativity scenes and angels), upper Colonial Circle (Santa), Wind Ridge (Songs of Christmas), Brookside Lane (lighting lining the street). Checkherefor 2014's themes by street, because many people still use the same decorations.
Eldorado Pkwy at Country Club Dr, McKinney(Use 2600 Carriage Trail to find the neighborhood)
Early December - January 1, Nightly
For that quintessential small town feeling of years past, drive through the neighborhood of Tucker Hill, located off Hwy 380, between N. Custer Rd and Lake Forest Dr. This is a great place for a romantic or family walk away from chaos. In mid December the neighborhood judges select the winner of the Tucker Hill light contest, which explains why when we visited on December 16 over sixty percent of the neighborhood was lit up! There are no public events, but Looky Lous are welcome.
Use Greystone Court for your GPS as there are two homes here decorated to the hilt. From there, drive the circle of Pecan Hollow Trail where there are several homes lit with displays. This is a great stop if you need to find several displays within the same subdivision.
December 1-30, 7-11pm
Huge reindeer around the clubhouse and a 14' Christmas tree. The Christmas decorating tradition at Deerfield began when the builders gave substantial prizes to homeowners for decorating for the holidays. The tradition stuck, and this is now the hands-down, uncontested best neighborhood Christmas lights display in Collin County. Limo and Segway Tours are available as are carriage rides. Reservations are highly recommended. Families are encouraged to vote and text in their favorites. While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to see theZephrie's homewhich was decorated by At Home again this year.
Legacy Drive at Colonnade, Plano(Use 4534 Hallmark Drive for GPS) Viewers are requested to followthis route. Tip: Between 6-7pm earlier in December, the traffic is minimal but most of the light displays are turned on. (See photo in top slider.)
Frisco (East of Dallas North Tollway)
11668 Beeville Drive, FriscoThis red and white display of over 5,000 lights is a delight to see if you're in the area.
Bryson Drive, FriscoFree, but please donate canned goods (no cash) for Frisco Family Services Food Bank
One of the original and largest residential computerized Christmas light displays in North Texas, Jeff Trykoski has been bringing Christmas joy to fellow residents since 1998. While in Frisco, visit Jeff's other project,Frisco Square.
4015 Bryson Drive, Frisco(Private home of Jeff Trykoski)
You'll notice these displays from Eldorado Parkway if you look north. Both are Christ-centered, static displays, and fill the front lawn.
In 2017, Nov 24-Dec 1-31
Children will love it! A nice size display on a large, corner lot. (See photo in top slider.)
6942 Walnut Street, FriscoFamily members own four homes in the area and they delight in entertaining families with their elaborate Christmas light displays each year. Children are encouraged to walk through the arches and around the lights. Several hundred village houses are on display, many of which have been donated by grateful visitors through the years.
Frisco (West of Dallas North Tollway)
If you think Clark Griswald needed a few more lights on his house, then you'll want to drive to Frisco to see this display! The entire front of the house is covered with lights, but it doesn't end there--yet it displays cohesively. This home makes a wonderful backdrop for the "I went to see Christmas lights tonight" selfie! Colors change annually.
McKinney (South of 380 and West of 75)
November 22 thru December 31, 6-10pm
The homeowners begin working on this 100,000 light display, spreading over their front and back yards, the second week in September. The lights "dance" to eight different songs. (See photo in top slider.)
Runs December 5-31, 5:30-10:30 nightly
This large corner lot is well-coordinated and stunning. There's even a digital Santa display, weather permitting! Be sure to check out the homes on Pecan Hollow and follow the circle around to see the other homes lit up for the holidays.
6304 Lambeau Court, McKinneyFree, Accepting donations for Wounded Warrior in conjunction with Team Rubicon
Runs December 1 through January 1 night, 5:30 - 10:30 weeknights, 5:30pm - 12:00am on Friday & Saturday
Light show is synced with the neighbor across the street (6305). For the light show, there are 33,000 lights on 64 channels with projectors, floods, and other surprises. Tune to 107.7 FM.
There are three Griswald-style decorated homes on this street. 6400 Lambeau Court goes all out with Disney characters and a photo booth for visitors to take their photo in Mickey's workshop.
8624 Palermo Way, McKinneyFree. Runs typically Thanksgiving Day - January 1 night, 5-11pm. Over 10,000 lights and about 100 hundred characters and yard decorations, yet all done tastefully with a focus on the Reason for the season. Best Christmas Light for two years in their neighborhood.
Runs November 27-January 1, 6-9pm nightly (unless there is bad weather).
It's that time of year where the Hunt family displays their Christmas spirit. We are featuring dancing and twirling candy canes throughout our yard, peppermint candies chasing each other, and even a candy cane holiday tree. Be careful and please do not block the street!
Visit the Hunt Family'sYouTube Channel
December 1-31, Sun-Thurs, 5:30-9:30 and Fri-Sat, 5:30-10:30
A 32-channel light show with over 12,000 lights, a Singing Santa, ten mini and a mega Christmas tree.
Dec 1-Jan 2, 5-10pm nightly
While you're in the area, stop and see this nice display of 15,000 lights.
3405 Loblolly LaneFree.
Runs November 27-January 2, 5:30-10pm nightly.
The kids will love the characters and carousel set among lights so bright you'll see them as you enter the subdivision. Ready for viewing November 23. (See photo in top slider.)
December 1 thru New Years Eve, 6-10pm, Sun-Thurs; 6-10pm Friday-Saturday
Over 10,000 lights and sixteen characters, sixteen channels broadcasting over 96.5 FM. Santa waves from his sleigh, toy soldiers flank the driveway, and a wooden carousel with animals create a delightful display.
McKinney (South of 380 and East of 75)
Runs November 26 thru New Years Eve, weekdays 5-10pm; weekends until 10:30pm.
Link is to YouTube video. Over 24,000 lights, this light and music show takes more than 200 hours to create. Each year the display grows. Located in the historic district of McKinney.
East of Dallas North Tollway and West of 75.
2837-41 Biscayne Drive, PlanoFree, runs Thanksgiving weekend - January 15, 6-10:30pm weekdays, 6-11pm Friday-Saturday.
Make this a destination for you and your family! These three homes have accepted canned food for Minnie's Food Pantry each holiday season since 2012! This is on the south end of Plano but is well worth the drive. (See photo in top slider.)
December 1-31, 6-9:30pm nightly (weather permitting)
This homeowner spends about 90 hours installing 30,000 lights and 20 flood lights. Children are invited to mail their letters to Santa or take a photo as a Snowman. The homeowner's 13 grandchildren (number of stockings on the chimney) are the inspiration for the display, which began in 1998. Princesses, Santa, Santa's Toy shop, Star Wars, Penguin Village, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Elsa and Olaf and The Wizard of Oz all in one display. A treat for children young and old. South end of Plano.
We finally found Clark Griswold's home, and he is indeed the inspiration driving this homeowner to install Over 223,000 LED lights, 3 flood lights, 69 inflatables, 12 vintage blow molds, 35 lighted trees, and 14 wooden cut outs. He starts right after Halloween because it takes over 200 hours to install. (See photo in top slider.)
Griswold's neighbor is equally enthusiastic with their display, which spreads across the neighbor's lawn. It is a software-controlled sequence with over 90% of the props homemade. (See photo in top slider.)
869 Warwick Drive, PlanoFree. Candy canes and snowflakes are the theme at this house.
Runs November 30-December 31, 6:30 - 9:30pm Sun-Thursday, 6-10pm on Friday & Saturday
Featured on "Good Morning America"! They started working on this display in July and over 250 hours were invested into the creation. 40,000 LED lights synchronized to music . Listen outside or tune your radio to 92.9 FM and listen in the warmth of your car. (See photo in top slider.) South end of Plano
Nov 24-Dec 31, Dusk - 1am nightly.
There are two themes at this home: ducks and dogs for the homeowner's daughter, and aircraft and vehicles for the homeowner's obsession. The duck is almost the size of the house! LED lights and inflatables create a colorful, kid-appealing display. Trivia: The homeowner used a 3D printer to print custom clips for the roof rope lights, because the commercially available ones break after a year and don't work on shingles! He uses high wind text alerts and an internet-connected timer on the inflatables to shut them down remotely during high winds.
891 Bridgeport Drive, ProsperFree, but please support the families of fallen officers by donating to C.O.P.S. at the show.
Thanksgiving through January 1 night, lit nightly from dusk-11pm.
150,000 LED lights on display and set to music using 144 separate channels that has been synchronized to 36 songs. This is worth driving to, Folks! The kiddos will not be disappointed! It's all about Jesus! (See photo in top slider.)
The 35-foot tree featuring over 20,000 lights isn't the only thing lighting up the courtyard in front of City Hall. Trees have been strung and deer are "grazing" in this peaceful plaza. A great place for a quiet stroll.
305 Century Parkway, Allen(The Village at Allen)
November 21-January 3, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm every fifteen minutes
Stop by The Grove at The Village at Allen and enjoy our Holiday Tree -- complete with 100,000 interactive sparkling, dancing LED lights and Holiday music.
190 E. Stacy Road, Allen(The Village at Allen)
November 21-January 3, Nightly 5:00pm - 9:00 pm, Every 30 Minutes
Note: In 2017 only the tree is on display. Stop by the Macy's Fountain entrance at Fairview Town Center and enjoy our Holiday Tree - complete with 100,000 interactive sparkling, dancing LED lights and Holiday Music.
329 Town Place, Fairview(Fairview Town Center)
November 21-Jan 2
Be dazzled as the 30-foot tree leads a 145,000 glittering light display that includes 20 other trees and Santa's sleigh with reindeer. The lights are synchronized to holiday music and play every hour from 6-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday through New Year's Day. Free carriage rides; check website for times!
970 Garden Park Dr, Allen(Watter's Creek)
Frisco Square, Frisco TX | LaraKHansen-LKPhotography
November 27-January 2, Nightly
Over 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords to create this a one-of-a-kind computerized light show nightly. Visitors may drive through the streets and listen on their car radios, or stroll along the sidewalks of Frisco Square to enjoy the dazzling display. Follow the link to the website for many activities held throughout December including skating and carriage rides.
The trees in the center of Main Street are lit up in a cheery red, white and green and the gazebo on the corner of 4th and Main is reminiscent of a Hallmark movie, decked out in white lights, evergreen and red ribbon and encircled with trees robed in red lights. (See photo in top slider.)
Rows of trees abundantly lit in white create a festive holiday experience.
We found this to be one of the nicest and most peaceful "Christmas" walks around a large pond, featuring a large, well-lit Christmas tree and green accented monuments. There's a picnic table right next to the tree, but no apparent parking except for on Grand Ranch Parkway itself. This would be the ultimate location for a romantic picnic date night.
November 30-December 31
Stroll through this beautifully restored historic town while you "shop local" at the various boutique and specialty shops, enjoy dinner or a special treat.
Holidays at the Heard, McKinney$9 adult, $6 child (3-12), Free (under 3)
Dec 12, 18, 19
Guests will see lights and holiday decor along a half mile Heard nature trail. Photos with Father Christmas and Mother Nature, live holiday music in the outdoor amphitheater, family-friendly entertainment, and hot cocoa and treats available for purchase.
1 Nature Place, McKinney(Heard Museum)
Legacy West, PlanoFree. A walk-in lighted gift box, ideal for selfies, adds to the music pumped through speakers, lighted trees, and the spectacular fountains.
Nov 27-Jan 3
Walk under the beautiful 1.1 million twinkling lights as you stroll this outdoor shopping center. The Christmas tree, which is 65 feet tall and has 100,000 lights, is located in front of the Marriott. The tree has three times the amount of lights as the Rockefeller tree and equates tosix miles of strands!
5741 Legacy Dr, Plano(Shops at Legacy)
Nov 10-Jan 1
The only Christmas tree with synchronized video and music in the state of Texas. On select nights there will be additional holiday entertainment, such as carolers and live reindeer. Located in The District.
Shops at Legacy, Plano TX | Courtesy Shops at Legacy
Additional DFW Light DisplaysOur friends at Denton Family e-Guide have created an excellent list of displays in neighboring communities. Be sure to check them out!
Updated December 7, 2018
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