Ride Rapid Transit for the Holidays
We can all get in the holiday spirit instead of stuck in traffic by using the free Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) GoPass app, available in the App Store or Google Play; making it easier to discover these holiday festivities:
Historic Downtown Carrollton features a vibrant display of holiday lights, decorations and “snow”-flocked storefronts in the town square. December 8 is the perfect time to catch St. Nick at the annual Santa on the Square event. On December 15, snap a selfie with a giant, inflatable snow globe, then browse the shops or to eat at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, a short walk from the Green Line’s Downtown Carrollton Station (HistoricDowntownCarrollton.com)
At Christmas on the Square in Downtown Garland, 100,000 lights adorn the neighborhood and “dance” to music throughout December. The first three Saturdays of the month, Santa will be there, along with carolers, hot chocolate and free movies at the Plaza Theatre. Take the Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station to enjoy the family fun. (ChristmasOnTheSquare.com).
Bishop Arts District shows its creative flair in the awesome lights lining the streets. On December 2, ring in the season at the Poinsettia Walk –champagne with cranberry juice. Participating stores provide the beverage, and the Dallas Streetcar’s Bishop Arts stop puts visitors a few blocks from the merrymaking. (BishopArtsDistrict.com).
Dallas Zoo Lights also has a satchel-full of creativity through the end of the year with more than a million lights outlining the trees, walkways and sculptural decorations. The spectacle is on display on select evenings; check before taking the Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station (DallasZoo.com).
Downtown Irving does a knockout job of dressing up Centennial Park with beautiful lights and a series of holiday-themed displays. The Holiday Extravaganza on December 1 starts with a parade through the historic town center and finishes with a tree lighting at City Hall. The gorgeous display will be up through December 26 –served by Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station on the Trinity Railway Express.
Downtown Rowlett comes to life with music, dance and festive floats at the Hometown Celebration Holiday Parade on December 8. Get there by taking the Blue Line to Downtown Rowlett Station (VillageOfRowlettDowntown.com).
The Downtown Plano Arts District is rich in holiday tradition. The festive feeling continues throughout the holidays. Take the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station (VisitPlano.com).