Where? 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177
Cost? $25 Per Car | $45 Small Buses (Under 30 Passengers), Limos, Trucks with Trailers, RV’s | $55.00 Large Buses (30+ Passengers)
One of my favorite traditions during the Christmas season is driving around, listening to Christmas music (we are loving Lauren Daigle’s new Christmas music, Behold) and enjoying Christmas lights. Here in North Texas, there are some pretty impressive (and free) neighborhoods to take in the lights, but this year, we decided to check out the Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway. Gift of Lights isn’t free and has mixed reviews online, but with two kids ages one and three, we wanted to be able to drive really slow and give our kids a chance to actually see the lights without blocking traffic ;).
When we arrived at TMS, we easily followed the signs directing us to the Gift of Lights. If you bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots, you’ll get $5 off your visit. We should have taken one of our family’s favorite games, Let’s Go Fishin’, but we didn’t. If you are like me, I bought my ticket online while we were driving there, so the discount did not apply as you only get the discount at the gate. Bummer for us! We should have planned ahead! I did not have a printed receipt either, so I got a little nervous. Thankfully it was no problem at all. They took down my name and we were set!
After we drove through the ticket booth, it was time to turn off our headlights, and tune in to FM 102.1. Driving slowly through the lights while our littles drank hot chocolate from home (we love this THERMOS FOOGO sippie cup) was fantastic.
The lights, as all Christmas lights do, brought our family so much joy! Although the displays were not the most impressive we have ever seen, it was perfect for what we wanted. For what it is worth, reviews I came across online said the lights have improved from 2015. Displays range from the Manger scene, to race cars, and even to animals playing sports. My favorite was the dolphins flying over our car. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs that tell the theme of the scene. Some of the light creations were tough to recognize when we were up close. Knowing what to look for out of our front windshield was very helpful.
One of the coolest parts was actually getting to drive THROUGH the stadium and then into the infield, where Santa’s Village is located. The drive time was perfect for us (about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast you drive) because about 20 seconds before we arrived at the Village, my 3-year-old had to go potty. We parked, hopped into the stroller and headed inside.
Santa’s Village was more than I expected. It was not too crowded, had plenty of places to sit and a clean bathroom. The line to take pictures with and visit Santa was fairly short, and seemed to be moving along quickly. Ted E’s Burgers was serving food for purchase and there was even a train ride ($3 per ticket) for little kiddos. We opted out of the train ride and Santa pictures. There are several other photo ops set up around the room with no line or additional costs.
Overall, TMS Gift of Lights was a great experience for my family!
Your Out and About Friend,
Where is your favorite place to look at Christmas lights?
Time and day we visited? Sunday, 6:30pm
Level of crowds? Medium
Cleanliness of Bathroom? Good
Recommended age? This is all dependent. My toddlers LOVED it, but older kids might not be as impressed.
Food Options? Yes, in Santa’s Village at the end of the lights
Allowed to bring in food and beverages? Absolutely! Pack your car with snacks, hot cocoa and enjoy!
Stroller friendly? Yes, helpful for us at Santa’s Village but not necessary.
Safety concerns? No, unless you have a hard time driving at night. They do ask you to turn your car lights off.
Coupons? Pay at the gate and save $5 if you bring an unwrapped toy.