This year, for the 43rd time, residents of the Interlochen neighborhood in Northwest Arlington, Texas will put up their traditional Christmas lights. This is a neighborhood-wide effort that will showcase displays that are anticipated all year round. The holiday lights attract nearby residents as well as a vast number of visitors to Arlington. More than 200 homes participate in displays every year.
You can see all the best and brightest decoration in Interlochen, from Tropical Santa Claus and his elves to #HippieHolidays and Nativity scenes. Driving through to admire all these displays is totally free.
The efforts the Interlochen community puts into making their neighborhood the most spectacular it can be has even put Arlington in Martha Stewart’s article 10 of the Most Magical Places to See Christmas Lights.
According to a resident in the neighborhood, Sandra Campbell, the number of people that visit the event says a lot about how well-known the display has come to be. Campbell went on to say that this is “the place to go” in Texas when you want to get in the holiday spirit.
This year’s 43rd annual tour started on the 14th. And because last year there were tens of thousands of visitors, it’s expected to be crowded this year as well. The Arlington police department will control traffic, ensuring a smooth and cheerful time for every visitor. The families that drive through will enter at Westwood Drive at Randol Mill Road (please note that all other streets will be blocked off).
The Arlington PD advises families to anticipate driving slowly and recommends visiting during the week if possible, since weekends will be the most crowded. They also advise leaving the left lane open for emergency vehicles and to remember to buckle up.
To help visitors, the city has also posted a map which you can follow to better get around the neighborhood.
For the homeowners that participate in the event, there’s a chance to win one of ten awards, including Best Theme, Most Artistic, and more!