Fun places to go this holiday season!


Delanie Franklin

With everything that’s gone on in 2020, people might think there is going to be nothing to do for the holidays. However, there are still plenty of opportunities to have fun with your quarantine crew.

*   Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, in Arlington. The event runs until Jan. 4. If you get a pass now, you can get up to 70 percent off, which would total $60 per person, and this also includes admission for all of next year. If you don’t want a season pass, you can get a day pass which is also on sale right now (75 percent off) for only $20. The park will have rides of course, holiday lights, hot chocolate, smores, entertainment, a giant Christmas tree and a snow-covered hill that you can slide down. There will also be a Christmas gift store, loaded baked potatoes and Christmas themed karaoke.
*   The North Park Trains will be running until Jan. 3. The miniature trains cover 1,300 feet of track. The set is made up of cityscapes across America, which include NYC Times Square, Grand Central Station, White House, New England fall foliage, Grand Canyon, Route 66, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Albuquerque’s hot air balloons, Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, State Fair of Texas, Cotton Bowl, Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum and Southern Methodist University. Proceeds go toward helping families at the Ronald Mcdonald House in Dallas. Admission price is $10 for adults.
*   Globe Life Park in Arlington is hosting Luminova, which features 2.7 million lights and an 10,000 sq. ft outdoor ice skating rink. The event runs until Jan. 3. This is the first event to be open to the public at the new stadium. There will also be a 65-foot Christmas tree, light up hopscotch, rides for kids, holiday entertainers and food trucks. This place has a lot of photo opportunities and great lighting. Tickets start at $25 per person.
*   Even though Frisco Square is a 45-minute drive from here, it’s worth it due to the largest choreographed light and music displays in North Texas. Running through Jan. 4, it features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and over eight miles of extension cords. Visitors may tune into 107.3 FM or listen to music piped through speakers as they walk through the square. This year will feature an outdoor skating rink, as well as a Christmas tree lot. Best of all, the light and music show are free.