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Holiday lights provide beacon

Whew! There never seems to be enough time during the holiday season to get everything done that we need to do.

That’s why stress levels are always off the charts at this time of year. And once those nerve endings get frayed, it can be tough to find a way to ease the pressure.

If you’ve been rushing around trying to finish your shopping or cranking out cookies and other goodies for family gatherings and office parties, we’ve got a suggestion for a good way to unwind.

This plan is a sure-fire cure for the Christmas blues and can cajole even the most stubborn grump into trying on a proper holiday frame of mind.

So, gather up the kids and any other family members who are handy and head out to the car, truck or SUV. Gas is cheaper than it’s been in quite some time, the roads are still clear (watch that forecast for Christmas night, though) and the lights are bright.

Yes, the holiday lights around Denton County are shining a holiday beacon that you need to follow. Why not get out there and check them out?

The first thing you know, you’ll be whistling a holiday tune.

The best place to start may be in close to your home. Most neighborhoods have at least a few houses that are brightly adorned for the holidays, and some areas are so bright that you could read this newspaper by the glow.

Some folks have been nice enough to send us a few top picks, including the city streets around the downtown Square. Another suggestion was along Idiots Hill, the unofficial longtime name for a segment of town north and east of University Drive.

On Ranchman Boulevard in Sundown Ranch, lights are set to music nightly from 6 to 10 p.m., and you might want to check out Nottingham and East Windsor. One Facebook friend suggested parking at Avondale Park and walking down a few area streets where many homes put their lights up in the backyards facing the park.

Providence Boulevard, located not too far up U.S. Highway 380 toward McKinney, sports a light show synchronized to a radio station in the recently developed Providence Village. Other readers suggested Huling Road in Sanger and Apache Trail on Corinth.

If you visit Corinth, be sure and check out the Whetstone Lights Christmas Show at 2704 Whetstone Drive. This year, the Whetstone Lights Christmas Show is partnering with DFW Rescue Me, which works to prosecute animal and child abuse suspects. Check out their Facebook page —
lights — to find out more.

If you’re willing to drive a bit farther, we’d suggest the Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway. This display features more than two million LED lights every night of the week through Jan. 6.

Gift of Lights is open nightly beginning at 5:30 pm. On Friday, Saturday and holidays, Gift of Lights closes at 10 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, visitors may enjoy the lights until 9 p.m.

Proceeds from Gift of Lights benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Goodwill Industries and KLTY Christmas Wish. A special note for large vehicles: maximum height is 13 feet, 6 inches.

Texas Motor Speedway is located off Interstate 35W just south of the Lewisville exit on the west side of the interstate off of Lone Star Circle.

The list goes on, and you’ll probably discover plenty of other great displays once you get going. There always seems to be another great house just ahead.