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Fort Worth BotanicGarden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., fwbg.org/lightscape

This lauded light show — featuring 1 million bright bulbs, give or take a few — sold out quickly in London, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York in past years and makes its Texas debut this holiday season. The installation, customized for the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden, includes a mile-long illuminated walking trail and displays that come to life after dark with color, sound and imagination. Expect tunnels of light, undulating waves of bluebonnets, singing trees and sky-high sculptures in trees. Family-friendly fun includes opportunities for toasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate. The average time needed to enjoy the extravaganza is estimated to be 1½ hours. Tickets on sale now. Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2023

Modern Lights

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org

Thanks to the Lightscape exhibit at the Botanic Garden and the Modern Art Museum’s annual light display, University Drive will be unusually festive this year. The painstaking wrapping of the trees began early in September at the Modern (the strands of lights are removed every year, so as not to damage the trees). Check the Modern’s website for updates; stroll by the museum the week before the switch flip to see the testing process in action and get a preview. Nov. 25

Photo by Meda Kessler

Parade of Lights

Downtown Fort Worth Intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton streets (parade route kickoff point); fortworthparadeoflights.org

This annual holiday event returns live this year (tickets are on sale for reserved seats). Go early to check out the Christmas tree and to avoid traffic; the parade begins at 6 p.m.; a little after 7, Santa and his special float make an appearance. Get info on the website. Nov. 20