The holiday season is here and so is Enchant Christmas – a spectacular light show in Dallas’s Fair Park. This engaging event is not just a stroll through gorgeous Christmas light arrangements, it is also a rescue mission.
At Enchant Christmas in Dallas, Santa’s reindeer escaped the barn and it is up to each guest to find all nine and report back at the end of the maze. After all, Santa cannot be without them this time of year. During “The Great Search,” reindeer rescuers can stop for food and drink to fuel their mission. This holiday delight would not be complete without the big man himself, so make sure to stop by and see Santa and Mrs. Claus and tell them what you want for Christmas.
Kevin Johnson, the founder of Enchant Christmas, is on a mission to take his parks across more or the U.S. Currently, there are four parks across the states in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dallas, Texas, Washington D.C. and St. Petersburg, Florida, but the concept first launched in 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. We spoke to him recently.
What is Enchant Christmas?
We are the creators of the world’s largest Christmas light maze. The parks are open typically from right after Thanksgiving to right after Christmas – just into the New Year. The parks are made up of two individual stories: The Great Search, which is in Vegas and Dallas, and the one about Eddy the Mischievous Elf who hid eight toys that guests must find. That story is in the D.C. and St. Petersburg parks.
How has Enchant evolved?
When we first launched the show in Vancouver, I had never even produced a birthday party before. It was my great new adventure, and it was very successful. It was received super well by the public. Since then, every year we have taken things bigger and better. Our goal is to make the show a tradition in each of the cities we are in.
What should people look out for at the Dallas location?
We were in Dallas in 2017 and 2018, closed entirely in 2020, but we came back this year. The Great Search is the theme for Dallas’s park and it is about a storm rolling through the North Pole and reindeer escaping Santa’s barn. The guests must look through the maze to find the reindeer. Everybody gets a special scratch card when they come into the maze, and as they find the reindeer they can scratch off the ticket. If they find all nine, they get a candy cane.
The Texas show is also full of local art events and there is an ice skating trail with real ice. It’s really fun for the whole family. Fair Park is a new location for us, so parking was a struggle at first, but we have recently opened up two new lots to better serve the guests.
Cover photo courtesy Enchant Dallas
Jordan Maddox is a senior at the University of North Texas in Denton, studying Journalism. She spends most of her time writing, but she fills her free time either out in nature or exploring North Texas for unique restaurants, coffee shops, museums and activities