This Restaurant Celebrates Christmas with 200,000 Lights

Put on your gaudiest Christmas sweater and head over to Arlington, Texas for the most festive restaurant you'll ever rest your eyes on. Known for its over-the-top Christmas light show (200,000 lights to be somewhat exact), Campo Verde Restaurant is a kitschy dream come to life. With 3,000 yards of multicolor garland, 50 Santa Claus's standing tall, 30 Christmas trees, and two model trains running throughout the entire restaurant and bar, this isn't your normal Tex-Mex stop. It's much, much more.

What is Campo Verde?

Campo Verde was opened in 1983 by James (Smiley) Williams, who self claims himself as "the only Gringo gourmet Mexican cook, cashier, waiter, bartender, busboy and pot washer anywhere". The Mexican restaurant's menu features Arizona and Sonoran-style Mexican food which includes chicken enchiladas, crispy tacos, cheese sauce, flautas, fajitas, margaritas, stuffed zucchini, Queso, and Pollo de Pueblo. They also have sides like guacamole, sour cream, and mac n cheese.

The Campo Verde also offers exotic fajitas, which can be ordered to include elk, cabrito (barbequed goat) and even rattlesnake. On the American food side, Campo Verde offers your usuals like chicken tenders and sandwiches. But if you find yourself starving, try out the 7+ Pound burger and fries. Finish the entire burger in under an hour and it's free. Take longer and it's a whopping $60. They also take take-out orders if you're on the go.

Still hungry? For dessert order a full basket of fresh sopaipillas which are served with honey and (get this) a bottle of Parkay margarine.

Visiting Campo Verde

Located at 2918 W Pioneer Pkwy, Dalworthington Gardens, Campo Verde is only a short drive outside of Fort Worth, and about 30 minutes from Dallas. While the Mexican & American restaurant is fun to visit year-round, if you are hoping to get a glimpse of the Christmas decor during the Christmas season, visit anytime between October and March. If you are visiting in the holiday season, we highly suggest visiting during brunch or lunchtime because it'll be a little less crowded.

Once in the restaurant, take a few minutes deciding where you would like to sit as each section of the restaurant is themed differently. Then snap some pics and get eating!

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This post was originally published on November 13, 2020.

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