Campo Verde, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Arlington, has floor-to-ceiling Christmas decorations. People wait for hours to experience the dazzling lights.
ARLINGTON, Texas — From the outside, the Campo Verde Tex-Mex restaurant in Arlington looks pretty ordinary.
Once inside, it’s a different story.
Campo Verde opened in 1983. Every year it transforms into a festive world of color during the holiday season.
Everywhere you turn there are floor-to-ceiling Christmas decorations.
Longtime Arlington resident Karl Kirkpatrick visited the restaurant with his family for the first time on Wednesday.
It’s been on his to-do list for years.
“It’s the magic of Christmas,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s beautiful here. You hear a lot about it, but once you’re here you’re like…it’s amazing.
In all, the restaurant has over 500,000 dazzling lights, 55 Christmas trees and over 50 Santa Claus displays. A 260 feet. railroad tracks surround the entire restaurant.
Photos: Christmas explosion inside Campo Verde
Elijah Aguirre, a young boy from Lubbock, TX, said his family drove more than four hours to experience the restaurant’s cozy atmosphere.
“I was like dang, they’re festive!” said Elijah.
The social media app TikTok made them want to visit.
General Manager Sadie McBee’s people are showing up like never before.
“We apparently became famous on TikTok,” McBee said. “It blew us through the roof…to the point where it’s almost like we can’t keep up. Yes, but it’s a long day for us.
Anyone hoping to go there should be prepared to wait in a long line.
McBee said on average people wait between two and three hours for a seat at a restaurant and Christmas week is the busiest.
“We had a line at the door this morning around the building, maybe 300 people waiting to get in before it opened at 11 a.m.,” McBee said.
Once inside, the energy is indescribable. It seems customers don’t care about the long wait. Kirkpatrick waited two hours around dinnertime on Wednesday and said it was worth it.
“I think that’s the best part…it’s just the happiness when they walk in and the expressions on their faces when they walk through the door, because it’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before,” said McBee.
She looks forward to it all year round and she is sad that the holiday season is coming to an end.
The good news? The Christmas decorations will remain in place until mid-March.
“It’s a big party from the minute you walk in until the minute you leave,” McBee said.