The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Houston

Are you and your family looking to celebrate the season with Christmas lights in Houston? Whether you are wanting to take a stroll through a brightly lit neighborhood or experience elaborate displays, this city has just the thing. Everyone in your sleigh is sure to find the perfect way to keep the holiday merry and—of course—bright!

Zoo Lights

November 23 – January 12

Tickets Start at $15

This holiday spectacular features colorful lights, twinkling replicas of zoo animals and a 33-foot tree display. Take in the sights and sounds of the season as you stroll through the zoo grounds while sipping on some tasty hot chocolate. This year's event will also offer some magical new features including a 100-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light, 4-D Enchanted Forest and giant Ice Dragon. Top off your evening of winter fun with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is one Houston holiday tradition you and your family do not want to miss.

Magical Winter Lights Houston

November 15 – January 5

Tickets Start at $13

Magical Winter Lights is a larger-than-life attraction that puts a unique spin on the traditional holiday light show. The festival features Texas-sized lantern displays, carnival rides, acrobatic performances and much more. Visitors can explore over 20 acres of lantern installations carefully crafted with traditional Chinese lantern-making techniques. Build memories bright enough to last a lifetime during this multicultural experience.

Santa’s Wonderland

November 8 – December 30

Tickets Start at $33

Santa’s Wonderland is as close as you can get to the North Pole without leaving Texas. The event features stunning light displays alongside favorite Texan games and activities—there is even a mechanical bull. Guests can also relax under the stars while cozying up next to the campfire to enjoy live music. Are you still on the hunt for the perfect gift this holiday season? Shop unique finds in Santa’s Town, a 25,000 square-foot village built to resemble an old western ghost town.

Holiday in the Gardens

November 16 – January 12

Tickets Start at $8

Galveston’s own Moody Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Stroll a mile-long trail featuring more than one million lights and several animated displays that take you around Galveston Bay. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities including ice skating, train rides, holiday films and much more. Of course, you cannot forget to stop by to meet Santa and capture this special memory with a keepsake photo.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

December 12 –30

Tickets Start at $8

Immerse yourself in a unique Christmas experience at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. A fairytale wooden bridge draped in twinkling lights leads you to this dazzling winter wonderland filled with activities for the whole family. Guests can gaze at the 15-foot Christmas tree while listening to the tell-tale sounds of the season. The event even offers a holiday-themed tour of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion, complete with live actors, theatrical effects and holiday decorations to help you get into the spirit of the holidays.

Stay in the Sleigh: If you are looking to enjoy some holiday lights from the comfort of your car, there are several drivable Houston neighborhoods that will not disappoint.

Woodland Heights: This Houston neighborhood is known for its high concentration of Christmas lights. Homes participate in Lights in the Heights, a tradition that dates back more than 29 years. Starting mid-December, sections of Euclid, Woodland and Highland pull out all the stops to bring the holiday cheer—plus, annual awards keep the decorations creative.

River Oaks: River Oaks Christmas lights are another local favorite that typically include several traditional displays in addition to large oak trees dripping in twinkle lights. Simply set your GPS for the River Oaks Country Club and admire all the lights along the way.

Prestonwood Forest: Last but certainly not least, Prestonwood Forest is an area in Houston renowned for its elaborate light displays. Each year, homes in this neighborhood participate in Nite of Lights, competing for awards such as Best All-Around Home, Best Cul-de-Sac, Best Block, Best Mailbox and more.

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