It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and though we may not be in for a white Christmas here in the Lone Star State, we’re still hauling out the holly and decking way more than just the halls. No matter where you go in Texas you are bound to find some absolutely magnificent Christmas lights displays. While it’s hard to narrow down any list of Christmas lights in Texas, here are 11 of the most impressive Christmas Lights displays in Texas in the state.
Candy Cane Lane – Corpus Christi
Every year a neighborhood on the South side of Corpus Christi transforms into a winter wonderland of lights and fun!
Starbright Village – Odessa
Located in McKinney Park in Odessa, you’ll find the annual holiday lights display light up nightly from 6-11 PM. The city of Odessa says Starbright Village is the “Largest display of lights in the Permian Basin”, with over 270,000 lights that play along with Christmas music on the radio.
Santa’s Wonderland – College Station
Take one of Santa’s Hayride Tours through a spectacularly Texan Christmas light display in College Station! Also, stop by Santa’s Town for food and shopping after viewing the lights.
Johnson City Lights Spectacular, Johnson City
The Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City has some of the most impressive holiday lights in the Hill Country. From late November through December, the Blanco County Courthouse and its surrounding trees are draped in 100,000 Christmas lights. The result is a gorgeous display you have to see with your own eyes in person.
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth
The annual Gift of Lights drive-through light display at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth features over 600 LED light displays on the 1.5 miles of track. On the inside track is Santa’s Village, where you can get popcorn and hot cocoa, and meet the big guy himself.
Zoo Lights – Houston
Visit the Houston Zoo nightly through Jan. 9 to view an awe-inspiring lights display that features light animals and blacklight jungle displays. There are plenty of other activities as well, such as gingerbread decorating, caroling and of course, the animals! (Those that aren’t sleeping, that is)
Downtown Main Street – Grapevine
Do some Christmas shopping, catch a meal with a friend or just stroll around in historic downtown Grapevine. Every year Main street is decked out in thousands of lights and decorations and features lighted displays to commemorate the holiday season. Known as “the Christmas Capital of Texas”, Grapevine has a lot to offer the holiday crowd such as tractor-drawn wagon rides, and lots of Christmas photo opportunities.
The Riverwalk – San Antonio
For a beautiful, festive experience take a walk down the San Antonio Riverwalk. The beautiful trees that line the San Antonio river are adorned each year in hundreds of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights. For a real treat, take a night time riverboat tour!
Vitruvian Lights – Addison
Vitruvian Park in the North Dallas town of Addison is the perfect place to go to see some incredible Christmas lights displays. The park is lit from Nov. 28 until Jan. 1, and features live music on Saturdays.
Christmas in the Square – Frisco
Called the “largest choreographed lights and music show in North Texas”, Christmas in the Square in Frisco is a truly exciting holiday experience. Snow machines create snow flurries every 15 minutes so you and your family can go walking in a winter wonderland no matter what the weatherman calls for.
Trail of Lights – Austin
Starting Dec. 8 and running nightly until Dec. 22, the Trail of Lights is a beloved Austin tradition that has been going on for over 50 years – with a brief hiatus in 2009 and 2010. The trail of lights features over two million lights, a ferris wheel, carousel, kettle corn and all kinds of displays and exhibits for the whole family!