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. Grab your hot chocolate, pick out a Christmas tree, and check out 11 of the most impressive Christmas Lights displays in Texas.
Every year a neighborhood on the South side of Corpus Christi transforms into a winter wonderland of lights and fun!
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 a holiday village featuring over 270,000 lights that play along with Christmas music on the radio.
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. The tree lighting is a gorgeous display you have to see with your own eyes.
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. It’s one of the best spots in America to celebrate Christmas.
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.
Visit the Houston Zoo nightly through Jan. 9 to view an awe-inspiring, twinkling 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)
Beginning Nov. 23, you can drive or stroll through this Christmas park in San Saba, which has more than a million lights set to curated Christmas broadcast over local FM radio. This free is open nightly beginning at dusk until 10 p.m., and runs until Jan. 5.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!