10 Perfect Places Across Texas to See Holiday Lights

by Rebekah Pierce on December 3, 2018 in Living Texas, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio,

Having trouble deciding how you want to decorate your lawn for the holidays this year? Don’t worry. In Texas, there are hundreds of places to go to see the most beautiful and festive lights this season.

Stop by one of them, or a pay a visit to them all, and why not consider using these brilliant displays to inspire your own landscaping for this holiday season.

 1 .Enchant Christmas, Arlington

Arlington’s largest Christmas event is home to the world’s largest light maze, and features millions of lights, an enormous outdoor Christmas tree, an ice-skating path, and a marketplace. In addition to phenomenal lights displays, it’s a great place to pay a visit to Santa and to revel in all the magic the season has to offer.

 2. Zoo Lights, Houston

Don’t visit the Houston Zoo just for the animals. During the holiday season, the zoo offers an animal-themed Christmas light display and show. The show includes blacklight jungle displays as well as life-sized animals made entirely out of lights. Kids can join in caroling, as well as festive arts and crafts such as decorating gingerbread houses.

3. Starbright Village, Odessa

Starbright Village is erected each year in Odessa’s McKinney Park. This park’s display lights up daily, from 6 to 11 pm, and includes over 270,000 individual lights. The lights play along with local Christmas music on the radio and allow visitors to walk through a Christmas village while enjoying all the sights and sounds of the season.

4. Walkway of Lights, Marble Falls

This annual event offers visitors a celebration of lights that both visitors and locals look forward to every year. The lighting is turned on the week before Thanksgiving, and stays until January 1st, offering visitors to Lakeside Park a beautiful opportunity to view thousands of festive lighting displays.

5. The Riverwalk and Travis Park, San Antonio

The Riverwalk has probably one of the nation’s most famous displays of holiday lighting. Each year, this area is illuminated by lights from Thanksgiving on. (This year’s display ends January 6.) Prominent features include a 55-foot white fir and many houses and landmarks covered with millions of sparkling lights. If you have extra time to kill, consider taking a nighttime cruise on the river with one of the city’s famous riverboats.

6. Downtown Main Street, Grapevine

Grapevine offers visitors an elegant drive through a city that puts the Christmas decorating skills of all other Texas cities to the test. Each year, Main Street is adorned with millions of lights and seasonal decorations. Light shows are frequent, and Santa stops here often!

 7. Johnson City Lights Spectacular, Johnson City

Every year, the Blanco County Courthouse, located in the heart of Johnson City, offers a holiday display of over 100,000 different Christmas lights. This light display is known as one of the best spots in the state to celebrate Christmas and—even better—it’s completely free for visitors to enjoy.

8. Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth

This light display in Fort Worth is, as the name implies, a real gift to all who have the privilege to behold it. The annual Gift of Lights experience is a drive-through light display, offering over 600 LED light displays on the mile and a half of track. Inside the road is Santa’s Village, where treats like popcorn and hot cocoa are available for sale. You can snag a photo with Santa here too!

9. Mill Pond Christmas Extravaganza, San Saba

Just after Thanksgiving each year, this Christmas park in San Saba lights up over a million different lights. The lights synchronize to a specially curated holiday broadcast, which you can find by tuning in to local FM radio. This free experience is open to all from dusk until 10 pm each day.

10. Vitruvian Lights, Addison

Located just north of Dallas, Addison offers visitors a breathtaking Christmas lights experience. Each winter, from November 24 until January 1, Vitruvian Park lights up in a brilliant display of holiday cheer. The park also offers live music each Saturday, making it an excellent spot for an all-day visit.


Rebekah Pierce specializes in curating content in areas including outdoor living, gardening and agriculture, and education.