The beautiful light displays are one of the best parts of the holiday season. And Texas has no shortage of places to see fantastic holiday lights and decorations. From decorated neighborhoods and hotels, to city-wide trails of lights, it can be hard to choose which ones to visit. To help our fellow Texans celebrate the holidays, we’ve created a list of the top holiday light displays in the Lone Star State.
Lights in the Heights (Houston)
The Woodland Heights neighborhood in Houston is well-known for its annual “Lights in the Heights” event. Taking place most years on the 2nd Saturday of the month (this year, it’s Saturday, December 12th), homes throughout the neighborhood unite by festively decorating their homes with colorful holiday lights and lawn decorations. Some even go as far as providing live music played on their front porches.
Though the formal “Lights in the Heights” event happens only one night a year, visitors can still view the holiday light displays either by foot or car throughout the month of December.
Trail of Lights in Zilker Park (Austin)
Considered one of the best parks in Austin, regular visitors to Zilker Park take part in a number of activities like swim in natural springs, tour botanical gardens and watch a show on a hillside theater, just to name a few.
During the holidays, Zilker is transformed into a magical Trail of Lights over a mile long. Features include 50 light displays, and 100 lit trees, but the most important attraction is the Zilker Holiday Tree, which stands 155 feet tall and is covered in over 3,000 lights.
Santa’s Wonderland (College Station)
One of the largest holiday attractions in Texas, Santa’s Wonderland is filled with hours of holiday fun. Take a tour via Santa’s hayride or by horse and carriage to enjoy the Santa’s Trail of Lights shining with over three million lights.
In addition to the Trail of Lights, visitors can take a ride on the West Pole Express trackless train, play in the snow that falls every night, warm up by a cozy campfire, enjoy some live holiday music, and so much more.
Gaylord Texan Resort (Grapevine)
If you are in or around the Dallas area during the month of December, you should definitely make your way to the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. This hotel celebrates the holidays each year with a different magical theme.
This year, it’s ICE! Featuring Christmas Around the World, which celebrates cultural traditions by featuring holiday scenes in ice sculptures from various countries around the world. Visitors can enjoy more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, two-story tall ice slides, and to travel through the North Pole and sit in Santa’s sleigh. Who knew ice sculptures could be so much fun!
The River Walk (San Antonio)
For a bit of old-world charm, head down to San Antonio River Walk for a host of holiday events! The stores and trees lining the entire 2-1/2 mile canal is decked with all manner of lights and decorations, and the city has created several ways for you to experience them. You can enjoy Boat Carolers featuring various singing groups serenading you from the gondolas or partake of the “Fiesta de la Luminarias” wherein you walk among 6,000 luminarias to partake in a long-standing Christmas tradition.
Happy Holidays from First Choice Power!