One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting a chance to see all of the beautiful light displays brightening up the city. To help in your quest to enjoy the dazzling sights, we’ve got a list of Christmas lights across Texas for you to see.
Moody Gardens’ Festival of Lights | Nov. 14-Jan.10
One Hope Boulevard, Galveston
The Festival of Lights features 100 animated light displays made up of over one million lights. There is also live entertainment nightly. You can even go ice-skating. The festival also hosts Food Drive Thursdays offering a discount on admission when you bring in a non-perishable food item. Since you will already be at the gardens, you can make a whole trip of it and stop by Ice Land. The SpongeBob theme is brought to life with over two million pounds of carved ice!
Prairie Lights | Nov. 26-Jan. 2
Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy, Grand Prairie
This driving light show features an impressive four million lights spread across two miles. Halfway through the drive you can stop off at the Holiday Village to meet Santa, see an indoor laser show and see the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. This year’s Prairie Lights show is also going green this year. Breeze Energy who powers the light show will be donating renewable energy credits to the city to offset the carbon footprint.
Joseph H & Arlene Pool Christmas Garden of Lights | Nov. 28-Dec. 19
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
1400 Streit Dr., Amarillo
Held at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, this light show features over 200,000 lights decorating the four acres of land. More than 30 local groups and artists will perform at the festivities. You can stroll through the gardens while enjoying candy canes and hot chocolate.
Austin Trail of Lights | Dec. 8-22
Zilker Park, Austin
The Austin Trail of Lights started in 1965 and was originally named “Yule Fest.” It has grown exponentially in its 50 years with over 400,000 people attending last year’s event. An almost equally important part of visiting the trail of lights is seeing the Zilker Tree lit up. The 155 foot tall tree features over 3,300 lights and standing under them all is definitely worth experiencing.
Deerfield Neighborhood| Dec. 1-30
Preston Rd. and Coit Rd., Plano
Deerfield neighborhood goes all out for the holiday season. The Deerfield holiday lighting tradition originally started when the builders were trying to get people into the neighborhood to look at homes. For about three seasons the builders offered a $5,000 prize to the best-decorated house. By the time the string of competitions was over, everyone owned so many lights they just kept putting them back up. You can take carriage rides through the neighborhood or even hop on a Segway.