Taking a look at the ornate holiday light displays is one of the best part of the holidays. Young or old, there is always something to marvel at. Here are just a small handful of the best places to check out lights in your region.
Plains Trail Region
Lubbock- Santa Land
Santa Land is your one stop shop for lights in this region! This 60-year tradition is fun (and FREE) for all ages. Thousands visit Santa Land each year to see the holiday village complete with a giant lighted christmas tree, animated displays, and traditional holiday scenes. Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance with a sleigh each evening at 6:00 pm to hear the Christmas wishes of children from all over the state.
Big Spring- Comanche Trail Festival of Lights
The Comanche Trial Festival of Lights attracts over 10,000 visitors each year for its giant lighted poinsettias, more than 100 lighted holiday scenes, and over 1 million lights.
Mountain Trail Region
Check out Mr. Loya's house fully decked out in brilliant lights. The Loya Lights will have a show every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with special shows on both Christmas Eve and Day. Be sure to take a selfie with Santa and treat yourself to some of the free, after-show cookies and hot chocolate.
Pecos Trail Region
Starbright Village Odessa
Do not miss out on the largest light display in the Permian Basin. Whether you walk or drive through, this display of over 300,000 lights and holiday themed displays is sure to bring out your inner "holly-jolly."
Forts Trail Region
San Angelo- Concho Christmas Celebration
What started as a humble walking tour is now a 2.5 mile driving route through San Angelo along the banks of the Concho River with over 3 million lights! You have to check out this impressive display in the month of December.
Lakes Trail Region
Grapevine- Christmas Capital of Texas®
Grapevine earns its name as the "Christmas Capital of Texas" with more than 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days. Main Street is adorned with lights and decorations on just about every business and common area. Have children? Take a trip on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's North Pole Express®. Kiddos are welcome in their pajamas for a magical and adventure-filled ride.
Cleburne -Whistle Stop Christmas:
3.5 million lights decorate Hulen Park each year in Cleburne. Be one of the over 250,000 cars that pass throughout December to look through the 12-acre property that shines so bright.
Forest Trail Region
Marshall- Wonderland of Lights Festival
Catch a ride on the Holly Trolly and enjoy the beautifully restored vintage 1948 Herschel carousel. Pay a visit to Santa's village for cookies, craft making, and pictures. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Historic Downtown Marshall, then strap up your dancin' shoes for live music at Telegraph Park. The coolest part of this display though? An outdoor ice skating rink- IN TEXAS!
Jefferson- Rail of Lights
Time travel backwards 50 years and board the old steam train on the Historic Jefferson Railway. On this tour, you will circle the Piney Woods along the Big Cypress Bayou. You are sure to be dazzled with sparkling light displays, nativity scenes, a German Market, a General Store, and the Angel Tree.
Brazos Trail Region
College Station- Santa's Wonderland
A true Texas-sized display! Over 2.5 million bulbs cover over 37 acres. The Texas Christmas Village has something for everyone to enjoy. Take a hayride tour or VIP horse and carriage ride for the best tour of the light show. Spend time with Santa and even become one of his helpers by donating a new toy. Frostbite's Food Village is not for the shy appetite- feast on barbecue, funnel cakes, fudge, and more! There's even a Wonderland Winery for the 21+ crowd.
Hill Country Trail Region
Boerne- Christmas Light Fest
The Don Strange Ranch sure does know how to put on a show with more than two million lights, food, drinks and tons of family fun. Take your own ride or enjoy a hayride under the stars through two miles of light displays. Don't forget to stop at Santa's Village for holiday treats and to pick up some last minute stocking stuffers.
Austin- Zilker Park Trail of Lights
This event is the largest annual holiday tradition in Austin that celebrates the unique spirit and people of the city. The Zilker Trail of Lights brings over 400,000 in attendance each year to be a part of some of the most enjoyable attributes of our capital- live music, delicious food, and creativity.
Independence Trail Region
San Antonio- Holiday Lights on the Riverwalk
Perhaps one of the most recognizable light displays in the state is the gorgeous San Antonio Riverwalk during the holiday season. Simply walk along and grab a bite as you go, or take a river taxi to marvel at the endless strings of lights hanging throughout the bald cypress trees that line the river.
Tropical Trail Region
Hildago- Festival of Lights
Follow 8 self-guided, train, or trolley light trails featuring over 500 giant, custom built displays made up of over 5 million lights! Not only can you marvel at lights, take pictures with Santa, hop on one of the lighted carnival rides, or shop the artisan market.
Whether riding around the neighborhood or seeking out a marvelous display, holiday lights are a definite way to get in the mood for the season. Let us know what your favorite light show is near you!