They say we do everything bigger in Texas and that is certainly true in the Holiday Season. Each city offers up its best and brightest (literally) foot forward. Below we have shared a list of some of our family favorites.
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Starting at our capital, one of the most famous light shows is The Trail of Lights. Once lost, this tradition returned renewed and more popular than ever. This year, the lights will run from December 10-23.
Downtown does not have a monopoly on beautiful lights, however. Around town, you can find these illuminations:
A little further out…
River of Lights in Bastrop
Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls
Light Show in Llano
Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels
Mill Pond Christmas Extravaganza in San Saba
Johnson City Light Spectacular
Is there anything more associated with San Antonio than the Riverwalk? And many citizens of the city would suggest that nothing reflects the holiday more than the lights along this landmark.
Two other San Antonio favorites are the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration…
And the Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park.
More San Antonio-area fun:
Hill Country Charm:
The Big D takes a lot of pride in its ability to take things to another level and the Holidays are no exception. Holiday at the Arboretum offers a unique and beautiful setting for celebration.
Among the Big D Holiday events:
And not to forget the Chanukah celebrations with a Lighting of the Menorah at the Dallas Galleria.
Fort Worth never sits in the shadow of its DFW partner, and they certainly do not this time of year.
And if you are looking for drive-thru fun, The Gift of Lights at the Texas Motor Speedway offers millions of light.
Wandering out a little further…
Deerfield Holiday Lights in Plano
Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord in Grapevine
Santa’s Village in Richardson
Texas Christkindl Market in Arlington
The Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie
From El Paso to the Panhandle, the stars are bright and so are the Christmas lights.
Go “light seeing” in Lubbock and walk “City Sidewalks” in Abilene. San Angelo offers up a Concho Christmas Celebration, Head to Starbright Village in Odessa or Amarillo’s Botanical Garden is alight for the season. And there is the tradition of Christmas at the Mansion in Midland.
McAllen has declared itself the South Pole of Texas commencing its celebration with a parade.
You can wander Christmas Tree Forest exhibit in Brownsville and the Hidalgo Festival of Lights. Marathon goes the distance with the Fiesta de Noche Buena. Cross the gateway to the Christmas Mountains at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge. And don’t forget the Frontier Christmas offered up by Fort Davis.
At the Coast
Heading over to the coast, Texas has it’s own special brand of holidays in the sand. South Padre Island offers a sandy take on the classic holiday village.
Go tropical with Rockport-Fulton and celebrate an Island Christmas in Port Aransas. Finally, few cities have a history of celebrating the holidays like Galveston Island. Its Winter Wonderland kicks off with Victorian charm at Dickens on the Strand.
Finally, we close with the largest city in the state, Houston. Starting with the downtown skyline, downtown lights up throughout, from City Hall to Discovery Green. Moving into the Museum District, a Houston favorite is the Zoo.
Around town, you’ll find:
A step further:
Whew! That’s a lot of lights! Don’t see your favorite? Let us know so we can share.