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Texas Christmas Lights 2017

Texas is officially ablaze with light for Christmas 2017. Texas Tourism

Here’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Texas for 2017!  Highlights include the always stunning River Walk lights in San Antonio, a tour that combines chocolate and lights in Dallas, and ZooLights at the Houston Zoo.

If you know of other top notch community, commercial or residential displays that we should add to our list, please let us know by adding a comment!

To see our complete list of the Best Christmas Light Displays across the South, visit exploresouthernhistory.com/christmas.

An asterisk (*) symbol means the location has been confirmed for 2017!

Addison

Vitruvian Lights *
Vitruvian Park
3875 Ponte Ave.
Addison, Texas
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Stroll through 12 acres of beautifully lit trees and enjoy a wide variety of other activities.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free
More information:
 www.vitruvianpark.com/events/event-calendar/2017-12/

Arlington

The Lights at Interlochen *
Interlochen Neighborhood
Tour begins at intersection of Randol Mill & Westwood Drive
Arlington, Texas
December 18 – December 25
Community-wide residential lighting displays.
Hours: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: Free

Austin

37th Street Lights *
37th Street (not far from Guadalupe and UT Campus)
Austin, Texas
Residents light up their block with beautiful Christmas light displays. Park elsewhere and walk
down 37th street to see the lights.
Hours: Nightly beginning at dark.
Cost: Free
More Information: 
http://texaslesstraveled.com/37thstreet.html

Austin Trail of Lights *
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas
December 8 – December 23, 2017 (December 8 preview night)
The popular and historic event features millions of lights over a 1.25 mile trail, Ferris wheel, carousel,
entertainment, and more. Tickets and free nights scattered all through December see link below.
Hours:  7-10pm general admission; 6pm-10 on Zip nights,
Cost: ZiP passes range in price from $15 – $20, General Admission $3, 7-10pm December 9th-23rd.
Parking: All parking must be purchased in advance, online. Purchase parking for $15 per vehicle (plus service
charges).
More Information:  
http://austintrailoflights.org/calendar


College Station

Santa’s Wonderland *
November 11- January 1
Over 3 million lights you can ride through on a hay ride or in a horse drawn carriage. Shopping, live
entertainment, food, mechanical bull, and more.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6-11pm; Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat 3pm-midnight; Sun 3pm-11pm
Cost: See website for Hayride and Carriage Ride Prices
More Information: 
www.santas-wonderland.com/ 

Dallas
(Also see surrounding cities by name)

Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour *
5118 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, Texas
November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18
Private motor coach tours of lights throughout the area. Features dessert, hot chocolate, soft drinks and other
beverages. Other tours available; see link below).
Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, see website below)
Cost: $43 per person.
More information:  
www.dallasbychocolate.com

Farmers Branch

Christmas Tour of Lights *
Starts at I-35 & Valley View, then follow candy cane signs to Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch, Texas
November 24 – December 30 (Closed Dec 2 & Christmas Day)
Drive through display featuring 300,000 lights including dancing lights that incorporate historic buildings. Tune
your radio to 107.3 FM during the drive.
Special event: Christmas Tree Lighting December 2 with Historical Structure Tours, food, story telling, snow
hill, and more.
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. nightly.
Cost: Free ($5 donation suggested)
More Information: 
http://discoverfarmersbranch.com/events/events-festivals/christmas-in-the-branch/ 

Fort Worth

Gift of Lights *
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, Texas
November 23 – December 30
Driving tour of lights at Texas Motor Speedway with 150 new displays, Santa’s Village and family-friendly
activities.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly
Cost: $25 per car. Military gets a free photo with Santa by showing Military ID
Special Event: Grand Opening the 23rd of November
More information: 
www.tmsgiftoflights.com/event/grand-opening-of-2017-gift-of-lights/ 

Frisco

Christmas in the Square *
Frisco Square
Frisco, Texas
November 24, 2017 – December 31
A giant holiday extravaganza with over 175,000 lights, shops, Christmas tree lot and carriage rides. On
weekends there is even snow! Tune your radio (or phone radio) to 107.3.
Santa parachutes in for a night of snow tubing, ice skating and more on December 17.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly (5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on December 20)
Cost: Free but some attractions cost extra.
More information: 
http://friscosquare.com/cits/

Galveston

Festival of Lights * 
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas
November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018 (See link for days open).
One of the largest holiday celebrations on the Texas coast, more than 1,000,000 lights and the
Galveston area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $Different for each attraction and on value days. See link below
More Information:  
www.moodygardens.com/festivaloflights/

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights *
Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Drive through two miles with more than 4,000,000 sparkling lights. Holiday village with concessions, rides,
photos with Santa, laser light show and walk-through light display.
Hours: Sunday-Thurs 6-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $35 per car Mon-Thurs, $45 per car Fri. & Sat. and holidays, extra charge for some attractions.
More information: 
www.prairielights.org

Grapevine

Christmas Light Show *
651 S. Main Street
Grapevine, Texas
November 22, 2017 – January 8, 2018
The corner of Main Street and Dallas Road is the place to head for a 20 minute light display that will show you
why Grapevine is the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” The entire town is lit up in millions of lights.
Hours: 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free
Special Events: Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine December 7, at 7 p.m.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade at Lake Grapevine Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More information: 
www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/lighted-evening-events/

Highland Park

Highland Park Lights *
Enter at Preston & Mockingbird or Preston & Armstrong
Highland Park, Texas
Mid-December – December 31.
Beautiful, professionally done residential lighting displays. Carriage rides available from Brazos Carriage,
Whitehave Carriage, Vintage Carriage & NorthStar Carriages (call in advance for reservations. Check local
listings for numbers).
Hours: Evening
Cost: Free (Carriage rides charge a fee)
More Information:
        www.hptx.org

Houston

Christmas Lights in the River Oaks Area *
River Oaks Area
All December long
More Information:        www.facebook.com/RiverOaksChristmasLights

Preston Forest Subdivision Lights *
Ravenhurst Lane
Houston, Texas 77070

ZooLights at Houston Zoo *
November 18,  2017 – January 15, 2018
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
More Information:  
www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights/

Lights in the Heights *
Woodland Heights area
Bayland & Highland Streets
Houston, Texas
A neighborhood event where the City of Houston and all visitors are invited! Continues through December.

Tanglewood Subdivision Lights *
Tanglewood Subdivision
Houston, Texas
Over the top residential lighting displays!

Plano

Deerfield Neighborhood Lights *
Legacy Drive, Preston Meadow or Ohio Drive (Legacy is best, but busiest, entrance)
Plano, Texas
December 1- December 31
An entire neighborhood decorated for Christmas with elaborate light displays. Download a map of the tour
from the website below.
Hours: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free but donations accepted.
More information:  
www.deerfieldplano.org/page/616~887056/Holiday-Information

Richmond

Pecan Grove Subdivision Lights *
Pecan Grove Subdivision
Richmond, Texas
A subdivision in lights! There are tractor and truck pulled hay rides with hot chocolate as well.

San Antonio

Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries *
River Walk
San Antonio, Texas
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
Location: Along 3 miles of the River Walk
More than 2,000 luminarias line the River Walk and San Antonio River. Stroll along the banks and walkways to
enjoy this traditional Lighting of the Way for the Holy Family.
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at dusk
Cost: Free
More Information: 
http://lightthewaysa.com/

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling *
River Walk (Downtown Area)
San Antonio, Texas
December 1 – December 22
More than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups perform nightly, many aboard boats floating
on the river. A wonderful way to see the River Walk lights and enjoy live Christmas music. Reserve a caroling
boat for your group for $150.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost: Free

Light the Way *
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
November 18
A beautiful San Antonio Christmas tradition featuring nearly 1,000,000 lights.
More Information: 
http://lightthewaysa.com/ 

River Walk in Lights *
San Antonio River Walk (Downtown area)
San Antonio, Texas
Day after Thanksgiving – New Year’s.
Thousands of lights shine at the magnificent San Antonio River Walk.
Hours:  Nightly

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration *
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78251
November 18, 2017 – January 2, 2018
SeaWorld is alight with more than 5,000,000 twinkling lights. Special shows and activities.
Hours: See website below.
Cost: See website below
More Information: 
https://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sanantonio/christmas

Six Flags Holiday in the Park *
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH W 10
San Antonio, Texas 78257
November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is lit up with more than 1,000,000 lights. Special shows, Frosty Snow Hill, Honky Tonk
Christmas, and more.
Hours: See website below
Cost: $63 general admission
More Information: 
www.sixflags.com/overtexas/special-events/holiday-in-the-park

A Wonderland Christmas *
Morgan’s Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, Texas
November 24, 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 18-23 in 2017.
Magnificent light displays, entertainment and more in the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs
individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. Petting Zoo and skating on a simulated ice rink are a
few of the many activities going on during A Wonderland Christmas.
Hours: 4 – 9 p.m.
Cost: See website below.
More information: 
www.morganswonderland.com/calendars/events/41-a-wonderland-christmas

Zoo Lights *
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, Texas
November 18- December 31
The San Antonio Zoo is transformed by lights into a winter wonderland.
Hours: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: See website below
More Information:  
www.sazoo.org/zoo_lights/

Spring

Schultz Holiday Lights *
19827 Rose Dawn Lane
Spring, Texas
Dates: November 23 – December 31, 2017
Magnificent residential lighting display that ranks as one of the brightest in Texas.
Hours: Nightly, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (Ends at 9:30 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday)
Cost:  Free (Donations Accepted for Labs Etc. Rescue & Northwest Assistance Ministries)
More Information: h
ttp://schultzholidaylights.com/

Kentwood Drive in Lights *
Kentwood Drive
Spring, Texas 77380
Multiple residential lighting displays along Kentwood Drive

Tyler

Santa Land *
11455 I-20 West
Tyler, Texas
November 1,  2017 – January 4, 2018
Huge drive-through park with more than 2.5 million lights spread across 24 acres, concessions, activities &
more.
Hours: 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. nightly
Cost: $25 per car (other attractions cost more).
More Information:  
www.santalandtylertx.com

To see our complete list of the Best Christmas Light Displays across the South, visit exploresouthernhistory.com/christmas.



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