Top 5 Holiday Lights in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston

December 31, 2022

Nothing puts us in the holiday spirit quite like dazzling lights. Whether on display in a passionate neighborhood or a professionally orchestrated show, holiday lights are the best season’s greetings. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to see holiday lights in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston so you can find some holiday cheer near you.

Dallas

Holiday at the Arboretum

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Photo from Dallas Arboretum

The Arboretum transforms their garden into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Through November 1st, the Arboretum will display lights in celebration of Christmas, Hannukkah, and Kwanzaa. Tickets are available at their website and cost $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 2 to 12.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas

2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011

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Six Flags over Texas is the place to go for Christmas cheer, amusement park thrills, and yummy holiday food. With multiple attractions outside of their year-round rides and games, Six Flags over Texas celebrates the holiday season with a candy cane lane, light show, and s’mores pit. Happening through January 1st, general day passes to the park are required for entrance.

Highland Park Carriage Rides

Area Code 469

 

Photo from Texas Highways Magazine

The residents of Highland Park go all out for the holiday season. Front yard after front yard are adorned with lights. Typically decorated through New Year’s, the neighborhood is free and open to drive through. If you want to elevate the holiday experience, Brazos Carriage and White Haven Carriages offer horse-drawn rides through the neighborhood with tickets prices varying based on party size.

Christmas at Gaylord Texan

1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

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This Grapevine hotel hosts a holiday-inspired ice carving show. The pieces are illuminated by colorful lights and guests can even interact with some pieces like going down an ice slide. On display through January 1st, tickets cost $25.99 for adults and $16.99 for children ages 4 to 11.

Enchant at Fair Park

1438 Coliseum, Dallas, TX 75210

Photo from Enchant

This Hallmark event, the world’s largest Christmas light village, has come to Dallas! This huge display of lights also includes ice skating, Santa meet-ups, a maze,  and tons of holiday treats. Open through January 1st, tickets for Enchant are $34 for adults, $20 for children ages 3 to 17, and $87 for a family of 4 pack.

Austin

Mozart’s

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

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Mozart’s is not only an Austin essential coffee shop but also a top destination for festivities during the holiday season. This year there is the option to reserve tables for the light show, buy general admission tickets for their holiday Bavarian Marketplace or silent disco, or even book a captained boat cruise for a water view of the light show. For prices and dates visit their website.

Trail of Lights

Zilker Park: 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

Photo from Austin Trail of Lights

The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park is a 1.25 mile walk through Austin’s favorite winter wonderland. The trees in the park are wrapped with millions of colorful lights. This year will mark the 58th year of this local tradition powered by H-E-B. General admission tickets are available through December 23rd for $5 a person.

Peppermint Parkway

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617

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Peppermint Parkway at the Circuit of the Americas is a mile-long drive with creative holiday displays, tons of lights, and interactive characters. End your drive at the Holiday Plaza with food, rides, and games. Open through December 30th, admission is $40 per vehicle.

37th Street

507 W. 37th Street, Austin, TX 78705

Photo from The Austin Chronicle

Mostly between Guadalupe and Home St on 37th, these holiday lights keep Austin weird. This neighborhood boasts the weirdest holiday displays in town, past years have included a stuffed animal petting zoo and a sock monkey nativity scene. This neighborhood is free to walk around every night starting at 6 pm through New Year’s.

Holiday Light Show at Fairmont

101 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Photo from Fairmont

For this holiday season, the 7th floor at Fairmont is decked out with Après-Ski inspired decor featuring a light show on Fridays and Saturdays through December 30th from 6 to 10pm. Tickets for the festivities at this downtown hotel are $5 for general admission. If you are interested in booking an igloo, contact the hotel to make reservations.

San Antonio

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

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The River Walk is a top destination in San Antonio all year-round. During the holiday season the city illuminates the River Walk with thousands of lights from dusk to dawn through January 9th. This experience is free and open to the public.

Alamo Lights

300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Photo from San Antonio Current

The Alamo celebrates the holidays with after hours tours of the decorated grounds. On December 10th and 17th, guests can walk the Alamo and enjoy live performances and holiday food and drinks. Tickets for this event are $5 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209

Photo from KSAT

For its second year the San Antonio Botanical Garden has installed over one million lights through out a mile long path through the gardens. With traditional white lights and innovative installations among flowers and native plants, this whimsical walkway is a crowd pleaser. Open through January 8th, tickets for this interactive experience start at $26 for adults and $16 for children ages 3 to 12.

Westover Field of Lights

9340 Westover Hills Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78251

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Through December 18th, the Westover Sports Complex invites you to walk through a field of lights with synchronized shows and classic holiday music. Wrap your time at this affordable event with fun family games or free pictures with Santa.

Windcrest Light-Up

Windcrest, TX 78239

Photo from Windcrest Santa Jim

This friendly competition is open to the public. Drive or walk through the neighborhood and nominate your favorite house. Windcrest typically remains decorated through December 31st and is free to attend.

Houston

Lights in the Heights

Woodland Heights, Houston, TX 77009

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Woodland Heights is one of Houston’s most festive neighborhoods during the holiday season. Some of the decked-out houses even host private parties and live music on their porches. Typically decorated through New Year’s, the lights in this neighborhood are free and open to the public to walk or drive through.

Prestonwood Forest Nite of Lites

Prestonwood Forest, TX 77070

Photo from Houston Chronicle

A 40 year tradition, home owners in this neighborhood compete each holiday season for the best lights display. Guests can cast their votes for their favorite houses as they tour the neighborhood. Free to attend, Prestonwood remains decorated through the last week of December.

Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017

Photos from PaperCity Magazine

This interactive walk-through display of lights takes guests through the garden to the tunes of classic holiday songs. This immersive experience is a local favorite and features different international artists each year. Tickets range from $26 to $28 for adults and $16 to $18 for children ages 3 to 12 and are available through New Year’s.

City Lights Downtown Magic

Downtown Houston Area

Photo from The Buzz Magazines

Deck the Trees happens Downtown at the Avenida Plaza through January 2nd. The display consists of eight unique holiday-themed villages. Viewing the lights is free but associated activities like ice skating and and photos with Santa are priced accordingly. Up through early January, this winter wonderland spreads holiday cheer around Downtown.

Zoo Lights

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Photo from Houston Zoo

Open through January 8th, the lights display at the Houston Zoo is the perfect holiday destination for animal lovers. The zoo grounds are filled with seasonal displays of light and include open animal exhibits such as the butterfly garden and polar bear display. Ticket prices start at $23.70 and vary depending on the time and day you’d like to go.

Conclusion

Fill your thermos and get in the holiday spirit as you admire artful exhibits close to you. No matter where you live in Texas, celebrate the holiday season with light shows ranging from neighborhood competitions to professionally orchestrated displays through out the state.