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7 Spots to See the Best Christmas Lights in Texas

By Peter Simek 11.18.19

Thanksgiving is about more than turkey, fixings, and family gatherings. It is the official kickoff to the holiday season. In Texas, that means it’s time to get in the seasonal spirit by heading out to see some dazzling holiday light displays. There are plenty of great places to see lights in Texas —your favorite may be your own front yard. Here are a few of our top picks for looking at Christmas lights in Texas.

Photo by Mitchell Hallmark

The Dancing Lights of Mill Pond Park — Christmas Extravaganza, San Saba

The little town of San Saba turns out a super-sized Texas holiday celebration with more than a million lights spread out over a 30-acre waterfront site. Tune the car radio to 88.7 FM for the musical programming that accompanies the holiday-light choreography as you roll through.

Starbright Village, Odessa

With more than 300,000 lights, the Starbright Village is advertised as “the largest light display in the Permian Basin.” Brighter than the refineries that dot the flat landscape, the brilliant spectacle is open to pedestrians and visitors driving in to see some of the best Christmas lights in Texas.

Photo by John Cabuena

River Walk, San Antonio

San Antonio’s River Walk is already one of Texas’ most romantic, evocative spots, but during the holiday season it comes alive with thousands of holiday lights that wrap the trees lining the banks of the river. Strolling the banks is enough, but the display is best taken in by riverboat.

Lights Spectacular, Johnson City

The little Hill Country town of Johnson City shows big holiday spirit each winter. Its residents transform the Blanco County Courthouse and the surrounding grounds each year with an impressive array of Christmas lights. The city calls itself “a bright beacon of light” that guides visitors to “good old-fashioned Christmas cheer.”

Walkway of Lights, Marble Falls

The light display in Marble Falls’ Lakeside Park includes more than 130 light sculptures and millions of lights creating a brilliant promenade. If you visit Marble Falls, give yourself time to soak it all in. It can take upwards of 30 minutes to wander through the whole exhibit.

Town of Highland Park

North Texas is home to many town-sponsored light events, but the main attraction each year takes place in the town of Highland Park, where dozens of residents adorn their homes with holiday decorations that take domestic light shows to the next level. Expect streets crowded with gawkers in cars, horse-drawn carriages, and even limos who make cruising Highland Park’s glittering boulevards an annual seasonal tradition. Don’t miss the tree-lighting ceremony at the “Big Pecan Tree” on the first Thursday of December at 6 p.m.

Santa’s Wonderland, College Station

The massive holiday celebration features carriage rides, hayrides, lighted arches, food, themed festivities, and a toboggan slide. But if anything sets the College Station celebration apart, it is the nightly snow falls (thanks to snow machines) that allow Texas kids a chance to slide down snowbanks and make their first snow angels in the cold, white Texas powder.

Have fun exploring these and many more Christmas lights in Texas. Find more holiday cheer here.

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