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Oh, the weather outside is frightful (still hot and humid),

But the fire is so delightful.

And since we've got no place to go,

Let's check out the Best Christmas lights display Houston has to offer

OK, the weather is starting to feel a little bit like Christmas, the days are getting shorter, and the holiday break for schools is quickly approaching. Use this handy comprehensive list of the Best Christmas light displays throughout greater Houston to keep the family happy and together this holiday season!

The BEST Christmas decorations inside the loop

Woodland Heights — Be sure to check out Lights in the Heights on December 10th! This area of the Heights is known for its Christmas lights. Streets are blocked off to enjoy the lighted homes and musical performances — expect to see live bands, vendors, food, packed streets of festive Houstonians, and much more!

River Oaks — This is a do not miss neighborhood for holiday lights! Drive through River Oaks to see the amazing homes and huge trees wrapped in brilliant Christmas lights. These exquisite displays are packed with dripping icicle lights and more. Don't miss River Oaks Country Club, River Oaks Blvd and Inwood Drive near Lamar HS.

River Oaks Christmas lights in 360 degree video

Zoo Lights — OK, wow, don't miss this, over 2 million lights at the Houston Zoo this year for Zoo Lights! The zoo is really changed into a winter wonderland! It's the fifth year to take in the sights and sounds of the season and enjoy holiday carols, sip hot chocolate, and over 15 miles of environmentally-friendly LEDs light the zoo's beautiful oak trees and decorate the paths to illuminate your way. Don't miss the light show set to music, the holiday train, Enchanted Forest, Candy the talking Zebra, huge Christmas tree full of decorations and much much more! Prices start at $9.95 for members and $14.95 for non-members.

Houston Christmas lights and palm trees

Highland Village Christmas decorations - photo credit: honeywerehome.com blog

Highland Village — Get in the holiday (and shopping) spirit with beautifully Christmas light-wrapped palms through Houston's Highland Village shopping area. Cruise down Westheimer to see the huge bows, bright lights, and holiday bustle!

Galleria Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting — Each year on Thanksgiving evening in Houston, thousands of Houstonians and guests from out of town gather along Uptown's Post Oak Blvd for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting. The family event is completely FREE and features live music by Houston bands; holiday characters including Rudolph and the rest of Santa’s reindeer; a special appearance from Santa and his elves; lighting of more than a half million glimmering lighting on 80 trees lining the boulevard and an incredible fireworks extravaganza. Do not miss! PS - While you're in Uptown don't forget to check out the ice rink inside the Galleria!

Houston Discovery green ice skating

Discovery Green ice rink - photo credit: discoverygreen.com

Downtown — Lastly, you cannot forget about Discovery Green! From ice skating with Santa or visiting the new lit up flowers along the Enchanted Promenade, Discovery Green is a must visit family destination this holiday season! The 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface is the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest and opens late November through the holiday season, be sure to check it out! Discovery Green has concerts, markets, art, and many more events through the holidays!

Other must see light displays!

Sugar Land — More than 2.5 million lights at Sugar Land Holiday Lights and numerous themed displays at Constellation Field, located in Sugar Land, TX. Don't forget to get some holiday shopping done with a variety of vendors, enjoy great food, and meet Santa!

La Marque — At Magical Winter Lights, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a huge lantern display and even more entertainment. Enjoy the carnival rides and games, watch the international cultural and local performances, explore the Holiday Market Square and more! 

Prestonwood Forest — Come check out Prestonwood’s 780+ homes participating in a neighborly, holiday-spirited light competition for a variety of individual and block recognition categories which are awarded by a committee of guest judges. Additionally, Prestonwood residents and touring guests can contribute to the fun by nominating their favorite homes for the ‘People’s Choice’ award category, throughout December, by voting online! The neighborhood is located off of Hwy. 249 and Cypresswood Drive and a map is available on the link above.

Christmas in Katy —  Ten years of synchronized lighting! Homes in the Pin Oak subdivision go all out for Christmas! All the information on location, parking, hours, and photos are here

Pecan Grove — Located near First Colony Mall, Pecan Grove is one of the most well known Christmas light destinations in greater Houston! There are more than 4500 homes in the neighborhood and nearly everyone participates with decorations! The community invites all of its neighbors to decorate their home and promote and share the holiday spirit through decorations and hay rides! The town even has a neighborhood Christmas light contest!

Moody Gardens Annual Festival of Lights — One of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for Texas families, groups, visitors and tourists alike. Come see more than ONE MILLION lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. Other awesome activities include skating around on Galveston’s only outdoor ice skating rink (rentals available for $7 or you can even bring your own skates), try out the Moody Gardens Arctic Slide or take holiday photos with Santa! Admission starts at around $11.


Do all of these beautiful Christmas light displays make you want to move to a new neighborhood? If you need help finding the perfect home or selling your current home anywhere in Houston, contact me today! 

What's your favorite light display? Did Houston-Neighborhoods.com miss any light display or show? Let us know in the comments below?