Best Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays and Holiday Lights in Houston

Beautiful neighborhood Christmas lights are all around Houston. Photo courtesy of the Franck's Christmas Light Show
Beautiful neighborhood Christmas lights are all around Houston. Photo courtesy of the Franck's Christmas Light Show
11/17/23 - By Kate M

Looking for the best neighborhoods for Christmas lights in Houston? Here are some of our favorite Houston neighborhoods for holiday lights.


During the most magical time of the year, there are many ways to get your Christmas light fix, and one of the nicest is seeing Houston's neighborhood holiday lights from the comfort of your car. Houston has beautiful public lighting displays, but nothing beats driving the family around a neighborhood in your Christmas pajamas. For those evenings when you want to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season at your own pace, it's helpful to know which neighborhoods have the best holiday decorations and Christmas lights in Houston.

We've rounded up the neighborhoods with must-see lighting displays, so all you have to do is gather the family into the car, turn on some holiday tunes, and explore the Bayou City on your own time. However, many neighborhoods prefer visitors between 6–10 p.m. Lights are typically up from Thanksgiving through New Year. Also, for all things holiday in Houston—from free events to shows—check out our ultimate Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for families.


1. River Oaks

Enter River Oaks from Kirby at Shepherd or Westheimer and begin winding your way through this elegant Houston neighborhood that boasts grandiose and traditional displays of white Christmas lights. You will discover enclaves of beautifully wrapped trees, glowing deer, and lights dripping from large branches creating stunning landscapes. Enjoy from 5–10 p.m., but be aware that any day after 7 p.m. can be bumper to bumper, and Friday and Saturday are particularly busy. You can also take the opportunity to have a picture with Santa at the ‘River Oaks Santa House’ located at 3403 Del Monte Dr., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in December.

2. Post Oak Boulevard, Highland Village, and Uptown

These shopping centers offer lovely Christmas lights displays and are a quick 10-minute add-on to the River Oaks neighborhood Christmas lights. From Loop 610, take San Felipe west into Post Oak, then turn left onto Post Oak and drive south toward the Galleria, where you can catch spectacular white lights on the 300 Christmas trees lining Uptown's main holiday thoroughfare. Take a left on Westheimer and cross under the Loop to head towards Highland Village, where you can see a 60 ft. Christmas tree. Take a left onto Kirby to make your way into the heart of River Oaks described above.

3. Woodland Heights and the Heights

Known for its Christmas lights and its famous Lights in the Heights, this is an easily accessible neighborhood with many award-winning light displays. Drive within the area bordered by I-10, Heights Boulevard, and 19th Street to I-45, and you will be sure to find many eye-catching and magical holiday scenes.The featured streets this year will be Omar and Highland from Studewood to Beauchamp.

4. Shepherd Park

Start north of West 43rd Street on either side of Ella Boulevard to find many giant inflatable characters, arches over the streets, large cutouts, and dioramas.

Christmas lights in Prestonwood Forest
One of the famous yards in Prestonwood Forest, photo courtesy of

5. Prestonwood Forest

Start at Prestonwood Forest Drive, just off Highway 249. This neighborhood in Northwest Houston is known to be the top area to experience extravagant Christmas lights with themed streets and even a chance to see Santa. Since the 1980s, neighbors have competed in several categories, including best house, best block, and even best lamp post. Visit Prestonwood Forest's annual Nite of Lites event from Dec. 9 – 31, 2023, and see a wide variety of traditional and modern looks. Plan for this trip to take an hour and a half to two hours in order to have time to see all the complex displays and to park and get out of your car for some of them.

6. Cleveland Christmas Ranch

Located at 14651 FM 1725 in Cleveland, TX. For 38 years, the owners of Christmas Ranch have invited the public to drive through their complex and beautiful Christmas light display with over 300,000 lights located in Cleveland, TX; however, 2023 will be their last season. Don't miss your final chance to see many glowing scenes and decor including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas bears, and even dinosaurs with Santa hats. The Ranch is open from Thanksgiving until New Years Eve. Santa usually visits on Saturdays. It is free, but the Christmas Ranch accepts donations to St. Mary's Catholic Church to help those in need in the community.

Holiday Lights Neighborhood Christmas Katy

This Christmas lights display in a neighborhood near Houston uses more than 50,000 lights. Photo courtesy of

7. Christmas Katy

Located at 24603 Stoughton Court off I-10 and Pin Oak in West Houston, this home celebrates years of synchronized lighting. It has featured more than 50,000 LED lights, a 32-foot tree, 10-foot Nutcrackers, and a Christmas show with 17 songs broadcast on 89.9 FM. The whole street is expected to be lit up and beautiful as neighbors are also a part of the show.

8. Pecan Grove in Richmond

This Fort Bend neighborhood is known for its Christmas lights. Kids often get to see the lights on hayrides through the streets.

9. Green Tee Terrace Subdivision in Pearland

Located off FM 518 and Country Club, this neighborhood has a long history of gorgeous Christmas light displays. If you can take your bicycle, then you can follow their 6 - 8 mile "Tour de Lites."

10. Candy Cane Court and other neighborhoods in Atascocita

Located in the Pinehurst Subdivision, you will find Evening Shades Court which residents turn into Candy Cane Court each Christmas. Giant candy canes, candy cane trees, a life-size dancing Santa, a mailbox for letters to Santa, music, a homemade train that travels around the cul-de-sac, and lights upon lights transform the street into a Christmas destination complete with friendly neighbors passing out candy canes to visitors. Other planned communities to check out nearby include the Walden, Eagle Springs, and Summerwood neighborhoods.

11. Spring Shadows

At the end of Kemp Forest (off Gessner), you will find colorful and fanciful Christmas light displays along the 3000 block of Quincannon Lane, including traditionally decorated homes, large wrapped trees, and entire lots filled with whimsical holiday cheer.

Christmas Lights in The Woodlands 
Christmas lights in a Woodlands yard, photo by P.D. Zuirman

12. The Woodlands

Many neighborhoods in this area will have decorated homes and streets that are show-stoppers, but start at the Panther Creek and Alden Bridge neighborhoods for over-the-top Christmas light displays set to music. Whoville at June Breeze Place and the musical display at 62, W. Knightsbridge Drive are two worth stopping by.

13. Briargrove 

Off Westheimer (near San Felipe and Chimney Rock), this longtime Houston neighborhood has certainly aged well. The houses and the towering oak trees spread throughout are decked out in holiday cheer each year.

14. Dickinson Festival of Lights

In 2023, the Dickinson Festival of Lights is celebrating its 26th year. This is a walk-through, not a drive-through, lights display at Paul Hopkins Park in Dickinson. In addition to large light displays, food and drink concessions and photos with Santa are available. There is free parking at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center and free shuttle buses.

15.Franck Christmas Light Show

This year, don't miss the Franck Christmas Light Show - 2023 will be its final year to do the large show (smaller displays can be expected in future years) with over 200,000 lights! Located at 15923 Viney Creek, this beautiful house has accompanying music on a 45 minute loop. The Franck family has shared their neighborhood lights tradition with visitors since 2008.

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