There's something magical about Christmas lights that make the holidays come alive (even in Houston when it's 80 degrees on Thanksgiving). For the best over-the-top light displays around town, check out one of the locales or events below.
The Woodlands Town Center - The Woodlands
2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands is a colorful light display with different scenes and themes located near the township's Town Center ice rink. While guests have to pay to ice skate, admiring the lights is free! The trees along The Waterway are also wrapped in holiday lights making for a beautiful night-time stroll after dinner.
Post Oak Boulevard and Westheimer
Don't sweat it if you missed the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting (held on Thanksgiving evening every year) because of the 80 lit holiday trees on Post Oak Boulevard light up the night throughout the holidays.
800 Town and Country Boulevard, Houston
Thousands of twinkling lights adorn the tree-lined streets at CityCentre. In addition to plenty of holiday shopping and tasty restaurants, CityCentre boasts an enjoyable green space that is decorated immaculately during the holiday season. You can even enjoy an outdoor holiday movie with the entire family surrounded by the gorgeous lights this year on December 12.
Zoo Lights - Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston
Lions and tigers and beautiful light displays, oh my! The zoo completely transforms into a holiday wonderland with colorful scenes around every corner. You can read more about tips and tricks for enjoying Zoo Lights here.
Festival of Lights - Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd., Galveston
If the name of this annual festival isn't a dead giveaway, through Jan. 6, 2019, guests at Moody Gardens can expect dazzling light displays and tons of holiday activities, from outdoor ice skating to showings of classic holiday films.
Magical Winter Lights - La Marque
1000 FM 2004, La Marque
These are not ordinary holiday lights. Expect to find elaborate set-ups with themes like Dinosaur Land and Mystery of the East. It's a huge space with dozens of displays as well as carnival games, a holiday market, and a kid's fun zone. You can read more about all of the fun things to do at Magical Winter Lights here.
Sugar Land Holiday Lights - Sugar Land
1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land
Sugar Land's Constellation Field comes alive at night with more than 100 walkthrough displays made up of 2.5 million lights. Kids will also love the massive inflatable snow globe and activities.
Dickinson Festival of Lights - Dickinson
1000 FM 517 Road E, Dickinson
Walk through, under, and around hundreds of lights at Paul Hopkins Park. The festival also features plenty of photo opportunities with Santa.
Santa's Wonderland - College Station
18898 Hwy. 6, S., College Station
Although this requires a bit of a drive, a trip to College Station is definitely worth it to experience Santa's Wonderland. Tour Santa's magical world, take a hayride, a carriage tour, and enjoy the beautiful light displays.
Project Noel Light Display - Richmond
2100 Preston, Richmond
See the 241-acre Richmond State Supported Living Center come alive with more than 40 lighted Christmas scene displays. Enjoy walking through the various light displays, as well as visit with Santa and his elves.
Houston Historical Tours Holiday Lights Tour - Various locations
Hit multiple Houston hotspots for holiday lights with your choice of 9 holiday light tours by Houston Historical Tours. Bus tours last from 3-7 hours and take you to various stopping points to see light displays while enjoying holiday music and playing trivia games on board.
Froberg's Farm Annual Winter Festival - Alvin
See beautifully lit light displays from the cozy comfort of a nighttime hayride at Froberg's Farm in Alvin. While you're there, play games, decorate cookies, and take photos with Santa.
For more neighborhoods and homes around Houston with over-the-top light displays, we've got you covered! Check them out here.
Top Photo courtesy of the Houston Zoo
This post originally published in 2017.