Beautiful holiday displays in different areas of Houston is a favourite holiday tradition for locals. Houston usually sees warmer weather in November and December, so the city is ideal for long evening walks through the magically lit-up streets with the family.
The Magical Winter Lights lantern festival in the town of La Marque, TX, is the largest holiday display in the area. It is also the largest festival of its kind in the United States, according to the Magical Winter Lights website. Visitors can tour more than 100 individual lantern sets in eight themed sections of the park which include a Christmas village, Houston skyline, the mystery of the East and a Dino fun zone. A vast 20-acre space also features carnival games and a holiday market.
Dickinson Festival of Lights takes over Paul Hopkins Park in the Southeast Houston–area. Countless lights, concession stands, pictures with Santa, and a decorate-your-own-cookie factory. This mesmerizing walk-thru event offers free admission, shuttle service and parking.
The Woodlands Town Center offers a colourful light display in the city setting. The vibrant scenes and installations concentrate near the Town Center ice rink. The trees along the Woodlands Waterway are worth the admiration while they are glowing with hundreds of lights.
The annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting ceremony happens on Thanksgiving evening. It includes 80 lit up trees on Post Oak Boulevard. The event was canceled in previous years due to the construction, so check for updates over here.
The Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens features dozens of holiday activities, like ice skating and holiday films. One of the biggest holiday festivals in the region, it features more than one million lights combined in 100 animated light displays synchronized with music and other sounds. Moody Gardens also has an outdoor ice skating rink, ice sculptures of animals, The Arctic Slide and Santa's residence.
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo are perfect for walks with children as there are many animal-themed displays, transforming the zoo into a winter wonderland.