Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below). Wonderland of Lights 2020 will be a modified event. With a limited program, there will be no ice skating, train rides, carousel, or Santa's Village. The health and safety of the event visitors are the primary concern of the organizers.
Wonderland of Lights in downtown Marshall is one of the most popular Christmas light festivals in Texas. It has taken place since 1987. Downtown square is lit up with over a million lights highlighting the historic Harrison County Courthouse. Visit the opening lighting ceremony in Marshall for the best experience.
The square features a Christmas market, an ice skating rink, horse carriage rides, Santa's workshops, as well as other kids' activities, and live entertainment. Children will be delighted to catch a ride on the Holly Trolley, Wonderland Express. Here you can also enjoy a ride on a restored vintage 1948 Herschel carousel. Families can make unforgettable memories in Santa's Village, where each tiny hut offers a fun and free activity. The little ones can build a train, decorate cookies, and visit Santa to tell him about their Christmas wishes. Meanwhile, adults can entertain themselves in Downtown Marshall by dancing and listening to live music at Telegraph Park downtown. The music is performed by local musicians, area churches, and choirs.
The festival features a number of special events worth visiting like the Opening Lighting Ceremony, Wassail Walk on Small Business Saturday, Lighted Christmas Parade, Tigers On Ice, Outdoor Christmas Market, Jingle Bell Run, Wonderland of Sites, and the new StoryFest. The Marshall Texas Christmas Lights is listed among the best Christmas lighting events in the country.