Families including the young, the old and the young at heart have ridden in cars throughout the years for a holiday tradition at they all gaze in wonderment at the Christmas light displays. Start feeling festive with some of the best holiday light displays around Houston. Some of the areas to treat your family too are below.

Candlelight Park

The Candlelight Park area includes Shepherd Park and nearby neighborhoods from West 43rd Street and both sides of Ella Boulevard. The dazzling displays include huge archways of colorful lights that extend overhead over the streets as you drive through them. Large inflatables of Christmas decorations can be seen on the sides of the streets to thrill children. This area has many historical homes that have hosted holiday light displays throughout the years.

Zoo Lights


The holiday lights display at the downtown zoo is growing larger and larger every year to outdo them from the previous year.  This spectacular display is best viewed at nighttime to experience all of the decorations

The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with snow, Christmas lights while holiday music fills the air with well-known tunes. The huge live oak trees are decorated will brilliant lights to see as you walk through the zoo and sip hot chocolate with your family. Projections of over 15 feet tall and life sized animal sculptures are a favorite of all. You can also view the miniature train display on the Enchanted Forest Trail.

Christmas Katy


The highlight of Christmas Katy is the synchronized lights display. This magnificent display starts on November the first to assembly and tweak all of the components for a great light show. The shows begin on Thanksgiving night with a total of 17 songs playing in sequence to the lights that are individually programmed.

There is a 32-foot Mega Tree in the display in addition to a second red and green tree. You can gaze on the lights and sounds of Christmas with utter disbelief if you and your family have never experienced this type of Houston holiday events.

Baytown Christmas Tours

Baytown has so many connecting neighborhoods with wondrous holiday light displays that they offer tours of the best neighborhoods in style. You can choose a shuttle bus, H2 Hummer, charter bus or Excursion to ride in style while you and your family enjoy the show will safe and reliable service.

This is a great way to find the hidden Houston holiday events in Baytown while you merely sit back and relax without the stress of finding that lovely hidden gem of a neighborhood.

Humble Christmas Lights

There are many homes in the Humble, Kingwood and Atascocita area that have grand light shows. Finding them all can be a challenge though. The best route to find the holiday spirit in this area is to use an interactive map that was created just for this purpose. You can track a path from one end of the dazzling displays to the other easily for your family to view from your vehicle.

Moody Gardens in Galveston


If you care to drive a few miles from the greater Houston area, you can enjoy one of the grandest family holiday events in the area. The Festival of Lights boasts giant displays and more than 1 million lights on the driving tour.

You can visit the ice rink for your family to enjoy together, get photos with Santa, watch holiday films and have a great family outing. Ice carvers speed endless hours on the Caribbean Christmas section of the tour through an undersea journey that is beneath 2 million pounds of ice.

You can ride the oil rig ice slide to the Flower Garden Banks and Gulf of Mexico areas of the ice display while seeing tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and sharks all carved out of ice. Many families return here each year to experience ice in December in warm Houston, Texas.


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