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I sure love Thanksgiving…but I might love Christmas more! The kids are out of school, most of my photo sessions are wrapping up, and it’s time to enjoy the holiday season with the family. I don’t know about you, but one of our favorite traditions is driving around to see Christmas lights. Sometimes we even start the weekend after Thanksgiving! If you’re as eager to check out those sparkly light displays as I am, you can begin planning your routes now! Some light shows have already begun. From large productions to neighborhood light shows, you can keep the fun going all season long!

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Holiday Light Displays Near Houston & The Woodlands

1. Santa’s Wonderland, College Station

November 12, 2021 – December 30, 2021.

Get tickets in advance here, and see available dates and times. Santa’s Wonderland is a full-scale theme park with:

  • Food & Shopping Vendors
  • Hayrides
  • Light Show
  • Sledding
  • Carriage rides
  • Ice Skating
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus Station
  • Gingerbread Village
  • Snow Playground
  • Walking Trails
  • Petting Zoo
  • and more…

2. Houston Zoo’s Zoo Lights Event

November 15, 2021 – January 9, 2022, 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Get tickets here (not available at the gate).

3. Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

This impressive holiday event displays over 1 million lights and plenty of things to do—perfect for a weekend holiday getaway. Holiday in the Gardens features dinner shows, train rides, Rudolph 4D, campfire s’mores, the Festival of Lights, arctic slide and more. Plan your trip and book tickets here.

4. The Woodlands Market Street + Town Green Park Lights

Lighting of the Doves takes place on November 20, 2021.

Light displays and activities (such as the skating rink) remain available throughout the season. Learn more about the Lighting of the Doves event here

5. Nite of Lites Prestonwood in Tomball

December 11, 2021 – January 2, 2022.

Home owners participate in the 40-year tradition with the Nite of Lites competition. This holiday event attracts an audience from all over the Greater Houston Area. Judging takes place on December 11. 

6. Festival of Lights at The Woodlands Church

Free to the Public November 27, 2021 – December 19, 2021. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30pm. (Live Christmas Kids Show: 7pm & 8pm.) 

Dec 20th & Dec. 21st from 6:30 to 8:30pm. (Live Christmas Kids Show: 7pm & 8pm.)

This festive event features hot cocoa and cider stations, music and caroling, lights, and live performances. Learn more here.

7. Christmas at the Tree Farm in College Station

November 11, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

Features drive-thru lights, hayride, concession stand, and Christmas town. Learn more about dates, times, and tickets here.

8. Woody Wonderland in Indian Springs, The Woodlands

November 27, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

This incredible light show boasts over 4 miles of cables! Plus cookies, candy canes, a moving train, “snow,” and a radio station to tune into some holiday cheer!

9. Hurricane Harbor Splashtown Drive Thru Light Show, Spring, Texas

November 5, 2021 – January 2, 2022. 

Can in you imagine walking beneath a 700-foot animated light tunnel? Experience it at Hurricane Harbor’s Drive-thru Light Show 2021! Learn more and get tickets here

10. CityPlace Gingerbread Village in Springwoods Village

November 28, 2021 – January 7, 2022, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

You’ll love this life-sized gingerbread house as much as the kids, complete with giant candy canes, lollipops, and massive windmill. Learn more here.

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The Best Light Displays in The Woodlands Neighborhoods

Just driving around? Don’t miss these exceptionally decorated streets and neighborhoods throughout the Woodlands. Each area is known for amazing displays year after year.

Bethany Bend & Wildflower Trace in Alden Bridge—Candy Cane Lane Themed.

June Breeze Place in Alden Bridge’s Westwinds Neighborhood—Whoville Themed.

Amber Sky Place in Cochran’s Crossing—Candyland with Music.

Driftoak Circle in Cochran’s Crossing—Interactive (out of car) display with dancing Santa, sleigh, gingerbread and Grinch houses, games, and more. Bring a toy to donate.

Spring Basket Trail in Creekside—Theme changes each year.

Knightsbridge Drive in Harper’s Landing—Dodd Family Holidays event, runs just after Thanksgiving to just after Christmas from 6-10pm Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-12am Friday-Saturday. 

Harper’s Way & Laughing Falcon Trail in Harper’s Preserve—Synchronized light shows on most evenings, weather permitting.

Streets throughout Panther Creek Neighborhood.

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As you’re wrapped up in the magic of the holiday season, don’t forget to send out those holiday cards! Get some ideas for photo gifts in my recent post here.

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