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The Most Magical Holiday Lights in Houston

  • November 7, 2022
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Holiday Lights in Houston You Have to See

With the holiday season approaching fast, one of the best ways to get into the spirit is to visit some incredible Holiday lights in  Houston!

There are plenty of light shows to visit throughout November and December from drive-thru light trails, walkable wonderlands, movie nights, and more. And trust me, we know better than anyone how much land our beloved city of Houston covers.  That’s why we have taken extra care to add holiday experiences from ALL across Houston to this list.  We’ve got Spring, Sugarland, Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Baytown, and more. You’re sure to find something close and exciting for your family to enjoy.

When it comes to fun and festive activities to do with your family this Christmas, all of the spots on this list would be perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Read on for our list of the BEST holiday lights in Houston!🌟

Zoo Lights

holiday lights - houston zoo

📸 Houston Zoo Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights are some of the most popular holiday lights in Houston! Hosted at the Houston Zoo for 10 years, the Zoo Lights display features animal-themed light displays, illuminated flowers, light tunnels, and more. Check out the Holiday Grove, in which the zoo’s beautiful oak trees are wrapped in lights and decked out with glowing flowers. 🦒

Sip hot chocolate while you make s’mores around the fire, meet Santa himself, enjoy special events, and take a picture in front of the 33 foot tall Holiday tree (it changes colors)! There are so many exciting things to do at Zoo Lights so be sure to stop by between November 18th and January 8th to catch the fun! 🦓


Closed on Dec. 7, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.


📍 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Texas Winter Lights

Texas Winter Lights (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 Marriot Marquis

The Houston Marriott Marquis is well known for its iconic Texas-shaped lazy river, but did you know that the Altitude Rooftop pool is transformed into a holiday lights experience during the winter months? Back for its third year, the Texas Winter lights are bigger and better than ever with Instagram-worthy photo-ops, an adult playground, and a grove of lights.

Walk through the Archway of Lanterns, float in the heated lazy river as lights twinkle above you, or catch a holiday movie on Thursday nights. This is the perfect spot for fun with the family or a cute winter date night. Don’t miss out on one of the best events for holiday lights in Houston from November 11 to January 8! 😊


Nightly from 5-10 PM, but make sure you check the website beforehand because tickets sell out!


📍 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010

River Oaks Lights Show

holiday lights in Houston

📸 River Oaks Life

Festive activities are fun for everyone, but they can get expensive fast.  These lights are free! Every year, the historic River Oaks neighborhood stuns us all with their stunning holiday decorations. Gather your favorite people, hop in your car, and blast some Christmas music while you drive through the River Oaks streets and see some incredible lights.

Almost the whole neighborhood is decked out in lights, so don’t be afraid to take your time and explore. Some of our must-visit areas are River Oaks Boulevard, Inwood Drive, and Del Monte Drive. Our number 1 pro-tip: go on a weeknight so traffic is lighter. This has to be one of the best FREE holiday lights in Houston!


Daily from 5-10PM


📍  River Oaks Blvd Houston, TX 77019

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Moody Gardens Holiday Lights (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 Moody Gardens

If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, look no further than the Moody Gardens Festival of Lights! This event is truly a holiday spectacular complete with nine different attractions including a walk-through lights trail, train rides, holiday-themed 4D films, an arctic slide, fireside s’mores, and more festive fun. 🌲

The lights trail is fun for everyone– it includes more than two million lights and themed festive scenes set to holiday music. Stop along the way to check out Star the Dancing Tree of Light or grab a hot chocolate. What a perfect place to see holiday lights in Houston!


Festival of Lights & Holiday Attractions
Peak Nights: 4PM – 10PM
Value Days: 4PM – 9PM
(Including Christmas Day)


📍 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX

Magical Winter Lights

Magical Winter Lights (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 Magical Winter Lights

You’ve never seen a lights display quite like this one! Magical Winter Lights is a 20-acre light show extravaganza that features over 100 individual lantern sets in 8 themed sections.  There is really nothing else like it. At these holiday lights in Houston, you can visit the magical castle, Christmas village, Houston skyline replica, interactive dinosaur area, carnival rides and games, and acrobatics shows on select nights.

This is basically a maze of large-scale light exhibits, and your family members of all ages will enjoy strolling through it. Be sure to keep Magical Winter Lights in mind this holiday season!

5:00PM -10:00 PM
Friday & Saturday
5:00 PM -11:00 PM

Extended Hours
December 24th – January 7th
*Closed Jan. 2nd – 4th*

Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston

Galaxy Lights

📸 Space Center Houston

Houston, we have a problem. This one is so cool you’ll want to hop in your car and head out there to see it right now. Space geeks, this one is for you! Galaxy Lights is Space Center Houston’s highly-anticipated holiday event, and it’s one of our favorite spots for holiday lights in Houston. This interactive and technologically-advanced light display features a kinetic light show choreographed to music, huge 3-D astronaut light displays, a 30-foot rocket replica, and a 200-foot holiday light tunnel that celebrates the Solar System and space travel.

Galaxy Lights is a one-of-a-kind Houston activity, you’ve got to see it for yourself! Make sure you see it before it’s gone, these lights are open from November 12th to January 1st!🚀


Open daily from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
(Closed Nov. 24, Dec. 8, 24 & 25) 


📍 1601 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

The Light Park Katy

The Light Park (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 The Light Park

Getting tired just thinking about all that walking? We’ve got you covered. The Light Park in Katy, TX is a huge drive-thru lights trail that features super tall Christmas trees, a snowflake tunnel, jolly snowmen, Santa’s sleigh, and so much more. Tune your radio to The North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio Station as you cruise through– DJ Polar Ice will entertain you with holiday hits and witty banter.


Nov 4 – Jan 1: Open Daily
Mondays – Thursdays: 5:30 – 10:00pm
Fridays – Sundays: 6:30 – 11:00pm
*Any date before Nov 6 will open at 6:30pm


📍 Typhoon Texas Waterpark Parking Lot 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd. Katy, TX 77494

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

Sugarland Holiday Lights (Holiday lights in Houston)

📸 Sugarland Holiday Lights

With all this talk about holiday lights in Houston, don’t worry Sugar Land, we could never forget about you! If you are reading through this list hoping for somewhere close to home, make sure to check out the Sugar Land Holiday Lights, conveniently located at Constellation Field. Featuring over 3 million lights, 8 themed areas, visits with Santa, and a variety of vendors to browse, this is an amazing spot to check out this holiday season. Sugar Land Holiday Lights is unique in that it is not just a light show, but holiday shopping, food, holiday movie nights, and a carnival with many exciting rides to enjoy!  Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you’re welcome to stay as long as you’d like and explore the attractions with your family. Your kids will definitely thank you for taking them to the Sugar Land Holiday Lights!






The Christmas Ranch

Christmas Ranch (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 Christmas Ranch

This one is an absolute cannot miss, The Christmas Ranch! The Christmas Ranch is located in Cleveland, Texas just off I-69. It is a drive-thru light show that has been spreading holiday cheer for over 35 years.  You’re gonna love this, it’s 100% free! Open Thanksgiving Day to New Years Eve, you can visit the impressive light display between 6-10 PM any day of the week, but be sure to go on a Saturday in December if you want to have a special visit with Santa.

Started in 1985 by a family that just wanted to spread some Christmas magic, today there are so many fun and festive things to see here, including a Ferris wheel, windmill, polar express, and much more. When it comes to holiday lights in Houston, the Christmas Ranch is an amazing option!


6-10pm Daily!


📍 14651 FM1725, Cleveland, TX 77328

Market Street Lights

Market Street Lights (Holiday Lights in Houston)

📸 Visit The Woodlands

If you’re like me and holiday shopping seems to consume all of your time during this season, this one is for you.  Knock some errands off the list while you get to enjoy some beautiful holiday lights in Houston at the Market Street Lights in The Woodlands.  Already an amazing shopping and dining area, during the holidays Market Street is lit up with thousands of lights and a 70-foot-tall Christmas tree. There is a 3-minute-long holiday light show set to all of your favorite holiday songs. This one is another free must-see, and with the size and beauty of this Christmas tree, you’re sure to feel like you’re at the Rockefeller Center in New York City! 🎄



Daily from 5:30pm-9:30pm


📍Market St The Woodlands, TX 77380

Deck The Trees

Deck the Trees (holiday photo-ops in hou)

📸 Alley Theatre

Deck The Trees has been a Houston favorite for the past 15 years. Inside the lobby of the Alley Theatre and the windowscape at the George R. Brown Convention Center, you will find the most beautiful and unique Christmas trees you have ever seen. Complete with trees representing the diversity of the city, there will be whimsical, cultural, traditional, and eclectic holiday designs.  This holiday experience benefits the Alley Theatre and helps to support the Houston arts scene, so if that is important to you don’t miss out on these holiday lights in Houston!



Trees are on display from November 18, 2022 through January 2, 2023.


📍615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Make sure to enjoy these holiday experiences while they last!

I told you there would be some holiday lights in Houston from every suburb for you to enjoy. Take some time with your family this holiday season to enjoy these beautiful holiday experiences.  Even if money is tight, we’ve got you covered.  The memories you create with your families, friends, and loved ones in these places are sure to last a lifetime. What better way to enjoy the season than with some beautiful holiday lights in Houston?

As always, make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of the new and exciting things coming here to Houston. If you’re not quite ready to admit Christmas is approaching, check out Our Favorite Fall Season Activities in Houston. We’re not taking ANY excuses to not create memories this year.

Most importantly, from all of us here at UNATION, happy holidays!

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