Looking for the best Christmas lights in and around Houston? Our city is full of neighborhoods decked out in Christmas lights — often synchronized to music. But how do you find these often tucked-away places in such a big city?

Word-of-mouth is certainly one way. Here is our list of the best places to see Christmas lights in Houston in 2021, sorted by region. Please make sure to follow proper social distancing and health guidelines when visiting these Christmas light displays.

Top Pick – Houston Christmas Lights Tour 

This year, why not leave the stress of driving around searching for the best Christmas Lights and take a tour instead? gather your family Friends and Co-workers together for a fun festive time with a tour of the Houston Christmas Lights. See over 1 millions Holiday lights in the Downtown, Midtown, River Oaks and West University areas of Houston. 

Christmas Lights Tour by Joyride

Image Credit: Groupon

Tour starts at One Market Square Garage, 800 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002, USA and lasts for 90 minutes and costs a little over $50 per person.

Book your tickets today! 


Christmas Lights in Central Houston

River Oaks Christmas Lights

One of the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights in River OaksDrive through River Oaks to see the mansions and huge oaks wrapped in lights. These traditional displays are amazing with dripping lights and more. River Oaks Country Club, Inwood Drive, Willowick and Del Monte are some prime streets. Check out the corner house at Mockingbird and Del Monte for an amazing display! This neighborhood arguably offers the best Christmas lights in Houston and is a must-see every year.
When: Thanksgiving Day to Day After Christmas
Where: 1722 River Oaks Blvd, Houston, TX 77019
How Much: Free

Check out our comprehensive guide on River Oaks Christmas Lights with tips on best times to go, map, parking and more! 

Lights in the Woodland Heights 

unique woodland heights christmas lights

Lights in the Heights – Image Copyright: HoustonOnTheCheap.com

This area of the Heights is known for its high concentration of Christmas lights in Houston. The neighborhood usually hosts Lights in the Heights. Lights in the Heights is not just a fun, family-friendly, holiday event. It’s also a competition amongst neighbors! Each year, the Lights in the Heights committee will choose winners for a variety of award categories. The homeowners get super creative with their displays and come up with some spectacular holiday displays! 
When: Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 6–9 PM. Although the official Lights in the Heights is this weekend, the Christmas lights in the Heights will be up for the remainder of the month. 
Where: Woodland Heights Euclid Street, Houston, Texas 77009. The featured streets this year will be Byrne and Euclid from Studewood to Beauchamp.
How Much: Free

For more details including maps, parking etc. check out our comprehensive Guide on Lights in the Heights 2021! 


Shepherd Park Plaza

Christmas lights in Shepherd Park Plaza

This Christmas lights display dates back to the late 1960s, and it’s truly one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city for looking at lights. It’s one street after another of amazing displays as the neighbors compete for awards for Most Original, Best Overall, Most Creative, and more. We love the lighted arches that go over the streets throughout the neighborhood! Shepherd Park Plaza is located at Shepherd Park Plaza, Houston, Texas 77018. To get there, take Ella Blvd. north a little past 43rd street and the neighborhood will be on the right-hand side.

Check out our comprehensive guide to the Lighted Arches of Shepherd Park Plaza


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Christmas Lights in Northwest Houston

Prestonwood Forest

Prestonwood Forest Lights

courtesy Prestonwood Forest, photo credit P. Ilijana

Prestonwood Forest in Northwest Houston is considered the “granddaddy” of Houston neighborhoods with entire streets participating in elaborate light displays since the 1970s. The Night of the Lites will be lit Saturday December 11. The 786 homes in the neighborhood compete for awards: Best All Around Home, Best Cul-de-Sac, Best Block Best Mailbox and more. The neighborhood is off Tomball Parkway (SH249). 

For more details, check out our 2021 Guide for Prestonwood Forest Christmas Lights

When: Saturday December 11 – Sunday January 12th
Where: Prestonwood Forest, Texas 77070
How Much: Free

Lights On/Off Schedule
To help discourage very late-night traffic, we are asking everyone coordinate the “lights on / lights off” schedule as follows:
•  Lights On: Starting at 6pm
•  Lights Off: Monday – Thursday – 10pm; Friday – Sunday – 11pm

Christmas Lights Houston

Johnson’s Christmas Corner (Cypress) (not updated for 2021)

The Johnson family has been creating holiday light displays for 10 years. The family took a break in 2016, but they’ll be good to go for the 2020 season. Its Christmas light display at 14811 Cypress Meadow Dr. includes 70,000 lights synchronized to 50+ songs for a different show six nights a week, snow machine and bubble machine. Here is the expected 2020 music schedule based on prior years:

Monday: “A Classic Christmas”
Tuesday: “TSO & Mannheim Night” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Mannheim Steamroller
Wednesday: “Rock-n-Roll Christmas”
Thursday: “Country Christmas”
Friday: “Movie Night at the Corner” — lights move to iconic movie themes
Saturday and Sunday are a mash up of songs from the week

Santa is also available on certain nights to take photos with the kids. Follow on Johnson Corner Facebook or Twitter to be informed of nights with Santa. Another cool feature is its online Santa chat where kids can ask a question to Santa. 

Christmas Lights in Houston - Best Holiday Lights 2021

photo: Johnson Family

Franck’s Christmas Light Show (Copperfield) – Canceled for 2021.

The Franck family on Viney Creek shares a neighborhood lights tradition since 2008. Songs are timed to music. The light show runs nightly from 5:30 pm – 10 pm (Sunday through Thursday) and till 11 pm on weekends. Located at 15923 Viney Creek. Music is broadcast on 89.7 FM. Every time I visit I smile. The music and lights are so fun and uplifting! The whole show is around 45 minutes and is on a loop.

christmas lights franck family

Christmas Lights in North Houston

Christmas Ranch (Cleveland)

This free, massive drive-through display is celebrating 33 years of bringing joy to the community. The Christmas display has grown so much the Hanleys moved to a larger, more accessible home in 1995! It features more than 300,000 lights, holiday scenes, 32-ft reindeer, and more. The family shares the donations it receives with needy in the community. Christmas Ranch is located about an hour north of downtown at 14651 FM 1725 in Cleveland. And it’s completely free! Hours are 6 pm – 10 pm daily from Thanksgiving through New Years.

christmas ranch

Dodd Family Holidays (The Woodlands Christmas Lights) 

Since 2001, the Dodd family has shared their love of Christmas lights with the community. Chris Dodd spends two to three weeks setting up his display. He enjoys coming out and mingling with visitors. His light show is two hours with around 45 songs. Hours are typically 6 pm – 10 pm Sunday – Thursday and 6 pm-midnight Friday and Saturday. Music is simulcast on 95.1. Located at 62 W. Knightsbridge Dr. in The Woodlands.

dodd family lights

Schultz Holiday Lights (Spring) – To be updated for 2021

The Schultz family enjoys displaying Christmas on Rose Dawn, its animated holiday lights from Thanksgiving to New Years since 2010. Located at 19827 Rose Dawn, Spring. Check out videos from previous years.

schultz family lights rose dawnWM

The Gullo House (Magnolia)

This 5-acre winter wonderland is the creation of Tony Gullo, owner of Gullo auto dealerships. It’s a truly remarkable display of Christmas lights and decorations, and Mr. Gullo even dresses up as Santa Claus at various times throughout the season. You can learn a bit more on this unofficial Facebook page.


Christmas Lights in West Houston

Christmas Katy (Katy) –  To be updated for 2021

Christmas in Katy is back for 2020 with a new look and plenty of upgrades to their popular display! 


Christmas Lights in Southeast Houston

Moss Lights (League City) 

Moss Lights is normally a popular place to see Christmas lights in the Houston area.Christmas Lights in Houston - Best Holiday Lights 2021

photo: Moss Lights

Green Tee Subdivision (Pearland) 

This is another neighborhood with a long history of beautiful light displays. Each year the Tour De Lites features a leisure 6-8 mile bike ride (or hay ride) through Green Tee just to see the lights. This is located off FM 518 and Country Club.

There are a few popular annual light displays in the area that were closed in 2020 (2021 information to be updated)

Dickinson Festival of Lights (Dickinson) — Note: The Dickinson Festival of Lights will be closed for the 2020 season.

Bufkin Christmas Wonderland (Pasadena) — Unfortunately after 25 years, this amazing Christmas lights display — a Pasadena tradition for many area families — is no longer open.


Christmas Light In Southwest Houston

Pecan Grove (Richmond)

The biggest Christmas lights display in Pecan Grove

Pecan Grove Christmas Lights – Image Copyright: HoustonOnTheCheap.com

This Fort Bend neighborhood near Richmond is known for its Christmas lights. Pecan Grove Plantation is the area I toured off FM359. Plantation Drive is the main thoroughfare through the community. Most any side street will have some lights, but some are definitely decked out more than others. There is house after house of traditional beautiful displays.  Hayrides are common as folks gather up the kids and drive through the streets. Some of the major streets to check out include Morton League, Austin Colony and Quarterpath where P.O.A. Hall of Fame homes display their award-winning sign.

Check out our comprehensive guide on Pecan Grove Christmas Lights with tips on best places to see, map, parking & more! 


Houston Christmas Light Displays – Places Requiring A Fee

There are some other places to see Christmas lights in Houston for a fee. Learn more about these light displays at the links below

TOP PICK – Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

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Head over to the Houston Botanic Garden for the visual treat of an internationally acclaimed holiday light show. The light show is created by local artists and will feature previous Lightscape favorites along with new illuminations. For more details on what to expect, click here
When: November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022, 5:45 – 11 p.m.
East of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd., at One Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
How Much
: Save Big on Lightscape Admission – Get 25% off ticket prices

Sugar Land Christmas Lights

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

When it comes to holiday light festivals, the Sugar Land Holiday Lights are among the best in the greater Houston area. Enjoy a winter wonderland boasting more than 3 million lights and numerous colorful and animated displays with cute themed areas at Constellation Field. Don’t miss this one of a kind holiday lights display from November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022!

Check out all the details including daily specials, COVID guidelines and more in our updated post on Sugar Land Holiday Lights

When: November 19, 2021 to January 9, 2022
Where: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498
How Much: $16 Adult, $14 Kids

Zoo Christmas Lights Houston

Houston Zoo Lights Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest – Image Credit: Houston Zoo Facebook Page

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo now through January 9, 2022, with two million Christmas lights illuminating throughout the area. The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland each night from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.

Check out all the details including key attractions, special events, parking and more in our updated post on Houston Zoo Christmas Lights

When: 15 Nov 2021 – 9 Jan 2022, 5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 
How Much: Between $17- $22, prices may vary according to the day and offer, it is recommended to check their website and make bookings before your visit. 

The Light Park – Katy, TX 

the light park

A family-friendly drive-thru Light Show that will open to spectators every night until 2 January 2022 and show a dazzling symphony of lights and music.

Check out our comprehensive guide:  Light Park 2021 – Splashtown Christmas Lights

When:  3Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022
Where: Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
How Much: $40 – $80. Check detailed prices here

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights & More

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook:Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook/Moody Gardens

Now through January 2, you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!

For more details such as best attractions, value days, check out our recently updated post on Moody Gardens Light Show

When: 20 Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022, 10 am – 5pm
Where: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: 22 $ for the Festival of Lights ($18 on value days) & $39 for the Holiday Pass ($29 on value days).

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s totally worth it to visit Santa’s Home Town! Stroll through a variety of attractions and amazing light displays. Prices vary.
When: 12 Nov 2021 – 30 Dec 2021
Where: 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845
How much: General admission: $49.95. 


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