Christmas Lights Houston 2022

Christmas Lights Houston 2022

Our list of the best 20 Christmas Lights in Houston includes River Oaks Christmas Lights, Houston Zoo Lights, Pecan Grove Christmas Lights, Shepherd Park Plaza Lights, and more! 

Looking for the best Christmas lights in and around Houston? You are in the right place!

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? Whether you are googling “Christmas lights near me”, “Christmas light show near me”, or “Christmas drive through lights near me” we have you covered! 

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 Video


Editor’s Note: Our staff tries to bring you the latest information. However, all information in the article below is subject to change. As always, please confirm before you head out. 

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Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green is back, so head over and glide beneath the beautiful holiday lights of downtown Houston and experience the magic of the season!

Throughout the season, several special events will happen at the Green Mountain Energy Ice rink. The always popular Skate with Santa is back this year. You can groove to music trends through the decades with DJ Mohawk Steve! Other favorites such as Cheap Skate Mondays (only select Mondays) and Skating with the Stars on Saturday (select days only) are planned as well!

When: Friday to Sunday, December 16-18, 2022 | Runs until January 29, 2023
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $17 + tax

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 – Best Neighborhood Light Displays

River Oaks Houston Christmas Lights 

One of the most spectacular displays of Christmas lights in River Oaks

Drive 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.

Where: River Oaks Blvd Houston, TX 77019

Shepherd Park Plaza Christmas Lights 

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.

Where:  Shepherd Park Plaza, Houston, TX 77018, USA

Nite of Lites – Prestonwood Christmas Lights

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). 

One of the best Christmas light displays in Houston! 

When: The Nite of Lites event typically begins on the second weekend in December and runs through the last weekend in December.
Where: Prestonwood Forest, Texas 77070
How Much: Free

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Christmas Lights Houston 2022 – Neighborhood Light Displays

Johnson’s Christmas Corner – Christmas Lights Cypress, TX

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 - Johnson's Corner in Cypress

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The Johnson family has been creating holiday light displays for 10 years. 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, a snow machine, and a bubble machine.

Santa is also available on certain nights to take photos with the kids. Follow 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. 

Where: 14811 Cypress Meadow Drive, Cypress, TX 77429

The Gullo House Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 - Gullo House

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 | Image Credit – Gullo Ford

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. 

Location: 30723 Old Hockley Rd Magnolia, TX

Christmas lights Katy, TX

Houston Christmas Lights 2022 - Christmas Katy

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In 2022, the shows began on Thanksgiving.  Shows start at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM Sunday thru Thursday.  Friday and Saturdays 5:30 Pm until 10:00 PM.  They will be up and running through January 1st. Christmas Eve will run until 10:00 PM.

Where: 24603 Stoughton Ct. Katy, TX 77494

Free Christmas Lights Houston 2022 – Best Neighborhoods for Light Displays

Pecan Grove Christmas Lights in Richmond, TX 

The biggest Christmas lights display in Pecan Grove

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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 side streets 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.

When: Lights should be up by Saturday, November 26th. Competition judging will begin on December 12th and will end on December 15th

Where: Pecan Grove, Richmond, Texas 77406

Lights in the Heights – Woodland Heights, TX 

Christmas Lights in Houston - Lights in the Woodland Heights 

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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 among 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 10, 2022Where: Woodland Heights Euclid Street, Houston, Texas 77009
How Much: Free

Franck’s Christmas Light Show (Copperfield) 

christmas lights franck family

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. The music and lights are so fun and uplifting! The whole show is around 45 minutes and is on a loop.
When: Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: 15923 Viney Creek, Houston, TX 77095
How Much: Free

Houston Christmas Lights 2022 – Free Light Displays in Houston Neighborhoods

Christmas Lights in Cleveland, TX  – Light Show at Christmas Ranch 

Christmas Lights Houston

Christmas Lights Houston – Image Credit – Christmas Ranch Facebook Page

This free, massive drive-through display has been bringing joy to the community since 1985! 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 the 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! 

When: November 24 – December 31, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day
Where: 14651 FM 1725, Cleveland, Texas 77328
How Much: Free

Dodd Family Holidays – Christmas Lights in The Woodlands, TX

Christmas Lights Houston - Dodd Family Holidays Lights

Christmas Lights Houston | Image Credit – Dodd Family Holidays

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.  Music is simulcast on 95.1. Located at 62 W. Knightsbridge Dr. in The Woodlands.

When:  Hours are typically 6 pm – 10 pm Sunday – Thursday and 6 pm-midnight Friday and Saturday.
Where: 62 W Knightsbridge Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77385
How Much: Free

Green Tee Christmas Lights Pearland, TX

Christmas Lights Houston - Tour De Lites

Christmas Lights Houston – Tour De Lites in Pearland | Image Credit – Pearland Bicycle

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. December 10 kicks off the 29th Annual Tour De Lites bike ride at Independence Park.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022 | 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:  Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway Pearland, TX 77581
How Much: $5 – $1,000

Dickinson Festival of Lights 

Christmas Lights in Houston - Dickinson Festival of Lights

Christmas Lights in Houston | Image Credit – Dickinson Festival of Lights Society

The Annual Dickinson Festival of Lights! A Walk-thru Event at Paul Hopkins Park – With Free Admission, Parking, and Shuttle Service.
When:  November 26 – December 30, 2022 (Closed on December 24th & 25th) | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: 1000 FM517, Dickinson, TX 77539
How Much: Free

For all the details, check out our post on Dickinson Festival of Lights 2022! 

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Christmas Lights Houston 2022 – Ticketed Light Shows 

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

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. 
When: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
East of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd., at One Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
How Much
: Adults $26-$28 | Member Adults $24-$26 | Children (3-15) $16-$18 | Member Children $14-$16 | Infants (0-2) Free

Sugar Land Holiday 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 these one-of-a-kind holiday lights display!

When: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498
How Much: $16 Adult, $14 Kids, $14 Military

Zoo Lights Houston

Houston Zoo Lights Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest – Image Credit: Houston Zoo Facebook Page

Houston’s favorite holiday lights experience – TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights – is back at the Houston Zoo! The beautiful Zoo grounds are the perfect setting to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with friends and family. One of the most popular Christmas Light Displays in Houston! 

When: November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, last entry at 9:30 pm
The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 
How Much: Between $21.20 – above, prices may vary according to the day and offer

For complete details check out our Guide to Houston Zoo Lights 2022! 

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 – Ticketed Light Shows 

The Light Park – Katy, TX

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A family-friendly drive-thru Light Show that will open to spectators every night until 1 January 2023 and show a dazzling symphony of lights and music.

When:  November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
How Much: $29 General Admission

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights 

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook:Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook/Moody Gardens

Starting November 19th through January 7, 2023 you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including the Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!

When: November 19, 2022 – January 7, 2023 | 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: $21 – $25 Child/Senior | $25 – $29 Adult

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

Christmas Lights Houston 2022 - Santa's Wonderland in College Station

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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: November 11 – December 30, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845
How much: $47.95 Child | $52.95 Adult

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