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

Get yourself in the Christmas spirit early this year by taking a tour through the magical Christmas lights in River Oaks, Houston! 

Here comes Santa Claus! Halloween and Thanksgiving came and went with lightning speed and Christmas will be here before we know it. There is no reason to procrastinate feeling that holiday season joy. Grab your Christmas music playlist, some hot chocolate, and your loved ones, and head over to River Oaks to see some of the most incredibly decorated houses in all of Houston!

When Do The Lights Go Up? River Oaks Christmas Lights Dates For 2021

Many homeowners get their decorations up right after Thanksgiving! The River Oaks lights are already in full swing with a bunch of houses brilliantly decorated with thousands and thousands of lights. Each night, more homeowners are adding to the collection, so you can start visiting now and keep coming back week after week to see what’s been added.

The Christmas lights in River Oaks will remain twinkling until at least Christmas Day. It’s up to the homeowners when they take them down, but many keep their houses lit until the weekend after New Year, keeping the holiday spirit in full bloom until 2022.

Stunning all white holiday lights

Where Are Best River Oaks Christmas Lights?

The whole neighborhood has countless houses that are decorated this year. You can start on any street and wind your way up and down the neighborhood taking them all in. Put zip codes 77019 or 77027 in your maps to get you in the right place.

The best route for River Oaks Christmas lights starts on River Oaks Boulevard. Starting from Westheimer, head north up the street. The awe-inspiring mansions on this street are filled with dazzling displays of Christmas cheer. Take in all the decorations to your right as you cruise towards the country club.

Take a left on Del Monte to the famous Santa Claus house along with many other fabulous Christmas light displays. Go right on Mockingbird, and then again Inwood Drive to see more of the most dramatic River Oaks Christmas light arrangements. Then head south back down River Oaks Boulevard to see the houses on the other side of the street.

Colorful presents Christmas lights in River Oaks

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River Oaks – Parking

Most people choose to tour the River Oaks holiday lights from the car, so you won’t need to worry about parking. If you do decide you want to park and tour by foot, there is no specific parking lot, but you can find street parking throughout the neighborhood. Make sure to check for any no parking signs so that you don’t get towed. Be respectful to the people who live in the neighborhood when choosing a place to park, as well as when driving around the neighborhood.

Santa and his sleigh Christmas lights in River Oaks

When Is The Best Time To See Christmas Lights in River Oaks?

If you want to avoid the crowds, head over to the spirited neighborhood as soon as it gets dark outside, around 5:30. You can tour the Christmas displays any day of the week from 5 to 10 pm. The busiest time is on Saturday from 7 pm and on. You can check the River Oaks Christmas Lights in Houston TX Facebook page for any updates. Google map also has traffic information so you can check how busy it is before arriving. 

Simple, all white, sparking Christmas lights on a white house

River Oaks Christmas Lights Tours

There are tons of options when it comes to touring around the beautiful homes of River Oaks in all their holiday glory. It is totally free to drive through the neighborhood by yourself to take in all the lights. Load the car up with the family and put on a cheerful Christmas playlist or sing the classic Christmas carols. Warm your hearts and your bellies by bringing along some rich hot chocolate loaded up with marshmallows. 

If you’re a bit more active, you can also walk around to view the lights. While you can easily hit the main route, it might take quite a while to walk the entire subdivision, which covers two square miles. There is no designated parking area, so arrive early if you’re hoping to snag a street spot. Pick the pace up a bit and join the Bayou City Road Runners on their Christmas Lights run.

Another option is to join one of the light tours. Perhaps the most famous option is with Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston Bus. This open-air, convertible-style school bus offers trips through the neighborhood six times a night, from Monday to Sunday until January 2nd. This trip is just as educational as it is fun and your guide will tell you about who built the historic mansions that date back to 1924!

Dancing christmas tree River Oaks Christmas lights

The Perfect Holiday Tradition

The residents of the River Oaks neighborhood decorate their houses in order to bring Christmas cheer to their community. They start planning up to a year in advance with many homeowners having professional light installations. Over 300,000 people visit River Oaks each year and it’s been voted the #1 Christmas Light Neighborhood in Houston. Don’t miss out on this true gift to the city!

For the latest updates, check out the River Oaks Christmas Lights Facebook Page! 


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