For years, one of the most breathtaking modern holiday light displays has been a short drive south of Houston at Magical Winter Lights in La Marque. The larger-than-life lantern festival spans 20 acres and presents a multicultural take on the traditional holiday light show with displays made using Chinese lantern-making techniques and stretch up to 60 feet into the air.  In short, there’s nothing else like it in the Houston area.

Unfortunately, Magical Winter Lights won’t be taking place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Every holiday season we look forward to hosting guests at Magical Winter Lights. We love to see the joy on spectators’ faces as they take in our immaculate light displays, the acrobatic performances and simply making memories with friends and family. For those reasons, we’re extremely saddened to announce that we’ve been forced to make the unfortunate decision to postpone Magical Winter Lights until the 2021 holiday season.,” a statement on the event’s website said.

While Magical Winter Lights won’t be taking place this year, the festival isn’t done for good. Event organizers say the event will return for the 2021 holiday season.

“We are comforted knowing this decision keeps our community and individuals safe during this uncertain time. We wish the best for everyone this holiday season and look forward to celebrating with you through online memories of past Magical Winter Lights events. We’ll also be looking forward to the most spectacular event to come in 2021,” the event organizers said.


About the Magical Winter Lights

The Magical Winter Lights is a larger-than-life lantern festival spanning 20 acres which presents a multicultural take on the traditional holiday light show. The displays were made using Chinese lantern-making techniques and stretch up to 60 feet into the air. Last year, the Magical Winter Lights showcased their most impressive and innovative lanterns ever.

The Magical Winter Lights typically runs from mid-November through early January. The lights are usually open 7 days a week, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s

The 2019 collection was divided into eight different themed sections including The Kingdom, The Village, The Dino, The East, Houston, The Spacee, The Ice, and The Sea. The Ice section featured a second magical castle inhabited by the magical Ice Sisters, while The Sea invites visitors into a colorful undersea world filled with mermaids, sharks, and all manner of curious sea creatures.

Aside from the lantern displays, guests can also explore food and shopping areas at the Holiday Market Square and enjoy photo opportunities with the Ice Sisters and Santa Claus. There are also nightly acrobatic performances, arts and crafts made live at the festival by Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games, and an expanded dinosaur exhibit.

Admission is usually very affordable for families, and they usually even offer discounts for military and first responders.

All in all, Magical Winter Lights is usually among the best places to see Christmas lights in Houston, which makes its absence for 2020 incredibly sad.


Magical Winter Lights Location

The Magical Winter Lights are located at 1000 FM 2004 in La Marque, TX 77568 with the entrance to the festival on FM 1764, not FM 2004.

While Magical Winter Lights may be canceled this year, many other holiday events are still planning to take place. Don’t forget to check out our full guide to Houston holiday events for more fun ideas this season!