Falalalala, it’s that time of the year! Going to see holiday lights is a tradition many honor every season. Houston has some of THE best holiday lights around. Here’s your guide to a few of our very favorites.
Lights in the Heights
Lights in the Heights is one of Houston’s dearest holiday community traditions & best street festivals. This year, the popular pedestrian-friendly event will feature homes on Euclid and Byrne Streets on Saturday, December 8th from 6pm til 9pm. Put your kids in a wagon, pack your favorite festive beverages, and leisurely stroll along the route. You’ll enjoy plenty of music (jazz bands? Christmas carols? Impromptu concerts on front porches? Yes, yes, yes!), admire a wide assortment of neighbors’ holiday handiwork, and oooh and ahhh at the major wattage of lights. Mark your calendars.
From November 17th until January 13th, the Houston Zoo isn’t just a zoo…come nighttime, it’s transformed into a Winter Wonderland! Zoo Lights is now in its 7th year and is another one of Houston’s most-loved holiday traditions. More than 2 million lights illuminate the grounds and decorate delightful sights, such as the giant Holiday Tree, the Enchanted Forest, and the Holiday Train Village. Take a trip to Zoo Lights to relax & soak in the sights of the season. *Fun fact: you can recycle your holiday string lights here. The Houston Zoo has recycled almost 13,000 pounds of holiday lights to date. Per the zoo, this is roughly the size of a male Asian elephant!
Dickinson Festival of Lights
The Dickinson Festival of Lights is celebrating its 21st year in action! In 1998, two neighbors named John Montgomery and Robert Morgan came up with the idea of a free, festive, family-oriented light festival. It started small, then grew into the popular community tradition that it is today. In 2003, organizers moved the event to its present location, Paul Hopkins Park. This year, the Dickinson Festival of Lights is open nightly from November 24th through December 23rd from 6pm-8:30pm (weather permitting) and all parking & shuttle buses are free of charge. Get ready for a beautifully lit park with all types of impressive decorations. Your kiddos can decorate cookies and even get their picture taken with Santa. Bring the whole family & celebrate the wonder of the holidays in lights!
Sugar Land Holiday Lights
Located 20 minutes south of Houston, Sugar Land Holiday Lights is guaranteed to make your holidays as magical as can be – it is literally a sparkling wonderland with more than 2.5 million lights and 100 walk-through displays! Now in its 5th year, this event returns to Constellation Field beginning November 23rd through January 1st. Exciting new 2018 events include the Holiday Light Maze and a carnival, complete with rides for all ages. Parents can check out a variety of vendors and get a little holiday shopping done while kids visit Santa Claus, who will be making nightly appearances through December 23rd. It’s truly a win win for all.