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Christmas Lights in Texas You Don’t Want to Miss

This year it’s easy to enjoy Christmas lights from the comfort of your car. Here are some drive-through holiday lights displays in Texas that are sure to bring a smile to your friends and family. 

According to the Texas Medical Association, seeing lights from your car is a low-risk activity during the pandemic.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Drive-thru Christmas displays are the rage this year, and some Christmas spectaculars are located in new places.

Through December 26, a new Christmas light display is taking over the entire American Airlines Center parking lot and becoming Candy Cane Lane. The “multi-level visual Christmas attraction” can be celebrated from your car as your drive through the parking lot. Along with holiday lights, you’ll find classic holiday lantern characters, a 2020 photo opportunity with Santa Clause – just pop your head out the window. Tickets range from $35-$60 dollars, click here for more details.

In the Dallas area you’ll find Christmas lights at the Dallas Zoo until Jan. 3. Here are more places to see holiday lights in North Texas.


Houston also has Zoo Lights going on now until Jan. 10. It’s one of the most popular holiday light displays in the Bayou City, take note this is a walk-through event.

Other places to see lights include the Marriott Marquis Houston at their Texas Winter Lights rooftop event, happening nightly.  Take a drive through Lights in the Heights or the River Oaks neighborhood, your eyes will pop at the displays on the homes you pass.

Or for $15 stop by Sugar Land’s Holiday Lights at Constellation Field. Here are more Christmas lights and light shows to check out in the Houston area.

San Antonio

See holiday lights from your car at the AT&T Center at illumiNight: A Magical Drive-thru Experience, a mile long holiday lights display made of over 4 million lights and yummy treats that runs until Jan. 3. Tickets range from $35 to $63 dollars per car.

Looking for a little adventure, head off to Elf Acres, on the Westside of San Antonio, for a memorable holiday experience with a synchronized light show and a mile of drive-thru festive lights. Here’s a photo gallery and ticket details.

Here are more spots to see Christmas lights this year from your vehicle in San Antonio. 


Every year hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the Austin Trail of Lights, going on now at Zilker Park until Jan. 3. This year it is a drive-thru event due to COVID-19, and there are dash passes available.

The special light display has been going on for 56 years, read more about the beloved holiday tradition here.

Get tickets soon, they are selling out.

Here are more light displays that are both walkable and drive-thru in Austin.  This year the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has something new, and guests can stroll through the Texas Arboretum to see a light display.

Here are more light displays in the Hill Country.

One Christmas lights display in Southwest Austin is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Looking to give back this holiday? Here are a few ways to help others.

RA Staff
RA Staff
Written by RA News staff.


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