Check out these Holiday traditions old & new around the Houston Area!
1) NEW! Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade | Nov. 18, 2017-Jan. 25, 2018 @ Discovery Green
Inspired by the century-old oaks at the heart of Discovery Green and the nonverbal cues trees use to communicate, this installation by Montreal art collective Daily tous le jours, is made up of a series of arches under the park’s live oak canopy. Speak into input stations at the end of the sculpture and watch your voice message transform into light patterns and music that travel along the arches. On display daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. from November 18, 2017 to January 25, 2018.
The residents of Prestonwood Forest in Northwest Houston have been decorating their homes in grand fashion since the 1970s. Hundreds of homes participate in the neighborhood's annual Nite of Lites event, which runs for most of December. Neighbors compete in several categories, such as best block, best house, and even best mailbox. Many of the decorations revolve around a theme, such as the Twelve Days of Christmas, Texas Christmas and more. Start on Prestonwood Forest Drive, just off of Texas Highway 249, and take a look at this year’s Nite of Lites map to guide your visit.
3) Moody Garden Festival Of Lights | Nov. 11, 2017 - Jan. 7, 2018
For years now, the folks at Moody Gardens in Galveston have been staging Festival of Lights, a huge display of more than 1 million lights along a mile-long trail through the park. The entire family will enjoy the ice rink, pictures with Santa, holiday films and more. Admission is $15.95 per person. While you’re there, you may also want to check out Ice Land, an exhibit in which a skilled theme of master ice carvers have charted your course for a journey through the rainforest. A giant ice slide takes you from the tree tops through to the forest floor, ancient ruins and river’s edge to prepare for the most joyous time of the year. Admission to Ice Land is $26.95 for adults and $21.95 for children and seniors.
4) Magical Winter Lights | Nov. 10, 2017 - Jan. 2, 2018 @ Gulf Greyhound Park
This 52-day festival at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, a small city south of Houston, is the largest holiday light festival in the area, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to take place in the U.S. Magical Winter Lights differentiates itself from other more traditional holiday lighting events by basing its designs on Chinese lanterns and transforming them into larger-than-life remakes of well-known landmarks and landscapes in the world.
5) Houston Zoo Lights | Nov. 18, 2017 - Jan. 14, 2018
Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo this year with a spectacular display of more than 2 million lights. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through fifteen miles of twinkling lights illuminating the zoo’s oak trees and lighting up its pathways, plus colorful projections, and life-sized animated animal sculptures. Other features include the Holiday Train Village and an Enchanted Forest. Zoo Lights is closed on Nov. 27 and Dec. 14, 24 and 25. Tickets range from $11.95 to $19.95 depending on the night and whether visitors are zoo members.
6) Lights In The Heights | Dec. 9, 2017
Each year, the Woodland Heights neighborhood comes alive for Lights in the Heights on a Saturday evening in early December. But the lights don't go dim in this charming neighborhood until well after Christmas so if you want to avoid the crowds, you can plan to drive or walk around on a different evening. Find a concentration of lights along Highland Street and Bayland Avenue.
7) Holiday Lights | Nov. 24, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 @ Constellation Field
Sugar Land’s showcase of lights in Constellation Field features more than 100 walkthrough displays and 2.5 million lights. This year’s festivities welcome Santa Claus once again on each night through December 23, along with a variety of food trucks, shopping and children’s activities. View the lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. General admission tickets are $14.
8) Lights Of River Oaks | Starts December 1st
River Oaks is one neighborhood you shouldn’t miss when looking for the city’s best holiday lighting displays. Mansions and estates go all out with grand lighting displays that are a treat to see. A popular stop is the River Oaks Country Club on River Oaks Boulevard. Start there and work your way around the neighborhood; you’re bound to see beautiful lights most everywhere you look. While some homes start putting up lights around Thanksgiving, visit in December for better sights, and try to avoid Saturdays when it’s busiest.
9) Santa's Wonderland | November 11th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018 @ College Station
A Texas Christmas Experience. Come & celebrate our 20th season of Christmas lights, food & fun!
10) Dickinson Festival of Lights | December 1st - 30th 6pm - 8:30pm @ Paul Hopkins Park
Since 1998, the Dickinson community comes together to create Dickinson Festival of Lights, a free walk-through lights display. All parking and shuttle buses are free. Parking on weekends is courtesy the Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center, exit 19, I-45 N feeder. Only those needing handicap parking can park onsite Friday through Sunday. The shuttle is the best way to go!
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