Day Trips & Beyond: Christmas Lights 2017

Take the scenic route

It’s that time of year when the state is bathed in elaborate displays of Christmas lights and decorations. Light up your holidays at one of these spectacles, or take a turn around an ice rink.

Christmas lights, Hill Country style, at the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Christmas Lights

Holiday at the Arboretum
Nov. 4-Jan. 7, Dallas,

Santa’s Wonderland
Nov. 10-Jan. 7, College Station,

Magical Winter Lights
Nov. 10-Jan. 2, La Marque,

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 1, Marble Falls,

Heritage Museum Christmas Tree Forest
Nov. 18-Dec. 22, Big Spring,

Zoo Lights
Nov. 18-Jan. 14, Houston,

Zoo Lights-Holiday Nights
Nov. 18-Dec. 31, San Antonio,

Whistle Stop Christmas
Nov. 20-Dec. 31, Cleburne,

Christmas in the Park
Nov. 20-Jan. 1, Cuero,

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights
Nov. 20-Dec. 25, Wichita Falls,

Holiday Wonder
Nov. 21-Jan. 7, Dallas,

Wonderland of Lights
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, Marshall,

Christmas Light Fest
Nov. 23-Dec. 31, Boerne,

Gift of Lights
Nov. 23-Dec. 30, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth,

Christmas on Main
Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Grapevine,

Christmas on the Creek
Nov. 23-Jan. 1, Lampasas,

Christmas Extravaganza
Nov. 23-Jan. 4, San Saba,

Holiday River of Lights
Nov. 23-Dec. 31, San Antonio,

River of Lights
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Bastrop,

Holiday Lights at Loy Lake
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Denison,

Community Christmas Tree and German Pyramid at Marktplatz
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Fredericksburg,

Christmas on the Square
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Frisco,

Lights Spectacular Hill Country Style
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Johnson City,

PEC Headquarters
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Johnson City,

Lighting of the Square
Nov. 24-Jan. 1, Georgetown,

A Wonderland Christmas
Nov. 24-Dec. 23, San Antonio,

Yule Trail
Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Luling,

Holiday Lights on the River Walk
Nov. 25-Jan. 7, San Antonio,

Trail of Lights
Nov. 25-Dec. 28, Wimberley,

Starbright Village
Nov. 30-Jan. 1, Odessa,

Christmas Trail of Lights
Dec. 1-31, Burnet,

Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch
Dec. 1-Jan. 1, Boerne,

Prairie Lights Drive Thru Holiday Light Park
Dec. 1-Jan. 1, Grand Prairie,

Deerfield Lights
Dec. 1-30, Plano,

Fiesta de las Luminarias
Dec. 1-17, San Antonio,

Concho Christmas Celebration
Dec. 2-31, San Angelo,

Comanche Trail Festival of Lights
Dec. 3-25, Big Spring,

Trail of Lights
Dec. 9-23, Austin,

Ice Skating

Panther Island Ice
Nov. 17-Jan. 15, Fort Worth,

Outdoor Ice Skating
Nov. 22-Dec. 31, Marshall,

Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating
Nov. 24-Jan.2, Fredericksburg,

Denison on Ice
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Denison,

Christmas Stroll/Winter Wonderland
Dec. 1-2, Georgetown,

Gerald McLeod has been traveling around Texas and beyond for his "Day Trips" column for more than 25 years. Keep up to date with his journeys on his archive page.

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