Day Trips & Beyond: Holiday Lights 2019

Holiday happenings from Arlington to Wimberley

All around the state, courthouse squares and drive-through parks are aglow in colorful lights. The holiday season kicks off in earnest on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative, 201 S. Avenue F, Johnson City. (Photo by Gerald E. McLeod)

Holiday Lights & Happenings:

Texas Christkindl Market
Arlington, Nov. 29-Dec. 22, www.txchristkindlmarket.com

Christmas Park
Athens, Nov. 10-Jan. 3, www.christmasparkathens.net

Holiday Light Stroll
Bastrop, Nov. 30-Dec. 31, lostpines.regency.hyatt.com

Bastrop River of Lights
Bastrop, Nov. 30-Jan. 3, www.visitbastrop.com/event/bastrop-river-of-lights/4/

Old West Christmas Light Fest
Boerne, Nov. 28-Dec. 25, www.christmaslightfest.com

Christmas on the Ranch
Boerne, Nov. 29-Dec. 23, www.christmas.donstrangeranch.com

Holiday Village
Brownsville, Nov. 25-Jan. 1, www.holidayvillagebrownsville.com

Whistle Stop Christmas
Cleburne, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, www.whistlestopchristmas.com

Santa’s Wonderland
College Station, Nov. 8-Dec. 30, www.santas-wonderland.com

Christmas Tree Lighting
Corsicana, Nov. 22, www.visitcorsicana.com

Christmas in the Park
Cuero, Nov. 25-Jan. 1, www.cuerochristmasinthepark.org

Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum
Dallas, Nov. 13-Dec. 29, www.dallasarboretum.org/events-activities/holiday-at-the-arboretum

Parade of Lights
Fort Worth, Nov. 24, www.fortworthparadeoflights.org

Christmas on the Square
Frisco, Nov. 29-Dec. 31, www.visitfrisco.com

Iceland/Festival of Lights
Galveston, Nov. 16-Jan. 12, www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season

Lasers & Lights
Galveston, Nov. 30-Jan. 1, www.galveston.com/holidaymagic

Gaylord Texan’s Lone Star Christmas
Grapevine, Nov. 15-Jan. 15, www.christmasatgaylordtexan.com

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
Houston, Dec. 12-30, www.mfah.org/a/christmas-village-at-bayou-bend

Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Jefferson, Nov. 30, www.visitjeffersontexas.com

Lights Spectacular
Johnson City, Nov. 29-Jan. 5, www.johnsoncitytexas.info/lights-spectacular.html

Holiday Lighted Parade and Courthouse Lighting Ceremony
Kerrville, Nov. 23, www.kerrvilletexascvb.com/events/2019/annual-holiday-lighted-parade

Festival of Lights
Lake Jackson, Nov. 23, www.lakejackson-tx.gov/222/Festival-of-Lights

Christmas on the Creek
Lampasas, Nov. 28-Jan. 1, www.visionlampasas.org/events.html

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park
Llano, Nov. 29-Dec. 31, www.llanostarrystarrynights.com

Lighted Yule Trail
Luling, Nov. 27-Jan. 1, www.lulingmainstreet.com

Walkway of Lights
Marble Falls, Nov. 22-Jan. 1, www.marblefalls.org/walkway

Wonderland of Lights
Marshall, Nov. 27-Dec. 29, www.marshalltexas.net/public/warrants/wonderland-of-lights

Merry Wells Christmas Festival and Lighted Parade
Mineral Wells, Nov. 30, www.merrywells.org

Santa’s Ranch
New Braunfels, Nov. 8-Jan. 4, www.santasranch.net

Holiday Model Train Show
Round Rock, Nov. 27-Dec. 26, www.roundtherocktx.com/model-trains-at-artspace.html

Hometown Holiday Lights
Round Rock, Dec. 1-31, www.downtownroundrocktexas.com

Miracle on 34th Street Radio Play
Round Rock, Nov. 29-Dec. 21, www.sambasstheatre.org

Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Round Rock, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, www.sambasstheatre.org

Holiday Lights on the River Walk
San Antonio, Nov. 29-Jan. 13, www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/holiday-lights-on-the-river-walk1

Sights & Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos, Dec. 4-7, 11-14, www.sights-n-sounds.org

Dancing Lights of Mill Pond Park
San Saba, Nov. 28-Jan. 5, www.sansabatexas.com

Holiday Sandcastle Village
South Padre Island, Nov. 25-Jan. 13, www.sopadre.com/events/?event=33538505

Nature in Lights
Temple, Nov. 16-Jan. 6, hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/nature-lights/2719466/33097

Trail of Lights
Wimberley, Nov. 30-Dec. 28, www.emilyann.org/trailoflights.html


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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