Day Trips & Beyond: Holiday Lights 2023

Add some sparkle to your holiday season

Around the state, colorful lights twinkling in the dark means the holiday season is upon us, so we've compiled a handy guide to displays around Texas and neighboring states.

All the Christmas lights help guide the man in the red suit to the good little boys and girls. (Photos by Gerald E. McLeod)
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Zoo Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 7, Houston,

Magical Winter Lights
Nov. 17-Jan. 7, Katy,

Holly-Days at the Garden
Nov. 24-Dec. 16, Corpus Christi,


The Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls sparkles off the lake in one of the biggest lighting displays in Central Texas, and it’s free.

Holiday Lights Along the Llano
Nov. 1-Jan. 1, Junction,

Walkway of Lights
Nov. 18-Dec. 31, Marble Falls,

Georgetown Square
Nov. 24-Jan. 1, Georgetown,

Lights Spectacular
Nov. 24-Jan. 7, Johnson City,

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative at 201 S. Ave. F in Johnson City turns their lawn into an enchanted forest.

PEC Holiday Lights
Nov. 24-Jan. 7, Johnson City,

Sights & Sounds of Christmas
Nov. 30-Dec. 9, San Marcos,

Annual Trail of Lights
Dec. 2-26, Wimberley,

Starry Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park
Dec. 4-Dec. 31, Llano,

Buda Trail of Lights
Dec. 7-20, Buda,


Christmas in the Gardens
Nov. 26-Dec. 22, Amarillo,

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

Candlelight at the Ranch
Dec. 8-9, Lubbock,


The old county courthouse in Marshall anchors a lighting display that includes much of the downtown and an outdoor ice skating rink.

Walk of Lights
Nov. 17-Dec. 31, Palestine,

Wonderland of Lights
Nov. 22-Dec. 30, Marshall,


The massive lighting display at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls started as one family’s Christmas tradition in the 1920s, and now consists of over 45 handmade animated scenes.

Holiday at the Arboretum
Nov. 9-Jan. 5, Dallas,

Luling Yule Trail
Nov. 15-Dec. 21, Luling,

Nov. 17-Jan. 1, Fort Worth,

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights
Nov. 20-Dec. 26, Wichita Falls,

Whistle Stop Christmas
Nov. 20-Jan. 1, Cleburne,

Prairie Lights
Nov. 23-Dec. 31, Grand Prairie,

Wild Lights
Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Waco,

ElectriCritters: A Lighted Christmas Display
Nov. 24-Dec. 23, Wichita Falls,

River of Lights
Nov. 25-Jan. 2, Bastrop,

Christmas Spectacular
Dec. 2-Jan. 7, The Colony,

Trail of Lights
Dec. 8-23, La Grange,


Most lighting displays have food vendors on the premises with more than hot chocolate and candy canes.

Nov. 17-Jan. 1, San Antonio,

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

Holiday Lights on the River Walk
Nov. 24-Jan. 7, San Antonio,

Windcrest Light-Up
Dec. 2-31, Windcrest,

Westover Field of Lights
Dec. 1-18, San Antonio,

Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias
Dec. 2-17, San Antonio,


Natchitoches Christmas Festival
Nov. 18-Jan. 6, Natchitoches, La.,

Logansport Christmas Festival
Nov. 19-Jan. 6, Logansport, La.,

Holiday Lights 2023
Nov. 24-Jan. 7, Scottsdale, Ariz.,

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 and follow him on Facebook.

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