They say everything is bigger and Texas and apparently so is Christmas! We haven’t yet been to all of these events, but sure would love to catch them all!
San Antonio – Light the Way
Come and witness this beautiful San Antonio holiday tradition. The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) hosts Light the Way annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to celebrate the start of the holiday season in San Antonio.
San Antonio – Ford Holiday River Parade
Also in San Antonio is the famous Ford Holiday River Parade which can be seen all along the River Walk. The parade lasts about an hour and features many Christmas themed floats, music, and sweet treats. You can buy tickets for reserved seating or line up along the route in the areas that are free. Either way you are guaranteed to have an amazing time at this traditional Texas event
Johnson City – PEC Lights Spectacular
Johnson City, Texas comes vibrantly alive during this event which includes a collection of fun activities for all ages. The center of this event is the opening night (Friday after Thanksgiving) lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City with 100,000+ white lights. Nearby, the local Pedernales Electric Co-op headquarters gets in on the action by lighting an entire block of old oak trees from trunk to the smallest branch. Truly magnificent.
Grand Prairie (Between Fort Worth and Dallas) – Prairie Lights
Upon arriving at the entrance of Prairie Lights, you will be dazzled with 4 million lights set along 2 miles of path. Hundreds of displays in shapes of all kinds line and arch over the roads. Half way through the drive get out of your car for a stop at Holiday Village where you will find food, gifts, Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk-Through Forest. Once back in your vehicle, the second half of the drive ends with the very animated light tunnel.
New Braunfels – Santa’s Ranch
Jump in the car and watch those little faces light up as they take in the beautiful Christmas displays, including lit up gingerbread houses, nativity scenes, depictions of the North Pole, featuring more than 1.5 million lights!
Austin – Trail of Lights
Picture yourself walking down a path with millions of lights in a canopy over your head. You can completely surround yourself with the spirit of Christmas (and over a million lights) at Austin’s Trail of Lights.
Houston – Winterfest at Typhoon Texas
Admission includes: The Miracle of Christmas 4D Show, WinterFest Express Train Ride, Reindeer Run Big Slide, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Santa’s Workshop, Hay Ride, and other attractions. Ice skate rental is an additional $5.
There are many other great holiday light displays in Texas, these are just a few of our favorite.