Houston’s Most Impressive Holiday Lights

We are grateful to partner with Reliant, bringing you the best of holiday events in Houston.

Nothing says happy holidays like beautiful holiday light displays!

Check out this comprehensive list of light extravaganzas, festive neighborhoods with impressive displays, light shows, events, and more!

Light Show Experiences

Galaxy Lights Reliant Energy

Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant

{November 13th – January 1st}

Experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant from November 13th – January 1st.

Enjoy an immersive holiday experience at Space Center Houston that is being touted as the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in all of Texas! Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, gives guests an opportunity to embark on a one-of-a-kind journey through radiant, dazzling space-themed installations and displays, including two high-tech kinetic light shows, a 200-foot LED light tunnel, an interactive light pad under the wing of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft, an original film “Holidays in Space,” massive light models of each planet in the solar system and holiday treats like s’mores and hot cocoa.

General public tickets are $19.95 and member tickets start at $15.95; Ages three and younger receive free admission. Grab your tickets here!

Houston Botanic Garden Lightscape

Lightscape, presented by Houston Botanic Garden

{November 13th – January 2nd}

This world-renowned light show featuring an array of enchanting artistic installations will elicit wonder and joy as they dazzle the senses. Lightscape will immerse visitors of all ages in a first-of-its-kind-for-Houston experience, with a wide array of brightly colored, festive installations by local and international artists tailored to the Garden’s distinctive landscape.

The trail will feature a one-of-a-kind experience blending new works with favorites from previous Lightscape installations around the world, such as the Winter Cathedral, an impressive towering arch tunnel sparkling with 100,000 lights.

Tickets are on sale now!

TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights

{November 15th – January 9th | 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Final entry at 9:30pm}

This beloved Houston holiday tradition is celebrating its tenth year in 2021! Stroll through this incredible light display and be sure to check out the animal themed lanterns in Holiday Grove, and you definitely don’t want to miss the perfect photo opp in front of the color-changing 33′ tree! For the 21+ crowd, Brew Lights is a great chance to check out the lights and sip a cold beer! Get your tickets now!

Peppermint Parkway in Austin

{November 26th – December 26th | 6:00pm – 10:30pm}

Looking for a fun, family road trip to see an amazing lights display? Check out the Peppermint Parkway in Austin! This event, sponsored by HEB, is a drive-thru holiday spectacular that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights, décor pieces standing at over 30’ tall, a 6-story light show tree, and much more.

Marriot Marquis Houston’s Texas Winter Lights

{November 11th – January 3rd | 5:00pm – 10:00pm}

Looking for something more local? A staycation, if you will? Then, book your stay at the Marriott Marquis Houston for their Texas Winter Lights. This is an interactive walk-through or float-under light experience available on the 60,000 square-foot Parkview Terrace. Every night, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the hotel’s iconic Texas-shaped lazy river will be illuminated by one-mile worth of sparkling lights, providing an interactive light experience 110-feet above street level, complete with stunning views of downtown Houston skyline, overlooking Discovery Green Park. 

Texas Winter Lights at Marriott Marquis Houston is available to all registered guests staying November 11th through January 3rd. General Admission tickets are available for the public to experience the event Monday through Thursday for $20. Entrance to the event over the weekend is exclusive for registered guests of the hotel and included in room reservation. Check out their full event information to get all of the details. 

The downtown Houston hotel is offering special holiday rates for two-night stays over select dates this winter! One-night stays are also available to book in Pool View rooms, which overlook the pool and provide stunning views of the Texas Winter Lights Event!

Dasher’s Lightshow

{November 12- January 2nd | 6pm – 10pm daily}

New year, new name, new entrance!
 
This Houston holiday favorite that used to be Rudolph’s Lightshow is now showing some love to another lovable reindeer, Dasher! But not to worry, it’s still the incredible light display we all know and love! This drive-thru adventure is open daily with over a million lights for you and your family to enjoy! 
 

Festival of Lights

{November 19-20th | Check website for details}

World’s largest snowman bounce house! All you need to know! The Festival of Lights 2021 is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season for Lake Jackson and the region. The 31st Annual Parade of Lights will illuminate your holiday spirit, along with the Santa Pajama Jam and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony! Don’t miss out!

Tree Lighting Celebrations

From Katy to Kingwood, and from The Woodlands to the Heights, the Houston area is filled with local events!

Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

{December 18th | 7:00pm – 8:00pm}

This year’s Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular event has been virtually reimagined to celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season. The spectacular event is a local holiday tradition of festive entertainment, lights and, of course, the towering 70-foot White Fir tree in front of City Hall. This year’s entertainment includes Robert Glasper, Ledisi, American Idol’s Laci Kaye Booth, Disney’s DCappella group and other regional and local talent. The show will be broadcast on ABC 13 on Friday, December 18 from 7-8 p.m.

Kingwood’s Christmas in the Park & Annual Tree Lighting 

{December 7th | 10am – 6pm} 

Head north for “Christmas in the Park!” This annual festival attracts dozens of local vendors sure to get you in the shopping mood, and pictures with Santa are a must! Wrapping up the event, the Town Center Christmas Tree will be lit at 6pm.

Sugar Land’s Annual Tree Lighting 

{December 6th | 5 – 8pm} 

This stunning 40 foot tree is not to be missed! Entertainment and activities are completely free to the public, and this year’s fun will include holiday crafts, face painting, performances by local artists and choirs, and photos with Santa.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase too.

LaCenterra’s Annual Tree Lighting

{November 19th | 6 – 9pm}

If you are on the west side of town, head over to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for their spectacular 51′ foot tree lighting ceremony. With twinkling lights all throughout the outdoor mall and live entertainment, this Katy tradition is a must! Though pictures with Santa will not be available during the event this year, you’re encouraged to come back for Storytime with Santa where photo opportunities will be available (more details will be announced soon).

The Woodlands Annual Tree Lighting at Market Street

{November 18th | 8pm}

Come see the gorgeous 70ft Christmas tree illuminate Market Street! Kicking off a holiday season of events, the celebration continues with live musical performances, entertainers and holiday carriage rides.

Neighborhood Traditions

Every year, families prep some hot chocolate, pile into the car and take a long drive through the most festive, Christmas light filled neighborhoods. Here are a few favorites that catch the eyes of Houstonians every year!

Pecan Grove in Richmond

Practically the entire neighborhood takes part in creating magical light displays! The weekends are definitely a bit busier so try to go during the week or pick up said favorite hot chocolate and enjoy! Also, several of the area high schools offer hay rides as part of their Project Grad but book quickly because these fill up fast. 

River Oaks

The stately mansions and gorgeous trees make for a beautifully lit wonderland! Park your car and take a walk under the gorgeous canopy of lights. Head towards the River Oaks Country Club and you are sure to find it!

Spring Branch

Head towards Quincannon Lane in the Spring Branch area for a Candyland display of lights! There is only one entrance into the street so be prepared for some traffic, but it is well worth it and a happy delight!

 

Connect with Reliant

The joy of community and the spirit of generosity make this season the most wonderful time of the year. At Reliant, our commitment to the communities where we live and work is as strong as our Texas roots. On behalf of Reliant, we hope you have a joyous holiday season!

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Looking for more holiday fun?

Head over to The ULTIMATE Guide to Holiday Events in Houston below!


Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and holiday events on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other holiday happenings around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!


 

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