Best Christmas Displays in Texas 2015

7 of the Best Christmas Displays in Texas – 2015

It is, of course, the holiday season and since everything is bigger and better in Texas, we thought we would bring you some of the best Christmas displays in Texas.  No matter where you are, it’s worth the drive!

Starry Starry Nights – Llano

(Every night through Dec 31st, Admission Free, Map)

The Starry Starry Nights display that runs along the Llano River in Llano, Texas is a big winner.  It was started by a Llano local as a hobby and has grown to 134 lighted arches and 145 Christmas displays that start with hot chocolate and end with Santa Claus.  The display is open every night through December 31st and admission is free.  Check it out on Llano’s Chamber of Commerce website.


Whistle Stop Christmas – Cleburne

(Every night through Dec 31st, Admission Free, Map)

The Whistle Stop Christmas starts with lights covering 11 acres of Hulen Park in Cleburne, Texas.  It was started in 1996 and has grown to over 3 million lights.  It also offers train rides, fire truck rides and hayrides and, also, features bands, dancers and singers at three locations in Johnson county.  It runs throughout December. You can find out more about it at Whistle Stop Christmas.


Santa’s Wonderland – College Station

(Nov 13 – Jan 3, Admission starts at $24.95, Map)

Santa’s Wonderland includes hayride tours and horse and carriage tours.  The event includes Santa’s Town, the Texas Christmas Village and the Trail of Lights along with vendors, entertainment and shopping.  The event runs through September.  Ticket information is available at Santa’s Wonderland.


Prairie Lights – Grand Prairie

(Nov 26 – Jan 3, Admission $20, Map)

Prairie Lights includes over 4 million lights that run along 2 miles of roadway.  Prairie Lights claims to have Texas’ largest light tunnel and also has the Holiday Laser Light Show Theater which is a 10-minute, choreographed light show.  It runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday through January 4th.  You can find out more at Prairie Lights.


Santa Land – Tyler

(Nov 1 – Jan 4, Car Admission $25, Map)

Santa Land claims to be the original drive-thru Christmas light display in Texas.  You can drive through yourself or take a ride on Santa’s trailer – you can even bring your own trailer but adult supervision is required.  The display covers 24 acres with over 3 million lights and the park also features a gift shop.  You can get more information regarding tickets on their Facebook Page.  It is open from 6 to 10:30 through January 4th.


ICE! And Lone Star Christmas – Grapevine

(Nov 12 – Jan 3, $30 for adults/$17 for children, Map)

Grapevine is the self-proclaimed “Christmas Capital of Texas.” The ICE! and Lone Star Christmas is held at the Marriot’s Gaylord Texan Resort featuring 2 million lights and the SNOW! Ice Tube which is a lot like a waterpark ride – only made of ice.  The ICE! event also features a live ice carving zone, Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus and a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree with 15,000 ornaments.  Christmas is bigger in Grapevine than just the ICE! event and you can check out more at the Grapevine Texas website.  The event runs through January 3rd.


Zilker Park and Trail of Lights – Austin

(Through Dec 22nd, Admission is free Dec 8-15 and $3 Dec 16-22 for anyone ages 12 & over; Special access tickets are available, Map)

The Trail of Lights in Austin has been featured in CNN magazine as one of the best Christmas lights displays in the U.S.  The Trail of Lights used to be a drive-through event located in South Austin but was combined with the Zilker Park Christmas tree and now features a 1.25 mile walk-through trail ending with the 155-foot-tall Zilker Tree.  This Zilker tree is open from 6 p.m. to midnight and the Trail of lights is open from 7 to 10 p.m. every night.  You can find out more at Trail of Lights.  It runs through December 22nd.


We think these are the biggest and the best but wherever you are– be sure to check out your local area.  Most cities and towns have neighborhoods that all get together to create awesome displays and many places throughout Texas have winter and Christmas festivals right in the downtown areas – and the best part about these local displays and events is that they are usually free!

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