If you are hoping to view Christmas lights during your visit to Texas, you are in luck. There are several holiday light festivals and trails across the Lone Star State during the month of December. These trails of light provide a scenic view of all the Christmas lights in different towns. Neighbors decorate their trees and houses with animations and decorative, colorful lights, and towns put on special holiday-themed celebrations for visitors and residents.
Whistle Stop Christmas Lights, Cleburne
In Cleburne, the Whistle Stop Christmas Lights show wow's visitors on an annual basis. The main draw for this county-wide event is the 11 acres of Christmas lights covering Hulen Park. Whistle Stop Christmas also offers train rides, fire truck rides, and hayrides, as well as dancers, bands, sing-a-longs and nativity scenes at three different locations throughout Johnson County.
The Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail
The Texas Hill Country communities include 11 towns that participate in the Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail. Each of these towns offers visitors dazzling light displays among the rolling hills of central Texas. Some towns also have events separate from the Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail, such as Wimberley’s Emily Ann Tree Lighting, the Trail of Lights, and the New Braunfels Santa’s Ranch–the latter of which is a full drive-through Christmas Light Park with over 1 million lights.
The Texarkana Twice as Bright Festival of Lights
College Station’s Santa’s Wonderland features 2.5 million lights spread across 40 acres. The Texarkana Twice as Bright Festival of Lights is located on the northern Texas border and offers horse and carriage rides, live reindeer, and an impressive display of lights. Holiday decorations typically begin in downtown Texarkana right after Thanksgiving through the New Year, ending around January 2.
Jefferson's Holiday Trail of Lights
One of the most famous Texas light trails, Jefferson’s Holiday Trail of Lights, features an enchanted forest, a life-size gingerbread house, a candlelight tour of homes, and plenty of lights. Thousands head to Jefferson each year to view the Holiday Trail of Lights. Most of these visitors choose to make a weekend out of the trip and stay at one of Jefferson's many great bed and breakfasts and shop at the numerous quaint shops found around town.
Richmond's Campfire Christmas
This holiday celebration is hosted by George Ranch and offers a customary Texas meal along with wagon rides, tours of the homes, campfires, and Christmas carols. Visitors can take a ride through the park on a classic hay wagon, take a look at the Christmas-decorated Jones Stock Farm, and listen to stories told by candlelight. The George Ranch Historical Park also provides events throughout the entire month of December, like Christmas in the Park, Children's Campfire Christmas, and the New Year's Eve Historical Bash.
These are just a few of the many impressive light trails flickering across Texas during the holiday season. If you happen to be in the Lone Star State during December, don’t miss a chance to be warmed by the glow of these holiday lights.