Visit the Best Places for Christmas Lights in Houston (Part One)

In a city full of Christmas lights, the drivers at Colony Limo know the best spots in and around Houston for viewing the best and most beautiful seasonal displays. Let us help you plan your holiday light-seeing excursion. Here is part one of our recommendations for the best neighborhood Christmas lights.
Read the second part here.

CENTRAL River Oaks — Drive through Houston’s upscale River Oaks neighborhood to see stately homes and huge oaks tastefully wrapped in lights. These traditional displays are amazing with dripping lights and more. Start at the River Oaks Country Club and work your way around the neighborhood, making sure to check out the estates on River Oaks Boulevard, Inwood Drive, Bellmeade Street, Willowick and Del Monte.

Shepherd Park and Candlelight Park — From large cutouts and dioramas, to arches over the streets and big inflatables, these neighborhoods’ holiday displays really shine with Christmas spirit. There are often entire cul-de-sac themes! Start north of West 43rd Street on Ella Boulevard.

Spring Shadows — Last year, Candy Wonderland on Quincannon Lane caused a massive traffic jam, but also gave residents a great opportunity to raise money for Texas Children’s Hospital.
There is only one street in and out of this magical treat of a neighborhood, so lines can get long.

Woodland Heights — In this area known for Christmas lights, streets are blocked off so you can walk around to enjoy the lighted homes and musical performances. The residents love to get creative in hopes of nabbing the award for best decorations. The best lights are along Highland Street and Bayland Avenue.

NORTH Christmas Ranch (Cleveland) — Three local families have created a winter wonderland in this massive drive-through display for more than 30 years. With 300,000+ lights, holiday scenes, a story-book carousel, a 32-ft reindeer, visits from Santa and more, it’s always fun. It’s located about an hour north of downtown at 14651 FM 1725 in Cleveland.

Dearing Dazzle (Conroe) — The Dearing family has gone all out since 1975. The house features over-the-top decorations, 75,000 lights and a synchronized Light-O-Rama with 16 favorite Christmas tunes broadcasting over Reindeer Radio 95.9 FM.

Dodd Family Holidays (The Woodlands) — Since 2001, this has been a must-see Christmas light destination. The light show is two hours long and features 45 songs simulcast on 95.1 FM. The house is located at 62 W. Knightsbridge Dr.

NORTHWEST Franck’s Christmas Light Show (Copperfield) — With lights and displays synchronized to Christmas favorites, this neighborhood tradition began in 2008. Located at 15923 Viney Creek, the complete show lasts 45 minutes and is run on loop with music is broadcast on 89.7 FM.

Johnson’s Christmas Corner (Cypress) — The Johnson family, located at 14811 Cypress Meadow Drive, first began decorating big in 2006. Their home features 77,000+ lights, nightly themes, snow machines and even visits from Santa on Saturdays. Music is synchronized to 94.1 FM.

Prestonwood Forest — The “granddaddy” of Houston neighborhoods, located off Tomball Parkway, has had entire streets creating elaborate light displays since the 1970s. Hundreds of homes participate and compete in several categories for awards.


Jocelyn Sexton is a marketing and corporate communications professional with more than 15 years of writing experience. She is a passionate storyteller and has worked in a variety of industries, including a stint in state government where she worked to promote Texas food with the Department of Agriculture. She earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has an undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from the University of North Texas.

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