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The Christmas season in Texas is a magical time of the year, full of family gatherings, trips to see loved ones, decorations and of course parades!

Included on this page is a listing of major Christmas parades, events and festivals held most years in East Texas and other parts of the state, along with cities, locations, dates, times and website links.

It also includes popular drive-thru Christmas parks and light displays.


IMPORTANT NOTE

Listed below are Christmas events held most years across East Texas and around the state. We are currently updating this page to show 2020 events.

Concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in the postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of some Christmas 2020 events.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times, parade schedules, routes and other details.

 

Christmas Light Displays and Drive-thru Parks in Texas

Athens

Christmas Park Land of Lights

1500 NW Loop 7, at Patterson Road
Athens, Texas

Christmas Park Land of Lights is family owned and operated. The park is more than 1 mile long and has over 4 million lights, including more than 50 different musical scenes and 50 motion controlled lighted scenes in addition to 7 tunnels and 14 arches, and 1500 wood cutouts.

Details on the Web or on Facebook   Phone 903.675.7469

College Station

Santa's Wonderland

18898 Highway 6 
College Station, Texas

Carriage rides, hayride Frostbite's Mountain, Snow Playground, visits with Santa, kids train, nightly Texas snow and more.

Details on the Web or on Facebook   Phone 979.690.2712

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

Grand Prairie, Texas

Enjoy this 2-mile drive through 4 million lights at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, featuring a 10 minute Holiday Magic light show choreographed to music.

Details

Liberty City

Christmas In The Park at Liberty City

Hugh Camp Memorial Park, off Hwy 135
Liberty City, Texas

Drive-thru Christmas park in Liberty City. Santa is there Friday & Saturday 6-8 pm.Everything is free of charge

Details on Facebook

San Angelo

Concho Christmas Celebration

Concho Christmas Celebration was founded in 1994 to enhance the enjoyment of the Christmas Season by providing an annual light display. The event also contributes to the economic vitality of the Concho Valley area by providing and promoting a destination event which brings people into the City of San Angelo. The first Concho Christmas was established as a walking tour in the El Paseo de Santa Angela area featuring several lighted scenes and 21 sponsor Christmas cards.   

Today, the Tour of Lights has grown into a 2.5 mile drive along the banks of the Concho River and features over 3 million lights. Concho Christmas has evolved its programming from a small static light display, to consist of a Live Nativity scene; the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony; the Lights of Christmas Parade; Bike Through the Lights, a bicycle ride with Santa; Run Rudolph Run, a walk/run event; the annual Tuba Christmas concert; Kayak Through the Lights, a night-time float along the beautiful Concho River; theKCSA FM 97.1 FM radio broadcast and the extraordinary light tour.

Details

Tyler

Santa Land

I-20 West
Tyler, Texas 75706

Details and map

Tyler

Up in Lights

12880 County Road 192 / Old Noonday Road
Tyler, Texas

Up in Lights is the only drive-through Christmas lights park located within the Tyler city limits. With over a million lights, Up In Lights is one of the best places to Celebrate the Holidays in Tyler.

Bring your family for a wonderful light show and watch the lights dance to your favorite Christmas Carols.

Details, driving directions and map

Tyler State Park

A Pineywoods Christmas Lighted Drive-thru
Tyler State Park

The Park is located two miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14, north of Tyler, on Park Road 16. 

Take a break from the holiday rush.

Drive through the Cedar Point, Lakeview and Big Pine Camping Loops and enjoy a Pineywoods Christmas in lights. Make sure to visit the Park Store for refreshments and shop for unique gifts. Campers staying with us for this event are encouraged to decorate their sites.

Details on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website

Christmas Parades & Festivals in Texas in 2019

Austin

Trail of Lights

It includes 14 magical nights at Zilker Park, where you can wander through the 2 million lights strung across the 300+ acres of the park.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun

Details

Big Sandy

Live Nativity Event
Kaleidoscope Ranch 
1936 Silver Maple Road 
Big Sandy, Texas 75755

Gates open 12:30-3pm. 1:00pm reenactment performance with live camels and donkeys. Admission is $5 per person, kids under 2 years are free.

Details or phone Robin Dodge at 702.480.4848

Bullard

Bullard Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Bullard, Texas

Details

Canton

Canton Lighted Christmas Parade

Downtown Canton

Visit with Santa following the parade in the Chamber of Commerce office at 119 N. Buffalo Street

Details

Center

Santa's Christmas Parade

Downtown Center Square

The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, lighted holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself!

Details

Cleburne

Whistle Stop Christmas

Hulen Park, 1010 Hillsboro Street in Cleburne

Come experience Christmas in Cleburne like you've never experienced it before! Lights in and around downtown, and all over the city! Activities in and near Hulen Park. Business participation like never before! And of course the familiar Lighted Christmas Parade.

Adding to the fun will be food vendors, children train rides around the park on this night and other selected days.

After the parade, the celebration continues at Hulen Park with food & gift vendors and a special visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus. In addition to the parade, don’t miss all the other fun activities during this popular Cleburne holiday celebration.

Details on the Web

Crockett

Lighted Crockett Christmas Parade

Thursday before Thanksgiving – on the Square in Downtown Crockett at 6:00pm. Sponsored by the Houston County Career Women.

Details

Dallas

Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road in Dallas

Celebrate the start of the holidays with the official tree lighting ceremony and one of the first trees to be lit in the city. Warm drinks are available for purchase, the gazebos are lit for the first time this season, Santa Claus is here, and Holiday Cheer carolers stroll through the garden to fill the evening with music. Gather in the center of the property at 7pm as we flip the giant switch and light the tree to begin Holiday at the Arboretum.

Many other special Christmas and holiday events are scheduled during November and December.

Details

Dallas - Plano

The Gift of Christmas featuring The Living Nativity

Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano Campus

The Gift of Christmas is a Prestonwood tradition and has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season, with thousands of guests attending every year. This visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, live orchestra, flying angels and much more!

The program will keep you fully engaged for a powerful 100 minutes, the perfect length for every family member to enjoy. It is complete with all your Christmas favorites, including the beautiful Living Nativity.

Details

Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

Starts at Weatherford and Houston Streets in Fort Worth

Features music throughout the parade, including pre- and post- parade.  Signature floats, giant illuminated balloons, local performing groups, community organizations and more. We hope you will continue this new tradition for the years to come!

Details on the Web

Fredericksburg

Holiday Lights in Fredericksburg

Don’t miss Main Street, Marktplatz and the Band Stand behind the Pioneer Memorial Library. 

Details

Galveston

Holiday in the Gardens

Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard in Galveston

Enjoy 8 holiday attractions in one venue, including Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Rudolph 3D, ice skating, photos with Santa and more.

Details

Garrison

Winter Wonderland Extravaganza
Roselake Ranch
3632 County Road 271
Garrison, Texas (near Whispering Pines Girl Scout Camp)

Enjoy winter without journeying to the north pole. Roselake Ranch invites you to its Winter Wonderland Extravaganza

This year’s theme will be the Ice Queen and her entourage. Come out and mingle with them! She will have things for the whole family to enjoy!

Climb the Ice Queen’s castle, ride a reindeer, cuddle with animals in the petting zoo, be memorized by all the lights, jump in the bounce house, take a jaunt on the hayride, see if you can climb the queen’s rock wall, have pictures taken with Santa and/or Ice Queen and her friends, try your luck with snowball races, create a snowman, dig for treasure, satisfy your sweet tooth at the food vendors, play in Candyland and much, much more! It will be fun for the whole family. 

details on Facebook

Gladewater

Gladewater Annual Christmas Parade

Downtown Gladewater, Texas

Details

Grand Saline

Grand Saline, Texas

Details on Grand Saline Main Street website

Grapevine

Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas!

Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You'll be amazed at the 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! 

Escape to SNOWLAND at the Great Wolf Lodge or create Christmas memories with a Lone Star Christmas package at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Don't miss ICE! at Gaylord Texan, an extraordinary and magical display of elaborate, life-sized ice sculptures, ice slides and ice monuments with dramatic lighting effects - all created from nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Create a unique "Family Christmas Memory" aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's North Pole Express®. Snug in their pajamas, children's holiday dreams come true as they climb aboard the magical train for an adventure-filled ride. 

Details

Greenville

Greenville Annual Christmas Parade

Greenville, Texas

Details

Henderson

The Henderson Christmas Parade

Contact for event:  Laura Wilkerson, Civic Center Coordinator, City of Henderson, phone 903.392.8232

Details

Hidalgo

Hidalgo Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights is one of the largest Christmas light display in Texas. Visitors can explore the nine-mile illuminated wonderland on a train or trolley tour — or enjoy the journey in the comfort of their own vehicle (*tune your radio to 91.1)!

The festival also offers a dinner, concert, trolley tour package that includes a roast beef supper, complete with musical entertainment and a trolley or train ride through the lights.

Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights starts at sunset every night throughout the month of December. For more information, phone 956.125.2444

Detail on the Web

Huntsville

Huntsville Lions Club Christmas Parade
Candy Land Christmas

Huntsville, Texas

Details

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Annual Christmas Parade

Downtown Jacksonville, Commerce and Patton Street

Details

Jasper

Jasper Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade

Jasper, Texas

Enjoy bands and floats of all kinds at the annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade! Cocoa and treats sold on the square before the parade! See Santa riding atop the Fire Engine!! There is no fee to enter the parade! Come be a part of the downtown excitement!

The theme this year will be CHRISTMAS IN TOYLAND!!

Details

It's December .. and time for Christmas parades and festivities!
Jefferson

Jefferson Hometown Christmas Parade

Downtown Jefferson

The Parade will begin downtown and travel through Jefferson, ending at the Lions Club Park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony that welcomes the Christmas Season. Tree Lighting Ceremony will be immediately after the parade circles the Lions Park.

Details

Kaufman

Kaufman Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kaufman Downtown Square

Details

Kilgore

A Very Derrick Christmas

The winter festival begins when the oil derricks on the "World's Richest Acre" are lit for the holidays. Activities and fun for the family will also be featured.

Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Kilgore

The parade exhibits fantastic floats by businesses, non-profits and individuals. On an average, the parade has over 80 entries and features Santa & Mrs. Claus

Details

Liberty City

Annual Liberty City Christmas Parade
Sponsored by Sabine Fire and Rescue

Intersection of FM 1252 and Old Hwy 135 and will head south to I-20.

Details

Lindale

Christmas in Lindale

Picker's Pavilion
Lindale, Texas

Details

Longview

Longview Courthouse Lighting & Christmas Parade

Downtown Longview

Details


Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade

Details


Annual Living History Christmas Exhibit
Gregg County Historical Museum
214 N Fredonia Street

Traditional Christmas decorations are combined with a 40-foot model train layout to entertain adults and children of all ages.

Lufkin

Christmas in the Pines

Downtown Lufkin

Working with various community organizations this weekend is sure to be fun for all.

The weekend will begin with The City of Lufkin Christmas parade. Saturday morning starts off with The ADAC Reindeer Run and Donuts with Santa, and continues with a Strongest Santa Competition, food trucks, downtown shopping, live performances and the Lighting of Rudolph the Red Nose Pumping Unit.

Details

Marshall

Annual Wonderland of Lights Festival

The City of Marshall, Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau and Marshall Main Street Program invite you to explore "Candy Wonderland of Lights" this holiday season.

The festival runs Tuesday through Sunday nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm., and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. The Wonderland of Lights is closed every Monday, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

More about Wonderland of Lights on this website

Details, maps, tickets and more at the City of Marshall's official website

Wonderland of Lights on Facebook

Mineola

Mineola Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

Downtown Mineola, Texas

Details

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Downtown Mount Pleasant, Texas

The Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, formerly Dickens Christmas, is held annually in historic Downtown Mt. Pleasant, taking place the first Friday and Saturday in December. Come home for the Holidays and wander the streets of Downtown Mt.Pleasant as the scent of pine boughs, roasted almonds, and kettle-corn float through the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompany your stroll.

Details

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Lighted Christmas Parade & Festivities

Mount Vernon, Texas

Parade Route begins on Rutherford Streett and turns onto Kaufman and proceeds down to the square. 

There will be food vendors, bounce houses, train rides, visit with Santa, and meet all the characters from the parade. Come for the parade, stay after for the fun. Downtown Mt Vernon has much to offer, come experience Christmas with us.

Details on Facebook

Nacogdoches

Nine Flags Christmas Festival

Details

Onalaska

Christmas In Our Town and Reindeer Dash 3K/5K Run/Walk

Onalaska, Texas

Reindeer Dash 8:00am
3K 5K Run/Walk - Medals and T-shirts for all pre registered participants. Reindeer Dash details

Christmas In Our Town
10:00am - 7:00pm
Trade Days, A Walk In The Park, Food Trucks, Tree Lighting, Snow Sledding - YES SNOW! Lighting Of The Tree, Bicycle Give-away and Visit With Santa

Christmas in our Town on Facebook

That special Texas Christmas tree that we love so much!
Palestine

Christmas Parade of Lights

Lighted floats and bands march through the streets to get you in the spirit of the Season. Watch as the historic Anderson County Courthouse comes alive with lights at Palestine's most beloved event. Visit with Santa in all this splendor seated in front of the lighted tree.

Details

Paris

Christmas in Paris

Annual Christmas tree lighting, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Details

Pittsburg

Home for the Holiday & Christmas Parade
11:00am - 8:00pm - Parade at 5:00pm
Downtown Pittsburg

Food and craft vendors, photos with Santa and Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Christmas Lights hayride and Christmas Movie on the Courthouse Lawn.

Carols in the Park is held at the First United Methodist Church Ministry Center, at 209 Mt. Pleasant Street near downtown Pittsburg. It is held on December 5-8, 13-14 from 6 pm to 8 pm, and also 2 pm to 4 pm on December 7-8.

Details on Facebook

Reno

Reno's Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival

Reno Kiwanis Park

Details

Rusk

Rusk Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Miracle on 5th Street

Downtown Rusk

Details

San Antonio

Ford Holiday River Parade

Ring in the holidays with this iconic night parade filled with lights, costumed float riders & music, covering a 2 1/2 mile route on the downtown River Walk.

Details

Santa Fe

Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park 

This event is a combined effort between the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the City of Santa Fe Parks Board.

The Christmas Parade will start promptly at 5:30pm and run from R.J. Wollom Elementary School along FM 1764 to Highway 6 to Warpath Drive.

Santa Claus is ALWAYS our Grand Marshal and will be available after the parade in Mae S. Bruce Library for the Little's to sit with and share their Christmas wishes.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Choir Singing
Santa in the Library
Snow in the Park
Student Performance on the Basketball Court
Crafts for Kids

Details

Silsbee

Run, Run, Rudolph! 5K & 1K
7:00am - 10:00am

Annual Christmas in The Big Thicket Festival
10:00am - 5:00pm

Silsbee Public Library
295 N 4th Street
Silsbee, Texas

Details on Facebook

Sulphur Springs

Main Street Christmas Market

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Lion's Club Lighted Christmas Parade

Details

Texarkana

Main Street Texarkana's Annual Christmas Parade

"A Twice as Nice Christmas"

Details

Troup

Holiday in the Country
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Downtown stores will be open late and welcoming shoppers to kick off the holiday season with special sales and treats.

Troup Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
6:30pm
Downtown Troup

Following the parade, Santa will welcome children at the Troup library.

Details

Tyler

Rotary Clubs of Tyler Christmas Parade

Downtown Tyler, Texas

The local Rotary International clubs are hosting the Tyler Christmas Parade.

The Christmas Parade will officially welcome the holiday season, and most importantly the arrival of Santa Claus!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Square will serve as the finale. The parade is sponsored by the three Tyler Rotary International clubs: Rotary Club of Tyler, South Tyler Rotary, and Sunrise Rotary.

The Christmas Parade will be fun for the whole family and everyone is encouraged to attend this festive event!

This year’s parade theme is “Rotary Connects the World” and winners will be selected in six categories: Best Holiday Theme, Best Band, Brightest Entry, Spirit Award, Most Creative, and Best Decorated Vehicle. This year parade organizers are asking each entry to pay a small entry fee to offset expenses.

Details


Annual Christmas in the Park
Children's Park
110 East Dobbs Street
Tyler, Texas

Details


Azalea Trail of Lights
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Goodman Museum
624 North Broadway Avenue

Whitehouse

Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park

Whitehouse, Texas

Details

Wills Point

Christmas on the Bricks

Wills Point, Texas

Details

Winnsboro

Annual Christmas in the Park Holiday Bazaar

Winnsboro Civic Center at the City Park on Wheeler Drive. For more  information, call 903.342.3062 

Details


Christmas parade in Texas
Merry Christmas from all of the staff at East-Texas.com

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

This page lists Christmas events held most years across East Texas and around the state. We are currently updating this page to show 2020 events.

Concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in the postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of some Christmas 2020 events.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times, parade schedules, routes and other details.


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