2021 Texas Christmas Parades, Events & Drive-Thru Light Parks

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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, and website links.

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


Listed below are Christmas events held most years across East Texas and around the state.

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 light parks in Texas in 2020


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.


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


Piney Park Trail of Lights

Walk through a half-mile of light displays, 45-foot Christmas tree, pictures with Santa, live music, gingerbread house, 10,000 sqft light maze, food trucks, and more!

600 Martin Lake Road in Marshall. Open beginning November 18, 2021.

Details at PineyPark.com and Piney Park on Facebook

Scenes at Piney Park in December, 2021
Christmas scene at Piney Park in Marshall, Texas in December, 2021 Christmas scene at Piney Park in Marshall, Texas in December, 2021
Christmas scene at Piney Park in Marshall, Texas in December, 2021 Christmas scene at Piney Park in Marshall, Texas in December, 2021
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.



Santa Land

I-20 West
Tyler, Texas 75706

Details and map


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 2020


Annual City Sidewalks and Christmas Parade
Abilene, Texas



Electric Light Parade
Amarillo, Texas



Arlington Holiday Lights Parade
Downtown Arlington, Texas



Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Athens, Texas

Spend the holidays in Athens for the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on the square.  The annual lighting of the tree and Christmas parade takes place in downtown Athens and is sponsored by the City of Athens.



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



Christmas Night Parade
Bandera, Texas



Christmas in Beaumont
Beaumont, Texas


Big Sandy

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

Details or phone Robin Dodge at 702.480.4848


Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade
Brenham, Texas



Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade
Bryan, Texas

Kick off the holiday season with the ONLY lighted Christmas Parade in Bryan-College Station! The parade will begin at 24th and Bryan Street heading south, turn on 28th, and head back up Main Street. Downtown streets will close at 5:30 p.m. and re-open at the conclusion of the parade. Floats, vehicles, fire engines and more, all complete with lights, of course, will join us for this night of fun! It’s been rumored that SANTA CLAUS will also be making an appearance at the end of the parade!



Budafest - Night Parade and Fireworks
Buda, Texas

Budafest began as a small festival in Downtown Buda to showcase local artists/craft vendors and quickly grew to what it is today. The event grew to host 75+ vendors and hundreds of visitors. Now adopted by the City of Buda, we have made it our mission to carry on the spirit of Budafest and recognize all the hard work that brought it to where it is today.

Snap a picture with Santa and say "hi" to him as he rides down Main St. on the parade fire truck, or walk your dressed up dog in the Reindog Parade--all for free!



Bullard Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Bullard, Texas



Christmas Parade of Lights, Tree Lighting & Fireworks
Burleson, Texas

Follow the Burleson Rotary Club's Parade of Lights to the corner of Johnson and Ellison Street, where you will be awe-struck by the City's Winter Wonderland, including the community's 25-foot-tall holiday tree, decorated with 10,000 lights. Santa will be on hand to help light the tree and have his picture taken with the kids. Don't go home yet, there is still more to come. Be treated to the city's fireworks extravaganza to end the evening and kick off the holiday season. 



Christmas on the Square
Burnet, Texas

We are especially excited to announce that, in addition to a parade, Arts & Crafts vendors, holiday entertainment & a visit from Santa, we will again have ‘Snow on the Square’ that includes a snow slide and 2 snow play areas, compliments of Burnet County and the City of Burnet!



Canton Lighted Christmas Parade
Downtown Canton, Texas

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



Santa's Christmas Parade
Downtown Center Square, Center, Texas

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


Clear Lake

Christmas Boat Parade
Clear Lake, Texas



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


Conroe Christmas Celebration
Conroe, Texas



Home Town Christmas Celebration & Holiday Tree Lighting
Corsicana, Texas

It is one of the most magical times of the year in Corsicana, as we light a three-story tree with more than 10,000 lights and 750 ornaments. Live entertainment, with the countdown beginning at 6 p.m., official lighting and spectacular fireworks display afterward. Train rides for kids of all ages and portrait photos with Santa. Complimentary milk and cookies. The annual tree lighting in Downtown Corsicana continues to grow every year and still maintain its small town charm. Bring the whole family out for this treasured celebration.



Christmas in Crockett on the Square
Crockett, Texas

Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce’s largest and most exciting event is the Annual Christmas in Crockett Arts and Crafts Festival which is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving.



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.


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.



Holiday Lighting Festival
Historic Square
Denton, Texas


El Paso

El Paso Downtown Holiday Lights
El Paso, Texas

Don't miss out on the awesome holiday light display at San Jacinto Plaza with over 400,000 lights!

Put your ice skates on, take a photo with the huge inflatable snow globe, or warm up in the Kringle Kafe at Winterfest.


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.

Details on the Web


Light the Night Christmas Parade & Other Holiday Events
Fredericksburg, Texas



Holiday in the Gardens and Festival of Lights
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.



Christmas on the Square
Downtown Garland, Texas



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 Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Gladewater, Texas



Night of Lights Christmas Parade
Granbury, Texas


Grand Saline

Grand Saline, Texas

Details on Grand Saline Main Street website


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. 



Greenville Annual Christmas Parade
Greenville, Texas



The Henderson Christmas Parade

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



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.

Detail on the Web


Christmas Parade of Lights
Humble, Texas



Christmas Fair and Winter in the Park
Huntsville, Texas



Jacksonville Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Jacksonville, Commerce and Patton Street



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!


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

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.


Johnson City

Lights Spectacular
Johnson City, Texas



Kaufman Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Kaufman Downtown Square



Holiday Lighted Paradel
Kerrville, Texas


Lake Palestine

Lake Palestine Boat Parade
Lake Palestine Resort



Old Town Christmas Festival
Leander, Texas



Old Town Holiday Stroll
Lewisville, Texas


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.



Christmas in Lindale
Picker's Pavilion
Lindale, Texas



Longview Courthouse Lighting & Christmas Parade
Downtown Longview


Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade


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.


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.



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 annual festival is scheduled for Wednesday November 24 through December 23, 2021. It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25).

Details, maps, tickets and more at the City of Marshall's official website and Wonderland of Lights on Facebook


McAllen Holiday Parade
McAllen, Texas

The McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B, adds even more snow, ice, lights, and fun as part of the 40 Days of Christmas Celebration in McAllen! Welcome to the official South Pole of Texas in McAllen where families will be able to revel in the spirit of Christmas at the newly announced attraction FRIO!™, a winter wonderland of frozen fun and delight with real snow activities.



Christmas in the Park
Mesquite, Texas

Christmas in the Park is Mesquite Parks and Recreation’s largest annual event to kick off the holiday season. The event will be held at Westlake Park, 601 Gross Road.



Mineola Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
Downtown Mineola, Texas


Mineral Wells

Merry Wells Christmas Lighted Parade
Mineral Wells, Texas


Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Boots & Bells: An Olde West Christmas
Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant, Texas

Historic Downtown Mount Pleasant will be a joyous place to visit this holiday season as the City presents Boots & Bells: An Olde West Christmas from November 5 through December 23, 2021. Boots & Bells will feature more than 1 million Christmas lights adorning the Titus County Courthouse Square, Caldwell Park and City buildings and businesses along the horse-drawn carriage ride route.

Note: The City’s Saturday activities will pause on December 4, to make way for the Annual Christmas Parade, presented by the Mount Pleasant Rotary Club.


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


Festival of Lights
Nacogdoches, Texas

Over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 lighted set pieces illuminate downtown Natchitoches and Cane River Lake every evening at dusk through January 6, 2021. All Christmas events take place in Downtown Natchitoches and along the banks of Cane River Lake and the Historic District. All times and dates are approximate and subject to change.



Parade of Lights
Odessa, Texas



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!

Christmas Parade of Lights
Palestine, Texas

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.



Christmas in Paris
Paris, Texas

Annual Christmas tree lighting



Hometown Christmas Parade
Pearland, Texas



Home for the Holiday & Christmas Parade
Downtown Pittsburg, Texas

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.

Details on Facebook


Tropical Christmas Festival
Rockport, Texas

Join us on the first Saturday in December to enjoy the Rockport "Tropical" Christmas Festival while Santa is vacationing with us. Enjoy a full day of free, family-friendly activities in the Downtown Heritage District and the Rockport Harbor Area.

There is something for all age groups, including birding seminars, kids' events, arts and crafts sale, live entertainment, pet costume contest, Christmas tree decorating contest, children's ornament workshop, giant kite display, pictures with "Tropical" Santa, illuminated land parade, and fireworks show.


Round Top

Round Top Lighted Christmas Parade and Street Dance
Round Top, Texas

What better way to kick off the Christmas season than with an old-time parade around Town Square? Featuring a lighted float parade, food, drinks, live music and street dance, the Round Top Christmas Parade is the perfect chance for residents and visitors to come together to enjoy one another's company and some small-town Christmas charm.



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


San Antonio

Holiday Season in San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas


Santa Fe

Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park 
Santa Fe, Texas

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



Holidazzle and Lighted Night Parade
Schertz, Texas



Holiday Stroll
Seguin, Texas



Run, Run, Rudolph! 5K & 1K
Annual Christmas in The Big Thicket Festival

Silsbee Public Library
295 N 4th Street
Silsbee, Texas

Details on Facebook

Sugar Land

Christmas Tree Lighting
Sugar Land, Texas


Sulphur Springs

Main Street Christmas Market
Lion's Club Lighted Christmas Parade
Sulphur Springs, Texas



Main Street Texarkana's Annual Christmas Parade

"A Twice as Nice Christmas"



Monday, November 15, 2021
5-9pm, Holiday in the Country
This annual downtown shopping event tkicks off the Christmas shopping season. Stores will be open, home-based businesses will be set up, Troup will be all decked out for Christmas.

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6pm – Troup Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade



Rotary Clubs of Tyler Christmas Parade
Tyler, Texas


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


Azalea District Trail of Lights
Tyler, Texas

Through the month of December take a self-guided walking or driving tour through the historic Azalea District. 

details on Facebook


Waco Wonderland
Waco, Texas



Christmas on the Square
Weatherford, Texas



Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park
Whitehouse, Texas


Wills Point

Christmas on the Bricks
Wills Point, Texas



Annual Christmas in the Park Holiday Bazaar
Winnsboro, Texas

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



This page lists Christmas events held most years across East Texas and around the state.

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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