5 places to see holiday lights in the Greater Houston area this winter


Here are a few places and events happening in the Greater Houston area where residents can see holiday lights to help get into the holiday spirit.

1. Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston hosts this annual event which runs Dec. 14-Jan. 5 and features sledding, snowball fights, scavenger hunts, live music, holiday tunes and photos with Santa Claus. 5:30-9 p.m. (Wed.-Thu., Sun.), 5:30-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat), closed Mon.-Tue. $8-$18. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org

2. Home for the Holidays

This 38th annual event runs Nov. 10-Dec. 22 and features strolling performers, festive exhibits, local shops and boutiques, decorated winding paths and hot chocolate. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Old Town Spring, 403 Main Street, Spring. 281-353-9310. www.oldtownspring.com

3. Houston Zoo Lights

This annual event transforms the Houston Zoo into a winter wonderland throughout the holiday season including a holiday tree, holiday train village, enchanted forest and “Candy”—the interactive talking zebra. The event runs Nov. 17-Jan. 13, 2019, however the zoo is closed Dec. 19, 24 and 25. 5-10 p.m. (value nights), 5-11 p.m. (prime nights). $6.95-$22.95. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights

4. Nite of Lites

Homes in Prestonwood Forest, a neighborhood in Cypress, participate in this 41st annual event which runs Dec. 8-31. Each street boasts a different holiday decor theme and homeowners can participate in friendly competition in a variety of individual and block categories. Lights can be seen after dusk. Free. Prestonwood Forest, 13702 Prestonwood Forest Drive, Houston. www.prestonwoodforestonline.com

5. Santa’s Wonderland

This Texas tradition runs Nov. 9-Dec. 30 and features hayrides, carriage rides, a snow playground, live music, a food village, winery and the West Pole Express. 6-11 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 6 p.m.-midnight (Fri), 3 p.m.-midnight (Sat.), 3-11 p.m. (Sun.). $19.95-$34.95. 18898 Hwy. 6, College Station. 979-690-7212. www.santas-wonderland.com

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.
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