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

There are several places in the Greater Houston area where residents can view holiday lights.

There are several places in the Greater Houston area where residents can view holiday lights.

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

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.