10 holiday light displays to see in the Greater Houston area

Zoo Lights is a light show within the Houston Zoo that happens every year. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)
Zoo Lights is a light show within the Houston Zoo that happens every year. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)

Zoo Lights is a light show within the Houston Zoo that happens every year. (Courtesy Houston Zoo Lights)

Editor's note: An extra light display in Houston was added to the list. The story has been updated to reflect this.

Throughout the holiday season, there are many different light displays to experience in the Greater Houston area. Check out these ten free and ticketed displays to see through December and January.

Tomball

Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18: Tomball United Methodist Church will be having its Trail of Lights during weekends in December. Families can walk the trail together and will also have the chance to see Santa. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Tomball United Methodist Church, 1603 Baker Drive, Tomball. 281-351-1249. www.tomballumc.org

La Margue



Through Dec. 18:
Lago Mar, located along I-45 in Texas City, opened its Lights Over Lago display Nov. 26. The display is centered around the community’s 12-acre Crystal Lagoon amenity. Visitors of all ages will be able to see a lighted train, take photos with a paddle-boarding Santa, do caroling karaoke, watch holiday movies, use s’mores fire pits, shop at holiday gift markets and make ornaments, according to a Nov. 23 Lago Mar news release. 5-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.). $20. Lago Mar Lagoon, 12930 Crystal View Blvd., La Marque. 866-524-6662. www.bit.ly/lagoonlights21

Houston

Dec. 11-Jan. 2:
Starting Dec. 11, Prestonwood Forest will be putting on its annual Nite of Lites event. The light displays will be showcased all throughout the Prestonwood Forest neighborhood in northwest Houston. There will also be a judging committee for the light displays. Free. Prestonwood Forest, Prestonwood Forest Drive and Hwy. 249, Houston. 956-592-1471. www.prestonwoodforestonline.com

Through Jan. 2: Space Center Houston’s annual Galaxy Lights event opened Nov. 13, complete with kinetic light shows, an LED light tunnel, a Space Station tribute and a new interactive show about the science behind light. It is recommended to plan for a 90-minute visit, according to Space Center Houston’s website. 6-10 p.m. Free (age 3 and under), $19.95 (public price), $15.95 (members). Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

Through Jan. 2: A series of unique illuminated attractions along downtown Houston’s Bagby Street will be available for Houstonians this holiday season. Winter Wanderland, designed by Blachere Illumination, will comprise more than 100,000 LED lights installed between Lamar and Franklin streets. Free. 713-224-5387. www.downtowndistrict.org

Through Jan. 9: TXU Energy will present its 10th annual Houston Zoo Lights for the holiday season. During this event, attendees will walk through the zoo after hours and see multiple light exhibits. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Prices vary. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6500. www.houstonzoo.org

Spring

Through Jan. 2:
Hurricane Harbor will be presenting an experience entitled The Light Park. Visitors will get to experience an interactive light show while driving their car throughout the locations. 5:30-10 p.m. $30-$40. Hurricane Harbor, 21300 I-45 N., Spring. 281-706-8196. www.thelightpark.com

Katy

Through Jan. 2: Typhoon Texas will also be presenting an experience entitled The Light Park. Visitors will get to experience an interactive light show while driving their car throughout the locations. 5:30-10 p.m. $30-$40. Typhoon Texas, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy. 832-426-7071. www.thelightpark.com

Nassau Bay

Through Jan. 2:
During the same time period as the Galaxy Lights, Nassau Bay is offering a special display of lighted trees and stars in its downtown square and along a median. The lighting display was placed along the Saturn median in early November in conjunction with Nassau Bay’s traditional holiday decor, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page. Motorists and pedestrians are advised to exercise caution because the display is in an active roadway. Free. Nassau Bay Downtown Square, Space Park Drive, Houston. 281-333-4211. www.nassaubay.com

Sugar Land

Through Jan. 9:
Constellation Field is putting on the eighth annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights display. Visitors can experience over 3 million lights on the field and can also shop from various vendors and meet Santa at the same time. 6-9 p.m. (Sun.-Thu.), 6-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat. and holidays). Free (age 3 and under), $12 (seniors, military and ages 4-12), $15 (adults). Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. 281-240-4487. www.sugarlandholidaylights.com

By Sierra Rozen

Metro Reporter, South Houston

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