First opened in 1998 as a drive-thru light display, Santa’s Wonderland has swelled into a holiday attraction with many festive activities and features for the entire family to enjoy. The 26th season kicks off Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 30.

A closer look

Located in College Station, approximately an hour from the Houston area, the grounds of Santa’s Wonderland are adorned with millions of sparkling Christmas lights. This year, the festival adds 50 new light displays and a Texas-sized snow globe.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus will visit Texas for Santa's Wonderland. (Courtesy Santa's Wonderland)
In addition to the Trail of Lights, general admission tickets grant access to the Texas Christmas Village—where guests can participate in activities, such as hay and horse and carriage rides through the park; ice skating; snow tubing; train rides; and a meet and greet with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

In its 26th year, the park expands to include two snow playgrounds—one designated for kids aged 10 and under, and another for all ages with an upper and lower deck.

What else?

The attractions don’t stop there: Santa’s Wonderland will host live music performances, classic Christmas music viewing, and other themed performances on Frostbite’s Stage.

Candies, coffee, s'mores, barbecue, hot dogs, funnel cake, kettle corn, pizza, mac and cheese, and German and Cajun cuisine are just some of the Texas eats and treats that will be offered at the park all season long.

General admission tickets for adults start at $54.95, and parking permits are available for VIP parking lots with closer proximity to the Santa’s Wonderland entrance.
Santa's Wonderland is decorated with millions of lighting displays that alight the nights in the park. (Courtesy Santa's Wonderland)