Houston’s Top 10 Neighborhoods for Christmas Light Cruising

The whole family packed in the car … everyone “ooh-ing and aah-ing” and arguing over which house had the best lights …  and then coming home and deciding next year we’ll up our game {or maybe not}…

For many of us, driving around looking at Christmas lights is a treasured pastime from our childhood, and Houston neighborhoods are lit up and ready for passing along this tradition with our own families and spreading a bit of holiday magic along the way. Whether you load up with hot chocolate and drive by, or get out and meander through scenes of a winter wonderland, you can be sure to enjoy some seasonal joy with the BEST Houston neighborhood Christmas lights!

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Pecan Grove Subdivision

Located off 99 between the Westpark Tollway and Hwy 6, Pecan Grove can be a bit of a drive for most, but it’s completely worth it! This neighborhood goes all out with almost every house decorated, some lights are choreographed to Christmas music, and holiday hayrides are offered on weekends. Reserve tickets and join in for hot chocolate and a Santa photo op! Really, what more could you ask for? 

River Oaks

If you know Houston, you know River Oaks. It’s fun to check out the magnificent homes on a regular day, much less decked out in Christmas lights. Not every house is decorated, but they are well done. You are in for a treat with cascading lights coming down from majestic oak trees. Experts recommend the stunning view at the corner of Inwood Drive and River Oaks Boulevard, and also be sure to drive by the River Oaks Country Club.  It’s beautiful. Just pack your patience {It is the holiday season after all!} and be prepared for traffic.

The Woodland Heights

Another quintessential Houston neighborhood. Who doesn’t love The Heights, and it’s quaint charm becomes even more beautiful at Christmas time. “Those who know” know to check out the well-lit Highland Street and Bayland Avenue.

Shepherd Park and Candlelight Park

Just north of 610 and east of 290, the joining of these neighborhoods is an oldie but a goodie. These neighborhoods have been going strong for YEARS and are among local families’ favorites for sure. There are many categories of competition, themed cul-de-sacs, and just streets and streets of houses glittering with lights. Consider starting on either Thornton or Martin Road {or somewhere north of West 43rd Street on either side of Ella Boulevard}, and make sure to stop by Bethlehem Street, named appropriately for its beautiful displays. With window dioramas, inflatable Santas and college mascots, and personalized cutouts, these Christmas light displays are must-sees, even just to see if you agree with the judging!

Green Tee Subdivision

Located on the east side of Pearland off 518, this is another neighborhood that’s been going all out for years, has several categories of competition, a hayride, plenty of traffic, tons of homes decked out in lights, and a few that are truly spectacular. And if going on foot is your thing, this is a great neighborhood to run through!

Prestonwood Forest

Prestonwood comes up as the place to view lights in Houston. Just north of Willowbrook Mall and northeast of Tomball Parkway, homeowners have welcomed Christmas {and all those looking for festivity} for more than 40 years. Hundreds of homes participate and compete for prizes with dazzling themed displays, inflatables, and lights galore. Grab your hot chocolate, buckle up, and start on Prestonwood Forest Drive for a magnificent Christmas light experience. 

Sienna Plantation

If you are looking for a Christmas lights experience, book a ride on a classic trolley while enjoying the wonderful displays of Sienna Plantation. Sienna Family Fellowship sponsors a Christmas event to put you in the holiday spirit with family and friends. {Note :: Tickets are sold by Trolley – A, B, or C, and by time slot, 6:30, 7:15, and 8:00. Children 2 and under are free, and must sit on a lap.} But if you are just wanting a cozy night with your family, load up the car and drive through yourself. There will be plenty to see!


Located between Westheimer and San Felipe and Chimney Rock and Voss, Briargrove is a front-yard neighborhood that is full of young children and tons of gorgeous oak trees that are overflowing with lights at Christmas time. When it comes to holidays, Briargrove is a family-centered neighborhood that goes all out. Take it from a local contributor – it’s a must-see!

Panther Creek & Alden Bridge {The Woodlands, TX}

While there are many neighborhoods in The Woodlands that feature house, and entire streets, lit up to deck the halls, the Panther Creek and Alden Bridge neighborhoods are Christmas light display show-stoppers! Some light displays are choreographed to music, and you can sit back and drive through both large neighborhoods and soak in the season. 

Christmas Katy 

In it’s 10th year of synchronized Christmas lighting, this home in the Pin Oak Village subdivision is teaming up with neighbors again to celebrate the season with more than 50,000 LED lights, a 32 ft. tree, 10 ft.Nutcrackers, and 16 songs in its show. Music is broadcast at 89.9 FM, and you can view the display on Sunday – Thursday from 6 pm – 9 pm and until 10 pm on the weekends.  Check out their website for exact location and full details.

BONUS :: Dayton, TX

For those up North, there is a GIANT Display in Dayton, Texas {located on FM 1960}. It’s like nothing you’ve probably ever seen with thousands of lights and hundreds of decorations, including Santa, sleigh, reindeer, snowmen, angels… everything! They set it to music, and you are sure to find yourself in the holiday spirit.

Now that you’ve read our list, what neighborhoods are on yours?! Whether it’s one incredible home that we must see or a hidden gem of a neighborhood we missed, please share! And don’t miss these other holiday resources too…

Holiday Events In & Around Houston

Houston Tree Lightings & Holiday Light Displays

Santa Sightings In & Around Houston

The Best Holiday Performances in Houston

Houston Area Christmas Tree Farms

Houston Holiday Fun Runs & Races

Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other great neighborhoods around town for light displays, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!


7 Responses to Houston’s Top 10 Neighborhoods for Christmas Light Cruising

  1. Audrey December 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    May want to change to Shepherd Park Plaza and Candlelight Plaza :). Those are the correct neighborhood names-and the lights are going to be awesome this year!!!

  2. Hailea December 5, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Another good one to go look at (even though it’s a ways and not a neighborhood) is Santas’ Wonderland. Well worth the trip and well worth the drive. It gets bigger and bigger every year

  3. Steve December 7, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Thank you for the article but I have one complaint…no photos!?!


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