12 holiday displays and events worth visiting in Texas this year

Houston: Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

The Houston Botanic Garden is beautiful year-round, but it's getting a little brighter during the holidays for the second year of Lightscape. 

Houston: Space Center Houston Galaxy Lights

Houston Space Center brings the galaxy within reach with its yearly holiday event, which includes interactive displays,  a light tunnel, and educational experiences for the space-obsessed kids .

Austin: Trail of Lights

The Texas capital transforms Zilker Park into a holiday wonderland every year,  bringing out more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other displays. 

College Station: Santa's Wonderland

Aggieland's holiday celebration goes big, with 4 million lights spanning 130 acres.

Fredericksburg: Christmas Nights of Lights

Fredericksburg puts its German heritage on display for Christmas in its Marktplatz. Shop for the friends and family on your list, listen to an audio presentation about the city's German history.

Galveston: Moody Gardens Festival of Lights and more

Just because there isn't snow at the beach doesn't mean Galveston can't celebrate Christmas with the best of them.  Moody Gardens is back with its yearly Festival of Lights with 2 million bulbs along a mile-long trail.

Grapevine: Christmas at Gaylord Texan and more

Grapevine calls itself the Christmas Capital of Texas, and there's probably something for everyone while the North Texas town puts on 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days.

Johnson City: Lights Spectacular

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative illuminates its Johnson City Headquarters with more than 1.3 million LED bulbs, which makes the town so bright, NASA has reported seeing it from the International Space Station. 

New Braunfels: Santa's Ranch

Driving through Santa's Ranch at Christmastime is a holiday tradition in New Braunfels, where more than 1.5 million lights twinkle bright. 

Odessa: Starbright Village

For those headed west this season, Odessa has the largest display of lights in the Permian Basin. 

San Antonio: Holiday Lights at the River Walk

The San Antonio River Walk is an iconic Texas destination throughout the year, but at Christmastime, 2,250 strings of light are draped across the river. 

Waco: Magnolia Market's Christmas at the Silos

You can get some Christmas shopping done, and Santa will be there every Friday and Saturday to hear Christmas wishes and take photos. 

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