2019 Texas Christmas Parades, Events & Drive-Thru Light Parks

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The Christmas season in Texas is a magical time of the year, full of family gatherings, trips to see loved ones, decorations and of course parades!

Included on this page is a listing of major Christmas parades, events and festivals scheduled in East Texas and other parts of the state during 2019, along with cities, locations, dates, times and website links.

It also includes popular drive-thru Christmas parks and light displays.

: Listed below are Christmas events held most years across East Texas and around the state. We are currently updating this page to show 2019 events.

Events are always subject to change. We highly recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to confirm dates, times and other details.

Christmas Light Displays and Drive-thru Parks in Texas


Christmas Park Land of Lights

1500 NW Loop 7, at Patterson Road
Athens, Texas

Christmas Park Land of Lights is family owned and operated. The park is more than 1 mile long and has over 4 million lights, including more than 50 different musical scenes and 50 motion controlled lighted scenes in addition to 7 tunnels and 14 arches, and 1500 wood cutouts.

Details on the Web or on Facebook   Phone 903.675.7469

College Station

Santa's Wonderland

18898 Highway 6 
College Station, Texas

November 8 - December 30, 2019

Carriage rides, hayride Frostbite's Mountain, Snow Playground, visits with Santa, kids train, nightly Texas snow and more.

Details on the Web or on Facebook   Phone 979.690.2712

Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights

Grand Prairie, Texas

Enjoy this 2-mile drive through 4 million lights at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, featuring a 10 minute Holiday Magic light show choreographed to music.


Liberty City

Christmas In The Park at Liberty City

Hugh Camp Memorial Park, off Hwy 135
Liberty City, Texas

Drive-thru Christmas park in Liberty City. Santa is there Friday & Saturday 6-8 pm.Everything is free of charge

Details on Facebook

San Angelo

Concho Christmas Celebration

Concho Christmas Celebration was founded in 1994 to enhance the enjoyment of the Christmas Season by providing an annual light display. The event also contributes to the economic vitality of the Concho Valley area by providing and promoting a destination event which brings people into the City of San Angelo. The first Concho Christmas was established as a walking tour in the El Paseo de Santa Angela area featuring several lighted scenes and 21 sponsor Christmas cards.   

Today, the Tour of Lights has grown into a 2.5 mile drive along the banks of the Concho River and features over 3 million lights. Concho Christmas has evolved its programming from a small static light display, to consist of a Live Nativity scene; the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony; the Lights of Christmas Parade; Bike Through the Lights, a bicycle ride with Santa; Run Rudolph Run, a walk/run event; the annual Tuba Christmas concert; Kayak Through the Lights, a night-time float along the beautiful Concho River; theKCSA FM 97.1 FM radio broadcast and the extraordinary light tour.



Santa Land

I-20 West
Tyler, Texas 75706

Details and map


Up in Lights

12880 County Road 192 / Old Noonday Road
Tyler, Texas

Up in Lights is the only drive-through Christmas lights park located within the Tyler city limits. With over a million lights, Up In Lights is one of the best places to Celebrate the Holidays in Tyler.

Bring your family for a wonderful light show and watch the lights dance to your favorite Christmas Carols.

November 29, 2019 - December 8, 2019 (Fri/sat/Sun) ... Open at 6:00pm

December 13, 2019 - December 25, 2019 ... Open every night at 6:00pm

Details, driving directions and map

Tyler State Park

A Pineywoods Christmas Lighted Drive-thru
Tyler State Park

The Park is located two miles north of Interstate 20 on FM 14, north of Tyler, on Park Road 16. 

December 13-14, 2019, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Take a break from the holiday rush.

Drive through the Cedar Point, Lakeview and Big Pine Camping Loops and enjoy a Pineywoods Christmas in lights. Make sure to visit the Park Store for refreshments and shop for unique gifts. Campers staying with us for this event are encouraged to decorate their sites.

Details on the Texas Parks & Wildlife website

Christmas Parades & Festivals in Texas in 2019


Trail of Lights

December 10 - 23, 2019

The trail of Lights returns in 2019 for its 55th year. It includes 14 magical nights at Zilker Park, where you can wander through the 2 million lights strung across the 300+ acres of the park.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun


Big Sandy

Live Nativity Event
Kaleidoscope Ranch 
1936 Silver Maple Road 
Big Sandy, Texas 75755

Gates open 12:30-3pm. 1:00pm reenactment performance with live camels and donkeys. Admission is $5 per person, kids under 2 years are free.

Details or phone Robin Dodge at 702.480.4848


Bullard Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Bullard, Texas

December 2, 2019



Canton Lighted Christmas Parade

Downtown Canton

Visit with Santa following the parade in the Chamber of Commerce office at 119 N. Buffalo Street



Santa's Christmas Parade

Downtown Center Square

The parade will feature a special Grand Marshal, lighted holiday floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself!



Whistle Stop Christmas

Hulen Park, 1010 Hillsboro Street in Cleburne

Come experience Christmas in Cleburne like you've never experienced it before! Lights in and around downtown, and all over the city! Activities in and near Hulen Park. Business participation like never before! And of course the familiar Lighted Christmas Parade.

The Whistle Stop Lighting Ceremony will be on November 25, 2019 at 6:30pm. Adding to the fun will be food vendors, children train rides around the park on this night and other selected days.

The Lighted Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 6, 2019, 6:30pm. After the parade, the celebration continues at Hulen Park with food & gift vendors and a special visit by Santa & Mrs. Claus. In addition to the parade, don’t miss all the other fun activities during this popular Cleburne holiday celebration. The 2029 parade theme is "Christmas Movie Magic"

Details on the Web


Lighted Crockett Christmas Parade

Thursday before Thanksgiving – on the Square in Downtown Crockett at 6:00pm. Sponsored by the Houston County Career Women.



Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road in Dallas

Begins November 12, 2019 ... Celebrate the start of the holidays with the official tree lighting ceremony and one of the first trees to be lit in the city. Warm drinks are available for purchase, the gazebos are lit for the first time this season, Santa Claus is here, and Holiday Cheer carolers stroll through the garden to fill the evening with music. Gather in the center of the property at 7pm as we flip the giant switch and light the tree to begin Holiday at the Arboretum 2019.

Many other special Christmas and holiday events are scheduled during November and December.


Dallas - Plano

The Gift of Christmas featuring The Living Nativity

December 7-8 and 11-15, 2019

Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano Campus

The Gift of Christmas is a Prestonwood tradition and has become one of the highlights of the Christmas season, with thousands of guests attending every year. This visually stunning multimedia event is complete with special effects, a nearly 1,000-member cast and choir, live orchestra, flying angels and much more!

The program will keep you fully engaged for a powerful 100 minutes, the perfect length for every family member to enjoy. It is complete with all your Christmas favorites, including the beautiful Living Nativity.


Fort Worth

Parade of Lights

November 24, 2019, 6:00pm
Starts at Weatherford and Houston Streets in Fort Worth

The 37th edition of this Downtown Fort Worth signature event is themed, “The Sounds of the Season,” and will feature music throughout the parade, including pre- and post- parade.  Signature floats, giant illuminated balloons, local performing groups, community organizations and more. We hope you will continue this new tradition for the years to come!

Details on the Web


Holiday Lights in Fredericksburg

November 29, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Don’t miss Main Street, Marktplatz and the Band Stand behind the Pioneer Memorial Library. 



Holiday in the Gardens

Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard in Galveston

November 16, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Enjoy 8 holiday attractions in one venue, including Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Rudolph 3D, ice skating, photos with Santa and more.



Winter Wonderland Extravaganza
Roselake Ranch
3632 County Road 271
Garrison, Texas (near Whispering Pines Girl Scout Camp)

Enjoy winter without journeying to the north pole. Roselake Ranch invites you to its Winter Wonderland Extravaganza, December 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This year’s theme will be the Ice Queen and her entourage. Come out and mingle with them! She will have things for the whole family to enjoy!

Climb the Ice Queen’s castle, ride a reindeer, cuddle with animals in the petting zoo, be memorized by all the lights, jump in the bounce house, take a jaunt on the hayride, see if you can climb the queen’s rock wall, have pictures taken with Santa and/or Ice Queen and her friends, try your luck with snowball races, create a snowman, dig for treasure, satisfy your sweet tooth at the food vendors, play in Candyland and much, much more! It will be fun for the whole family. 

details on Facebook


Gladewater Annual Christmas Parade

Downtown Gladewater, Texas


Grand Saline

December 7, 2019 - Salt City Christmas 4:30pm - 8:30pm

December 8, 2019 - Salt City Christmas Tour of Homes 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Grand Saline, Texas

Details on Grand Saline Main Street website


Celebrate the magic of Christmas in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas!

Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You'll be amazed at the 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! 

Escape to SNOWLAND at the Great Wolf Lodge or create Christmas memories with a Lone Star Christmas package at the Gaylord Texan Resort. Don't miss ICE! at Gaylord Texan, an extraordinary and magical display of elaborate, life-sized ice sculptures, ice slides and ice monuments with dramatic lighting effects - all created from nearly 2 million pounds of ice.

Create a unique "Family Christmas Memory" aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad's North Pole Express®. Snug in their pajamas, children's holiday dreams come true as they climb aboard the magical train for an adventure-filled ride. 



Greenville Annual Christmas Parade

Greenville, Texas

December 6, 2019, beginning at 6:00pm



The Henderson Christmas Parade will be held on December 5, 2019 in the downtown area.

The lighting of the tree will be at 6:00pm in Heritage Square, 101 E. Main St. The parade will begin shortly thereafter.

Contact for event:  Laura Wilkerson, Civic Center Coordinator, City of Henderson, phone 903.392.8232



Hidalgo Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights is one of the largest Christmas light display in Texas. Visitors can explore the nine-mile illuminated wonderland on a train or trolley tour — or enjoy the journey in the comfort of their own vehicle (*tune your radio to 91.1)!

The festival also offers a dinner, concert, trolley tour package that includes a roast beef supper, complete with musical entertainment and a trolley or train ride through the lights.

Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights starts at sunset every night throughout the month of December. For more information, phone 956.125.2444

Detail on the Web


Huntsville Lions Club Christmas Parade
Candy Land Christmas

Huntsville, Texas



Jacksonville Annual Christmas Parade

Downtown Jacksonville, Commerce and Patton Street

December 5, 2019, 6:00pm



Jasper Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade

Jasper, Texas

December 5, 2019, 5:30pm

Enjoy bands and floats of all kinds at the annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade! Cocoa and treats sold on the square before the parade! See Santa riding atop the Fire Engine!! There is no fee to enter the parade! Come be a part of the downtown excitement!

The theme this year will be CHRISTMAS IN TOYLAND!!


It's December .. and time for Christmas parades and festivities!

Jefferson Hometown Christmas Parade

Downtown Jefferson

November 30, 2019

The Parade will begin downtown and travel through Jefferson, ending at the Lions Club Park for the Tree Lighting Ceremony that welcomes the Christmas Season. Tree Lighting Ceremony will be immediately after the parade circles the Lions Park.

The 3rd Annual Historic Jefferson Wassail Walk is on December 7, from 1:00pm - 7:00pm



Kaufman Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kaufman Downtown Square



A Very Derrick Christmas
The winter festival begins on November 16 when the oil derricks on the "World's Richest Acre" are lit for the holidays. Activities and fun for the family will also be featured.

89th Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Kilgore
December 3, 2019, 6:30pm

The parade exhibits fantastic floats by businesses, non-profits and individuals. On an average, the parade has over 80 entries and features Santa & Mrs. Claus


Liberty City

32nd Annual Liberty City Christmas Parade
Sponsored by Sabine Fire and Rescue

December 8, 2019, 2:30pm

This year's theme is "My Favorite Christmas Carol"

Intersection of FM 1252 and Old Hwy 135 and will head south to I-20.



Christmas in Lindale

Picker's Pavilion
Lindale, Texas



Longview Courthouse Lighting & Christmas Parade

Downtown Longview

Christmas tree lighting on November 24, 2019, 4:00pm - 8:00pm. Join us for our 2nd annual Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Heritage Plaza.


The Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 5, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Annual Living History Christmas Exhibit
Gregg County Historical Museum
214 N Fredonia Street
December 4 - 21, 2019

Traditional Christmas decorations are combined with a 40-foot model train layout to entertain adults and children of all ages.


Christmas in the Pines

Downtown Lufkin

Join us on December 2-8, 2019, for our newest event, Christmas in The Pines! Working with various community organizations this weekend is sure to be fun for all.

The weekend will begin Monday, December 2 at 6:30pm with The City of Lufkin Christmas parade. Saturday morning starts off with The ADAC Reindeer Run and Donuts with Santa, and continues with a Strongest Santa Competition, food trucks, downtown shopping, live performances and the Lighting of Rudolph the Red Nose Pumping Unit.



32nd Annual Wonderland of Lights Festival

November 27 - December 29, 2019

The City of Marshall, Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau and Marshall Main Street Program invite you to explore "Candy Wonderland of Lights" this holiday season.

This year's Wonderland starts on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

The festival runs Tuesday through Sunday nights from 6:00pm to 9:00pm., and Saturdays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm. The Wonderland of Lights is closed every Monday, as well as on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

More about Wonderland of Lights on this website

Details, maps, tickets and more at the City of Marshall's official website

Wonderland of Lights on Facebook


Mineola Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

Downtown Mineola, Texas


Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Downtown Mount Pleasant, Texas

December 6-7, 2019

Lighted parade at 6:00pm on December 7

The Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, formerly Dickens Christmas, is held annually in historic Downtown Mt. Pleasant, taking place the first Friday and Saturday in December. Come home for the Holidays and wander the streets of Downtown Mt.Pleasant as the scent of pine boughs, roasted almonds, and kettle-corn float through the air and the sound of carolers and holiday merrymakers accompany your stroll.


Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Lighted Christmas Parade & Festivities

December 7, 2019
4:00pm   - 9:00pm

Mount Vernon, Texas

Parade Route begins on Rutherford Streett and turns onto Kaufman and proceeds down to the square. 

There will be food vendors, bounce houses, train rides, visit with Santa, and meet all the characters from the parade. Come for the parade, stay after for the fun. Downtown Mt Vernon has much to offer, come experience Christmas with us.

Details on Facebook


Nine Flags Christmas Festival



Christmas In Our Town and Reindeer Dash 3K/5K Run/Walk

Onalaska, Texas

Reindeer Dash 8:00am
3K 5K Run/Walk - Medals and T-shirts for all pre registered participants. Reindeer Dash details

Christmas In Our Town
10:00am - 7:00pm
Trade Days, A Walk In The Park, Food Trucks, Tree Lighting, Snow Sledding - YES SNOW! Lighting Of The Tree, Bicycle Give-away and Visit With Santa

Christmas in our Town on Facebook

That special Texas Christmas tree that we love so much!

Christmas Parade of Lights

December 7, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lighted floats and bands march through the streets to get you in the spirit of the Season. Watch as the historic Anderson County Courthouse comes alive with lights at Palestine's most beloved event. Visit with Santa in all this splendor seated in front of the lighted tree.



Christmas in Paris

November 23, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Annual Christmas tree lighting, 6:00pm - 6:30pm



Home for the Holiday & Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:00am - 8:00pm - Parade at 5:00pm
Downtown Pittsburg

Food and craft vendors, photos with Santa and Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Christmas Lights hayride and Christmas Movie on the Courthouse Lawn.

Carols in the Park is held at the First United Methodist Church Ministry Center, at 209 Mt. Pleasant Street near downtown Pittsburg. It is held on December 5-8, 13-14 from 6 pm to 8 pm, and also 2 pm to 4 pm on December 7-8.

Details on Facebook


Reno's Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival

Reno Kiwanis Park

December 14, 2019



Rusk Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Miracle on 5th Street

Downtown Rusk


San Antonio

Ford Holiday River Parade

November 29, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Ring in the holidays with this iconic night parade filled with lights, costumed float riders & music, covering a 2 1/2 mile route on the downtown River Walk.


Santa Fe

Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park 

December 7, 2019

This event is a combined effort between the City of Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the City of Santa Fe Parks Board.

The Christmas Parade will start promptly at 5:30pm and run from R.J. Wollom Elementary School along FM 1764 to Highway 6 to Warpath Drive.

Santa Claus is ALWAYS our Grand Marshal and will be available after the parade in Mae S. Bruce Library for the Little's to sit with and share their Christmas wishes.

Christmas Tree Lighting and Choir Singing
Santa in the Library
Snow in the Park
Student Performance on the Basketball Court
Crafts for Kids



Run, Run, Rudolph 2019! 5K & 1K
7:00am - 10:00am
December 7, 2019

24th Annual Christmas in The Big Thicket Festival 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
December 7, 2019

Silsbee Public Library
295 N 4th Street
Silsbee, Texas

Details on Facebook

Sulphur Springs

Main Street Christmas Market


Lion's Club Lighted Christmas Parade

December 7, 2019



Main Street Texarkana's 35th Annual Christmas Parade

"A Twice as Nice Christmas"

December 9, 2019, 7:00pm



Holiday in the Country
Monday, November 18, 2019
5:00pm - 9:00pm

Downtown stores will be open late and welcoming shoppers to kick off the holiday season with special sales and treats.

Troup Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Downtown Troup

Following the parade, Santa will welcome children at the Troup library.



Rotary Clubs of Tyler Christmas Parade

December 5, 2019, 6:00pm

Downtown Tyler, Texas

The local Rotary International clubs are hosting the 2019 Tyler Christmas Parade.

The parade will be held in downtown Tyler and begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5. The Christmas Parade will officially welcome the holiday season, and most importantly the arrival of Santa Claus!

The Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Square will serve as the finale. The parade is sponsored by the three Tyler Rotary International clubs: Rotary Club of Tyler, South Tyler Rotary, and Sunrise Rotary.

The Christmas Parade will be fun for the whole family and everyone is encouraged to attend this festive event!

This year’s parade theme is “Rotary Connects the World” and winners will be selected in six categories: Best Holiday Theme, Best Band, Brightest Entry, Spirit Award, Most Creative, and Best Decorated Vehicle. This year parade organizers are asking each entry to pay a small entry fee to offset expenses.


Annual Christmas in the Park
Children's Park
110 East Dobbs Street
Tyler, Texas


Azalea Trail of Lights
December 1-16, 2019
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Goodman Museum
624 North Broadway Avenue


Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park

Whitehouse, Texas


Wills Point

Christmas on the Bricks

Wills Point, Texas



Annual Christmas in the Park Holiday Bazaar

Winnsboro Civic Center at the City Park on Wheeler Drive. For more  information, call 903.342.3062 


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NOTE: Events are always subject to change.
We highly recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor to
confirm dates, times and other details.

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