As the saying goes, everything is Bigger in Texas. Holiday light displays are no exception. Tthe Southwestern U.S. may not get much snowy, holiday weather, people there still know how to put on a great holiday lights display. Here are some of the best holiday lights in Texas and the Southwestern United States.

Just because there isn't much snow in Texas and the Southwest USA doesn't mean the area is lacking in Christmas spirit! After all, everything is bigger in Texas--and that includes the holiday light displays. Find out where to see the best, biggest and brightest holiday lights in the Southwest and Texas.

Holiday Light Displays in Texas


It’s the 52nd Anniversary of the Zilker Park Trail of Lights this season. With more than 1 million twinkling lights in colorful displays, guests can stroll along the mile-long trail. December 10-23

College Station

Boasting the “largest Christmas Attraction in Texas,” Santa’s Wonderland includes horse-drawn carriage & hay rides through the lights. November 11 – January 1

The grandly lit entrance to Santa's Wonderland in College Station, Texas.

The grandly lit entrance to Santa’s Wonderland in College Station, Texas. Photo by Nasreen Stump / Road Warrior TravelingMom

Fort Worth

More than 600 LED Light Displays can be seen each holiday season at the Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights. It ends with a drive through, light-up tunnel.  November 24 – December 30


Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens returns for the 14th season. It features a mile-long trail of more than 100 lighted holiday scenes, shows, visits from Santa and a “Snow Zone” for kids. November 12- January 8

San Antonio

The San Antonio River Walk transforms for the holidays with more than 1.8 million lights. The Ford Holiday River and Lighting Ceremony kicks off the fun. look for lighted floats with celebrities, bands and costumed participants. Evenings in December, enjoy Holiday Boat Caroling. November 25 – January 3

Holiday Light Displays in Arizona


The North Pole Experience brings Santa’s Workshop to life! Start at the Little America Hotel to see the twinkling light display and catch the Polar Express train to the North Pole. November 18 – December 31

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Las Noches de las Luminarias – Photo Credit: Desert Botanical Garden


Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 37th year of Las Noches de las Luminarias. it features 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the vibrant sounds and sights of 10 performing groups. November 25- December 31


Take a trip on the Polar Express with the Grand Canyon Railway! Each evening, passengers travel to the North Pole, a Christmas village where Santa and his reindeer welcome visitors. November 11 – January 6

Holiday Light Displays in Colorado

Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Electric Safari features more than 1 million lights, more than 40 animated light sculptures, Sky Rides, and visits with Santa. December 9 – January 3


The Denver Botanical Gardens presents a Trail of Lights for the whole family with moe than a million twinkling lights synchronized to music.  Hot drinks, seasonal entertainment and hay rides available. November 25 – January 1

Holiday Light Displays in New Mexico


The ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden hosts the holiday light show, “The River of Lights.” It features giant sculptures of plants, animals and seasonal themes created by millions of lights. November 26 – December 30

Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates GLOW on weekends throughout the holiday season. Look for Santa, hot cocoa and more fun for the family. December 16 – January 1

Holiday Light Displays in Nevada

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Glittering Lights – Photo Credit: Glittering Lights

Las Vegas

Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a holiday drive-through event, has more than 1 million lights in over 400 animated and sparkling displays.  Fun includes a PJ 5K Fun Run and a Living Nativity. November 13 – January 7

Holiday Light Displays in Oklahoma


The Festival of Light features more than 3.5 million twinkling lights in more than 100 dazzling light scenes. There are animated displays, and even a computer animated light show synchronized to joyful holiday tunes. The centerpiece of the Chickasha Festival of Light is the iconic 172 foot Christmas tree that can be seen for miles around. November 28 – December 31

Midwest City

Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular is one of Oklahoma’s largest animated drive-through light displays. More than one million lights transform 90 dazzling displays including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs and topped with an 8-foot star. November 18 – December 30

Holiday Light Displays in Utah

Salt Lake City

Utah’s Hogle Zoo celebrates Zoo Lights with more than 250 animated light displays. Guests wear hologram glasses to walk along lit pathways and through the 135-foot lighted tunnel.  Santa is scheduled to visit among other nightly planned events. December 1 – December 31

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