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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for Houstonians. The city is massive and has an abundance of suburbs or activities that are within driving distance, which means students at the University of Houston have a multitude of options when it comes to choosing where to go see holiday lights. 

Prestonwood Forest Neighborhood in Northwest Houston

For those who enjoy getting in their car, driving around listening to good holiday tunes and sipping on some hot cocoa, this is the place to go. This neighborhood has themed streets, and they always go all out, with many streets having radio stations programmed to tell a story. These lights are free and open to the public everyday. It’s truly a forgotten, yet wholesome gem for the Houston area.

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

An hour drive out of Houston, on the beloved Galveston Island, is Moody Gardens’ Festival of Lights. Open for all ages, tickets for this range from $18 to $22. The attraction is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on regular days, and open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on value days. Specific days can be found on the website’s calendar. These lights take you on a fun stroll around Moody Gardens, and those going can enjoy their ice skating rink, too!

Houston Zoo Lights  

Who doesn’t love a good Houston Zoo moment? Powered by TXU energy, the zoo is celebrating ten years of being open to the public for their holiday lights. Tickets range in prices from about $17 to around $26 depending on the day, according to the calendar. These lights include an animal themed lantern, an “illuminated ocean,” a canopy of glowing flowers and butterflies and more.

Magical Winter Lights

Just a quick drive out of Houston to Baytown is one of the city’s most beloved attractions for holiday lights. Magical Winter Lights never fails to trend on Twitter every holiday season, and it’s definitely a must-see attraction. Those who go can expect to pay about $25, but it’s worth every penny. According to the website, guests will be greeted with eight unique themed sections of lights, carnival rides, games, local entertainment on select nights and interactive activities.

Santa’s Wonderland

Just a little over an hour out of Houston is College Station’s famous Santa’s Wonderland. General admission for adults is $49.95 if bought at the gate and $44.95 if bought online, per the website. Although the tickets might seem pricey, those who purchase them will be met with an abundance of activities for the night. Not only do guests get admission to the wonderland, but they also can experience the Hayride Tour through the magical trail of lights, train rides, mechanical bull rides and so much more.

With all the holiday lights Houston has to offer, it’s no secret that the city is perfect for a fun winter break. Not only are these attractions something to do with family and friends, but they make for a great Instagram worthy moment, too.

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