We’ve put together a list of our most favorite neighborhoods to visit when we host our private Christmas Lights Tours on Cool Bus Houston every day through the month of December. Check them out below!
OUR TOP SIX NEIGHBORHOODS
- River Oaks
- When most people think Christmas lights in Houston, you can’t help but think about River Oaks. Mansions on mansions are decked out with lights and the large oak trees have lights wrapped limb from limb. Our favorite streets to drive on our Christmas lights tours are Inwood Dr, Del Monte Dr, Chevy Chase Dr and River Oaks Blvd leading up to the River Oaks Country Club. And be prepared to see Santa outside one of the houses on the weekends!
- Another neighborhood known for its massive homes, wide lawns and large trees, Tanglewood is a popular stop on our Christmas lights tours, especially if you decide to visit River Oaks! Located close to the intersection of San Felipe and Sage, both neighborhoods are just 10 minutes apart from each other so we usually pair them together.
- The Heights/Woodland Heights
- Known for its popular “Lights in the Heights” event, this area of The Heights is a staple on our Christmas lights tours. Bayland Ave is a popular street to drive down, but one of our favorites areas to visit is Norhill Blvd between Bayland Ave and Euclid St to see some Christmas Dinosaurs!
- Prestonwood Forest, located off of SH 249 (Tomball Parkway) and Prestonwood Forest Dr, is one of the most popular Houston neighborhoods for Christmas lights tours. The neighborhood has been hosting their “Nite of Lites” for 40 years and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Each street in the neighborhood participates and competes for awards like Best Cul-de-Sac, Best Overall Home, Best Lamp Post, Best Mailbox and many more awards. The Nite of Lites usually runs from the 2nd weekend of December thru the last weekend of December.
- Pecan Grove
- Located in Richmond, TX, this neighborhood (FM 359 and Plantation Dr) is known for some of the most creative displays of lights in Greater Houston. If you don’t wind up taking a tour on Cool Bus Houston, be sure to catch one of the many hay rides through the neighborhood. You will even see some houses that put music to their lights!
- Spring Shadows
- Starting at Memorial City Mall, head north on Gessner for approx. 3.5 miles and take a left on Kemp Forest Dr and make your way down to Quincannon Lane. The Candy Wonderland is a massive cul-de-sac of vacant lots decorated in some of the most festive lights displays you will ever see. Visitors must stay in their cars – so no walking around – and there is only 1 entrance in and out of this neighborhood, so be prepared to wait in a long line at times, especially as it gets closer to Christmas Day…but it’s well worth the wait!
Other noteworthy lights to visit on our Christmas lights tours (FYI – some might have admission fees)
- Festival of Lights – Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX
- Zoo Lights – Houston Zoo
- Sugar Land Holiday Lights – Constellation Field, Sugar Land, TX
- The Woodlands Winter Wonderland – The Woodlands, TX
- Santa’s Wonderland – College Station, TX