Holiday Lights Tour
Celebrate the holidays with lights. We offer 9 different Holiday Lights tours.
- Holiday Lights Tours A through D are each approximately 3 hours and begin at 6:30 PM and end at 9:30 PM.
- Holiday Lights Tours E through G are each approximately 4 hours and begin at 5:30 PM and end at 9:30 PM.
- Holiday Lights Tour H is approximately 5 hours and begins at 5:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM.
- Holiday Lights Tour I is approximately 7 hours and begins at 4:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM.
Select one or more that appeals to you. Each tour has at least one bathroom and refreshment break, usually at a Starbucks, where one can buy holiday drinks.
We can provide a variety of holiday music, movies for groups of 6 or more, narratives about the communities that we visit and the traditions of the holidays, such as the Christmas tree, introduction and types of lights, Santa, music, ornaments, trivia, and more.
We welcome you to bring drinks that have covers, caps, and lids to reduce spillage. We discourage you to eat during the tour as crumbs and other items may be sticky, and messy and cleaning up is additionally time consuming. We are also stopping for a break on each tour where one can have food.
We advice to reserve these tours about 1 month in advance to get the date that you want as they fill quickly. The earliest time to go a tour would be the first weekend of December; however, some people may still be putting up their lights. The ideal time to schedule these tours are during the two weeks prior to Christmas. We typically conduct these tours every night as scheduled. The latest time to go on a tour probably should be the weekend after Christmas. Although lights may be up until the Epiphany on January 6, many people and organizations take their lights down on the weekend after Christmas. The total window for these tours is approximately 3 to 4 weeks.
Dress warmly as most of these tours involve going outside at some point(s).
3-Hour Holiday Lights Tours
Tour A — Near West Side of Houston Tour - The Waterwall, Galleria, Tanglewood, Uptown Park, River Oaks, Highland Village, and Greenway Plaza. We go through some of the most affluent neighborhoods in all of America and to the premier mall of Texas with a magnificent Christmas tree. Entering The Galleria has to be skipped on Sundays as the mall closes at 7:00 PM, unless we start the tour earlier at 6:00 PM. This is the most popular tour, probably because of the reputation and prestige of the areas, and the huge homes and trees have lots of lights. This tour starts and ends at the Cleburne Cafeteria at 3606 Bissonnet Street and Edloe Street, Houston, Texas 77005.
Tour B — North and Central Houston - Woodland Heights, Downtown, Midtown, and the Montrose Area. It begins in a classic neighborhood found in 1907 with huge oak trees and moves to the central business district where you can go or watch ice-skating. We then go through the redeveloped area of the 1990s and 2000s, and to one of the most famous gay communities in the US. This tour starts and ends at Chili’s at 2425 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77007. This is by the Taylor Street exit.
Tour C — Northwest Tour - Candlelight Plaza, Ella Lee Forest, Acres Homes, Prestonwood Forest, US 290, and I-610. We start in 1950s and 1960s White and Hispanic neighborhoods, go through an African American neighborhood established around World War I, and then jump to a 1980s upper-middle class subdivision. This tours starts and ends at the McDonald’s at 3025 Ella Boulevard and Wilde Rock Way, Houston, Texas 77018-7313.
Tour D — Southeast Tour - Green Tee, Glenbrook Valley, La Sallette Place, Washington Terrace, and Riverside Terrace. This tour goes from an elite suburb to an affluent Hispanic neighborhood to a few African American communities, one with a fantastic light show. This tour starts and ends at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 1619 South Loop West and Fannin Street, Houston, Texas 77054.
4-Hour Holiday Lights Tours
Tour E — Near Southwest - Meyerland, Maplewood North, Robindell, Sugar Land, and Greatwood. This tour starts and ends at the McDonald’s Restaurant at 4643 Beechnut Street, and I-610, Houston, Texas 77096.
Tour F — Northeast Tour - Kingwood. This tour starts and ends at Chili’s at 2425 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77007. This is by the Taylor Street exit off of I-10.
Tour G — Far Southwest of Houston - New Territory, Shadow Groves Estates, and Pecan Grove Plantation. This tour starts and ends at the McDonald’s at 5888 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77057. This is between Chimney Rock Road and Fountain View Drive.
5-Hour Holiday Lights Tour
Tour H — Galveston’s Moody Gardens and Dickinson’s Festival of Lights - Each of these stops are walking excursions; thus, the weather has to cooperate. Food, drinks, and souvenirs are available. Walk through over 1 million lights. The tour starts and ends at Starbucks at 1450 Woodridge Street, Houston, Texas 77087.
7-Hour Holiday Lights Tour
Tour I — Far Northwest from Houston, College Station - Santa’s Wonderland A Texas Christmas Experience. This includes admission to Santa’s Wonderland and to Santa’s Town, where movies constantly play on an outdoor screen, fires for smores and warmth are burning, you can have your photo taken with Santa (at an additional fee), and there are many restaurants and stores. This tour has 3 stops. This tour begins and ends at City Hall at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.