1. San Antonio Riverwalk – The state’s top tourist attraction lights-up to become the state’s top holiday attraction. Plus, this year the new Museum Reach section of the river gets into the holiday spirit with underwater light displays.
2. Ed Clark’s House (14106 Short Horn St, San Antonio) – Everyday Ed Clark flips on thousands of lights no matter the season. Since 1988, Clark has kept his Christmas decorations and lights up year round. His does it to honor his late-wife, Francis. Christmas was her favorite holiday. Each year Clark adds to his collection which now covers his entire yard, car, and even the inside of his home. In the evenings, Clark still hands out candy to children and allows people to go inside to view all his decorations.
3. Windcrest Light-Up – This holiday tradition outdates the city itself. This year the City of Windcrest celebrates its 50th anniversary, while it is the 52nd year for Light-Up. Residents decorate their homes with light displays and are judged in various categories; including most humorous and best cul-de-sac. Maps with the winners can be picked up at the Windcrest City Hall.
4. Santa’s Ranch (New Braunfels) - This mile long drive thru light tours comprises of nearly 100 animated displays. Located between New Braunfels and San Marcos, this renowned display includes a wide-range of scenes from Noah’s ark to the space shuttle. There is so much to see on the 20-minute drive that some purchase a season pass to come back time and again.
5. Cuero’s Christmas in the Park – When vandals damaged some of the displays last year at Cuero’s Christmas in the Park, including pushing the 37-foot American flag display into the lake, residents of Cuero were outraged and motivated to make not only the repairs to the damaged displays but motivated to make the annual free event bigger and better. The lighted American flag has returned as long with all the other damaged displays.
6. Light the Way at University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio – The tree covered campus lights up during the holiday season with more than a million twinkling lights. This annual tradition started 20 years ago as a way to unite the community in the holiday spirit.
7. Cowboy’s Christmas (Enchanted Springs Ranch) – It’s a holiday display any cowboy would appreciate. The light display stretches several miles across the Boerne ranch as the Old West celebrates the holidays.
8. Frisco Christmas Lights – In a state where bigger is better, the town of Frisco claims to be home to the largest choreographed lights and holiday music display in Texas. Last year, 85,000 synchronized lights made up the North Texas display.
9. Fredericksburg – Thousands of lights line Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street with a 26 foot tall German handcrafted Christmas Pyramid at Marklplatz. Along with its German heritage influence, what makes this holiday display unique is its one of the few places in Texas where there’s a chance the lights will be covered with snow.
10. Jefferson’s Holiday Trail of Lights – An enchanted forest, life-size gingerbread houses and a candle light tour of homes make Jefferson one of the most popular stops of Holiday Trail of Lights that runs across East Texas and into Louisiana.