The holiday season is filled with bright and colorful, sometimes over-the-top decorations inside and outside. Neighborhoods all over the city are beautifully decorated for this festive time of year and it’s the perfect time to load the family into the car and set out to see the awesome displays. Whether it’s a family tradition or a spur-of-the-moment idea, it’s well worth the time and drive to take in the well thought-out display of lights in Houston this holiday season.
River Oaks Blvd. & San Felipe St.
River Oaks is an upscale Houston neighborhood that is known for its amazing light displays during the holiday season. This community show of holiday celebration is said to be the best of the best and one not to be missed. Visitors are welcome to drive from enclave to enclave, but be aware that River Oaks has its own security in place, so the rules of the road are enforced and security is on patrol throughout the neighborhood.
Prestonwood Forest Drive & Cypresswood Drive
Since the 1970s, this northwest subdivision has been delighting the residents of Houston with amazing light and decorative displays. Literally hundreds of homes in Prestonwood Forest subdivision participate in a holiday-themed Nights of Lights Christmas. Although spectators are welcomed to Prestonwood Forest, the residents do ask that visitors come between the hours of 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Highland St. & Bayland Ave.
Every year, the Woodland Heights neighborhood comes to life for Lights in the Heights season. Entire streets are decorated to the highest extent that not only includes lights and standing decorations, but also music that is carefully choreographed to be in sync with the entire house theme. Enjoy themes such as a life-size gingerbread house, college mascots and more. Residents are competing for awards so the displays are well worth the time spent. This is definitely not a neighborhood to skip when planning your light tours, but don’t worry, the lights don’t go dim in this neighborhood until well after Christmas.
Shepherd Park/Candlelight Park
West 43rd St. & Ella Blvd.
The kids will absolutely love the holiday displays in this neighborhood. From over-sized cutouts and dioramas to balloon arches directly over the streets, this is the right place to view the holiday decorations that are sure to catch your eye. Each one is carefully thought out and put together to achieve the maximum holiday delight. Don’t forget your camera though and keep the batteries fresh so you are able to capture the most awesome festive experience in Houston.
Daphne St. & Florinda St.
Primarily made up of older, one-story homes, the Scott Terrace neighborhood is one that invites traditional Christmas charm. Holiday enthusiasts will enjoy the nativity scenes, illuminating uniform lighting displays and simple, yet elegant scenes that are sure to bring on the Christmas spirit and discourage any Scrooge in sight. Be sure to arrive early, as spectators are known to swarm this neighborhood to view the festive homes.
Melissa Moreno is a freelance writer covering all things Houston. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.