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Some of the best yuletide memories are found or created amongst the holiday lights on a walking or driving trail. The twinkling lights and holiday scenes warm the heart and generate a festive mood. For those intrigued by Marble Fall’s Walkway of Lights featured in December’s Scenic Route, this is a list of many of the lighting trails/displays around the state to help you find where you want to go to expand this year’s memories.
Winding through 1.25 miles, the trail features more than 50 custom displays lighting up the night. The trail is open from 6:30-10 p.m. nightly. Zilker Park.
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
More than 3 million lights on 11 acres shine through the holidays. Lighting ceremony is at 7 p.m. Nov. 25. Hulen Park, 900 Hillsboro St. (817)645-2455.
Nov. 18-Jan. 1
Features more than 240 scenes, many of which are animated. Also enjoy hot chocolate from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays in December and a live nativity on select dates. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Cuero Municipal Park. (361)275-8178.
Nov. 22-Jan. 5
This drive-through display features more than 2 million lights in more than 600 displays. Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle. (800)788-9627 x200.
Nov. 29-Jan. 1
Come to the Hill Country for the holidays to the communities of Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Kerrville, Llano, Marble Falls and Wimberley. Includes lighting displays, pageants and other festivities. (830)997-8515.
Dec. 1-Jan. 5
Features a spectacular choreographed holiday light show. Enjoy the lights, music and snow. Frisco Square, 6101 Frisco Square Blvd. (972)668-3065.
Nov. 16-Jan. 4
On Nov. 16, Santa Claus parachutes in and flips the switch to officially kick off the holiday season on Galveston Island. Through January, enjoy more than 100 lighted scenes themed to holiday music, tubing on a 100-foot ice slide and ice skating. Admission charge. Moody Gardens. (800)582-4673.
Nov. 26-Jan. 5
This synchronized Christmas light display runs continuously from 6-11 p.m. through the holiday season. Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St. (817)410-3185.
Nov. 29-Jan. 1
The official lighting of the courthouse begins with Santa's arrival at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, with live music, hayrides, carriage rides and a chuck-wagon food court afterward. Then the entire town glows through the holiday season with 100,000 lights twinkling on the Blanco County Courthouse and a lighted forest of more than 1 million lights at the Pedernales Electric Coop's Headquarters on Avenue F. (830)868-7684.
Nov. 20-Jan. 1
Downtown Luling lights up with 100 lighted Christmas signboards and our antique Giant Santa. Downtown, 421 Davis St. Call ext. 3 for more information. (830)875-3214.
Nov. 22-Jan. 1
More than 2 million lights transform Lakeside Park into a holiday wonderland. Open 6-10 p.m. (weather permitting). (830)693-4449.
Nov. 27-Dec. 31
Each year, more than 10 million lights adorn homes and businesses, and festival activities take place throughout the city. The epicenter is the sparkling atmosphere of the downtown square. Activities and attractions include ice skating at the outdoor ice rink, Wonderland Village, a live variety show each night in Telegraph Park, train rides, carriage rides and other holiday activities. Synchronized light and sound shows begin at 6 p.m. Free evening variety music show in front of Harrison County Courthouse begins at 7 p.m. 301 N. Washington. (903)702-7777.
The largest display of Christmas lights in the Permian Basin kicks off Dec. 2 with the lighting of the community Christmas tree. McKinney Park, 625 W Pool Road. (432) 368-3548.
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22
Stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias made of warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags. These line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for the Holy Family. Begins at dusk.
Nov. 15-Dec. 31
This drive-through Christmas light and music display shines through the holiday season in Mill Pond Park.
Walk a path showcasing more than 100 lighted displays and stop at the Yule Log to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. The Emily Ann Theatre, 1101 F.M. 2325. (512)847-6969.