What started out as a family adventure one Christmas to a holiday light park, has turned into a family tradition here in East Texas. This is true for so many families here in East Texas including my own!

Millions upon millions of miniature light bulbs, some twinkling and some not, light up the East Texas countryside each year from right before Thanksgiving to around New Years in drive thru Christmas light parks. Each one of these parks in East Texas memorize their visitors with unique displays and special offerings. Many of these (if not all), began as family Christmas displays that just grew over time.

Thousands of visitors from all across Texas, Louisiana and beyond travel to East Texas just to view and and see the splendor of the beautiful displays.

Downtown Marshall

It's a Texas tradition that's been happening for more than thirty years now. Marshall's town square is illuminated with over a million lights during the nightly festival of lights. It's more than lights though! There's also an ice skating rink, rides in horse drawn carriages, kids can visit Santa's workshop, balloon artists and face painting for kids along with live entertainment and more. Check the website for a complete schedule of events for Wonderland Of Lights in Marshall. The highlight of the event is the Harrison County Courthouse!

Marshall's Wonderland of Lights runs nightly November 22nd thru December 31st with a New Year's Eve celebration. There is a charge for some activities, including ice skating (please check website for pricing).

11455 I-20 West

Santa Land is billed as the original drive thru Christmas theme park in Texas. This 24 acre park features more than 12.5 million lights on lighted trails featuring animated displays and more! Drive in the comfort of your own vehicle or you can ride on Santa's trailer and be sure to fill up at the snack shop! There is an admission charge per vehicle.  Check their Facebook page for all the specifics!

12880 CR 192 (Old Noonday Road)

Boasting more than a million lights, your family will be entertained with the animated displays while other lights bounce around to your favorite Christmas carols! There is an admission charge per vehicle, but with a donation to PATH you may save a little!  See their website for further details and hours of operation.

1500 NW Loop 7 (at Hwy. 175 North)

Christmas Park - Land Of Lights adds to this display each and every year! Featuring lighted displays from the Peanuts characters, Humpty Dumpty, Elvis Presley and many many more, you'll also drive under several light tunnels and be entertained by animated displays. There is an admission charge per vehicle, check their Facebook page for hours, admission and more.

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