Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year, the time of the year when family comes to town for the yearly visit to catch up on what they missed out and to talk about times gone by. They're in town for a few days and once you're all caught up what do you do? Here's an idea, take them to one of the many, if not all, of the drive thru Christmas light parks in East Texas! You can sip on hot coffee, hot chocolate while driving through the millions of memorizing twinkling lights!

  • Santa Land

    11518 Interstate 20 West - Tyler

    Open nightly 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    November 1st - January 4th

    rain or shine and on all holidays too

    Santa Land is the original drive thru Christmas theme park in Texas. The drive thru park features 2.5 million lights spread out through 24 acres of East Texas country side. The trail is lined with twinkling lights and animated displays. You can ride on Santa's Trailer or drive in the comfort of your own car or truck.

    Santa Land is open nightly beginning at 6:00. There is an admission charge per vehicle up to 15 people. Please check their Facebook page for additional fees.

    I found a video of the dancing Christmas Trees that you'd drive thru if going through Santa Land.

    https://youtu.be/Ftsf-Xt5bCA

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  • Up In Lights

    12880 CR 192 - Tyler

    Celebrate the holidays with your family at Up In Lights, Tyler's only drive thru light park! This drive thru park features lighted scenes and over 1 million lights for you to gaze at! While driving thru this park in the comfort of your own car you can listen to Christmas music on your radio and watch the lights dance to music!

    Up In Lights opens at 6p each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 25th – December 11th and then nightly from December 16th – thru Christmas. There is a per vehicle admission charge.

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  • Christmas Park – Land Of Lights

    1500 NW Loop 7 - Athens

    Boasting with more than four million lights and two thousand wood cut outs, Christmas Park - Land Of Lights is an East Texas must see! Cars line up along Athens' Loop 7 well before the park opens in anticipation of seeing Snoopy flying an airplane, reindeer in a snowball fight and fourteen light arches that will amaze you! All that and more can be found at the Christmas Park – Land Of Lights in Athens. Each year the Christmas light park adds new scenes and lights. They have many scenes that depict favorites from your past, including Humpty Dumpty, Charlie Brown and even greats like Elvis Presley!

    Christmas Park – Land Of Lights is open nightly from 6p – 10:30p November 10th thru January 3rd. There is an admission charge per vehicle.

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