It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and the most beautiful when it comes to decorations - Christmas.  Christmas does something wonderful to us all, even just saying it makes you feel good.  During this time of the year you may have friends and family come in to visit and you're left with wondering what to do.  A great thing you can do is visit one of the many Christmas light parks throughout East Texas with them.  You can drive thru sipping hot coffee or hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music and enjoy millions of twinkling lights at these drive thru Christmas light parks right here in East Texas!

  • Santa Land

    11455 I-20 West     Lindale

    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 you own car or truck.

    Santa Land is open nightly beginning at 6:30p the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and continues thru Christmas.  There is an admission charge per vehicle up to 15 people.  Please check the website for additional fees.

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

    Santa Land
  • Up In Lights

    CR 192/Old Noonday Rd.     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 23rd - December 9th and then nightly from December 14th - thru Christmas.  There is an admission charge but you can save some money with a canned good to benefit PATH.

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  • Christmas Park - Land Of Lights

    1500 NW Loop 7 Athens

    Snoopy flying an airplane, reindeer in a snowball fight and a light tunnel 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 - 10p November 10th thru January 2nd.  There is an admission charge per vehicle.

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  • Wonderland of Lights

    Downtown Marshall

    It's a Texas tradition that's been happening for a quarter of a century now.  Marshall's town square is illuminated with over a million lights during this 40-night festival of lights.  New this year, the Washington Square Variety Show that features local talent singing, dancing and showing off their artistic skills each night at 7p and catch the Harrison County Courthouse lit up to a choreographed light show!

    Marshall's Wonderland of Lights runs nightly November 21st thru January 2nd.  There is a charge for some activities, including ice skating and tickets to the concert series.

    taberandrew, flickr