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Lavender Run in Cypress, Houston Lights Display

Houston is full of neighborhoods decked out in Christmas lights — often synchronized to music. But how do you find these places tucked within a larger community? Word-of-mouth is certainly one way. I took the question to Houston on the Cheap’s Facebook page for readers’ suggestions on their go-to light displays in the area. After doing my own research, too, here is my list of Houston’s don’t-miss Christmas light displays in 2013:

Prestonwood Forest — This is considered the “granddaddy” of Houston neighborhoods with entire streets participating in elaborate light displays since the 1970s. This year lights are on December 7 – December 29 (dusk to 10 pm weekdays and till 11 pm weekends). The 2013 awards have been announced: Best All-Around (13911 Charlynn Oaks), Best House (14510 Ravenhurst), Best Block (8100 Kenmark) and more. Check out the Visitor’s map for details. The neighborhood is off Tomball Parkway (SH249).

Moss Lights (League City) — The Moss family started a static lights display in 2010 and has just been building up each year. 2013 has 80,000 lights synchronized to 9 songs that required 400 hours of programming. The light show is 7 days a week through January 5, 2014. The lights play 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm (Sunday – Thursday) and till 11:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Music is transmitted over 107.1 FM. Check out some of its videos online. Located in League City at 540 Southampton Lane. {Thanks to reader Amanda for sharing.}

Lavender Run (Coles Crossing in Cypress) — The Mayer family started a synchronized lights display at their home, 15911 Lavender Run, about six years ago giving 100% of its donations to a new charity each year.

The 25-minute light show runs nightly through January 1 at 7 pm, 7:40 pm, and 8:20 pm. This year, the family linked into seven neighbors’ houses for a full street effect. They also added fun new elements including snow machines, fire machines, bubbles, new laser light effects, and vanilla/strawberry smelling fog in addition to the 60,000 lights! All donations this year go to Make A Wish Foundation. They say it’s the Grand Finale, so don’t miss it! Music is broadcast on 107.1FM. Visit their website at ChristmasInCypress.com. [I visited this display this year and loved it. Can’t wait to take my family…]

Johnson’s Christmas Corner (Cypress) – The Johnson family’s light display (since 2006) features 77,000 lights and nightly themes of music such as Classic Christmas, Modern Classics, and Christmas Mash which plays everything. Kids can visit Santa on Saturday nights. There are snow machines, which the kids love! Music is broadcast on 94.1 FM. Located at 14811 Cypress Meadow.

Dickinson Festival of Lights (Dickinson) – For 16 years, the Dickinson community comes together to create a Dickinson Festival of Lights, a free walk-through lights display at Paul Hopkins Park. Lights will be on nightly through January 1, 6 pm – 9 pm. All parking and shuttle buses are free. Parking on weekends is courtesy the Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center, exit 19, I-45 N feeder. {Thanks to reader Melissa for suggesting…}

Viney Creek light display

Franck’s Christmas Light Show (Copperfield) — The Franck family on Viney Creek shares a neighborhood lights tradition since 2008. Songs are timed to music. The lights show runs nightly from 5:30 pm – 10 pm (Sunday through Thursday) and till 10:30 on weekends. Located at 15923 Viney Creek. Music is broadcast on 89.7 FM. [I visited this display this year and loved it.]

Christmas Katy (Katy) – This home in Pin Oak is celebrating its 7th year of synchronized Christmas lighting. It features 53,000 LED lights, 32 ft. tree, 10 ft. Nutcrackers, and 15 songs in its show. Neighbors are incorporated into the show so it’s a beautiful street. Music is broadcast at 89.9 FM. Hours are 6 pm – 10 pm (Sunday through Thursday) and till 11 pm on weekends. Located at 24603 Stoughton Court off I-10 and Pin Oak in West Houston.

Woodland Heights (Heights)-– This area of the Heights is known for its Christmas lights. This weekend is its Lights in the Heights, Saturday, December 14, 6 pm – 9 pm. Streets are blocked off to enjoy the lighted homes and musical performances — right from the porch!

Pecan Grove (Richmond) — This Fort Bend neighborhood near Richmond is known for its Christmas lights. Hayrides are not uncommon as folks gather up the kids and drive through the many lighted streets. {thanks to readers Reagan, Michelle, and Julie for suggesting…}

River OaksDrive through River Oaks to see the stately homes and huge oaks wrapped in lights. These traditional displays are amazing with dripping lights and more. It’s fun to ogle at the big homes!

Admission fees for lights: The neighborhoods listed above are all free. Houston-area has several paid holiday light displays:

Santa’s Wonderland
Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights
Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo

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