We have been to one parade, a Christmas Tree lighting and several other Chrismas festivities and celebrations and we have gone driving twice this year to see the local Christmas lights. It's one of our favorite things to do! Of course, we have just stayed in our town, but we always make a point to go the week of Christmas or Christmas Day to really enjoy ourselves, take our time and drink hot chocolate of course.
Here are my TOP 5 places to go see Christmas Lights! (+BONUS)
- McAllen Christmas Fantasia: This is a home in North McAllen that has over 48,000 lights! You can view these lights every night from 6-11pm until Christmas and there is a small sleigh children can sit for a photo. (last year not many neighbors had lights, but it's a small subdivision.)
- Holiday Village in Brownsville: Located inside Dean Porter Park and open till January 1st, 2016! Your children can go and take a photo with Santa on Saturday and Sunday too.
- Hidalgo Festival of Lights: The theme this year is Intergalactic Christmas! Visit the website for information on all the events happening this season, like Snow Day and Starlight Cinema!
- McKelvey park in Harlingen (1325 So. 77 Sunshine Strip) has lights along the Arroyo and a big Christmas Tree! Enjoy the lighting of the Arroyo Colorado and the cheer of the holiday season. (There are many local subdivisions that also have lights in the area)
- Matz Ave in Harlingen is a quick drive-thru with some beautiful lights!
Santa's Texas Workshop & The Christmas House: Located at 1188 East Jim Wells County Road 401. A bit of a drive, but I heard it's worth the trip! (Visit website to make a reservation and fees)
All the events above are Free (except Santa's Texas Workshop) but the Hidalgo Festival of Lights does offer trolley tours and other events where a fee is required.
Where is your favorite spot to view Christmas Lights? Share it down below so others can join in the fun! Last year we were in Corpus and there were several neighborhoods that joined together and hand candy-canes or poles lining their sidewalks letting everyone know they could drive down to see lights. There is even a home that does a live nativity with REAL camels and other animals!
There are also several other neighborhoods in the McAllen area that do get crowded.
Saftey first.... here are a few tips to keep in mind..
- Stay in your vehicle (Bring a flash-light, just incase there are photo-ops and you want to get out of your vehicle)
- Leave your lights on and turn on your EMERGENCY LIGHTS to let others know you are driving slow.
- Pay attention to pedestrians, traffic signals and signs!
- DRIVE SLOWLY
- Bring napkins (if you drink hot chocolate like us and have some spills)
- And remember to have fun, don't rush and turn up the music! Thanks to 106.9 they play Christmas music for us to enjoy!