November 29, 2018

The 20 Best Christmas Light Displays Within Driving Distance of San Antonio

It's the most wonderful time of the year – and mostly because of the beautiful Christmas lights displays! Whether you want to stay in San Antonio or want a reason to drive up to New Braunfels or Austin, here are the absolute best light displays to get you in the holiday spirit.
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Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, (830) 249-8222,  christmaslightfest.com
Seriously y'all, you should pay a visit to the annual Old West Christmas Lights Fest? It's a fan favorite for a reason – from the old western townscape being adorned in lights to the special seasonal displays. Take a short drive out to Boerne and visit this ranch that brings the Old West to you and lets you be enamored by the Christmas lights (including a whole walkway to completely immerse you in lights). Trust us, this display is mesmerizing and the setting makes it all the more special.
Photo via Instagram / enchantedspringsranch
Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, (830) 249-8222, christmaslightfest.com
Seriously y'all, you should pay a visit to the annual Old West Christmas Lights Fest? It's a fan favorite for a reason – from the old western townscape being adorned in lights to the special seasonal displays. Take a short drive out to Boerne and visit this ranch that brings the Old West to you and lets you be enamored by the Christmas lights (including a whole walkway to completely immerse you in lights). Trust us, this display is mesmerizing and the setting makes it all the more special.
Photo via Instagram / enchantedspringsranch
The River Walk
849 E Commerce Street, (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Want a super romantic date idea that won’t break the bank? Take your boo to the River Walk and fall in love with the lights. While the lights will be on every night through January 6, you can also catch fun events like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias on select weekends. There’s also boat caroling on some nights throughout December.
Photo via Instagram / visitsanantonio
The River Walk
849 E Commerce Street, (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Want a super romantic date idea that won’t break the bank? Take your boo to the River Walk and fall in love with the lights. While the lights will be on every night through January 6, you can also catch fun events like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias on select weekends. There’s also boat caroling on some nights throughout December.
Photo via Instagram / visitsanantonio
Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Road, Austin, austintrailoflights.org
Open for just two weeks in December, Austin’s Trail of Lights brings more than 400,000 visitors each year who are all captivated by the 40+ displays and more than 2 million lights. Be sure to swing by on one of the free nights and fall in love with the walk-through display, and relax toward the end of the trail with food trucks, activities and live entertainment.
Photo via Instagram / michellemckown
Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Road, Austin, austintrailoflights.org
Open for just two weeks in December, Austin’s Trail of Lights brings more than 400,000 visitors each year who are all captivated by the 40+ displays and more than 2 million lights. Be sure to swing by on one of the free nights and fall in love with the walk-through display, and relax toward the end of the trail with food trucks, activities and live entertainment.
Photo via Instagram / michellemckown
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org
Take your chance to explore the zoo at night and stop by for the seasonal affair. Whether you love animals or just love holiday events, you can witness this wild display and hang out with these lovable critters (or maybe not, since most will be asleep). Just save some extra bucks for s’mores and hot cocoa (there’s an adult version if you so wish) or maybe even a camel ride.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniozoo
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org
Take your chance to explore the zoo at night and stop by for the seasonal affair. Whether you love animals or just love holiday events, you can witness this wild display and hang out with these lovable critters (or maybe not, since most will be asleep). Just save some extra bucks for s’mores and hot cocoa (there’s an adult version if you so wish) or maybe even a camel ride. Photo via Instagram / sanantoniozoo
Santa’s Ranch
9561 IH 35 North, New Braunfels, (830) 743-1293, santasranch.net
If you really want to see lights, take the family up to Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels. You and the family will be able to stay warm in the car as you take a drive through more than a mile of Christmas light display – which vary from blankets of lights to specialized designs.
Photo via Instagram / santas ranch
Santa’s Ranch
9561 IH 35 North, New Braunfels, (830) 743-1293, santasranch.net
If you really want to see lights, take the family up to Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels. You and the family will be able to stay warm in the car as you take a drive through more than a mile of Christmas light display – which vary from blankets of lights to specialized designs.
Photo via Instagram / santas ranch
SeaWorld
10500 Sea World Drive, seaworld.com/san-antonio
Head on over to SeaWorld so you can appreciate the 9 million Christmas lights throughout the park. NINE MILLION! The watery wonderland also has Christmas shows (including a Sesame Christmas parade), festive foods and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Photo via Instagram / seaworldtexas
SeaWorld
10500 Sea World Drive, seaworld.com/san-antonio
Head on over to SeaWorld so you can appreciate the 9 million Christmas lights throughout the park. NINE MILLION! The watery wonderland also has Christmas shows (including a Sesame Christmas parade), festive foods and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.
Photo via Instagram / seaworldtexas
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677
Home of the city’s official 50-foot Christmas tree (thanks H-E-B), you can find plenty of lights right here in the heart of downtown. Packed with plenty of history (the park dates back to 1870), Travis Park’s light display features 250,000 lights that you can be amazed by through Christmas.
Photo via Instagram /  rey_xcvi
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677
Home of the city’s official 50-foot Christmas tree (thanks H-E-B), you can find plenty of lights right here in the heart of downtown. Packed with plenty of history (the park dates back to 1870), Travis Park’s light display features 250,000 lights that you can be amazed by through Christmas.
Photo via Instagram / rey_xcvi
Monte Vista
Christmas lights just look better when they’re carefully placed on beautiful homes. Take a drive through the neighborhood and admire these homes that fit the season just right.
Photo via Instagram /  sun_carlos
Monte Vista
Christmas lights just look better when they’re carefully placed on beautiful homes. Take a drive through the neighborhood and admire these homes that fit the season just right.
Photo via Instagram / sun_carlos
Circuit of Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin, circuitoftheamericas.com
Take a drive up to Austin for a display that’s truly worth the road trip. Back for a second year, this Winter Wonderland lets you feast your eyes on thousands of lights and, new this year, the Chinese Lantern Festival. And that’s not all, there’s also a petting zoo, ice skating, sleigh rides, camel rides, carnival rides, a zip line, a Chinese maze and so much more. Trust us, this will be a day trip that you and the kiddos never forget.
Photo via Instagram / cota_official
Circuit of Americas
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin, circuitoftheamericas.com
Take a drive up to Austin for a display that’s truly worth the road trip. Back for a second year, this Winter Wonderland lets you feast your eyes on thousands of lights and, new this year, the Chinese Lantern Festival. And that’s not all, there’s also a petting zoo, ice skating, sleigh rides, camel rides, carnival rides, a zip line, a Chinese maze and so much more. Trust us, this will be a day trip that you and the kiddos never forget.
Photo via Instagram / cota_official
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
The annual Holiday in the Park is the prime time to visit Fiesta Texas. This enchanting experience brings holiday-themed sights, sounds, tastes (there’s fire pits especially for s’mores) and attractions – including Christmas lights. There’s also the Winter Wonderland, which lets visitors get their fix of snow. If you stop by, make sure to snap a selfie in front of the giant ornament decked out with lights, and take a ride on the Holiday Express.
Photo via Instagram / sixflagsfiestatexas
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH-10 West, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
The annual Holiday in the Park is the prime time to visit Fiesta Texas. This enchanting experience brings holiday-themed sights, sounds, tastes (there’s fire pits especially for s’mores) and attractions – including Christmas lights. There’s also the Winter Wonderland, which lets visitors get their fix of snow. If you stop by, make sure to snap a selfie in front of the giant ornament decked out with lights, and take a ride on the Holiday Express.
Photo via Instagram / sixflagsfiestatexas