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The Best Drive-Through Christmas Light Tours in Texas

Posted on December 12, 2022
Christmas lights in Carrollton, outside of Dallas

Even with the lack of snow, Texas is a state filled with Christmas spirit

And when it comes to Christmas light tours, Texas is thriving with beautiful and unique homes for you and your family to enjoy. 

So as you pour yourself a hot chocolate to go and pack up your holiday treats, check out the top drive-through Christmas light tours in Texas.


1. SoFortWorthIt Christmas Tour 

Tour Creator: Christy Dunaway Smith of SoFortWorthIt

Fort Worth Lights Map, Overview
The lights are sparkling in Fort Worth!

Whether you’re located in Fort Worth or are looking for a fun road trip with your family, Built Story’s SoFortWorthIt Christmas lights tour is a must this holiday season. 

Christy Dunaway Smith, famous for her original 2012 debut of the Ultimate and Best Christmas Lights in DFW, is offering a new twist to her famous list.  Now in app form (Built Story app form, that is!), her very-merry directory of the sparkliest homes is complete with integrated driving directions.

Enjoy a showcase of 31 extraordinarily decorated homes in the private communities and neighborhoods in TCU county! As you reach each destination, you and your family will also be met with a holiday joke...see if anyone in your car can guess the answer!


2. Amarillo Christmas Lights, Most-Festive Homes

Christmas lights in Amarillo, TX
A sparkling home along the route in Amarillo, TX!

With the Amarillo Christmas Lights tour, you’ll enjoy 13 stops (adding up to just about 44 Miles) of beautiful Christmas lights in Amarillo, Texas. This holiday drive-through tour features some of the best displays in the state. 

Each home is uniquely decorated with themes, colors, and festivities for you and your family to see. 

Our personal favorite home is stop number 13!  This home is covered with so many bright lights and holiday cheer that we promise your family will be amazed. Fun fact: this home was also a contender on The Great Christmas Light Fight in 2020!

3. Houston Christmas Lights, Most-Festive Homes

Christmas lights in Houston, TX
A home full of Christmas cheer, featured in the Houston Lights tour.

The Houston Christmas Lights Homes tour is full of fun and stunningly decorated displays that won’t disappoint.

Throughout this tour, you’ll get the chance to drive through the most extravagant estates within the River Oaks Neighborhood. River Oaks Boulevard is a road lined by mansions and estates that runs through the center of the community. It’s truly a sight to see. 

Some highlights from the tour include: 

Christmas Lights in Humble, TX

Holiday lights on a home in Humble, TX
Holiday lights dazzle on this Humble, TX home.

One of our favorite homes in Houston is the Christmas light display in Humble, TX. This beautiful home is covered with Christmas characters and fun colored lights that pair perfectly with the architecture of the property.  

Onlookers will find a family of reindeer at the front of the home and a beautiful wreath made of lights near the roof!

4. Austin Christmas Lights, Most-Festive Homes

People enjoy the holiday lights at a home featured in the Austin tour.
People enjoy the holiday lights at a home featured in the Austin tour.

The Austin Holiday Lights Homes Tour is a must for any Texan. (Or "visiting" Texan!)

The homes on this tour are filled with passionate and creative owners who make it their mission to spread Christmas cheer every year. 

“We are on our 8th year doing a holiday display. Synchronized to 15 different songs ranging from traditional to pop to movie hits, there is something for everyone! The best part is that we partnered with CASA of Williamson county to help them raise money and awareness for their amazing cause. CASA works with kids who have been removed from their home because of abuse or neglect and advocated for these children as they are taken through the foster care system.” - Ramon Mendoza, Christmas light homeowner based in Cedar Park, TX 

Some highlights from the tour include: 

Diagon Alley Austin

Harry Potter-themed Christmas lights on a house in Austin.
These magical lights will transport you to Hogwarts!

Throughout the tour, you’ll come across the famed Christmas Harry Potter house for any of the Hogwarts enthusiasts out there. 

Crowds of all sizes typically gather to check out this unique home. If you look closely, you might even catch a glimpse of Buckbeak himself! 

The Best Drive Through Christmas Lights Tour in Texas

Bundle up, grab your car snacks, and play some Christmas tunes as you tour the best Christmas lights in Texas. 

If the above tours aren’t exactly what you’re looking for or are maybe a bit too far, check out these additional tours in Texas: 

  1. Tour The Christmas Lights Around Plano
  2. Incredible Christmas Lights Near Carrollton, TX 
  3. Tour the Holiday Lights around Frisco
  4. San Antonio Christmas Lights, Most-Festive Homes 

Preparing for Your Texas Christmas Lights Tour

Get the low down on exactly where to go. We’ve designed each route to ensure maximum light viewing, with the least amount of driving. Turn-by-turn navigation is integrated into the app—making each light tour easy-breezy, cozy, and brilliant. 

Hear a holiday joke or read the stories of the people who decorate throughout the self-guided tour, too. You’ll have unlimited access to the route for 30 days—break up the tour if you’d like and enjoy it on your time! 

It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

All tours are currently live on the Built Story app for you to enjoy!

Happy touring!

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