Viewing Christmas lights. Â You may have begun the tradition as a kid with your parents. Â Or maybe you have decided to start a new tradition with your family. Â Whatever kind of Christmas light viewer you may be, numerous neighborhoods around the Houston area offer a viewing experience to make the holidays extra special.
Before you load up the car and head to the lights, remember to Â mix up a batch of hot apple cider or hot cocoa on the stove. Â What could be better than listening to Christmas music on the radio and drinking a warm treat while looking at houses decorated for the season?
Homes along River Oaks Boulevard and those streets nearby offer white lights wrapped around majestic oak trees. Â Large ornaments and LED lights adorn the houses as well. Â Be sure to see the homes on Bellmeade and Inwood.
Shepherd Park and Candlelight Park
This kid friendly neighborhood includes arches over the streets and inflatables in the yards. Â One street includes a trip to Christmases Around the World. Â Sidewalks make walking through the area possible if the weather permits. Â The best place to start viewing in this neighborhood is north of 43rd Street and East of Ella Boulevard.
This yearâ€™s Lights in the Heights festivities are scheduled for December 14. Â However, the decorations are viewable in this neighborhood through Christmas. Â The largest concentration of decorations can be seen on Bayland and Woodland Streets.
The Houston Zoo
This year Christmas lights are returning to the Hermann Park area. Â The Houston Zoo is beginning a new tradition this winter with Zoo Lights. Attendees will see the zoo transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, snacks and decorations. Â Many animals will be viewable during the evening event which runs through the new year. Â An admission fee is required.
Wherever you are in Houston, enjoying some Christmas lights is certain to get you in the holiday mood. After enjoying the lights, if you find yourself looking for simple ways to spread more of the season in your home, we talked here about a few ideas that will help you.