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East Texas Drive Thru Christmas Light Parks

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and the most beautiful when it comes to decorations – Christmas.  Christmas does something wonderful to us all, even just saying it makes you feel good.  During this time of the year you may have friends and family come in to visit and you're left with wondering what to do.  A great thing you can do is visit one of the many Christmas light parks throughout East Texas with them.  You can drive thru sipping hot coffee or hot chocolate, listen to Christmas music and enjoy millions of twinkling lights at these drive thru Christmas light parks right here in East Texas!

Santa Land

11455 I-20 West     Lindale



Santa Land is the original drive thru Christmas theme park in Texas.  The drive thru park features 2.5 million lights spread out through 24 acres of East Texas country side.  The trail is lined with twinkling lights and animated displays.  You can ride on Santa's Trailer or drive in the comfort of you own car or truck.

Santa Land is open nightly beginning at 6:30p the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and continues thru Christmas.  There is an admission charge per vehicle up to 15 people.  Please check the website for additional fees.

I found a video of the dancing Christmas Trees that you'd drive thru if going through Santa Land.


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msmail, flickr

Up In Lights

CR 192/Old Noonday Rd.     Tyler



Celebrate the holidays with your family at Up In Lights, Tyler's only drive thru light park!  This drive thru park features lighted scenes and over 1 million lights for you to gaze at!  While driving thru this park in the comfort of your own car you can listen to Christmas music on your radio and watch the lights dance to music!

Up In Lights is open November 26th – December 12th – Friday thru Sunday and then nightly from December 17th – Christmas at 6p.  There is an admission charge but you can save some money with a canned good to benefit PATH.


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Christmas Park – Land Of Lights

1500 NW Loop 7 Athens



Snoopy flying an airplane, reindeer in a snowball fight and a light tunnel that will amaze you!  All that and more can be found at the Christmas Park – Land Of Lights in Athens.  Each year the Christmas light park adds new scenes and lights.  They have many scenes that depict favorites from your past, including Humpty Dumpty, Charlie Brown and even greats like Elvis Presley!

Christmas Park – Land Of Lights is open nightly from 6p – 10p November 10th thru January 2nd.  There is an admission charge per vehicle.


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taberandrew, flickr

Wonderland of Lights

Downtown Marshall



It's a Texas tradition that's been happening for 24 years.  Marshall's town square is illuminated with over a million lights during this 40-night festival of lights.  New this year you can experience the lights on a trackless train that will carry you around the square, you can even have your picture made with the family in a life size snow globe and catch the Harrison County Courthouse lit up to a choreographed light show!

Marshall's Wonderland of Lights runs nightly November 24th thru January 2nd.  There is a charge for some activities, including ice skating and tickets to the concert series.


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