11 Holiday Light Displays to Drive to Right Now

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Christmas Lights Fest

Ten minutes outside of San Antonio, the 125-acre Don Strange Ranch hosts the Christmas Lights Fest where you can see two miles of lights along a path, and go by hay ride. Santa's Village will feature all of your kid's favorite holiday treats. Santa will be on hand, of course. $27, 6-9pm Sun-Thu, 6-10pm Fri-Sat, 103 Waring Welfare, (210) 434-2340, sanantoniochristmaslightsfest.com


Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo

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The San Antonio Zoo is hosting its first-ever lights festival with displays all around the zoo. Rides are available on the Holiday Express train and hot cocoa will be available at several stations all along the paths. Bonus: You'll get a chance to decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus' Kitchen. They will also be accepting $10 donations to sponsor a zoo visit for someone who otherwise couldn't afford it. $10.25-$12.25, 6-10pm, though January 3, 3903 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

Elf Acres is is hosting their inaugural Christmas lights festival as the only drive-thru event in San Antonio. $25, 6-10pm Sun-Thu, 6pm-11pm Fri-Sat, 1475 Grosenbacher, (210) 643-8662, facebook.com


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Santa's Ranch in New Braunfels
For the 14th year in a row, Santa's Ranch is open and ready for visitors in New Braunfels. Drive thru the country road and take in the dazzling lights and animated displays with some hot cocoa and kettle corn. $28, 6-10pm Sun.-Thu., 6-11pm Fri-Sat, 9561 I-35 N, (830) 743-1293, santasranch.net

Lighting of the Lights in Helotes

Helotes will have its annual tree lighting ceremony at city hall. There will be musical accompaniment by the elementary school choir and the Helotes Area Community Band. Mr. and Mrs. Claus are expected to make an appearance. Free, Friday, December 4, 6pm, 12951 Bandera Road, facebook.com

Windcrest Light Up

The citizens of Windcrest will be participating in a tradition that has been held for decades, lighting up their houses in competition over who has the best decorations and lights. Residents of Windcrest and the surrounding area are invited to drive through the streets and admire the sights. Free, December 12, 6pm, 8609 Midcrown, (210) 655-0022, windcrest-tx.gov.

Light the Way 2015 at UIW

The Christmas lights are on full display at UIW, having kicked off on November 21. While the opening festivities are long over, you can still take self-guided tours every night until January 6. Free, 4301 Broadway, (210) 829-6000, uiw.edu

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Light the Night Christmas Parade 
The Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Light the Night Parade that has been a tradition for over 20 years. It's free to attend, but you can reserve a spot to get the best view of the parade for $15. Over 100 floats are expected to be in the parade. Free, December 4, 6:30pm parade, activities 3-10pm, 126 W. Main, (830) 997-5000, lightthenightchristmasparade.com

Christmas in the Park
Another Boerne event, this time at the Roundup Beer Garden. The event kicks off with a toy donation drive followed by caroling and a lighting ceremony in the park. Free, December 18, 6pm, 531 FM 3351 N, (830) 428-3231, facebook.com.

Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias
Keeping with a tradition that is hundreds of years old, the San Antonio River Walk will be lined with luminarias, sand-filled bags adorned with candles to light the way of the Holy Family. Free, December 4-20, dusk every day, San Antonio River Walk, (210) 227-4262, visitsanantonio.com.


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Holiday in the Park
Six Flags Fiesta Texas has started their park transformation into a winter wonderland with Santa Claus, caroling, and their signature nativity show, "The Majesty of Christmas." $50, 2pm, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 I-10 W, (210) 697-5050, sixflags.com.


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