One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is to drive around town looking at holiday lights and decorations. We put on our PJ’s, pile in the car, crank up the Christmas music and head out! But where are the *best* places to see lights in the Beaumont area and beyond? Here is a great list to get you started!
Hanks Animated Light Show
6180 W Windemere
Beaumont, Tx (off Highway 105)
Cost: Free, donations welcome
The Hanks Animated Light Show runs thru New Years Day. When you get near the home, set your radio to FM 103.1 and enjoy listening to holiday music set to the light display. It’s on a 40 minute loop, so take your time too! This is the 9th year for Hanks display. Oh, and organizers remind you to turn off your headlights when you are watching. A collection container is on display with donations going to Buckners Children and Family Services.
St Elizabeth Hospital
2830 Calder Ave
Beaumont, Tx 77702
A Christmas lights tradition for years, St Elizabeth hospital always does a beautiful holiday lights display. You can see an ornate nativity scene and lights decorating dozens of trees on the property.
Depew Light Show
11095 Mark Circle
Beaumont, Tx 7705
Cost: Free, donations welcome
The Depew Light Show features over 100,000 lights and is set to music lasting roughly an hour. Tune your radio to FM 98.3, sit back & relax! The show is free, but donations are welcome & given to a local charity in southeast Texas.
Calder Place Neighborhood: This older neighborhood just off I-10 between Harrison and Calder (19th and 23rd streets) has unique homes that are well decorated for Christmas. While you are in the neighborhood check out nearby Ridgeland Street, East & West Circuit and Manor Ave.
Off Delaware: There are plenty of well established and well decorated neighborhoods in this area of Beaumont. Neighborhoods include: Ashton, Montclaire and Delaware Place. You can also check out many of the neighborhoods off Phelan and Gladys. Evangeline and Collier Road have homes that you can sync with your radio for the sound and light effects.
Thomas Road: This neighborhood has many large homes set on larger plots of land. One homeowner does an elaborate “12 days of Christmas” theme. Many other of the homes are worth checking out! Nearby Thomas Park edition also has great light displays!
Windemere: Just outside of Beaumont on Highway 105, the Windermere neighborhood has various themes on each street. In years past, people living in this neighborhood coordinate decorations for the holidays.
Listen to the Lights
Pine Forest Baptist Church
4800 North Main
Vidor, Tx 77662
The light show runs Friday through Sunday, November 27- December 20th and Monday - Friday December 21- 25. The church also does family nights with free pictures with Santa, hot chocolate and cider, cookies and a bonfire! Family nights: December 12 & 19th. Learn more here.
Orange / Bridge City
Shangri La Botanical Gardens
2111 West Park Avenue
Orange, Tx 77630
Cost: $4 - $6
The beautiful Shangri La Gardens are transformed with dazzling lights for the annual Evening Christmas Strolls. Thousands of lights decorate the walkways of the already beautiful property. The Children’s garden area is decorated like Candy Land! Stroll dates: December 17, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 26th. Learn more here.
West Orange/Orangefield: Langham Estates off 105 in Orangefield has a house that is synced up to the radio, with the lights going off to the beat. In West Orange the Westbury neighborhood has dozens of homes decorated for the holidays. One home on Western Avenue has lights set to music.
Little Cypress: North of I-10 just past LCM Junior High School and off FM 1130, you’ll find several well established neighborhoods ideal for seeing beautiful holiday lights! Neighborhoods include: Chasse Ridge, Bear Trails, Stepple Chasse and Chasse Hollow.
Bridge City: Best neighborhood for seeing great holiday lights is off 1442 and Taylor Circle. Many of the homes are decorated, and several have blinking lights coordinated with the radio.
Nederland: Highway 69 and Beauxart Gardens is a great place to see over the top holiday displays! Of course, there’s also Lolicane Lane off Helena Ave near US 69. Themed streets include signature candy canes and lollipop. This was a huge tradition back in the 80’s and 90’s when I was a kid. Not as many people participate now, but it’s still worth checking out. (With a name like Lolicane Lane you almost have to decorate for the holidays, right?!)
Port Neches: The neighborhood along Avenue E on the canal side has great light displays. There is one popular house that puts up an extravagant display with lights that go along with the radio music.
Silsbee: We hear there is an awesome lights display at a home on Gentry Drive! In years past the lights have been set to music. Other homes on the street are decorated as well.
Buna: There is a small neighborhood that has super cute displays for kids. It’s a small neighborhood loop, but you can go through several times. Northbound on 96, take a left onto FM 1004 at the light. CR is the first one on the left and it goes about a mile down.
Kountze: We hear there is a great animated light show at 3851 Highway 69 S. Tune your radio to 95.9 FM and enjoy the show!
1102 E Williford Rd
Kountze, Tx 77625
Also in Kountze, Angel Gardens consists of nearly six acres decorated for Christmas. The wedding venue includes a decorated chapel and gazebo along with lighted walking trails and inflatables throughout the gardens. The lights are turned on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and are open to the public daily until Christmas. (Check the Angel Gardens Facebook page for special events as well as when it may be closed for private parties.)
Are there more places we need to add to our list? Let us know!
There are dozens of things going on in the Beaumont area this holiday season including festivals, holiday movies, musicals, Santa sightings, nativity displays and more! Check out our holiday guide for a complete list of events!