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Holiday lights are on full display in Houston

Houston knows how to light up the holidays, from neighborhoods putting up lights to full-on productions.

Holiday Light Strings
Emmalee Cochrane
Holiday lights shine at a home in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood.

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Holiday lights are on full display around the Houston area this week. From families simply stringing up lights on their homes, to full-on professional productions, looking at millions of lights is a time-honored tradition that lots of people do to get into the holiday spirit.

But some communities around town make a bit more of a deal about it than others. Houston Matters producer Celeste Schurman set out to look at some examples.

She first headed to River Oaks where she spoke with Mayella Suarez and Natalia Gonzalez, who were standing under a huge oak tree filled with millions of soft white lights, giggling and filming TikTok videos. She also spoke with Kevin McCarthy, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 16 years.

But not all neighbors enjoy the high amount of traffic these displays bring to the neighborhood.

  • A home in River Oaks puts on a complete Christmas display.  (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman )
    A home in River Oaks puts on a complete Christmas display. (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman )
  • A home in the River Oaks neighborhood.  (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman )
    A home in the River Oaks neighborhood. (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman )
  • A path that is light up by lights at the Dickinson Festival of Lights.  (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman)
    A path that is light up by lights at the Dickinson Festival of Lights. (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman)
  • Lights on display in the River Oaks neighborhood.  (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman)
    Lights on display in the River Oaks neighborhood. (Photo Credit: Celeste Schurman)

However, other areas of town have learned how to deal with the traffic and welcome it, like The Dickinson Festival of Lights, according to Ken Suderman, the event’s president.

The elaborate display stretches 13 miles and is comprised of some two million lights.