Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life attraction that presents a fresh multicultural take on the traditional holiday light show. The first Magical Winter Lights was held at the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, TX for 52 days from November 2015 to January 2016. The festival was an illuminated world tour with seven sections: Magical, Americas & Houston, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and Dinosaur Land. It also featured structures like a beautiful Christmas tree in the center of the European Market- the Christmas tree measured over 60 feet tall, making it taller than the one showcased every year at the Houston Galleria ice rink.

Magical Winter Lights also included a carnival, food trucks, commercial vendors including Chinese intangible cultural heritage artists, daily performances by a group of acrobatic performers from China, and various other daily/weekly entertainment including Santa, Snow Sisters, etc. Magical Winter Lights differentiates from other more traditional holiday light shows by basing its light designs from handmade Chinese lantern structures and modern technology to transform them into larger-than-life remakes of well-known landmarks and landscapes in the world. Click here to request sponsorship information.

Featuring the detailed craftsmanship of highly skilled, professional Chinese lantern artists, this illuminated exhibition allows visitors to celebrate the holidays like never before. Each lantern is handmade by these incredible artists whose lives are dedicated to their craft. Guests will not only enjoy elaborate lantern reproductions of the world's preeminent landmarks and landscapes, they’ll also be invited to walk through handcrafted recreations of the most iconic holiday scenes from around the globe: from the famed European Christmas markets to a vibrant Lunar New Year temple fair.

Magical Winter Lights' inaugural year was a resounding success. The festival became a new favorite for Houstonians to spend a Holiday night out with the entire family. Besides the breathtaking displays that created an absolute wow factor to visitors and numerous photo opportunities, there was plenty of entertainment for everyone to enjoy, whether it be a full-scale carnival, a complete lineup of Houston’s most popular food trucks, or acrobatic shows performed twice daily, Santa photo sessions, or Snow Sisters meet and greet. Magical Winter Lights drew guests from the entire greater Houston area, some come from as far as Austin, Dallas, and Mexico. It also became a romantic proposal spots for many couples. Click here to request sponsorship information.

Special Events At Magical Winter Lights

Magical Winter Lights became a great venue for special events. Event attendees were able to enjoy the spectacular light display in a festive atmosphere. The festival presents a great opportunity for corporate events. Additional services provided include: private catering, valet parking, and personalized staff assistance. 

2015 Magical Winter Lights VIP Night

Pictured Above: Magical Winter Lights 2015 VIP Night

2015 Magical Winter Lights Consulate Night

Pictured Above: Consul Generals, families and the acrobatic group

2015 Magical Winter Lights New Years Eve

Pictured Above: New Year's Eve Celebration

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2015 Magical Winter Lights Social Media Graphic

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have provided Magical Winter Lights with a great platform to communicate and interact with its audience. Visitors are able to share their MWL pictures and stories while they are at the event. Social media has also become the most popular channel for customer inquiries as well as providing first-hand event updates. Interestingly, our Facebook fans are from 10 different countries and use 9 different languages to access the MWL Facebook page. Audiences also had a chance to join MWL sweepstakes by checking in on Facebook, photo caption contests, or sharing our posts on Instagram. Our Facebook likes grew 9.9% from October 2015 to January 2016, number of likes on Instagram has increased 50% from October 2015 to December 2015. Click here to request sponsorship information.

Facebook Reviews

Thank you Magical Lights for coming to Houston!!!!!!! This was the most fun we have had this holiday season. We hope you return next year.

Posted by Jessica Maria DonDiego on Friday, January 1, 2016

If your in Houston, this is something you have to see at least once to judge for yourself. There seems to be two...

Posted by Grant Canali on Sunday, December 27, 2015

Awesome, We truly enjoyed it we had a great time my grandkids and I it's worth going to its wonderful enjoy yourself...

Posted by Susan Smyers on Sunday, December 20, 2015

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The 2015 Magical Winter Lights was featured in over 40 newspaper articles (Houston Press, Houston Chronicle, etc.), radio talk shows (The Roula & Ryan Show, Q Morning Zoo, Dana Tyson on Sunny 99.1, etc.), and attracted local television coverage (KPRC, KRIV, KHOU, etc.). Check out some of Magical Winter Lights' media coverage below:

If you are interested in corporate opportunities with Magical Winter Lights, please click here to view sponsorship packages available at this year's Magical Winter Lights.


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