What Is Magical Winter Lights?

Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. Drawing inspiration from lantern shows that appear all over Asia during Chinese New Year, Magical Winter Lights’ lantern exhibitions uniquely relate  to American culture and traditions.

Magical Winter Lights is packed with other fun attractions including a carnival, a food court, daily performances by Chinese acrobats, various other daily/weekly entertainment including visits from special characters like the Snow Sisters and Santa Claus.

2015 Magical Winter Lights Lanterns
The Craftsmanship of Lantern Festivals
2016 Magical Winter Lights General Statistics

The 2016 festival, held for 52 days from November 2016 to January 2017, has set the tone to become a holiday tradition of the greater Houston Area. For its second year, Magical Winter Lights found a new home at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, TX, and brought six larger-than-life lantern attractions, a carnival, a performance stage with daily acrobatic performances, and a food court.

About Magical Winter Lights

One of the biggest changes for Magical Winter Lights in 2016 was changing the festival’s venue. The new location provided highly improved ground conditions to visitors, especially during inclement weather.

In addition to bringing back many iconic lanterns from its inaugural year, Magical Winter Lights added 60% newly designed lanterns to display at the 2016 event. Many of the lanterns were more interactive than before, some of which were designed for guests to walk inside to pose for photos.

A Dino Fun Zone with rideable dinosaurs, an arts and crafts tent, and a brand new food court debuted at the second year event.

2015 Magical Winter Lights Map
2015 Magical Winter Lights Map
Supporters of Magical Winter Lights 2016

Magical Winter Lights offered many sponsorship packages to create brand recognition and marketing opportunities to businesses at the festival. In 2016, Magical Winter Lights sponsors included the City of La Marque, Boost Mobile, and Life Storage.

  • City of La Marque: Title Sponsor
    • Mentioned in Magical Winter Lights advertising
    • Unique lantern designed, built, and displayed at entry showcasing the city’s logo
  • Boost Mobile: Entertainment Sponsor
    • Banners displayed at performance stage in center of festival
    • Sponsored audio announcement starting every acrobatic performance
  • Life Storage: Golf Cart Sponsor
    • Branding on all golf carts used around the festival
    • Sponsored social media posts and ticket giveaways
Special Events

Christmas Day Celebration

Christmas Day at Magical Winter Lights was marked by a diverse list of performers. Festival goers were treated to special performances by the Sichuan Zigong Acrobatic Troupe, the Huang Dance Studio, the Sambabom Brazilian Dance Company, and music by DJ Alfred at LG Entertainment.

School Field Trips

More than 150 Students from Briargrove Elementary of HISD “explored the world” by wandering through famous landmark lanterns and learning about world cultures without having to step out of Houston.

Corporate Events

A Houston-based corporation, Twinwood, Inc by hosted a holiday event for its 150 employees and their families at the Magical Winter Lights’ VIP tent. Click here to see our current corporate event package.


Supporters of Magical Winter Lights 2016
2016 Magical Winter Lights Social Media Graphic

Magical Winter Lights social presence soared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google. The second year of MWL achieved a 4.2 star rating on Google and a 4.4 star rating on Facebook. Magical Winter Lights exceeded the number of Facebook likes and followers by over double than the inaugural year. The top post shared on Facebook during the 2016 festival reached over 27K views, with nearly over 17k shares and reactions.

Facebook Reviews

Supporters of Magical Winter Lights 2016

Magical Winter Lights joined the City of Houston at the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade as a sponsor. A Magical Winter Lights float featuring iconic lanterns representing world landmarks from the inaugural Magical Winter Lights debuted at the 2016 parade. The float lead the “Houston Is Global” segment of the parade, accompanied by a performance by acrobats from the Sichuan Zigong Acrobatic Troupe, Houston R&B singers Mary Griffin and Chris Walker, and a group of individuals in cultural costumes.


Magical Winter Lights doubled its media coverage in its 2015 holiday season. See below for a few links to the media coverage.

Featured Articles

Houston Chronicle- November 03, 2016 "Magical Winter Lights Setting Up in La Marque"

KHOU- November 24, 2016 "Magical Winter Lights Opens in La Marque" (Video)

KTRK- November 24, 2016 "Magical Winter Lights' Dazzle and Delight in La Marque" (Video) 

Houston Press- November 30, 2106 "Magical Winter Lights Festival Amazes in Second Year"


2016 magical winter lights houston

Magical Winter Lights is excited to announce its return to Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque for the 2017-18 holiday season. 

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