The Best Christmas Attractions

You’ll make holiday memories to last a lifetime at this year’s festival, all included with your festival admission.

Photos with Santa Claus

All the way from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be at Retama Park celebrating Holiday Magic: Festival of Lights 2016!

Bring your family and friends to see Santa and tell him everything you want this year. You’ll receive a FREE memory keepsake when your family visits Santa at the Festival of Lights. You won’t want to miss the jolliest Santa in Texas, but don’t wait, he’s only here until December 24th…and then he’ll be busy delivering presents!

See Santa each night from December 1st through December 24th. Bring your own camera to take a picture with Santa at no extra charge with your admission.

Meet some of Santa’s Reindeer

What could be better than meeting some of Santa’s reindeer? They will be live at the Festival only on selected nights as they prepare for their big journey with Santa on the 25th. Bring the kids (of all ages) to see reindeer live from 5:30pm to 11pm only on December 8th, 11th and 15th.

Nightly Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Every Night –  7:30pm, 9:30pm
Pyrotechnics Show – Every night at 9:30pm. Fridays and Saturdays also at 7:30pm.

Nothing says Christmas quite like a 36-foot Christmas tree! Get your hot chocolate and your loved ones and come be dazzled by the amazing light show that happens every night at 7:30pm and 9:30pm in the Courtyard. You will be staring in wonderment as the lights begin to glow from the bottom to the top, when the entire tree is aglow you may think you’ve never seen anything so spectacular – At our 9:30pm lighting nightly and also at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, Fireworks and pyrotechnics shoot into the sky to light the night even more! What a sight to behold! Just then, snow falls from the sky and you find yourself in the middle of a blizzard in Central Texas!

This is THE Christmas event you won’t want to miss!

Snowfall Experience

Experience a real snowfall in Texas. Each night on the hour at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, get ready for a winter wonderland filled with falling snow around the courtyard and Christmas Tree area.

Shop for Arts, Crafts and Gifts

Shop for traditional Asian arts and crafts, as well as other vendors to find unique holiday gifts.

christmas tree lighting