Take a holiday stroll at Lights in the Heights 2015

Photo: Theresa Quintanilla

Take a Saturday evening stroll past Christmas light-covered homes in the Woodland Heights at the 28th annual Lights in the Heights on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm.

Despite some confusion to the contrary, Lights in the Heights is returning to the Woodland Heights for the 28th year.

Most neighborhood homes, already decorated festively for the season, will pull out all the stops. Select homes will feature musicians performing holiday, folk and other tunes on their front porches. This year, about 20 musical groups are slated to perform.

If you’re looking for charm and community (coupled with some traffic congestion in order to arrive), you may want to head over. If you’re looking for raucous Christmas-themed alternatives to holiday parties, you’ll likely be disappointed this year.

Light in the Heights 2015 Route

This year, the Lights in the Heights will take over Euclid and Woodland streets, stretching from Studewood to Beauchamp (most online sources, including the Woodland Heights neighborhood website, mistakenly state that the area is from Studewood to Houston Avenue, but neither street actually connects to Houston).

Lights in the Heights Route 2015
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As always, Lights in the Heights promises to offer a unique, warm and friendly taste of holiday cheer in the Heights. However, visitors should keep in mind that they are guests in the neighborhood.

Although the streets are open to the public, the homes and yards are not. Many of the homeowners in the Woodland Heights have private parties of their own during Lights in the Heights, so please observe “Private Party” signs posted in yards and do not enter any yards unless you’ve been invited.

History of Lights in Heights

The Lights in the Heights celebration began in 1988 as a neighborly Christmas gathering with lights, music and cookies. It grew dramatically over the years and by 2012 it became too large for the Woodland Heights neighborhood. Reaching an estimated 50,000 visitors, the free event was challenged by issues with public intoxication and problems that come with it, along with the sheer overcrowding.

In 2013, the event was scaled back considerably. Although the event happened without notable incident, its popularity still leads to congestion in the small Woodland Heights neighborhood. The neighborhood association maintains efforts to limit publicity about the event.

However, with the closure of public streets, it remains a public event that anyone can attend, strolling down the streets and sidewalks and enjoying the free entertainment. There will even be event merchandise, including ornaments, koozies, luminaria and some other goods from past Lights in the Heights events available for sale.

Police will be on hand to enforce laws on public intoxication and underage drinking.

Lights in the Heights 2015

  • Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
  • Time: 6pm to 9pm
  • Location: Woodland Heights, Houston, TX 77009
  • Parking: Parking is very difficult to come by in the Woodland Heights during this event. Visitors from outside the neighborhood are encouraged to ride bicycles, use public transportation or use a taxi or other car service. Barricades will be erected on surrounding streets starting at 5pm. Barricades will be removed at 9pm.
  • Admission: Free
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