Who We Are

Magical Winter Lights (MWL) is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. This 52-day holiday celebration occupies 20 acres of outdoor space featuring Texas-sized lantern masterpieces using Chinese lantern-making techniques, some of which are 60-feet high. The festival has succeeded in becoming Houston’s largest holiday celebration and the nation’s largest lantern festival of its kind. 

Our History

2019 – FIFTH YEAR OF MWL

  • Continued for the fourth year at Gulf Greyhound Park and fifth operational year in a row
  • Continued memberships with the Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce and Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce 
  • Continued partnerships with City of La Marque, Visit Houston – The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Obtained title sponsor City of La Marque for the fourth consecutive year
  • Contestant in the nationally broadcasted holiday contest – The Great Christmas Light Fight “Heavy-Weight” division on ABC to be aired in Dec, 2019! 

2018 – FOURTH YEAR OF MWL

  • Continued for the third year at Gulf Greyhound Park and fourth operational year in a row
  • Continued memberships with the Chambers of Commerce for La Marque, Galveston and the Woodlands
  • Joined VisitHouston, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau as a member
  • Received AMA Houston’s Crystal Awards for the third year in a row, in the TV Commercial, Point-of-Purchase, and Single Event Promotion categories
  • Received a grant from the Tourism Incentive Program (TIP) Awards
  • Placed third in the Eventex Awards, a world-wide competition, for “Best Festival”
  • Hosted our “Panda Pop Up” Event at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA

2017 – THIRD YEAR OF MWL

  • Continued for the second year at Gulf Greyhound Park and third operational year in a row
  • Sponsored by the City of La Marque
  • Participated in City of Houston’s 68th H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 98th Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
  • Received AMA Houston’s Crystal Award for the second year in a row in the Single Event Promotion category
  • Joined the Chambers of Commerce of La Marque, Galveston, and the Woodlands
  • Provided remote lantern exhibits to popular entertainment and shopping venues such as CityCentre, The Woodlands’ Market Street, Discovery Green, and Saengerfest Park in Galveston
  • Partnered with Galveston Food Bank
  • Created a winter wonderland lantern exhibit to Saengerfest Park’s “Galveston Holiday in the Park”
  • Launched the first MWL “12 Days of Giving” campaign with partners, such as Kendra Scott, JW Marriott Downtown, Alley Theatre, Saint Arnold, and more

2016 – SECOND YEAR OF MWL

  • Relocated to Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, TX
  • Sponsored by the City of La Marque, Boost Mobile, and Life Storage
  • Participated in City of Houston’s 67th H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 97th Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
  • Received AMA Houston’s Crystal Award for the first year in the Single Event Promotion category
  • Debuted “Alice in Winterland” lantern exhibition at The Queen Mary’s “CHILL” holiday festival in Long Beach, CA

2015 – THE LAUNCH OF MWL

  • Magical Winter Lights made its debut at Sam Houston Race Park and became the largest lantern festival in the US. The inaugural year of MWL was a resounding success.