Christmas tree in Windcrest, San Antonio

Nestled near San Antonio is the City of Windcrest. Each year, the neighborhoods in Windcrest light up their homes with holiday displays that encourage visitors from San Antonio and other parts of Texas to come out to visit. If you have yet to check out Christmas lights in San Antonio, why not pack up the car and head over to Windcrest?

Windcrest Christmas Light Up

Christmas lights in Windcrest City San Antonio

The Windcrest Light Up is a decade-old tradition where houses are decorated with lights and other decadent decorations. So many houses are decorated because a contest is held to pick the most beautifully decorated home. This year the theme of the contest is A Kaleidoscope of Colors, ensuring a beautiful, colorful, and bright drive down the neighborhood streets.

Windcrest Christmas Lights Dates for 2021

While many houses throw up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, the City of Windcrest holds an annual Windcrest Light Up Ceremony that kicks off the light-up season. This year the light-up started on December 4. But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the lights. Christmas lights in San Antonio and decorations are still around throughout the end of December for visitors to get a spectacular seasonal fill.

Want more lights? Check out the San Antonio Zoo Lights

San Antonio Lights Event

Image courtesy:San Antonio Zoo

From November 19 through January 2, the San Antonio Zoo lights up with a dazzling array of colorful light displays and festive holiday music to fill you and your loved ones with the holiday spirit. While taking in the splendor and beauty of the lights, visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate, roast s’mores, ride camels, visit with Santa, take selfies in special photo areas, a special dinner, and even skate. Some additional fees are required for some activities, such as camel rides, s’mores, and photos with Santa.

When: November 19 through January 2. Lights turn on between 5:30 pm and 7 pm
Where: San Antonio Zoo – 3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
How Much: Admission to the zoo including the San Antonio Zoo lights is $29.99 for adults and $25.99 for children. However, you can get a discount on San Antonio Zoo admission right now (till tickets run out)

Windcrest Christmas Lights – Where are the best lights?

There are many streets in Windcrest that are decorated with lights, but the zip code of 78239 is the neighborhood that is a part of the Windcrest Light Up!

Windcrest Light Up 2021 house

While there is no right way to view the lights, there are several entrances- I-35 Access Road at Tradewind, Crestway & Midcrown, and Eaglecrest at Balfour -the city offers a map so you can be sure to see every house! 

Windcrest Lights Map

Stop by the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association located at 8601 Midcrown Dr, Windcrest, TX 78239 to pick up a map that leads you through the neighborhood. Please remain in your cars and follow the signs that are posted!

windcrest map screenshot gps

If you type in “Windcrest Light Up” to your GPS it’ll lead you right down Midcrown Dr.

Windcrest Christmas Lights Parking

Many people choose to drive-thru the Windcrest Light Up. So, parking isn’t a worry. However, you are more than welcome to pull your car over to the side of a house and get out to take photos. Remember to be courteous of the people who live in the home and the line of cars behind you! 

When is the best time to see Christmas lights in Windcrest?

Windcrest Light Up in San Antonio

To avoid the crowd it’s best to head over to Windcrest once the sun goes down. This typically has been starting to happen early, but 5:30 p.m. is a great time! The maps are available during normal hours of operation so, you can grab that ahead of time. Windcrest Christmas lights get turned off at 11:00 p.m. each night so, be sure to go before then!

The City of Windcrest Facebook may post updates if you want to keep an eye out for updated information.

Windcrest Light Up Contest

Windcrest House decoration

On the map of the Windcrest Light Up there will be locations of Light Up winners and other homes decorated throughout the city. However, this year on the Light Up Map there will be a QR code for you and others in the car to vote for your favorite home! What a fun twist to seeing some lights.

Windcrest Holiday Tradition

If you can’t make it this year, the Windcrest Light Up is a holiday tradition- so there is always next year. After all, each year the houses only become better and more decorated due to more time planning and collecting unique decorations. Don’t miss out on some outrageous decorated homes, including one that has even won $50K by being featured on ABC!


Looking for similar neighborhoods in San Antonio? Check out Christmas Lights in Monte Vista, San Antonio. Also check out Boerne Christmas Lights

For ALL the fabulous holidays light displays check out our comprehensive guide – Christmas Lights in San Antonio 2021

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Mirella Gonzales