One of our favorite things to do this time of year is drive around with Christmas carols playing, drinking hot cocoa and look at Christmas lights. If you have not yet done this with your family this year, I have a couple of places to suggest, some are a short drive to small towns in the area but well worth it especially if you are new to the area. 


For starters, in Odessa, you must check out Starbright Village! You can enjoy hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and holiday displays as you drive or walk-thru one of the biggest display of lights right here in the Permian Basin.

Starbright Village is located at McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Rd. in Odessa, TX and is open nightly from 6-11 pm beginning December 2nd and running through January 2nd. It is free to the public.

In my hometown of Andrews, you can check out the Andrews Christmas Lights! People travel from surrounding cities just to see this computerized light show that is set to music. You do not want to miss the 75' lighted Christmas tree and the 400'' video screen. Take a walk through Santa's backyard and speaking of ol' Saint Nick, you can visit with Santa and take photos on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 8 pm and two Saturdays this month, the 11th and 18th from 6-8 also. Take the short drive to Andrews and stop by 301 NW Ave. D. Andrews Christmas Lights is free to the public.

In Big Spring, TX you can visit the Comanche Trail Festival of Christmas with more than 1 MILLION lights! This light display boasts more than 25,000 visitors yearly and you can drive thru Comanche Trail Park and take in the sights and sounds from your vehicle. The Festival of Christmas in Big Spring is located at 100 Whipkey Dr. and is open through the 25th from 6-10 pm. It is also free to the public.

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