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Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows. We look forward to seeing you at our 2017 – 2018 festival!

ADDRESS: Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568. Entrance is on FM 1764, NOT FM 2004.

DATES: NOV. 10, 2017 –  JAN. 2, 2018.


Open on all holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We are closed on Nov 13 & 27, Dec 4 & 11.


Sunday – Thursday:  5 PM – 10 PM

Friday & Saturday:  5 PM – 11 PM


Sunday – Thursday: 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Friday & Saturday: 7 PM and 9 PM


Click the image below to enlarge and download our festival map!

General Info - MWL 2017 Festival Map

Ticket prices can be found here.

Festival operating hours are Sunday-Thursday 5pm-10pm and Friday-Saturday 5pm-11pm. Magical Winter Lights will be open on all major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

Yes, Magical Winter Lights will be open on all major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

No, tickets do not need to be printed. You can pull up your e-ticket QR code or bar code on your mobile device by viewing the ticket confirmation email you were sent or following the link sent to your phone if you selected mobile delivery. Once you can see the code on your screen, head straight to the pre-purchased tickets entrance.

If you purchased carnival ride wristbands online, the e-tickets will need to be exchanged for wristbands inside the festival, at the carnival box office.

Parking at Magical Winters Lights is $5 on-site CASH ONLY.

Magical Winter Lights is on a well-maintained asphalt parking lot and is wheelchair accessible. However, we do not have wheelchairs for rent on-site. You are welcome to bring standard wheelchairs or handicap scooters for guests in need of assistance. Handicap Parking is available on site in Lot A near the box offices.

Permitted items include:

Personal cameras, tripods, blankets, strollers, wagons, wheelchairs/scooters, diaper bags and food for infant/young children/people with special dietary needs.

*All items are subject to search.

Prohibited items:

Outside food and drinks, pets (exception for service animals), laser pointers, spike jewelry, cans, bottles, containers of any kind, weapons (including pocket knives and concealed guns), coolers, obscene or indecent clothing, pop up tents, playpens, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, illegal substances, bikes, roller skates, and skateboards.

Animals will not be allowed at Magical Winter Lights, with the exception of service animals.

In the event of mechanical failure or inclement weather, Magical Winter Lights may close any of the attractions or the entire park without notice. Please attend based on your own best judgement. Your tickets can be used on any day of the festival. 

Please monitor Magical Winter Lights’ website and all social media platforms for latest weather information. We recommend visiting on a day with optimal weather to enjoy the festival at its best. We have a strict no refund, no exchange policy.

Yes, your tickets are valid any operating day through the festival season.

Admission to the festival includes full access to all the lantern attraction sections, Chinese acrobatic performances, and character appearances.

Cultural performances fill up fast, so arrive early and save your seat! Performance times are:

Sunday through Thursday: 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM
Fridays and Saturdays: 7 PM & 9 PM

Admission to MWL does not include carnival rides/games, food, souvenirs, or commercial vendor shops.

All MWL ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds or exchanges.

Yes, tickets can be purchased at the box office on-site. We recommend pre-purchasing tickets to avoid long lines at the box office.

Remember: We do not accept American Express Cards!

Outside food and drinks are not permitted at MWL.

MWL is a smoke-free environment including electronic cigarettes.

Yes, MWL has four ATMs located at the front gate, the carnival ticket booths, and festival food court.

The information booth is located near the entrance if you would like to report or look for a lost item. You may also reach us using our Contact Us form with a brief message and description of your items. Remember not all items are turned in, but we will try our best to retrieve your belongings if turned in. MWL is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

No problem! Please call our ticketing provider (ShowClix) at 888.718.4253 (Option 1) to speak with a live customer care representative anytime:

  • Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST or
  • Saturday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

It will take approximately 2 hours to walk through the lantern exhibits and to catch a Chinese acrobatic performance included in your admission.

We recommend carving out about 3 hours of your day since Magical Winter Lights also offers other entertainment like a full-service carnival, musical performances, vendor shops, a food court and more!

Our “Family Ticket” is an ongoing effort to help increase our customer’s experience when entering into a larger event with young children. Therefore, you will not be required to view and print individual tickets for this year’s event.

  • Please print your order receipt as this will be your valid ticket into the event.

The 2D barcode located at the top of your receipt can be scanned from a printed receipt and/or mobile device. *The barcode at the top of your receipt will scan as many times as there are tickets.

The 2D Barcode located on your receipt will scan as many times as you have tickets. Therefore, if you enter the event with 4 people but you have a total of 10 tickets our admission staff will only check in 4 of your 10 tickets and the barcode will still contain any leftover quantity of tickets.

You may print multiple copies of your receipt in order to scan those leftover tickets only. As a reminder, the 2D barcode will only scan as many times as you have tickets within that unique order ID #.

For any ticket related matters, please contact our ticketing provider (ShowClix) at your earliest convenience at 888.718.4253 (Option 1) to speak with a live customer care representative anytime:

  • Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm EST or 
  • Saturday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

For other questions not listed in the FAQs, please contact us here.