Deck the Boughs: Holiday Lights in Highland Park

Coming from the Northeast, I’m used to subdued holiday decorations—a wreath on the front door and the simplicity of a single candle in each window. That isn’t the case in my new neighborhood of Highland Park, where I’ve found that Christmas lights are serious business.

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Over the past month, our streets have transform into a magical, glowing nighttime landscape.  Texans like their lights – the more the better.  Homeowners here go all out.  I’ve seen men in cherry pickers working on one tree for days!  For those not from the area, horse-drawn carriages take passengers on tours of the neighborhood throughout the season. It’s truly a beautiful annual tradition.

Come to find out, it’s also very on-trend. This week the Wall Street Journal ran a story on how homeowners across the country are paying professionals—such as set designers and audiovisual specialists—to decorate their homes for the holidays.

We went out last night and toured the neighborhood.  These were some of my favorites:

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