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Housing Stats • Holiday Lights

Houston HOUSING INVENTORY AT HISTORIC LOWS

The Houston area home inventory has plummeted to a 1.6-months supply. In comparison, the area had a 2.1-months supply in November 2020.  The national average is currently 2.4-months. 

Single family sales have been slowly declining since June, but we are still 3.9 percent ahead of last November.

Per HAR / MLS:

Month-to-Month Comparison:

CategoryJan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
June
2020
July
2020
Aug.
2020
Sept.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
Total Property Sales5,8007,3938,9657,1927,91711,15313,04311,12111,13711,2329,66011,572
Total Active Listings39,69940,09140,93241,15139,51636,90136,05534,18132,04731,38429,94826,821
Single-Family Home Sales4,6996,0447,5666,1996,6719,32810,9179,1959,1019,2877,9909,652
Townhome/Condominium Sales398465533373405577685639652636580662
Single-Family Months of Inventory3.53.53.53.63.53.23.02.82.52.42.21.9
Single-Family Pending Sales7,2128,5477,8857,12510,55911,61011,18510,5989,5079,6808,2657,469
Days on Market686865585856565151474646

Single-Family Sales by Price Range (Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria & Montgomery Counties)

Price RangeJan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020
May
2020
June
2020
July
2020
Aug.
2020
Sept.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Dec.
2020
$1 - $99,999109107978298921007970856085
$100,000 - $149,999277328361258301346316253294278221268
$150,000 - $249,9991,7572,1312,6882,1802,3092,9273,4062,8452,9322,9072,3972,925
$250,000 - $499,9991,4612,0562,5472,2002,2783,4034,1573,4643,4163,4723,2163,887
$500,000 - $749,999226277402324342548766613580611515650
$750,000 and above124161258191157282424398355393335443

Great Places To View Holiday Lights in the Houston Area

Texas Winter Lights
November 11, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010
Experience Texas Winter Lights at Marriott Marquis Houston, an interactive light experience on the 6th floor Altitude Rooftop & Pool available nightly, 5pm to 10pm.  Back for its second year, enjoy bigger light displays, more walk-through experiences, and endless selfie stations for an even bolder poolside encounter. With over 20 new Instagram-worthy elements, guests will enjoy photo-ops as they walk under the shade of lights, through the Grove of Trees, among the Archway of Lanterns and more. Float through the lazy river, heated all winter long to 80°, as lights glimmer from above. Cozy up with a nostalgic holiday-themed movie every Thursday. Nightly snowfall and a winter-themed dining menu filled with signature cocktails, dinner and dessert round out the perfect Insta-worthy evening.

Dasher’s Lightshow
November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022
22731 FM 2920, Hockley, TX 77447
Dasher’s ALL NEW Christmas Experience in Houston with light show hayride, weekend live music, Santa visits, Food and so much more!”

Galaxy Lights
November 13, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
This winter explore the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas. Experience two high-tech kinetic light shows, a 20-foot “twinkling tree” with swirling and blinking multicolor lights, stargaze at an indoor meteor shower, take a stroll through a 200-foot LED light tunnel made of more than 250,000 lights synchronized to festive holiday music, explore the Lights Around the World display surrounding the twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and more.

Zoo Lights
November 15, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., 5:30 PM – 10:30 PMExperience the Holiday Grove presented by TXU Energy with animal-themed lanterns and hundreds of glowing flowers under the great oak trees wrapped in winter lights. See the Great Ape Gallery transformed into an Illuminated Ocean presented by H-E-B, a glowing underwater adventure. This immersive experience takes you “underwater” as you walk under illuminated jellyfish and other sea creatures overhead. Take a photo in front of the NEW 33’ tall color-changing holiday tree. Walk under a canopy of glowing flowers and butterflies in the hanging pollinator garden. Stroll through a 125-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light. See “snow” in Texas and explore Winter Wonderland presented by Houston Methodist. Take a photo with Santa as he prepares for the holidays in his workshop at Twiga Café. And much more!

Magical Winter Lights
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Houston Raceway Park, 2525 FM 565, Baytown, TX 77523, 5:00 PM – 10/11:00 PM
Magical Winter Lights is a 20-acre, 45-day, larger-than-life Christmas light show with themed lantern light sections, local entertainment on select nights, carnival rides and games, an interactive dinosaur area and lots of holiday fun for the whole family!

Houston Botanic Gardens Lightscape
November 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022, 5:45 PM – 11:00 PM
One Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
Lightscape is an internationally acclaimed holiday light show with magical displays set along a beautifully illuminated path winding through the Garden. The captivating illuminations — blending new works unique to Texas, created by local artists, with favorites from previous Lightscape installations around the world — include an impressive towering arch tunnel sparkling with 100,000 lights.

Sugar Land Holiday Lights
November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Constellation Field, Stadium Dr., Sugar Land, TX, 6:00 – 9/10:00 PM
More than 3 million lights, eight themed areas, holiday shopping, great holiday movie nights, Santa Claus, carnival and much more!

Moody Gardens Holiday in the Gardens
November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Moody Gardens, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Eight holiday attractions, one venue. Festival of Lights · Holiday 3D Films · Hotel Packages · Rudolph 4D ·  Arctic Slide · Train Rides · Star: the Dancing Tree of Light · Cirque Joyeux Holiday Show (Matinee, Evening & Dinner Shows) · Pictures with Santa · New Year’s Palooza · Holiday Dinners · Nightly Fireside S’Mores.

The Light Park
December 2, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Katy – Typhoon Lagoon, 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX, 77494
Spring – Hurricane Harbor Splashtown, 21300 Interstate 45 N, Spring, TX 77373
The Light Park invites you to join them for The Best Christmas Light Show South of the North Pole, featuring millions of lights synchronized to a festive DJ’d mix of Christmas music.

Beautifully Decorated Homes

Schultz Holiday Lights
19827 Rose Dawn Lane, Spring, TX
The Schultz family has been orchestrating a beautiful, animated light show since 2010.

The Johnson’s Christmas Corner
14811 Cypress Meadow Dr., Cypress, TX
Since 2005 the Johnson’s have used over 170,000 lights and 50+ songs to provide a display that people can visit more than once to help brighten their holidays.

Dodd Family Holidays
62 W. Knightsbridge Dr., The Woodlands, TX
The Dodd family celebrates the holidays with animated light and music displays.

Cleveland Christmas Ranch
14651 FM 1725, Cleveland, TX
The owners of the Christmas Ranch have used 300,000 lights to create scenes including Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.

Brittenum Family Lights
1208 White Wing Circle, Friendswood, TX
A holiday lighting and special effects display synchronized to music for all ages.  Music is broadcasted on 94.3 FM.

Christmas in Katy
24603 Stoughton Court, Katy TX
Christmas Katy is back for 2020. There will be three new songs and changes to the display.  Shows start at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM Sunday thru Thursday.  Friday and Saturdays 5:30 PM until 10:00 PM.  The show will be running through December 25th.  Christmas Eve until 10:00 PM.

Other Neighborhoods to Tour

River Oaks
Start at Kirby at Shepherd or Westheimer and wind through River Oaks. You will see gorgeous wrapped trees, dripping lights, glowing deer and more.

Woodland Heights
Stroll down select streets of the Woodland Heights neighborhood, admiring the elaborately decorated homes.

Downtown Houston, City Hall, Market Square Park, Main Street Square, Avenida Houston & Discovery Green
Check out the annual, towering Holiday Tree at City Hall and wonder through light tunnels and displays at Winter Wanderland; spend some holiday cheer in the beautifully adorned Market Square Park , marvel at the Deck the Trees display in the windows of George R. Brown Convention Center (facing Avenida de las Americas, a.k.a. Avenida Houston), and don’t miss making a pit stop to skate or take in the vibes at The Ice at Discovery Green.

Pecan Grove (Richmond)
It is a seasonal tradition to line the yards with holiday lights in Pecan Grove. This practice turns Pecan Grove into a magical wonderland that people come to see from near and far. Make sure to drive down Morton League, Austin Colony and Quarterpath.

The Lights of Shepherd Park Plaza
Since 1968 many Shepherd Park Plaza residents have made it a Christmas tradition to illuminate rooftops, shrubs and front lawns.

Prestonwood Forest Nite of Lights
Prestonwood Forest, NW Houston
Prestonwood’s 785 homes participate in friendly, holiday-spirited competition for a variety of individual and block recognition categories which are awarded by a committee of guest judges.