SAN ANTONIO -

The city of Windcrest is glowing after the official kick off of their 55th annual Light-Up on Saturday.

Dozens of homes decorated with lights and elaborate Christmas decorations are on display throughout the city.

Laura Leija brought her daughter, Adrianna, to enjoy the holiday displays.

"I just wanted to start a tradition with my kids," said Leija. "We know the houses out here put all the lights up and she just gets all excited."

Thousands make the trip to see the free lighting event every year.

"We get calls from people from Canada," said Alan Baxter, Mayor of Windcrest. "We have a group coming down from Nebraska. So, it's all over. We're real proud of it."

And, new this year to the Windcrest holiday tradition, is the Windcrest City of Lights 5K Run which gives the runners a chance to get a close up look at all the winning houses like, Best of Theme, Best Mailbox and Window Entrance

"The best part is all of the neon lights," said Dan Gilmore, a runner. "And, to be able to walk around, see people and say "Merry Christmas" and to be able to see the wonderful houses."

John Wilson, who won 2nd place in the Elegant Creations category, said setting up takes a lot of work, but it is all worth it.

"It takes us about a month to decorate," said Wilson. "And this year, we have over 60,000 plus lights and our main theme is to be out here and to bring joy to the kids and everybody that comes by."

The holiday displays will be up until December 31st.