It’s officially the holiday season and Christmas festivities are in full swing! So get ready to get into the spirit with our massive list of holiday lights happening all around Central Texas.
Austin Holiday Lights Displays:
Mozart’s Coffee Christmas Lights Show
Through January 6 | Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
You are invited to join for the annual Light Show 2022! You reserve a table by selecting your day, time, and table location to enjoy ATX’s most famous holiday tradition. Get details on everything you need to know here.
Holiday Tree Light Show
Through December 25 | Domain NORTHSIDE, across from Apple located at 3121 Palm Way
Stop by the NORTHSIDE holiday tree and enjoy a beautiful holiday tree light show every hour on the hour on Saturdays from 12 to 9 p.m., Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m., and Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Walkway of Lights (Marble Falls)
Through December 31 | 305 Buena Vista Drive
The Walkway of Lights, hosted by The Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce, returns for its 33st year. Open nightly, the Walkway of Lights displays two million lights in Lakeside Park and over 350+ lighted sculptures. It is FREE to the public, and is entirely funded by donations.
Nature in Lights
Through December 31 | Fort Hood, Cottage Road BLDG NAF 126
Open to all, Fort Hood’s Holiday Drive-thru Tradition will be open through December 31, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There’s also a Santa’s Village with vendor booths, crafts, concessions, and photos with Santa. Hours and pricing here.
Santa’s Ranch (New Braunfels)
Through December 31 | 9561 I-35, New Braunfels
Santa’s Ranch has been part of the New Braunfels holiday scene for over 20 years. Create magical memories for families, friends, and even pets with 58 days of holiday fun for you to enjoy.
Maywald Christmas Lights
Through December 30 | 10505 Twilight Vista
Lights will be on every night from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be no lights if it is raining. New this year, they will have a gift shop where they’ll be selling hot chocolate, shirts, mugs, ornaments, and more! There is a parking area so you are encouraged to park and walk around. The display is free but all they ask is a donation to Make-A-Wish at the box when you enter.
Fredericksburg’s Christmas Nights of Lights (Fredericksburg)
November 21 Through January 7 | Marktplatz, 114 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg
All are invited to experience a 10-minute audio presentation, featuring the story of the town’s German heritage, holiday carols and concluding with a countdown to the lighting of Marktplatz. Fredericksburg’s Christmas Nights of Lights continues nightly through Friday, January 7. Each evening will feature holiday music starting at 5 p.m., and the 6 p.m. audio presentation and lighting countdown. After the countdown, the music will conclude at 6:30 p.m. Fredericksburg’s Christmas Nights of Lights will not take place on Friday, Dec. 1, for the annual Light the Night Christmas Parade or Saturday, Dec. 31, for the City of Fredericksburg’s New Year’s Eve: Countdown to 2024.
Georgetown Tree Lighting and Holiday Lights
November 24 Through January 1 | Georgetown Square
On November 24, kick-off the holiday season with the annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Uptown Carolers and see the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas all lit up for the Holidays! The downtown holiday lights will remain lit every evening through January 1. This is a free event.
Lights Spectacular in Johnson City
November 24 Through January 7 | Historic Square, Johnson City
Imagine a light display with over a million lights. And it’s so big, NASA reported seeing it from the International Space Station! Yes, that would be the Johnson City Texas Lights Spectacular. Through January 7, you and your family can see this incredible lights display for free. Some quick tips: Get to Johnson City Texas early – before sundown. Park against the courthouse or around downtown streets in areas that allow parking. Visit the Johnson City Visitor’s Center early (during regular business hours) to get free maps, guides and info on the area.
November 24 Through December 30 | Circuit of the Americas
Peppermint Parkway is a drive-thru experience with millions of lights, dazzling scenes and dancing elves at Circuit of The Americas. Stay late in Peppermint Plaza with amusement rides, letters to Santa, and so much more.
Bastrop River of Lights
November 25 Through January 2 | June Hill Pape River Walk, 601 Chestnut Street, Bastrop
Take in the River of Lights, numerous lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining Bastrop’s scenic June Hill Pape River Walk. To access this one-half mile promenade, come down the stairs west of the intersection of Main and Pine Streets or select the fully accessible entrance at Fisherman’s Park on Farm Street. The River of Lights opens the day after Thanksgiving and continues every night until January 2 from dusk until 10 p.m.
November 26 through January 1 | Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
The official tree lighting will take place on November 26 with pre-event music starting at 5:15 p.m. with the ceremony at 6 p.m. Free parking is available on a first-come first-served basis on the south side of Zilker Park. Carpool to the event or take Cap Metro (trip planner). Overflow park and walk in the gravel area located just west of Stratford Drive and Lou Neff Road.
Lights at the Square
Nov 27 through early January | Republic Square
A collaboration between the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Trail of Lights Foundation, Kirkland & Ellis and Favor to create a festive experience for Austin Trail of Lights patrons riding a shuttle from Republic Square to Zilker Park.
November 29 through January 1 | Guadalupe Street between 21st and 24th Streets
The University of Texas at Austin presents a new tradition! Longhorn Lights stars 24 Heritage Oak trees that are illuminated with synchronized burnt orange and white lights dancing to music by the Longhorn Band. The display runs along Guadalupe Street between 21st and 24th, also known as The Drag, and is free and open to the public for all to enjoy nightly from November 29 through January 1, from 5 to 10 p.m.
Community First Village of Lights
December 1, 2, 8 and 9 | Community First Village, 9301 Hog Eye Rd Suite 950
With more than 250,000 Christmas lights choreographed to holiday music, the Village of Lights is sure to put your entire family in the Christmas spirit! Additionally, their Holiday Market offers unique, handcrafted gifts created by artists and makers who live in Community First! Village. Your purchases help formerly homeless neighbors earn a dignified income. Food will also be available for purchase and you can enjoy Christmas movies each night in the Community Cinema. Enjoy a ride on the mini train, snap a photo inside their new life-size snow globe and you may even see Santa making an early stop at the Village!
Lakeway Trail of Lights
December 1 through January 1 | 1102 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway
One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! Trail of Lights will be open each night from 6 p.m. until Midnight through January 1, 2024.
Mueller’s Merry & Bright Celebration and 18th Annual Tower Lighting
December 1 | Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Boulevard
The popular Central East Austin neighborhood of Mueller is returning for its annual Merry & Bright celebration, happening Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. at Mueller Lake Park. The annual event features Aldrich Street tenants, live music from the Minor Mishap Marching Band and the McCallum High School Orchestra, a performance from the Northeast Early College High School band, cotton candy and churros from Cloud 9 Cotton Candy, classic holiday movies on a large outdoor screen, and holiday photo opportunities. The celebration will also include time-honored and fan-favorite tradition, the holiday lighting of the former airport’s iconic air traffic control tower. The tradition of the NOEL signs atop the control tower dates back to 1961, when the tower first opened.
Light Up the Lake (Round Rock)
December 1 and 2 | Old Settler’s Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard
BIG & GLOWING holiday cheer is coming back to Round Rock for two amazing nights in December! Join for the annual Light Up the Lake holiday festival around the lake and festival area at Old Settlers Park on Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2 starting nightly from 6:30 through 9:30 p.m.
Texas State Capitol Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll
December 2 | Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th Streets
Join KUT, KUTX & the Downtown Austin Alliance for the 29th Annual Tree Lighting, Sing-Along and Stroll. This free family-friendly event is on Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets. Featuring artisan vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa and more, the Holiday Stroll is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season.
Trail of Lights (Wimberley)
December 2 through 26 (walking trail only on 24 & 25) | EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley
The trail runs most days in December and is a walking trail through approximately eight acres of lighted exhibits. The EmilyAnn’s Trail of Lights is free to attend; however, donations are graciously accepted at several donation stations at the entrance and throughout the grounds. Most nights feature live entertainment on the stage next to our yule log where guests can enjoy complimentary marshmallows and hot chocolate. Santa Claus flies in most nights from the North Pole and will be in his house to greet everyone! There will also be several special event nights throughout the run of the trail. During the 5th Annual Chocolate Night on December 9, guests can purchase a ticket to taste samples of delectable chocolate from various vendors.
Annual Buda Trail of Lights
December 6 through 9 and 13 through 16 | Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main Street, Buda
oliday cheer radiates throughout the season! Take a walk through Historic Stagecoach Park to view twinkling lights and illuminated displays. Guests are shuttled from Cabela’s to enjoy the array of festive scenes at their leisure. Food, fun, and holiday splendor await visitors, along with a visit from Santa himself.
37th Street Lights
December 8 Through January 1 | 37th Street
From sunset through 10 p.m. nightly, meander through the lights of 37th Street. To find it, use 507 W. 37th Street on your GPS.
Weekends from December 8 through 30 | dadaLab, 2008 Alexander Avenue
Illumaverse is a new immersive holiday event taking place in East Austin this holiday season. Brought to you by Austin creative companies Nelda Studios and dadaLab, Illumaverse remixes and reimagines holiday traditions with installations built by local artists that are created for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now.
Trail of Lights
December 8 through December 23 (closed Mondays) | Zilker Park
The most beloved, and longest running holiday tradition of its kind in Texas’ capital city, Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B, welcomes hundreds of thousands of guests from Central Texas and around the world each year for its jubilant displays of lights. Complimentary General Admission is available for ALL Austin Trail of Lights on select nights with Zip and Platinum tickets packages available for purchase.
Tail of Lights (Cedar Park)
December 8 | Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
Even pups like to paw-ty! Enjoy festive holiday lights and music at Veterans Memorial Park. Bring your own camera to take a picture of your dog with “Santa Paws.” In addition, a section of the dog park will be open throughout the event.
Looking for more light ops, including some indoor options? Check out our list of favorite holiday pop up bars here!
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