With the holiday spirit in full swing now is a great time to get out and enjoy some great holiday lighting strolls throughout Central Texas with family and friends! Below we've put together a list of the best places to go check out some great holiday Christmas lights.
TRAIL OF LIGHTS
December 8th - December 23rd austintrailoflights.org
A fun run is hosted on December 2 that goes through the Trail of Lights. You can register for the run on the site. A Preview Party is December 8 and the Trail is open December 9-23. Admission is free on select nights and $3 other nights.
ZILKER TREE LIGHTING
November 26th - December 31st austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree
Austin’s “tree” at Zilker Park is actually one of Austin’s moontowers. It’s over 150 feet tall, with streamers of lights cascading down. Visitors can walk under and around the tree.
CAPITOL TREE LIGHTING
December 2nd downtownaustin.com/holidays
The evening starts off at 6 p.m. at the Capitol steps with a holiday sing-along led by KUTX personality John Aielli. At 7p.m. the light show begins with the tree (and then happens every hour on the hour). Throughout the evening, Congress Avenue (downtown) will have various vendors and activities.
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOWS AT THE DOMAIN
November 24th - January 1st simon.com/mall/the-domain/news-and-events
Stand is awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in snychronization to holiday music! Lights shows available throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
COTA WINTER WONDERLAND
December 1st - December 30th circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland
Winter Wonderland at the Circuit will be a wonderful family holiday experience for Central Texas. The Circuit’s Grand Plaza and surrounding grounds will be transformed into an immersive experience of lights, music, and fun.
HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA LIGHTS
November 24th hillcountrygalleria.com/event/Tree-Lighting-and-Santas-ArrivalEvent/2145484435/
Join us for the annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival event on Black Friday, November 24th! The fun starts at 6:00 pm in the Hill Country Galleria’s outdoor Central Plaza with children’s activities like face painting & flash tattoos. The program will begin at 7:00 pm where you can see Santa, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by All Time Low! Emceed by Mix 94.7.
BUDA TRAIL OF LIGHTS
December 8th - 9th & 14th - 17th ci.buda.tx.us/525/Trail-of-Lights
Trail of Lights is a free holiday event held at Historic Stagecoach Park that features lighted and decorated displays that are provided by local businesses and organizations. Visitors are able to walk the lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate , and meet Santa himself.
November 23rd- December 31st annacourt.com
On Thanksgiving evening, this cul-de-sac in Cedar Park lights up with over 250,000 lights! There is also a collection for Blue Santa. Sunday through Thursday the lights and music play from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., then it’s only lights until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday the lights and music play from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Christmas eve and New Years eve the lights and music will play until 11p.m.
TREE LIGHTING & SANTA’S WORKSHOP
December 1st cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/camps-special-events/tree-lighting-santa-s-workshop-december-1
The Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop is held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will feature live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is free.
SHADY OAK CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
Begins November 24th facebook.com/pg/ShadyOakChristmas
A great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.
WINTER LIGHT SHOW
December 1st - January 1st winterlightshow.com
Another great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.
GEORGETOWN HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Begins November 24th mainstreet.georgetown.org/play/holiday-lights
See downtown Georgetown come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. Many activities and events happening in and around the town square’s local businesses.
Info Courtesy of Chicago Title Austin