Holiday Lights


The Austin area offers many lights & tree lightings every year! This year is bound to be even better!! Holiday light displays are fun for kids of all ages. Whether a holiday season event or collaborative neighborhood light display, Christmas tree lightings and light displays make the season bright!


10th Annual Joyous Christmas Light Show

November 21st – January 5th

Austin.The Mozart’s Joyous Light Show is back for the 10th year in a row! Come celebrate the season with us. Magical lights, delicious hot chocolate, tasty treats, and a wonderful time for the whole family. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Open Christmas Eve until 10pm. We can’t wait to see you!

14th Annual Tower Lighting

December 3rd

Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for one of Mueller’s most beloved traditions, the 14th Annual Tower Lighting.

This free, family-friendly event will feature:
– Music from Northeast Early College High School-Austin Soul Train Drumline and Nash Hernandez Orchestra
– Cookies and prizes from H-E-B
– Coffee from Starbucks
– Treats and giveaways from LaMadeleine French Cafe And Bakery and Colleen’s Kitchen and Mueller Austin
– Photobooth from TapSnap

Event Schedule:
– 5:30pm: Event begins with treats, music and giveaways
– 6:30pm: Brief remarks from Kathie Tovo and Catellus just before the lighting of the tower

Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event.

Austin Trail of Lights

December 10th – 23rd


The Austin Trail of Lights is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so.

Austinites and Central Texans alike bring friends, families and neighbors out to the Austin Trail of Lights each year to enjoy more than 60 displays, 2 million lights, Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities sure to create treasured memories.

2018’s event highlighted the people, music, groups, food, technology, charitable organizations and businesses that make up our unique city. We have spent time investing in more entertainment, new lighting, activities and community programs to ensure that this community event continues to improve year over year. Visitors in 2019 will see new modernized displays, interactive environments, Austin’s famous food trucks, local musical talent, movies, local merchants and more.

If the Trail of Lights is already your family’s annual tradition, we have lots of new and improved elements in store for you. And if you haven’t been yet, this is the year to start a brand new tradition!


The River of Lights 

November 30th – January 3rd

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 Fishermans Park on Farm Street.


Old West Christmas Light Fest

November 28th – December 25th


Bigger, better and brighter than ever, Old West Christmas Light Fest adds Texas-sized sparkle to your holidays with the magical glow of lights, tastes of the season and Old West family fun. Glowing again at Santa’s Texas home, Enchanted Springs Ranch, Old West Christmas Light Fest features an all-new synchronized light show, laser tag in the lights, Christmas Escape Rooms and everything you can imagine to make holiday memories.

Part Hollywood movie set, part animal farm, and part historic recreation, Enchanted Springs Ranch offers a true Texas experience! Travel back in time and enjoy a glimpse of Christmas inside an authentic western town, with more than 40 buildings, used for numerous films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. A private event venue, Enchanted Springs Ranch is opening the gates for everyone to enjoy Christmas in the Old West during Old West Christmas Light Fest. The rustic Old West town and beautiful scenery is the perfect backdrop for memory making holiday fun, so dust off your boots and enjoy Christmas lights in a new, “Old” way!

Get your fill of holiday magic, flavors and family fun under the lights at Old West Christmas Light Fest.


11th Annual Trail of Lights

December 6-8 , 13-15 , 20-22 

Buda.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.

Hot beverages and concessions will be provided by Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, Boy Scout Troop 967, Olympia Hills Cheer, and the Buda Lion’s Club. Be sure to stop by their booth to purchase tasty drinks and snacks!


Lights of Tejas 

November 28 – December 29

Giddings. Welcome to the 10th year of Lights of Tejas. Running for 15 magical nights between November 29th and December 29th, Lights of Tejas is the place to be this Christmas! With over a million Christmas lights, fireworks, food, music, and activities for all ages, it is the perfect night out for everyone seeking a fun-filled, wholesome Christmas celebration for all.  We hope to see you at Tejas this Christmas season!

Centrally located among Austin, Houston, College Station, and San Antonio, Lights of Tejas takes place in Giddings, Texas, so be sure to put Lights of Tejas on your Christmas list this holiday season.

Johnson City 

30th Annual Lights Spectacular

November 29th- January 5th

Johnson City. ​​The twinkliest town in the hill country celebrates its 30th annual Lights Spectacular. For the last 30 years, Johnson City transforms itself from a slow-paced, presidential hometown nestled on the banks of the Pedernales River, into a bright beacon of light like a guiding star welcoming visitors with good old fashioned Christmas cheer. Free Family Fun & Pet Friendly. The season-long celebration is family & pet-friendly with no admission and lasts until January 5, 2020.


19th Annual Holiday Lighted Parade & 39th Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

November 23rd

Kerrville. Officially welcome the holiday season with a lighted parade and the arrival of Santa Claus on his signature fire truck. The parade will commence at the corner of the G St. Bridge and Water St. It will travel westbound on Water St., make a right on Earl Garrett St. and end at the Kerr County Courthouse. After the parade, enjoy a Christmas program, caroling, and the lighting of the Courthouse & 45’ tree ceremony.


November 22nd

Lakeway. Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! Lights On! marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. Join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans). Enjoy some hot chocolate from the IceCream2U truck for purchase. Have fun decorating cookies, compliments of HEB, and roast a marshmallow at the fire pit! We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit local charities. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be nearby the Trail of Lights display to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. Music by KR Wood & Friends.


Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park 

November 29th – December 31st

Llano. Opening night will be Friday after Thanksgiving thru December 31. The park is open every night 6-9pm. Sipping hot chocolate, strolling along the Llano River enjoying all of the displays that light up Badu Park. It’s a great place to celebrate the season with family and  friends.

Marble Falls

Walkway of Lights

November 22nd – January 1st

Marble Falls. Y’all! The time has come, Walkway is upon us! Beginning November 22nd, and going through January 1st, Walkway of Lights will be open nightly from 6pm-10pm, weather permitting. Join us in Lakeside Park as we celebrate the holidays with over two million lights, photos with Santa, and so much more! Make the Walkway of Lights your new family tradition, and experience the magic year after year! Admission is always free, yet donations are much appreciated! Don’t forget, concessions and Santa photos are fundraisers for local non-profit organizations.

New Braunfels 

Downtown Holiday Lighting

November 22nd

New Braunfels. The City of New Braunfels invites everyone to ring in the holiday season on Friday, November 16th with the arrival of Santa Claus beneath a hundred thousand twinkling lights in historic downtown New Braunfels. The dazzling display of low energy and sustainable LED lights stretches through downtown and will remain lit for the holiday season.

The community is invited to join in the ceremony and countdown to the illumination, where Mayor Barron Casteel will “flip the switch” to officially light downtown and Santa will arrive on a vintage fire truck. The evening will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with music provided by the Comal Community Band. Holiday treats and pictures with Santa on the bandstand will be available for purchase from the New Braunfels Downtown Association.

Santa’s Ranch

November 8th- January 4th

New Braunfels. Explore one of Texas’ favorite christmas displays. Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks.

Round Rock

Christmas Towne

December 13th-15th, December 18th-22nd & December 25th – January 4th

Round Rock. In December, experience the 5th annual Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season!

San Marcos

Sights & Sounds of Christmas

December 4th-7th & December 11th – 14th

San Marcos. We’re excited to welcome you to one of the most anticipated holiday events in San Marcos – The Sights & Sounds of Christmas! Every year this family-friendly Christmas festival brings the holiday spirit to San Martians and visitors from across Texas and beyond.

Here you’ll find popular carnival rides for all ages, a variety of delicious festival food, live performances, and even a visit from Santa Claus. All events take place amidst a sea of beautiful Christmas lights spread throughout the park. Sights & Sounds has something for everyone to help celebrate the holiday season!


2019 Trail of Lights

November 30th – December 28th

Wimberley.  Stroll along a walking trail through 8 acres of lighted displays decorated by 100+ local businesses, community groups and families! Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and live entertainment (weather permitting). Free admission