Holiday Lights

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The Austin area offers many lights & tree lightings every year! This year is may be a little different but drive through options might make the experience cozier!! 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!

Be sure to check this post for more information about “Where to See Holiday Lights In and Around Austin” by our own Gretchen Pierce for more details!


Austin

Austin Trail of Lights

November 27th – December 31st

Austin.

Hosted 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 57th annual Austin Trail of Lights will return to the city’s iconic Zilker Park in 2021 as a drive-thru event.

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.

The Trail now features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

As is tradition, the Trail hosts private nights allowing limited free entry through the STARS at the Trail program for over 30 non-profit partners in the community, as well as provide thousands of vehicle passes to eligible families throughout the Austin Independent School District.


Mozart’s 2021 Christmas Light Show

November 11th – January 6th

Austin.

Hey Austin, please come and join us to celebrate our Mozart’s Annual Christmas Light Show.  This year’s show is bigger, better and *brighter* than ever!

2020 brought us the COVID Cautious Christmas Light Show where we ensured all our guests had appropriate social distancing through securing reserved tables in advance.  This was a break from our traditional “festival” format – of: “come one, come all … anytime”.  It was a hit!  We received great feedback on that format – so, the reserved tables are back for the 2021 Mozart’s Light Show!.

For Reserved Tickets – you can select your day, your time, and your table location to enjoy ATX’s most famous holiday tradition.  As this format sells out (because it will!) we have made the best of both worlds with the return of our festival-style Bavarian marketplace. This standing-room only format will accommodate our “come one, come all … anytime” guests through General Admission tickets which can also be reserved in advance or at the Show.  These tickets are our free gift to the community and are located in the elevated parking lot directly up our stairs from our deck above all of the reserved tables.

Luminations

December 2nd – January 30th

Austin. Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in our beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. More details to be announced.

Enjoy a special seasonal menu of take-along foods from Wildflower Café.


Peppermint Parkway

November 26-December 26, 2021

Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru experience at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The event runs from November 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021 and will delight guests of all ages.

Join Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road. They are on a mission: to deliver letters to Santa for gifts under the tree! On their way they will meet dancing elves and strolling entertainers, as they are transported from Candy Cane Lane to an Enchanted Forest, and so much more.


Bastrop

Bastrop River of Lights 

November 27th – January 1st

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.


Boerne

Old West Christmas Light Fest

November 25th – December 24th (Thursdays – Sundays)

Boerne.

Old West Christmas Light Fest is a holiday experience on a real Texas ranch in picturesque Boerne, TX. The 2020 season will be our seventh year of lighting up the holidays and our third year at Enchanted Springs Ranch. We have no affiliated events, so if you’re not at Enchanted Springs Ranch, don’t be fooled: you’re not at the REAL Christmas Light Fest. Our holiday experience includes a light show, laser tag in the lights, mechanical bull rides, Santa’s Holly Jolly Herd of longhorns, live music, food, and straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus himself! Brimming with activities and fun, our old West town is the perfect way to make lasting memories this holiday season.


Buda

13th Annual Buda Trail of Lights

December 5&6 , 10-13 , 17-20

Buda.

The City is gearing up for the 13th Annual Trail of Lights event! As with all City events in 2020, things will look a little different this year. In an effort to limit the gathering of large crowds and to keep our staff safe, we are hosting a drive-thru experience for this year’s Trail of Lights! You will get to experience all of the fun displays and lights from the safety of your vehicle.


Johnson City 

31st Annual Lights Spectacular

November 26th- January 2nd

Johnson City. ​​ Celebrate Lights Spectacular’s 32nd Season Holiday lights will continue to glow in Johnson City – “The Twinkliest Town in Texas” – boasting over two million twinkling lights in our historic square off Main Street, Memorial Park and PEC headquarters.


Kerrville

Holiday Open House In Downtown Kerrville

November 21st

Kerrville. Come to Downtown Kerrville for our in-person Holiday Open House as we light up downtown for the holiday season. Downtown shops will be open and welcome you to join us for a great family night out in Downtown.

Light Up The Island

November 20th – January

Kerrville. A glowing opportunity has come to the Hill Country during the holiday season. The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department plans to decorate the trees of Tranquility Island with Christmas lights in an effort to bring the holiday spirit to Louise Hays Park and The River Trail. This project will be phased over the next several years and the goal is to eventually light the entire island of trees (within reason) from the Tranquility Island bridge to the Lemos Street Bridge.

Lights for the Island will turn on, and will remain up and lit, from the Holiday Lighted Parade, November 20, 2021, to the beginning of January.


Lakeway 

December 4th – December 25th

Lakeway. Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway!  The Lights On event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall.  We invite you to join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohman’s).  Have fun decorating cookies and roasting a marshmallow at the fire pit!  We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be nearby to ‘plug in’ the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway.  Enjoy Christmas tunes sung by a live band.  Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail.  No pets, please.


Llano

Starry Nights Lighted Christmas Park 

November 25th – 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 19th – January 1st

Marble Falls.

The Walkway of Lights, hosted by The Marble Falls Chamber of Commerce, returns for it’s 31st year on November 19th!

Open nightly from 6PM-10PM till January 1st, The Walkway of Lights displays 2 million lights in Lakeside Park and over 350+ lighted sculptures. It is FREE to the public, and is entirely funded by donations.

Experience the lights reflecting off of Lake Marble Falls for 44 nights in a row this year, and make it a family tradition.


New Braunfels 


Santa’s Ranch

November 5th- January 2nd

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.


San Antonio

All December

Explore the Holiday River Lights

Celebrate the holidays with the festive river lights in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Complimentary tickets to Go Rio Cruise provided upon check-in. Go Rio may have limited availability for each tour and we encourage guests to check tour operation times and updates directly at GoRioCruises.com.