Are you ready to kick of the holidays? What better way to celebrate than with your community cheering on the magical moment when the holiday lights brighten up that beautiful tree! Here are the Holiday Tree Lighting events we found around town. We hope you get to enjoy the celebrations with your family!
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.
Georgetown.Come experience the magic as we kick-off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes! Join Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross as we help Santa countdown and flip on the holiday lights on The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas! The downtown shops will be open late, so plan to get in some unique holiday shopping. This is a free event.
Austin. Austin’s annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting kicks off the season of festivities in Zilker Park the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Its complimentary and open to anyone to enjoy!
Now in it’s 53rd year, the Zilker Holiday Tree is the largest man-made holiday tree standing 155 feet tall, composed of over 3,000 lights and built upon one of Austin’s 17 historic moontowers. Access to the Zilker Holiday Tree is free to the public and totally independent from Austin Trail of Lights admission, but we encourage you to come down to Zilker Park and enjoy both! Food vendors and other merchants will operate at the Tree throughout the month of December.
Round Rock. Round Rock’s annual holiday festival is back to its original home on Main Street! During Christmas Family Night, Main Street is decorated with small wooden houses which host various games and activities. The event kicks off with a welcome from Mayor Craig Morgan, followed by the illumination of the all NEW Hometown Holiday lights. Then Santa makes his grand entrance.
This free event includes activities for the entire family including live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more.
Children should bring their “wish lists” for Santa Claus and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities and snacks.
Cedar Park. The Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will feature live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is free.
Lockhart. On the first Saturday of December each year the town of Lockhart, Texas is transformed into a Dickens’ style Christmas. A fun time is always had by all who attend this grand annual event at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library and around the Downtown Square.