Holiday Tree Lightings in Austin


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 create new and bright memories with your family!


57th Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 26

The Zilker Holiday Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower.  On December 10, 1967, the first tree was lighted by Mayor Pro Tem Mrs. Emma Long. In subsequent years this honor has been awarded to the young winner of a city-wide tree art contest.

The festivities kick off at 5:15!

Driskill Tree Lighting

December 1

The Driskill will kick-off our favorite season with a Tree Lighting ceremony, accompanied by live music, champagne, and Santa! Please join us anytime in December to enjoy our Texan Christmas ambiance and our signature 16 ft. Christmas tree in our lobby. 5pm start, 6pm lighting

Maywald Christmas Lighting

November 23

We invite you to come kick off the Christmas season with our family! Lights will be turned on at 6pm. We have a parking area in our display so park, get out, and enjoy. When visiting, we ask you to please stay on the paths and do not walk through the yard. We will be collecting money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation once again this year in hopes to grant more wishes.

Holiday Tree Light Show

Now through Dec. 25 | Times Vary
Now through Dec. 25, stop by the NORTHSIDE holiday tree and enjoy a beautiful holiday tree light show every hour on the hour – Saturdays are 12 to 9 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Christmas Eve & Day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Holiday Tree is located next to The Lawn, across the street from Apple.


Lost Pines Christmas Tree Lighting Party

November 25

Feel the Christmas spirit come alive with the City of Bastrop’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in beautiful Fisherman’s Park, along the River of Lights! Enjoy music, treats, fun for the entire family, and a visit from Santa Claus!


Annual Lighting of the Square

November 24

On November 24, 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! Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will help Santa flip the switch and the Uptown Carolers will then sing Christmas Carols. After the lighting, Santa Claus will be available for photos inside the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy or monetary donation, benefiting the Brown Santa program. The downtown holiday lights will remain lit every evening through January 1. This is a free event.


Courthouse Lighting Ceremony

November 18

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.


Trail of Lights

December 1

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! Trail of Lights will be open each night from 6 PM – Midnight through January 1, 2023.

Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohman’s Crossing at the corner of Lohman’s and Sailmaster).

Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back.

There is no charge to park or to attend. Trail is self-guided. There are no vendors or attendants on site.

Round Rock

Light Up the Lake

December 1 – 2

BIG & GLOWING holiday cheer coming back to Round Rock for 2 amazing nights in December! Join us for the annual Light Up the Lake, a 2-day holiday festival around the lake and festival area at Old Settlers Park on Fri, December 1, and Sat, December 2 starting nightly from 6:00pm – 9:30pm. (Lighting of the lake lights will occur at 6:30pm)

The event will feature SPECTACULAR giant balloons hovering over Bright Lake, amazing light show, LIVE music, holiday displays, holiday food and refreshments, crafts, family activities, yule log and more! Our 2023 event will feature new displays for guests to enjoy!

This event is hosted by the City of Round Rock’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Downtown Round Rock glows up this holiday season with a seriously sparkly light display. Beginning when the sun sets on December 1st and twinkling to life every night through the end of the month, you and yours can delight in a festive family outing.