Holiday Tree Lightings


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 some of which you can enjoy from the comfort of your homes or cars! We hope you get to create new memories with your family!


15th Annual Tower Lighting

November 28th

Austin. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to host our Tower Lighting event, but we still plan to kick off the holiday season with a festive day at Mueller on Small Business Saturday!Stay until dusk and drive by to see the Tower lit for the holiday season. A virtual countdown will be on our Facebook page at 6 p.m.

54th Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Premiering November 29, 6:00 pm\

Austin. For public safety, there are NO on site viewing or walk-up options for the 2020 ceremony. Parking lots and park roads near the tree will be closed.

  • A Virtual Event presented by the City of Austin November 29, 2020.  Hosted by Quita Culpepper, KVUE 24, the 2020 event will feature messages from City of Austin as entertainment from Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and Barton Hills Choir
  • For public safety, there are NO on site viewing or walk-up options for the 2020 ceremony.

Viewing options:

  • Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel.
    • Follow the link & set a reminder to watch the show.  Stream or cast to a smart TV.
  • ATXN Online – Channel 1, or Channel 3 Spanish subtitles
  • Facebook – Zilker Holiday Tree
  • Spectrum – Channel 6 (10.6 without a cable box)
  • Grande Communications – Channel 6 (119.6 without a cable box)
  • AT&T U-Verse – Channel 99

Maywald Christmas Lighting

November 21st

Austin. 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. Also, keep your distance from others. We will be collecting money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation once again this year in hopes to grant more wishes.

Cedar Park

Santa’s Sleigh Selfies at Heritage Oak Park

December 4th – January 3rd

Cedar Park. In the interest of public health and safety and to comply with Governor Orders the annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop has been canceled.

In its place will be Santa’s Sleigh Selfies at Heritage Oak Park. This come-and-go photo opportunity will be happening December 4 – January 3. Bring your family and walk around Heritage Oak Park and see the tree lit with thousands of twinkly lights. Santa’s sleigh will be setup and ready for your backdrop!


Annual Lighting of the Square

November 27th – January 2nd

Georgetown. To keep the community safe, the city of Georgetown is adding a new twist to its traditional Lighting of the Square event. The lights around the Square and Williamson County Courthouse will be turned on in mid-November, which the city will capture and share on social media through a video featuring the countdown, lighting and music.

The Square will light up each night through Jan. 2.

Additionally, the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-29, the Square will have hot chocolate and kettle corn vendors downtown, the release said. People coming to the Square to enjoy the lights must comply with existing local and statewide orders, including wearing a mask wherever they are unable to keep six feet of distance from people outside their household.


Trail of Lights

November 20th – January 3rd

Lakeway. One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights!

Although there will be no in-person event marking opening weekend this year, the trail will be shining brightly each night with thousands of twinkling lights for all to enjoy!

We request that you please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. Friendly reminder, please limit your groups to less than 10 people.

Round Rock

Light Up the Lake

December 4th – 5th

Round Rock. BIG & GLOWING holiday cheer coming to Round Rock for 2 amazing nights in December! Join us for Light Up the Lake, a FREE NEW 2-day holiday festival around the lake and festival area at Old Settlers Park Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 starting at 6:30pm.

The event will feature SPECTACULAR holiday cold and hot air balloons hovering over Bright Lake, amazing light show, LIVE music, holiday displays, holiday food and refreshments, yule log and more! Old Settlers Park offers ample event space featuring 24 acres and a mile-long trail around bright lake, perfect for social distancing.

To ensure social distancing, a limited amount of FREE tickets will be issued for each night.  For general admission to the Light up the Lake event, please reserve tickets per vehicle. Select the number of people in your vehicle to complete your registration. This ticket is only for general admission and does not include a reserved concert pod.