Austin Christmas Lights 2017
Here’s what I believe to be the best guide to Austin-area Christmas lights and holiday lights.
I’ve also included anything that you would consider a day trip from Austin, like Buda, Georgetown and even New Braunfels.
It of course includes the Austin Trail of Lights and the Zilker Tree Lighting, but I’ve also tried to include lots of other displays you might not be aware of. If you are looking to avoid the big crowds or just looking for a different experience this year, I hope you’ll find something on this list! If anything is missing or wrong, please let me know! You can use the Contact Us form on the Austin Events calendar website to let me know.
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The Trail of Lights is the great granddaddy of them all, as far as Austin Christmas lights go. For more than 50 years, the lights have been dazzling visitors of Zilker Park. There’s also a fun run that goes through the Trail of Lights, and right across the street is the Zilker Tree. The Trail is open December 9-23. The Fun Run is December 2. Register for the run on the site. There’s also a Trail of Lights preview party on December 8.
This one-of-a-kind “tree” is actually one of Austin’s moontowers. It’s over 150 feet tall, with streamers of lights cascading down from it. Visitors can not only walk around the tree but also walk under it! The Tree Lighting Ceremony happens on November 26 at 6pm. After that, the tree will be lit nightly through December 31, 6pm-12mid.
This popular Austin holiday tradition happens at the Capitol building. The evening starts off at 6pm at the Capitol steps with a holiday sing-along led by KUTX personality John Aielli. At 7pm the light show begins with the tree (and then happens every hour on the hour). Throughout the evening, Congress Avenue (downtown) will have various vendors and activities.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Lake Austin has become one of the most popular annual Christmas lights shows in Austin. Every hour on the hour and lasting 12 minutes, witness a choreographed music and lights show that grows bigger and better every year.
Live music, caroling and a huge tree lighting take place amongst other holiday-themed activities at the Domain.
Cedar Park Christmas Lights
On Thanksgiving evening, this cul-de-sac in Cedar Park lights up with over 250,000 lights! There is also a collection for Blue Santa.
More than 65,000 lights illuminate Cedar Park’s largest oak tree. Live music, carriage rides, prizes, games, treats, bouncy houses, arts & crafts and Santa Claus too!
Georgetown Christmas Lights
A great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.
Another great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.
See downtown Georgetown come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. Many activities and events happening in and around the town square’s local businesses.
Round Rock Christmas Lights
“Brighter and bigger than ever.” This is a drive-through light show near the Dell Diamond. Featuring all new displays and an even better Christmas Towne, there are more than 2 million lights on this 1.5-mile trail. Christmas Towne has it all: full-scale carnival rides, light maze, pedal go-carts, petting zoo, holiday treats, entertainment and more!
Ten years running! Handmade amazing animatronic display with over 33,000 lights all coordinated to music. There’s also a Blue Santa and Brown Santa gift drop-off.
Buda Christmas Lights
This pleasant trail of lights in Buda has animated light scenes spanning half a mile. Concessions, plenty of parking and a food drive. Plus Santa’s Village!
New Braunfels Christmas Lights
This enormous display of lights has been growing for over a decade. Drive down a winding mile of country road while checking out many animated displays, and stop for hot chocolate, kettle corn and other snacks. Plus a 50-foot tall Christmas tree! It’s not free, but it sure is an experience.
Johnson City Christmas Lights
There are 100,000 lights on the courthouse, as well as vendors, carriage rides and more!
Lockhart Christmas Lights
It all begins with a parade and a weekend-long holiday celebration that is 19th-century England themed. Also there are vendors, food, actors and Father Christmas.
Bee Cave Christmas Lights
Loads of holiday-themed activities and sales happen at the Hill Country Galleria. Including snow on the weekends!
Lake Travis Christmas Lights
An annual holiday boat parade on Lake Travis!
The Lakeway Trail of Lights kicks off with this big event that has activities, food and the grand lighting. Then the Trail of Lights is open through Jaunary 1.