Austin Christmas Lights 2016


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.

Also be sure to check out the Austin Events wall calendar that we make! (Click on the image of the calendar to see it.)

Trail of Lights

 

The Trail of Lights is the great granddaddy of them all in Austin, 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 10-23. The Fun Run is December 3. Register for the run on the site. There's also a Trail of Lights preview party on December 9.

Zilker Tree Lighting

 

This one-of-a-kind "tree" is actually one of Austin's moontowers. It's over 150 feet tall and with many streamers of lights coming down from it. Visitors can not only walk around the tree but also walk under it! The Tree Lighting Ceremony happens on November 27 at 6pm. After that, the tree will be lit nightly through December 31, 6pm-12mid.

Capitol Tree Lighting

 

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. Saturday, December 3.

Mozart's Christmas Lights

 

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.

Lighting of the Great Tree at the Domain

 

Live music, caroling and a huge tree lighting take place amongst other holiday-themed activities at the Domain.

Cedar Park Christmas Lights

 

Anna Court

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.

Cedar Park Lights

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

 

Shady Oak Christmas Display

A great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.

Winter Light Show

Another great synchronized-with-music lights display at a Georgetown home.

Georgetown Holiday Lights

See downtown Georgetown come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. Many activities and events happening in and a the town square's local businesses.

Round Rock Christmas Lights

 

Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour

"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!

Elfvis & The Kringles

10 years running! Handmade amazing animatronic display with over 33,000 lights all co-ordinated to music. There's also a Blue Santa and Brown Santa gift drop off.

Buda Christmas Lights

 

Buda Trail of 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

 

Santa's Ranch

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. Open November 4 through January 1.

Johnson City Christmas Lights

 

Lights Spectacular

There are 100,000 lights on the courthouse, as well as vendors, carriage rides and more!

Lockhart Christmas Lights

 

Dickens Christmas

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

 

Hill Country Galleria Lights

Loads of holiday-themed activities and sales happen at the Hill Country Galleria. Including snow on the weekends!

Lake Travis Christmas Lights

 

Lakeway Holiday Boat Parade

An annual holiday boat parade on Lake Travis!

Lakeway Lights On!

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.