Austin Christmas Lights 2020
Here’s what I believe to be the best guide to Austin-area Christmas 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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Semi-dormant for a few years, the greatest most wonderful DIY Austin street of lights has made a resurgence the last couple of years. This year features the Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation’s Petting Zoo’s Science Fair, Baby Yoda, Krampus, Santa White Claws and other curious and fantastic things to look at. Generally mid-December until Christmas, but some folks leave it up much longer. 37th Street and Guadalupe. Sunset until 11-ish. You can drive down it but you’re going to miss all the detail and that’s what makes it fun.
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 10-23. The Fun Run is December 7. Register for the run on the site. There’s also a Trail of Lights preview party on December 6.
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 December 1 at 6pm. After that, the tree will be lit nightly through January 1, 2020, 7-10pm.
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. At 7pm the countdown to the lighting of the tree begins. Throughout the evening, Congress Avenue (downtown) will have various vendors, activities, and live music.
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.
Cedar Park Christmas 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
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.
Round Rock Christmas Lights
You can walk through a tunnel of lights at this holiday event in the Dell Diamond parking lot. Featuring all new displays and an even better Christmas Towne: full-scale carnival rides, holiday treats, entertainment, and more!
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.
Lake Travis Christmas Lights
This is a must see or participate if you love boating and the holidays!
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.