The winter holiday season is a time of magic and joy for everyone, and there’s no better way to experience that through festive outdoor light displays! From colorful holiday characters to elaborate light and tech designs, holiday light displays demonstrate the best and brightest parts of the winter holiday season. Though COVID has put a damper on many of 2020’s holiday plans, you can still hop in your car and drive around to these top five-holiday lights displays in Austin that you absolutely have to find.
Easily the biggest and brightest light display in Austin, the Austin Trail of Lights is a historic holiday display hosted in Zilker Park that welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Boasting over two million lights and seventy distinct holiday displays, visitors can purchase vehicle passes and ooh and ahh their way through the Trail in Zilker Park while listening to festive music on a custom radio station. What’s not to love!
At 155 feet, the Zilker Holiday Tree towers over Zilker Park and radiates glowing holiday joy and ambiance to all. Featuring over 3,300 holiday lights carefully designed and planned by the City of Austin to display bright and colorful holiday cheer. Traditionally lit by a city-wide art contest winner, this year the tree is viewable from roadways and stands proudly as a reminder that Austin persists in spite of the difficulties of COVID.
If you love Christmas music and a good drive, Peppermint Parkway is the locale for you. Hosted by Circuit of the Americas, Peppermint Parkway is a mile-long drive complete with lighted Christmas decorations and displays and a six-story light tree to boot! Safe, festive, and bright, Peppermint Parkway is a sure-fire holiday hit.
Known as “the twinkliest town in Texas,” this historic square off Main Street packs nearly two million holiday lights into this one small area of Texas. Don your mask and walk with your loved ones through the square, admiring all the beautiful holiday decor and the strains of Christmas carols in the distance.
Enjoy holiday lights and warm and sweet treats thanks to Mozart’s 2020 COVID Cautious Christmas show. Mozart’s Coffee is known for its delicious and sentimental holiday treats and has become known as of late for its exciting Christmas holiday light show. Reserve a table now and enjoy a socially-distanced Christmas lights show to remember!
Holiday Lights Austin Featured Image: Austin Trail of Lights on Facebook