It’s beginning to look a whole lot like the holidays ’round these parts: Austin is well on its way to suiting up for the season. There is no shortage of places to catch a dazzling holiday lights show, whether you’re driving through a spectacular display, taking a stroll downtown, or entering a whole new world of holiday markets. These are the best places to get into the spirit of things and find a holiday lights show near Austin.
The bane of every Zilker Park-goer’s existence transforms into a beautiful cruise through the Trail of Lights. You won’t be taking the loop around the park in agonizing stop-and-go traffic this time; November 17 – December 31, the roadside trees surrounding Zilker Park will be dressed for this drive-thru event with over 2 million holiday lights.
There is an abundance of holiday spirit emanating from Bastrop, and it’s all thanks to Lost Pines. Follow the River of Lights along the June Hill Pape River Walk, marvel at the tree-lighting ceremony, and enjoy the The Farm Street Opry, a country Christmas-themed event. Top it all off with a lighted parade, and Lost Pines has Texas’s heart.
Stroll through the gardens along a winding pathway of sparkling lights at Luminations, a holiday lights show at the LBJ Wildflower Center. Grab tickets for $25 to this event between now and January 3.
The lights show that Austin holds its breath for every year is back at it again. Mozart’s will be decked from top to bottom in dazzling holiday lights that carry a very Texas theme. Grab a table for an up-close look at the lights, or register for free to wander the Bavarian Marketplace for standing room only.
Usually just a single-night event, the Austin Downtown Holiday Stroll is stretching its presence from December 4 – 24 this year. Enjoy seasonal photo-ops, holiday window and lights displays, pop-up exhibits, and a 45-foot tree lighting that is just spectacular.
You had to know The Domain was going to knock this out of the park. Expect a tree-lighting ceremony—40-feet tall with 200,000 lights, 400 ornaments, and a 5-foot tall star on top—photos with Santa Claus, live musical accompaniment, and holiday lights draped throughout the entire shopping area.
Venture to Marble Falls from November 19 – January 1, to experience the Walkway of Lights, a free holiday lights show taking over Lakeside Park with 2 million lights and over 350+ lighted sculptures.