Holiday Lights



The Austin area offers many lights & tree lightings every year! Starting in November, through Thanksgiving and up until Christmas, there’s sure to be a tree lighting event to amaze the whole family. Holiday light displays are fun for kids of all ages. Whether a holiday season event or collaborative neighborhood light display, Christmas tree lightings and light displays make the season bright!

2016 Trail of Lights

November 25th – December 29th

Buda. Buda Trail of Lights is a free holiday event held at Historic Stagecoach Park that features lighted and decorated displays that are provided by local businesses and organizations. Visitors are able to walk the lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa himself. Hot beverages and concessions will be provided by Santa Cruz Catholic School. Be sure to stop by their booth to purchase tasty drinks and snacks!

Annual Holiday Lights & Ice

December 16th – January 1st

Austin. Twirl under the twinkling lights for a good cause!  Skate into the holiday spirit on our indoor ice rink overlooking the scenic Hill Country and enjoy a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family. With a portion of proceeds benefitting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas, the Holiday Lights & Ice event features a 4,000 square foot ice rink and a special “Light the Night” kick-off production on Dec. 16 with a festive holiday laser light show. 

Austin Trail of Lights

December 10th – 23rd

Austin. What began as a small gathering in 1965 known as the “Yule Fest,” a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. In the 52 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Each new display, community performance and lighted tunnel has added a new layer to the holiday tradition and brought us together more as a community. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.

Dickens Christmas

December 2nd – 31st

Lockhart. The Downtown Square is transformed into 19th century England as characters from Charles Dickens’ classic novels parade down Main Street to the Square. Often spotted are Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Oliver Twist. The festival featured throughout the day a variety of vendor booths. 

Holiday Light Shows at the Domain

November 25th – January 1st

Stand is awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in snychronization to holiday music! Lights shows available throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) at 6PM, 7PM and 8PM. 

Lakeway Lights On – Trail of Lights Lighting

December 2nd -31st

Lakeway. Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! The Lights On! event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. We invite you to join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans). Enjoy some hot chocolate from the IceCream2U truck for purchase and complimentary marshmallow roasting! We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be nearby to “plug in” the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. No dogs, please. No bicycles, scooters, skateboards or motorized vehicles on the trail, please. Parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Trail of Lights may be accessed by the stairway at the bottom of the parking lot. Parking is also available at Village Plaza, 100 Lakeway Drive. Not for publication.

Lights of Tejas 

November 25th – December 29th

Giddings. Every year during the holiday season, Tejas transforms its campus into one of the best light festivals in the state. Located near Austin, Houston, College Station, and San Antonio, Lights of Tejas in Giddings, Texas is something you will not want to miss. Come and enjoy more than one million dazzling Christmas lights and have some family-friendly fun at our midway-style games, the exciting activities, and indoor light show.

Lights Spectacular

November 25th- January 1st

Johnson City. Johnson City, Texas comes vibrantly alive during this event which includes a collection of fun activities for the young and not-so-young. The hallmark of this event is the opening night (Friday after Thanksgiving) lighting of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City with 100,000+ white lights to celebrate the holiday season (don’t worry, no nails or screws are used to secure the lights on this beautiful Courthouse building.) The entire Courthouse is draped in lights, from the ground to the special effects lighting of the dome in a red color. Surrounding trees are lit with complementary red lights, producing a magnificent spectacle. 

Mozart’s A Festival of Lights

November 20th – January 7th

Austin. Mozart’s is not only known for its delicious coffee, breathtaking views and beautiful ambiance, but also for our annual Holiday Light Show. 

This years extravaganza will begin Friday, November 20th and run until the first week of January. Each night (despite our closure for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night, and Christmas Day) we will begin the show at 6pm, and replaying every hour, on top of the hour. 

The 12 minute long show is free, fun, and family friendly! Please come enjoy some hot cocoa or a coffee while being entertained by one of the best holiday festivities in Texas! Yes!

Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour, Christmas Towne

November 28th to December 26th

Round Rock. In December, experience the 5th annual Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season!

Santa’s Ranch 

November 4th – January 1st

New Braunfels. Explore one of Texas’ favorite christmas displays. Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks.

Sights & Sounds of Christmas

November 30th – December 3rd

San Marcos. Sights & Sounds of Christmas started in 1987 and was first located on the San Marcos court yard. What was first a small kids craft and holiday area lit with Christmas lights then grew to over 900,000 lights along the San Marcos river.

The River of Lights 

November 25th – December 31st

Bastrop. Bastrop River of Lights walking trail is located in Fisherman’s Park and continues all the way down the Lower Colorado River to Ferry Park, about a half mile. It started in 2002 with over 100 sponsors for displays the first year. Many individuals opted to sponsor a memorial or honorarium for a loved one or to just cover one of the beautiful trees in the Park with lights. We have about 20 groups that come down and build their own display each year. The River of Lights is open the day after Thanksgiving and every night until New Years Eve from 6 – 9 PM. Non-profits and/or civic groups from the area host the trail each night and use the event to spotlight their mission or to sell treats to raise money or just to visit with those who come to walk the trail.

Walkway of Lights

November 15th – January 1st

Marble Falls. Every year, the Walkway of Lights brings thousands of people to the shoreS of Lake Marble Falls. With lighted sculptures of every kind, sparkling garland leading the way through the beautiful winter wonderland, photo opportunities, and more, it’s no wonder why people come from all over the world to experience it.