Holiday Lights



The Austin area offers many lights & tree lightings every year! This year is bound to be even better!! 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!

2017 Trail of Lights

December 7th – December 17th

Buda.Trail of Lights is a free holiday event held at Historic Stagecoach Park. Come out to see the thousands of lights put up by local businesses and organizations. Meet Santa and pictures with him and Mrs. Claus, roast marsh mellows at our camp fire, and sip hot cocoa and eat other festive food to get you in the holiday spirit! The trail runs December 8-9 and December 14-17. 

Austin Trail of Lights

December 9th – 23rd


The Austin Trail of Lights is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.

The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so

Holiday Light Shows at the Domain

November 22nd – December 31st

Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour. Hourly 6PM, 7PM & 8PM

Lakeway Lights On – Trail of Lights Lighting

December 3rd -31st

Lakeway.The Trail of Lights display is located just behind Lakeway City Hall and may be accessed by parking either at City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road, or at the Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. Come see thousands of twinkling lights! See amusing tableaus, all accompanied by delightful seasonal music! For those attending who may be in wheelchairs or for those with baby carriages, please park at City Hall and access the Trail by walking down the front sidewalk to the right and around the building. Bicycles and motorized vehicles such as Lil’ Rascals and golf carts are not permitted. The Trail of Lights will continue nightly from 6:00 PM until midnight through the end of December. No dogs, please.

Lights of Tejas 

November 24th – December 29th

Giddings. You’re invited to come to Tejas for Christmas! Each year during the holidays, Tejas is a flurry of Christmas festivities as we transform our campus into one of the best light festivals in all of Texas.

A Christmas lights festival you won’t want to miss, Lights of Tejas boasts over one million Christmas lights, many family-friendly activities, and multiple accommodation options for you and your group to stay in overnight.

Centrally located among Austin, Houston, College Station, and San Antonio, Lights of Tejas takes place in Giddings, Texas, so be sure to put Lights of Tejas on your Christmas list this holiday season.

Lights Spectacular

November 24th- December 31st

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 19th – December 3rd

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

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

December 14th to December 23rd

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 3rd – December 31st

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 29th – December 2nd & 6th

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 24th – 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 17th – 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.