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Central Texas is shiny and bright for the holidays

Staff Writer
Austin 360
At Austin’s Trail of Lights, you can tour the displays and also ride a carousel. Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.


Bastrop’s River of Lights. See 120 lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes on the city’s river walk along the Colorado River from Fisherman’s Park to the Ferry Park entrance. The displays along the half-mile promenade are illuminated nightly through Jan. 2.

Buda Trail of Lights. Walk the lighted trail, drink hot chocolate and take pictures with Santa Claus. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 16-18. Historic Stagecoach Parks, 880 Main St., Buda. Free; free parking and shuttle at Cabela’s, 15570 S. Interstate 35.

Lights On! Walk the Lakeway Trail of Lights. 6 p.m. to midnight through Jan. 1. Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing. Free.

Lights Spectacular in Johnson City. Enjoy light displays throughout town and other holiday events through Jan. 1.

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show. A 12-minute light show set to music at this coffee shop on the water. 6-11 p.m. nightly at the top of the hour daily through Jan. 8. 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Free.

Rock’N Lights Holiday Tour. Drive through a 1.5-mile trail of 2 million twinkling lights and see all-new displays featuring a Prehistoric Christmas with dinosaurs, a Christmas in New York, a Safari Christmas and more. Various hours through Dec. 26. Old Settlers Park, 4111 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock. $15/car.

Trail of Lights. See Zilker Park all lit up. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 16-23. Free Dec. 16, $3 Dec. 17-23 for ages 12 and older. Fast passes are also available for $15-$20. $15 parking passes must be bought in advance online, or ride the shuttle for $5, which includes admission, Dec. 16-23. Shuttles leave from Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, and Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St.

Walkway of Lights. Wander along Lake Marble Falls and see the more than 2 million lights and 400 beautiful sculptures. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. 307 Buena Vista Drive, Marble Falls. Free.

Zilker Tree. Take a spin under the tree. 6 p.m.-midnight nightly through. Dec. 31. Zilker Park.

More holiday fun

Holiday theater and dance shows, page 15

Holiday shopping and ice skating, page 20

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