Where to see holiday lights around Austin
Here’s a look at some of Central Texas’ brightest light shows and tree lightings this holiday season.
6 p.m. to midnight nightly through. Jan. 1. Free. 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
The lakeside coffee and dessert shop is once again putting on its free annual light show, turning the spacious deck into a Christmas spectacular. Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater if you come on a Monday.
5 p.m. Nov. 23. Free. Downtown Georgetown.
Mayor Dale Ross and Santa Claus turn on the holiday lights at “the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” Kids can make a free craft at the Williamson Museum and have their photo taken with Santa inside the courthouse starting at 6:30 p.m.
Various times and dates Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $13-$16. 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Circuit of the Americas transforms its track into an aptly named Winter Wonderland. The main light display centers around the Chinese Lantern Festival. Singing trees, Santa, ice skating and more round out the festivities.
6 p.m. Nov. 25. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.
The 155-foot light-string “tree” is back for its 52nd year, encircling food trucks, live music and merriment during its official lighting ceremony. After that, the tree is free to visit daily from 6 p.m. until midnight Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.
6 p.m. Nov. 27. Free. The Driskill, 604 Brazos St.
Austin’s historical hotel has its own tree lighting in its spectacularly fancy lobby, accompanied by holiday music and caroling.
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5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1. Free. Downtown Austin.
Join fellow Austinites in a cheery walk along Congress Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets. KUT and KUTX host a Holiday Sing-Along with John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen near the Capitol from 6 p.m. until the lighting of the downtown tree at 7 p.m. There will also be a holiday market, children's playland and live music from the Polyphonic Spree, Superfónicos, Shy Beast, DJ Girlfriend and the Austin Children’s Choir.
6 p.m. Dec. 6-9. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. 4801 La Crosse Ave.
The gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center become illuminated with thousands of lights and luminarias this December. There will also be dance performances of Blue Lapis Light’s “Oneness of Being” and free hot chocolate from Royal Fig Catering.
7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10-23. Free-$80. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.
After visiting the Zilker Tree, head toward the Trail of Lights for one of Austin’s most celebrated traditions. With over 2 million lights and 40 displays, it’s almost too much holiday cheer to handle. Half of the days offer free general admission thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation; fast passes and other admission levels are also available various nights.