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Austin-area Christmas lights you can see this holiday weekend

Eric Webb
The Mueller tower gets its annual holiday makeover on Saturday.

We’d like to bring to your attention that the holiday season is officially here. And though we are all navigating a pandemic that keeps us apart from loved ones and the kind of unbridled celebration we cherish, there’s still fun to be had, even if it’s a little hands-off.

A few events to pencil into your calendar starting this weekend (we know you’re not too booked up):

Austin Trail of Lights: Never fear. The pandemic can’t keep a good tradition down. Every year, a dazzling display of Christmas light displays takes over Zilker Park, and this year, the Trail of Lights is a drive-thru event. You can see more than 2 million lil’ twinklers Nov. 28-Jan. 3 (with a few blackout days, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). As you drive, you will be able to tune your car radio to hear holiday music, history and more. Vehicle ticket prices vary according to night, time and tier. Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.

Peppermint Parkway: More drive-thrus! Circuit of the Americas hosts Peppermint Parkway this year on select nights from Nov. 27 to Jan. 3; it’s a mile-long attraction featuring lights, 30-foot decorations and a 6-story light show tree. Tickets are $35 per vehicle (add-ons available) and are on sale at

Lights Spectacular in Johnson City: The Hill Country razzle-dazzle lives on for its 31st season from Nov. 27 to Jan. 3. Face coverings and social distancing are required to go see the light displays outside in the Johnson City square off Main Street. Head over to for more information, including a helpful driving tour map.

Tower lighting at Mueller: The Aldrich Street district in Mueller will hold its15th annual tower lighting on Nov. 28, which is Small Business Saturday. Before the old airport tower gets a festive glow at dusk, you can check out area businesses, which will offer specials. All businesses will be giving away limited edition tower lighting tote bags to customers while supplies last, according to a news release. If you don’t want to be out in public, the lighting will be livestreamed on Facebook. Go to for more details.

And stay tuned for a roundup of other holiday fun happening in the coming weeks, including music, dance and more.


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