November 25, 2017
Article by: Rebecca Darling, Rwethereyetmom.com
One of our favorite things to do as a family during the holidays is look at the Holiday Light Displays in Austin! Here’s our guide for where to see the Best Holiday Light Displays in Austin, TX and the surrounding area:
Bring on the Holiday Light displays!! Here is your list of the BEST Holiday Light Displays in Austin and Central Texas for this year:
Holiday Light Displays in Austin
Austin Trail of Lights: We get so excited to see the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park each year. Beginning December 9 and going through the 23rd, guests are invited to walk the trail beginning at 7 pm and lasting until 10pm. Also, the Zilker Tree is ablaze nightly starting Nov 26. (free) Here are 10 Things you Must See at the Trail of Lights this year!
Lakeway Trail of Lights: From Dec 1 – Jan 1, the City of Lakeway invites you to their annual Trail of Lights from 6:30 pm – midnight. (free)
Mozart’s Coffee: At the top of the hour each night, Mozart’s displays Christmas Lights shows starting at 6 pm and going to midnight. (free)
Texas Capitol Tree: Music & Light show every half hour featuring local musicians from now until Jan 6. (free)
11th and Congress Avenue
Bastrop River of Lights: This free half-mile walking trail is located in Fisherman’s Park and is illuminated each night from 6PM -9PM from Nov 23 – Dec 31. (free)
Buda Trail of Lights: This walking trail of lights is open on December 8 & 9 and 14 – 17 from 6 pm -10 pm nightly. Free parking & shuttle at Cabela’s. (free)
Lights of Tejas: This amazing display features several walking light trails, an indoor light show with a multi-media telling of the Christmas Story, refreshments and more. Lights are on weekends November 24 – December 29 ($7+)
Santa’s Ranch: A drive-thru Christmas Light Park is located just 30 minutes south of Austin on I-35. With over 1 million lights and 100 displays & animations, the one mile drive thru park is seen from the comfort of your own vehicle. Daily 6 pm – 10 pm (11 pm on Fri & Sat) til Jan 2 ($24 per car)
Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail: Nine Hill Country communities participate in this well-known Holiday Lights trail. From the Marble Falls Christmas Walkway of Lights to the Johnson City Lights Spectacular, you can start & stop where ever you want!
Holiday Light Displays in Austin – Home Displays
Elfvis & The Kringles: One of the BEST Home Holiday Light Displays I have ever seen, this family features animated characters and light displays – and a new friend this year, Olaf! Daily 6-9 pm (free)
Anna Court Drive: This neighborhood gets together for a fantastic light display that also serves as a Blue Santa drop-off location. Santa will be visiting on the weekends. Daily 5-10 pm
Harlien Family Christmas: 40,000 synchronized lights go on each evening starting Nov 29, this family is accepting donations for the Make a Wish Foundation. Lights are on 6 -10 pm weekdays and 6 – 11 pm weekends.
Spindler Family Christmas Light Show: The Spindler Family is in Georgetown and bringing an all new light show for us this year. They are accepting unwrapped toys for Brown Santa. Runs daily until Jan 3 from 6 pm – 10 pm.
Toungate Klub Kringle: The Toungate Family has over 25,000 Red, White, & Blue lights that twinkle to over 14 differnt songs – including one for the Troops! They also feature an 18-foot treet that lights up to the music. – UPDATE: THESE LIGHTS WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR.
Rhodes Family Christmas: This home was featured on ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight, so we expect big things to come this year! They are collecting canned goods for a local food bank. Check their Facebook page below for details.
Chinati Court: This cul-de-sac lights up each night and is a collection for cash & toy donations for Brown Santa.
Shady Oak Christmas Display: Another amazing home light display running now nightly.
Dickens the ReinDog Wonderland A new home light display running now nightly.
30 Meandering Way Round Rock, TX
Whew!! Now the real questions is, Are there enough days in December to see them all???
If you have any Holiday Light Displays to add to our list, please feel free to leave them in the comments or email me.
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!