Where can I see Christmas lights around Austin?
December is here, and the countdown to Christmas is on.
Last Christmas was my first in Austin, and I remember being pleasantly surprised by all of the holiday sights and sounds the city has to offer. I also remember many people wrote into KVUE.com asking where they could find Christmas lights displays. So this year, I thought I would do my best to compile a master list of illuminations:
– 37th Street lights — The homes on 37th Street at Guadalupe do their part every year to keep Austin weird. Grab the family and the camera and come marvel at a creative take on Christmas decorations. Fair warning — a viewer sent me an email on 12/05 saying the lights are fairly lackluster this year. Let me know if you go later this month and more are up!
– Cedar Park tree lighting — The Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will be Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Heritage Oak Park (875 Quest Parkway) in Cedar Park. The tree will remain lit until Jan. 1.
– Chinati Court in Cedar Park — Get into the spirit of the season with a stroll through the thousands of lights at Chinati Court. Donations of toys for Williamson County Brown Santa are collected at the light display and funds are raised by selling hot chocolate. Chinati Court is located just off Sun Chase in the Ranch at Cypress Creek in Cedar Park. It is suggested to park on Sun Chase and walk down Chinati Court to view the display. Click here for Chinati’s Court’s Facebook page.
– The Domain — Weave through The Domain’s shopping area in North Austin as you enjoy the lights and the large Macy’s Christmas tree. There is also often live music, and even opportunities to get photos with Santa himself! Click here for his schedule and more information.
– Georgetown light show – The Schmidt family’s home in Georgetown is getting a lot of attention this holiday season. They have programmed their Christmas lights to a set of popular songs. Catch the show each night at 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. The spectacular display will continue through the first weekend of January. Click here for more information. The family also takes donations for a local charity. Learn more about it here.
– Mozart’s Coffee Roasters — The local coffee shop is once again spreading Christmas cheer with its annual holiday lights and music show. This year the local coffee shop has doubled the length of the show to 10 minutes, and added thousands of LED lights. Click here to see a video of the entire show.
– Pete’s Trail of Lights — Though the City of Austin’s Trail of Lights is canceled, there’s another trail worth a look in southwest Austin at 10708 Rigsbee Ct., 78739 in Circle C Ranch. Gather the family and head to Pete’s Trail of Lights Sundays through Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The lights will be up until New Year’s. Click here for more information.
– Round Rock light show — Another Central Texas family has also transformed their home into a holiday light and music show. The owner tells me they have 20,000 LED lights, one inflatable, and five ‘dancing’ trees all computerized by 16 channels of Light O Rama and a laptop. To see the show, head to 1805 Rusty Nail Loop, Round Rock, 78681, and tune your car radio to 88.5 FM to listen to the music. The show runs every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. You can also see it here.
– Texas Baptist Children’s Home Trail of Lights — The Texas Baptist Children’s Home in Round Rock will host a Trail of Lights on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the TBCH campus. Families will get to drive by light displays at 10 campus cottages that will be decorated for the holidays. TBCH will also have a large Christmas tree on display through Jan. 1. For more information about both displays, click here.
– Zilker Park tree – The Christmas tree created out of thousands of lights and a replica moonlight tower will be lit on Dec. 4. It will remain lit for spinning contests, admiration, and general holiday cheer until Dec. 31 from 6p.m. – midnight every night. Click here for more information.