– 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 — The general consensus last year was that the displays are growing more and more lackluster as the years pass. Let me know if you go, and how things looked!
– Austin Trail of Lights — One of Austin’s most beloved traditions returns for two magical weeks — Dec. 8 through Dec. 22 — in Zilker Park. Tour the Trail from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. Click here to see a nightly schedule of performers. Admission is free. Organizers have extended parking options this year. Go here for more information on how to get to the Trail. Go here to visit the Trail of Lights website.
– Barton Creek Holiday Lights & Ice — Take a spin on Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink and see 200,000 twinkling lights at Holiday Lights & Ice at Barton Creek Resort & Spa. This is the resort’s fourth annual Holiday Lights & Ice event. It lasts from now through Jan. 6. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish of Central & South Texas. For more information on Holiday Lights & Ice, call 1-512-329-4043 or visit bartoncreek.com.
– Cedar Park Acosta Christmas home — For some holiday fun, families can head to 122 N. Saddle Ridge Dr. in Cedar Park for a light display over 63,000 lights strong! The home also takes monetary donations for children with terminal and chronic diseases. Click here for more information.
– Cedar Park neighborhood — The neighborhood on Anna Court, off Nelson Ranch Rd., boasts approximately 125,000 Christmas lights! Walking, not driving, the cul-de-sac is recommended. In addition to spreading Christmas cheer with their light display, the neighbors are collecting donations for Blue Santa. Click here for more information, or visit the Anna Court Facebook page here.
– Cedar Park tree lighting — The Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Heritage Oak Park (875 Quest Parkway) in Cedar Park. More than 60,000 lights illuminate the largest live oak tree in Cedar Park. Santa’s Workshop will kick off immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games and prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa, and arts and crafts projects. Admission is free. Click here for more information.
– 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 Santa’s schedule and more information.
– Georgetown light show – The Schmidt family’s home in Georgetown always gets a lot of attention during the 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 10:00 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.
– Georgetown light show 2 — The Spindler family’s light show includes 26,000 LED lights, four inflatables, five dancing trees, and one mega spiral tree all computerized to holiday music. Head to 2441 Candle Ridge Trail, Georgetown, and tune your car radio to 88.5 FM to listen in. The show plays every day from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Go here for more information.
– Giddings’ Lights of Tejas — Over one million lights tell the story of Christ in a family-friendly environment. Enjoy zip lines, climbing walls, inflatables, hayrides, a light maze, food, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, a Christmas tree forest, choirs, midway games and face painting. The main attraction of the evening is a lightshow on the lake. The event runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 28. Go here for admission rates and more information.
– Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail — Central Texas counties add some twinkle to the Hill Country with their holiday lights and events. Go here for participating counties’ information.
– Johnson City’s Lights Spectacular — Head into the Hill Country for the 24th Annual Lights Spectacular — Hill Country style! Starting Nov. 29 enjoy hayrides every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Throughout the holiday season you can also enjoy a parade, lamplight tours of LBJ’s boyhood home, a live nativity and more. Click here for dates and more information.
– Lakeway Trail of Lights — The City of Lakeway will sponsor its annual Lights On! holiday celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Lakeway City Hall parking lot located at 1102 Lohmans Crossing in Lakeway. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will plug in the lights together. Families can enjoy the trail the rest of December from 6 p.m. to midnight. Go here for more information.
– Leander LED Christmas tree — The Toungate family in Leander has a yard display that is not only timed to music, but includes an 18-foot LED custom Christmas tree that will change up to two million colors! Tune to radio station 88.3 and visit the display at 2305 Arroyo Grande, Leander, 78641. If you can’t make it out there, you can see part of their light show on the Toungate’s Facebook page.
– Marble Falls Walkway of Lights — According to its website, the Walkway of Lights is a self-guided winter wonderland with more than a million lights on 230 sculptures. The lighted pole-tree boasts over 17,000 multi-colored lights, and the lighted tunnel touts over 12,000 clear bulbs. Spreading holiday cheer since 1991, the Walkway is free to the public. It’s open until Dec. 24. Go here for the schedule.
– Mozart’s Coffee Roasters — The local coffee shop is once again spreading Christmas cheer with its annual holiday lights and music show. The local coffee shop decks out its deck and puts on a 10 minute light show to music. See it every hour at the top of the hour from 6 p.m. to midnight. Click here to see a video of the entire show from 2011. Click here for more information about Mozart’s.
– Round Rock’s Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour and Village — The Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour and Rock’N Lights Village will be lit Dec. 2. The drive-through light show in Old Settlers Park will bring Christmas cheer through Dec. 31. The show features two million lights on a 1.5 mile path. The 2013 show features all new displays and a longer light tunnel. The festival is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Click here for more information. Click here to see photos of the light tour.
– Santa’s Ranch in San Marcos — Bring the family to Santa’s Ranch and celebrate the holidays from the comfort of your vehicle. Drive through nearly a mile of spectacular holiday scenes with more than one million lights and more than 100 displays and animations. Located on I-35 one mile south of San Marcos between Posey Rd. & York Creek Rd. Go here for admission rates and operating hours.
– Zilker Park tree – The Christmas tree created out of thousands of lights and a replica moonlight tower will be lit on Dec. 1. It will remain lit for spinning contests, admiration, and general holiday cheer until Dec. 31 from 6 p.m. – midnight every night. Click here for more information.