Austin is perhaps best known for its live-music scene and star-studded night life, but you’ll be dazzled by the night lights of Christmas time in Austin as the city decks its halls, homes, and public venues with boughs of holly, jolly Christmas lights. From lighted boat parades to fabulous tree lightings, you’ll enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas when you head toward these sparkling events in and around Austin.
Santa will help you round up some holiday fun when you hit the trail to Santa’s Ranch through December 30. Located in New Braunfels, the ranch is open for all merry-makers weekly Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy hot cocoa, kettle corn, and the 1.5 million lights that make up their wonderland of animated Christmas displays. Visit their site for ticket purchases and event info.
For a million reasons to enjoy the holidays, stop by Mozart's Coffee Roasters for their annual one-million-light Christmas show starting on November 16. Take a break from your regular holiday routine with your family as you enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee and the sights and sounds of the Christmas light show on the patio deck overlooking beautiful Lake Austin.
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Come to Giddings November 23 through December 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. as Tejas Camp and Retreat Center comes alive with a one million light Christmas display covering its entire campus, but that’s not all! It’s 16 total nights of Christmas crafts, delicious dining venues, a zippy zip-line, a nightly fireworks finale, and much more! Overnight accommodations are available for couples, families, and groups looking for a Christ-centered experience. Visit their sight for all festivals dates and events.
The Winter Wonderland at the Circuit of the Americas is among the brightest of Austin’s seasonal attractions running November 23 through December 7. Experience illumination through the authentic culture, music, and art of China. As part of the celebration, the Chinese Lantern Festival lights the way to the area’s largest outdoor ice-skating arena and festive favorites like the singing trees, tunnel of lights, petting zoo, and Santa’s workshop. If that’s not enough, the holiday thrills continue with holiday arts and crafts, train rides, portraits with Santa, and what else? Camel rides, of course!
Lake Travis lights up for Christmas at 5:30 p.m. on December 1 for the Annual Lake Travis Holiday Boat Parade. The entire family is certain to enjoy this beautiful lighted boat extravaganza on the lake starting at at the Emerald Point Marina.
For an enchanted evening of holiday family fun, head for the Holiday Stroll in Downtown Austin on Saturday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s a delightfully merry stroll through the heart of the city under sparkling lights and a jolly sing-along at the lighting of the Downtown Christmas Tree. Photos with Santa, a petting zoo, and foodie fun are only a few more reasons to take the downtown stroll.
Come to Lakeway for its annual Trail of Lights holiday extravaganza held nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight December 1 through January. You’ll be dazzled as you walk through this festive downtown venue of musical Christmas light displays.
Santa is heading for Austin, the Lone Star State’s capital city, and bringing the festivities to life! Follow Santa to the downtown area and the two million sparkling lights that lead the way to Zilker Park's annual Trail of Lights festival running December 10-23 from 6 p.m. to10 p.m. Enjoy 12 days of family-friendly fun with arts and crafts, food venues, interactive displays, a giant Christmas tree lighting, live entertainment, and much more!
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With so many Christmas lights to see in Austin, you're certain to find more ways to enjoy the holiday and make memories with loved ones.
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