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Best of Austin : Holiday Lights Display

Rock N' Lights Holiday Light Tour

For one of the biggest volumes of Christmas lights in town, be sure to check out the Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour. No less than 2 million lights will dazzle a 1.5-mile driving path. Get a group of family and friends together for this most memorable night out. 
Details: the entrance can be found at Old Settlers Park from now until December 26th.

The Domain Holiday Display

North Austin

Each year the Domain, an upscale, mixed-use outdoor shopping center, showcases a Christmas lighting tree show and provides a live musical accompaniment and Santa Claus. The 40-foot tree boasts over 200,000 lights, 400 ornaments, and a 5-foot tall star on the top of the tree, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and dance in synchronization to holiday music! And of course, we can’t forget about shopping for the holidays!

The Trail of Lights

Over 400,000 people flock to the Zilker Trail of Lights every season, making it the second largest event in the city! A 155-foot Christmas tree, made from one of Austin’s famous moontowers, will fill your heart with warmth and cheer. The Trail of Lights runs from December 9 – 23 from 7 to 10 pm in Zilker Park. Most nights are free to visit, but popular evenings require a $3 admission fee. For more information, click here.

Luminations at The Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center always overflows with fragrant beauty, and it’s about to get even more spectacular. Luminations at the Wildflower Center will bring in thousands of glowing luminarias and festive lights. This event runs December 7 – 10 from 6 – 9 pm. Tickets for non-members cost $15 and members can buy them for $10. Children under four years can get in for free. For more information, click here.

Mozart's Coffee Roasters

Every year, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters makes their holiday light display twinkle with even more cheer. Hearts will glow as over a million shimmering LED lights move in time with the music. This free nightly spectacle runs between 6 and 11 pm until January 1st (there will be no light show on Christmas Day). You can see this Austin tradition at 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Anna Court in Cedar Park

This neighborhood really knows how to celebrate! Head over to the houses along 1323-1331 Anna Ct for over two and a half hours of synchronized lights! All you have to do is tune in to radio station 89.1 to hear the music. For more information on this free light display, visit

The Driskill Hotel

The Driskill Hotel’s magnificent tree and decor will make you feel like a child again. You’ll love sipping hot cocoa and eating sweets in the 1886 Cafe as the festive energy sweeps around you. The Driskill Tree lighting ceremony is November 28th at 6 pm at 604 Brazos St.

Johnson City Lights Spectacular

Celebrate the holidays Hill Country style! The Johnson City Lights Spectacular will brighten up this charming small town until New Year’s Day. Browse through local shops and take in the gorgeous light displays. This free event is family and pet friendly. For more information, click here.

Lake Austin's Boat Trail of Lights

On December 9th, Lake Austin will take on a glow like you’ve never seen before. Head to the gorgeous 360 Bridge at 6:00 pm to see the sparkling boats float along the water. This free event is quickly becoming one of Austin’s most festive traditions. To learn more about this year’s Lake Austin spectacle, click here.

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