Christmas Lights in Austin, Texas



Austin, Texas, USA

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Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing Christmas Lights all over, hearing Christmas carols and enjoying the nice atmosphere of giving and caring for each other.

Here in Texas this is very evident. This year I decided touring the Austin metro area, where I live, to create a series featuring the best Christmas Lights in town. Enjoy! 🙂

Episode 1: Texas Capitol and Mozart’s Coffee

Featuring the Christmas tree at the Texas State Capitol and the Holiday Light Show at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

Addresses and Instructions:

Texas State Capitol

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Cost: Free

The Christmas tree is located on the sidewalk in front of the Capitol. There’s metered parking on the streets nearby and garage parking as well. Here’s a complete guide of parking options downtown Austin

If you’re in the commercial and financial center, you can also walk (10-20 min).

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Cost: Free

The Light Show goes from 6:00 PM until mid-night (Fridays and Saturdays until 1:00 AM). It lasts for 12 minutes and occurs every hour, on top of the hour. It occurs in their outdoor patio, so you don’t need to eat there in order to watch. But who can resist a delicious hot chocolate when temperatures are around 50 F (10 C)?

Mozart’s is located at Oyster Landing Marina. There’s free parking, but between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM it can be challenging to find an empty spot.

Episode 2: Round Rock and Cedar Park

Featuring the Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour, and select homes in Round Rock and Cedar Park (North of Austin metro area)

Addresses and Instructions:

Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour

4111 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, TX
Cost: $15 for family vehicles (click here for a $5 coupon good for Monday-Thursday until December 15th 2016)
Entry for limos is $50, commercial shuttle buses $45 and commercial buses pay $75

The light show is open between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (until 10:00 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and the week leading to Christmas). My tip is to arrive as soon as it opens, as there’s less traffic and the colors in the sky are so beautiful before it gets fully dark. Needless to say that close to Christmas there’s a huge waiting line in front of the park specially from 7:00 PM on.

As soon as you go through the light show you arrive at the Christmas Towne. It was not on yet during my visit, that’s why it does not appear in the video.

The Christmas Towne has carnival rides, a light maze, kart rides, holiday food and entertainment. Wristbands for unlimited rides cost $18 (here’s another coupon for $3 off). You can also purchase separate tickets per ride (between $2-$3 each).

If you’re interested, check the Round Rock Parks and Recreation site for updated functioning hours, as the Christmas Towne is not open every day.

Elfvis & The Kringles Home Display

3448 Tourmaline Trail, Round Rock, TX
Cost: Free, but donations of unwrapped toys or cash for Brown and Blue Santa are encouraged

In this house they feature their amazing creations like Elfvis and the Kringles. With the success of the idea, the Grinch and Frozens’ Olaf were added to the family. The show occurs daily between 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

Once you arrive, tune to 107.5 on your radio.

Second Round Rock house Home Display

3908 Alabaster Ln, Round Rock, TX
Cost: Free

I discovered this house totally by chance when I was returning from the Elfvis & The Kringles house, and I absolutely loved it! Their front yard is covered with Christmas decorations and it’s so beautiful.

I tried finding out if they have a website, but couldn’t discover anything yet. If anyone knows, please let me know and I’ll update it here. 🙂

Anna Court Drive

1329 Anna Court Dr, Cedar Park, TX
Cost: Free, but donations of unwrapped toys or cash for Blue Santa are encouraged

This is that amazing cul-de-sac in Cedar Park. Lights are on every day between 5:00 – 10:00 PM. Once you arrive, tune your radio to 89.1.

Santa generally shows up on weekends, but make sure you visit their Facebook page for the updated schedule.

Episode 3: Georgetown 

Featuring the Georgetown Town Square and select home displays

Addresses and Instructions:

Town Square

103 W 7th St, Georgetown, TX
Cost: Free

Harlien Family Christmas

400 Liscio Cove Georgetown, TX
Cost: Free, but cash donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation are encouraged

Spindler Family Christmas Light Show

2441 Candle Ridge Trail, Georgetown, TX
Cost: Free, but donations of unwrapped toys are encouraged

Shady Oak Christmas Display

107 Shady Oak Drive Georgetown, TX
Cost: Free, but donations of unwrapped toys are encouraged

Episode 4: San Antonio River Walk and the Austin Trail of Lights

Featuring the Austin Trail of Lights and the San Antonio River Walk

Addresses and Instructions:

San Antonio River Walk

The area I visited is located close to the Alamo. The entire River Walk map is here
Cost: Free

The lights are on the whole night between Thanksgiving and the first weekend of January.

During the holiday season there are also regular river tours for $10 (discounts available). However if you’re interested in boat caroling, you must book a barge ($125-$150 for 15 adults).

Here’s a list of restaurants along the San Antonio River Walk.

Austin Trail of Lights

Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Cost: Free in the first week, $3 in the second. ZiP Fast Pass varies from $10-$20 (allows priority entry one hour before the general public) and Platinum tickets start at $80 (offering priority entry before the public, rides on the ferris wheel or carousel, private restrooms and refreshments). The ferris wheel costs $6 per ride and the carousel $4.

The Trail of Lights opens to the general public between 7:00-10:00 pm and only runs for 2 weeks before Christmas.

There’s no nearby street parking, so if you’re driving, your best option is to buy a prepaid pass to the event’s parking lot across the street. It’s not sold onsite and you must print your parking pass ahead of time. As most of the streets near the Zilker Park are closed to traffic for this event, carefully read their instructions about how to access the parking lot.

On select days there are also shuttles for $5 departing 2 downtown locations. The ride share drop off is located by Austin High School.

There are food trucks inside the park.

Other Christmas Lights nearby worth a visit

Johnson City Lights Spectacular
100 E Main St, Johnson City, TX
Cost: Free

Lakeway Trail of Lights
105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX
Cost: Free

Bastrop River of Lights
Fisherman’s Park at 1200 Willow St, Bastrop, TX
Cost: Free

Santa’s Ranch
9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX
Cost: $28 + tax per vehicle or $56 + tax per vehicle for a season pass

So, here’s a cheat sheet with the main addresses

Thanks for watching and Merry Christmas!

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    Austin, Texas, USA
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Accommodation in Austin, Texas can be pricey, especially if you would like to stay downtown. As it’s where I live at the moment, I haven’t stayed in any hotel here yet, so can’t share any experience…

Have you checked out TripAdvisor yet? On this page you can learn more about hotels in Austin and compare prices.

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