Wondering where to see Christmas light displays to put you in the holiday spirit? This list of some of the best places for Christmas lights in and around Austin can certainly help get you started:
Start off the Christmas Lights season with the Holiday Sing-A-Long and Downtown Stroll on Congress this Saturday, December 4th. It kicks off on the south steps of the Capital at 6 p.m. with KUT.org host John Ailey conducting Christmas carols until the lighting of the tree at 7 p.m. Afterwards, take a community stroll down Congress Avenue and enjoy the live music, shopping and holiday spirit. Shops along Congress will stay open late to treat carolers into the eve.
The Zilker Holiday Tree in Zilker park has been lighting up Austin for years now and carries on despite the loss of the Trail of Lights. It’s almost a holiday tradition to stand within the tree, look up, and spin around.
37th Street is the home of the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ vibe for the holidays. Lit up lawnmowers, cars, and old motorcycles are the order of the day here, and you’ll see peculiar lights displays unlike anything else you’ll find in Austin.
Located in southwest Austin, 8304 Roan Lane in the Oak Hill neighborhood features thousands of lights timed to music. It’s an excellent display, and even has its own website. The house is also collecting donations for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and last year raised over $1,200 for the charity.
McCoy Lights in Oak Hill (image from their website)
The Circle C neighborhood (also in southwest Austin) has impressive lights displays every year, often with cul de sacs all joining in on the same theme. Explore around Escarpment Blvd and the side streets for the best lights. The neighborhoods around Mt. Bonnell are also good places to see Christmas lights.
Just north of Austin in Cedar Park, the residents of Chinati Court are putting out an elaborate lights display and benefiting Williamson County Brown Santa. They collect toy donations and will be selling hot chocolate to go towards the charity. Park off of Sun Chase and walk it; it’s not something to be driven by.
While you’re up there, Heritage Park lights up the largest Oak tree in Cedar Park with an impressive display. Nearby, the residents of Anna Court in the Nelson Ranch neighborhood also light up their cul-de-sac and raise money for Blue Santa.
Up in Round Rock, 2708 Collingwood Drive features over 14,000 LED of lights put to music
If you’re looking for something a bit further away(but still worth the trip), Johnson City gets into the holiday cheer with plenty of lights around its town square. The real highlight though, is the grounds around the Pedernales Electric Company:
Lights around Pedernales Electric by KnowsPhotos
Don’t forget that plenty of fun is to be had by gathering the family in a car and exploring on your own! If you happen to find any Christmas light gems in Austin not on the list, tell us about them in the comments.
This article was originally posted by Maggie Falvey of Realty Austin on her Austin Real Estate blog. Maggie works in Austin, Texas, as a REALTOR® with specialties in Central Austin homes. Contact her by filling out her Reatly Austin agent contact form on her agent profile, or search all homes in Austin on RealtyAustin.com.