Guide to Austin Christmas Lights, Holiday Displays and Christmas Tree Lighting Events

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Wondering where to see Christmas light displays to put you in the holiday spirit? Austin Christmas lights rank among the best in the nation according to CNN, so use our list of some of the most popular places for Christmas lights in and around Austin to help get you started.

Mozart's Light Show | Central Austin Christmas Lights

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Not only is Mozart's one of Austin's most beloved coffee shops, it's also home to one of the best Christmas Lights show in town. With views of Lake Austin in the background, and a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee in your hand, this is truly a one-of-a-kind experience you don't want to miss this year.

Lake Austin's Boat Trail of Lights | Central Austin Christmas Lights

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Lake Austin is a beautiful site year round but during Christmas time, boat owners adorn their boats in the best holiday decorations. Also, there is a contest between boats to see who winterized their boat with the best theme and a prize for the best light display.

37th Street in Hyde Park | Central Austin Christmas Lights

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This neighborhood trail of lights Austin offers attracts thousands every day throughout the holiday season, showcasing the best Christmas lights performed by a local community. It is recommended that you park nearby to fully take delight in the light show.

Lala's Christmas Bar | Central Austin Holiday Display

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Similar to Donn's Depot, Lala's Christmas Bar keeps Christmas lights up year-round in their bar and creates a cheery atmosphere, perfect for sippin' on a delicious drink!

The Capital Holiday Stroll | Downtown Christmas Lights

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Let's face it, the Capitol building and its grounds are majestic all by themselves. Throw in a Christmas tree lighting, adorned with thousands of ornaments, and enjoy one of Austin longest celebrated holiday traditions.

Trail of Lights at Zilker Park | Downtown Christmas Lights

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The Zilker Park lights display, complete with the trail of lights and the Zilker Christmas Tree, is Austin's largest and most vibrant Christmas attraction. Each year, the display kicks off with the Christmas tree lighting of the Zilker Tree, a huge 155-foot tall tree of lights draped from a Moontower in the Park.

The Driskill Hotel Christmas Tree | Downtown Christmas Lights

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Austin's most historic downtown hotel hosts a Christmas tree lighting in early December. Additionally, the Driskill Hotel puts on Christmas events throughout the holiday season, including holiday music in the evenings, Santa Claus for the kids, and a Christmas dinner on the 25th.

The Domain | North Austin Holiday Display

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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 6,000 lights, 400 ornaments, and a 5 foot tall star on the top of the tree.

Project Xmas | North Austin Christmas Lights

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Since 2011, Project Xmas in Wells Branch has put on a light show paired with Christmas music that performs numerous times a day for spectators.

Donn's Depot | Old West Austin Holiday Display

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Donn's Depot is a piano bar on West 5th street that throughout the year provides interior Christmas lights that keeps the public in the holiday mood, no matter what time of the year it is!

Willis Littlefield’s House | Old West Austin Christmas Lights

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Since 1998, Willis Littlefield has decorated his home in Clarksville with a dazzling light show, animatronic Santa's, and plenty of candy canes for everyone!

Rock N' Lights Holiday Tour | Round Rock Christmas Lights

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Every year the City of Round Rock puts on a huge display of lights at Old Settlers Park. Featuring over 2 million lights and a 1.5 mile Christmas Light tunnel, this lights display is sure to fill you with the holiday spirit.

Elfvis & the Kringles | Round Rock Christmas Lights

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Elfvis & the Kringles entertains the masses with singing, dancing, and animatronics with an addition of "Olaf" From Frozen that benefits an Annual Toy Drive for Brown Santa and Blue Santa.

Lights Spectacular | Johnson City Christmas Lights

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Since the late 70s, Johnson City has been offering a lights display worthy of the Texas Hill Country. In fact, it is the largest lights display in Texas!

Heritage Park Neighborhood | Cedar Park Christmas Lights

Image of Austin Christmas Lights at Heritage Park Neighborhood

It's a tradition in Heritage Park Neighborhood to light the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park, over 65,000 lights, and kickoff a Santa's Workshop with live music, games and prizes, and much more.

Frozen Medley Show by Dennington Decor | Cedar Park Christmas Lights

Image of Austin Christmas Lights at Frozen Medley Show by Dennington Decor

The owner of Dennington Decor, a holiday light installation company, customizes a Christmas light show for his own home and who better to do it than an expert!

Anna Court | Cedar Park Christmas Lights

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Anna Court boast a display greater than 175,000 Christmas lights and the street Christmas tree alone has 7,200+ lights. This is a neighborhood you must visit this holiday season!

Santa's Ranch | New Braunfels Christmas Lights

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Take a trip through the winding country road and take in the beatufiul lights, animated displays and snacks ranging from hotc cocoa to kettle corn.

Map of Holiday Displays and Christmas Lights in Austin

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