The holidays are here and communities are showing off their beautiful light displays. We are fortunate to be located in a city that enjoys decorating for the holidays and has many displays to choose from. You probably see our Austin Steam It trucks out driving around your area: Austin, Round Rock, Buda…and everywhere in between. All of these wonderful cities and towns offer beautiful light displays. Here is a list so that you and your family can hopefully catch at least some of these wonderful traditions.
Flip The Switch!
- Zilker Tree – of course you can’t resist spinning under this 155 foot tree made up of 3,309 lights. Click here to learn even more interesting facts about this true Austin tradition! The tree will be lit from 6pm-midnight December 1-31.
- Trail of Lights – this fun, family tradition is celebrating its 50th year! But please keep in mind – this year you need to purchase tickets for $3 if you will be attending on a weekend. Weeknights are still free. The trail will be lit from December 7-21. Please click here for all of the details.
- Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Every year this tasty coffee house tries to outdo themselves with a fantastic light display. Enjoy the show while sipping on a café mocha! Click here to check out their Facebook page for details.
- And, I’m not sure where in Austin this home is located (I think they don’t publicize to be nice to their neighbors and cut down on the traffic), but gather your kids around the computer and watch this great light display. It’s synched to Frozen’s “Let It Go.” Click here to view the hard work of John Storms.
The Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour – This drive-thru light tour is presented in Old Settlers Park. It runs from December 1-30. The hours vary so be sure to click on the link for information before you go. Admission starts at $15 for family vehicles. You’ll also want to check out Christmas Towne. It is not open every evening so please check the schedule. It has many fun activities including a full carnival!
Buda Trail of Lights – This trail runs on the weekends of December 12-13 and December 18-21 from 6-10 pm. They have free admission and free parking with shuttle service from Cabela’s. It sounds like there will be a lot of things to do including live entertainment. Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Hays County Food Bank.
Hop In the Car!
Of course, just driving around neighborhoods is always a lot of fun too. I have seen some homes that could probably be seen from space because they were so lit up! Many neighbors get together and decorate using a theme. There is a street in my neighborhood that has eight foot wooden candy canes that each house puts out in front. They all have a sign attached that says “Merry Christmas” in a different language. It’s always a favorite for the folks driving around.
I hope this list of light displays gives you some ideas of where to head to see some beautiful decorations for the season. Do you know of some great displays that aren’t listed here? Please let me hear about it so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful lights. Wherever you go, I hope you enjoy the lights with family and friends.