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, Cedar Park…the list goes on. 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.
- Trail of Lights – this fun, family tradition is back. But please keep in mind – you must pre-pay for parking passes online.
- 37th Street – This is a crazy and somewhat weird light display that you really have to see to believe. It is fun and should not be missed.
- 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!
- Anna Court – This cul-de-sac not only gives a beautiful display to their neighbors but they keep the spirit of giving going by collecting toys for Blue Santa! The residents of Anna Court recommend walking around their cul-de-sac in a clockwise rotation to see all of the lights that they have put out for your enjoyment.
The Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour – This drive-thru light tour is presented in Old Settlers Park. It runs from December 2-31. The hours vary so be sure to click on the link for information before you go. Admission starts at $15 for family vehicles and includes entry into Christmas Towne (which is open on Friday and Saturday evenings and is located at the end of the light show).
Trinity Events Trail of Lights – This trail runs now through December 22. You can have your picture taken with Santa and do some caroling. Be sure to click the link to print your ticket for a free cup of hot chocolate! Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
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.