Austin Christmas Lights

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Austin is a great place to live year round. While some might debate that fact during the heat of summer, no one disputes this fact during December. Not only do we boast mild climates – just chilly enough to feel festive during the winter, we also take pride in displaying our holiday spirit.

Austin is a feel-good-town. A city that is large enough to have plenty to do yet small enough to feel neighborly. During the holidays, our Christmas spirit is alive and well. From the trees decorated up and down Hwy 360 to the trees that adorn the streets in Steiner Ranch, family traditions dictate that you choose a tree, select a theme and decorate. If you aren’t from Austin, it is quite a pleasant sight.

City Lights

Additionally, we have plenty of wonderful light shows. Depending on how far you want to go, here is a list of our favorites:

-Mozarts, downtown Austin. If you haven’t been to this coffee house, it is a must. Go grab some coffee or cocoa and check out the 12-minute light show that plays every hour on the hour beginning at 6.  Best part is that it is free!

-Zilker Park – The 155 foot tall Zilker light tree is an Austin tradition. Spin under the lights, grab a bite to eat at the food trailers and then head on over to the Trail of Lights. We recommend getting a fast pass to avoid the lines and crowds. If you don’t mind waiting…and it is definitely worth the wait, it is free without the fast-pass.

-Rock-N Lights & Christmas Town – just north of Austin in Round Rock. With over 2 million lights and a 1.5 mile trail, this light tunnel is sure to delight the kids and grown-ups as well.

-Light Shows at the Domain – with almost 100,000 lights and strobe lights that pulse to the beat of the holiday music, you can get some shopping done while getting into the Christmas spirit.

-Anna Court, Cedar Park – this cul-de-sac gets a nod from the Austin Statesman as a “can’t miss” light show. Santa is often there handing out candy canes to the kiddos. Families are also encouraged to bring a toy for Blue Santa or a monetary donation for the food drive. Check out their facebook page.

-Chinati Court, Cedar Park – this is where you see true Texas holiday spirit. The entire neighborhood joins together for a free winter-wonderland display of lights you will remember forever. Music, hot cocoa and candy canes abound. Don’t forget to bring a gift for a child in need, or monetary donations are accepted at the end of the street. They even have a facebook page.

Trail of Lights, Lakeway –is a perfect stop when you have little ones. Just enough lights to make the trip worth-while yet not so large that the toddlers can’t make it through.  Great walking trail with thousands of lights, right next to Lakeway City Hall.

-Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels. You drive through a mile of lighted, animated displays and thousands of twinkling lights. It runs from November 6 – January 2 and opens nightly at 6pm. It is not free but it is amazing!

Steiner Ranch Lights

If you live in Steiner check out:

Texas Night Before Christmas, in the Hills at Eastridge.  It’s on Mira Mesa. Drive – near Steiner Steakhouse – turn on Via Colina.  

Ursa Major and Nova Court in Summer Vista

Country Lake Drive/Rippling Creek – Estates of Westridge

Do you live in or near Steiner? Which neighborhoods are your favorite to check out lights?

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