Who else loves a good light show? I know I do! Here is some of the holiday light shows, parades, and more this season! They start TODAY!
Nov 21 - Bee Cave - 7th Annual Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival
Thursday, November 21st at the Hill Country Galleria! Enjoy holiday music by The Vintage 15, face painting, and holiday carolers! The fun starts at 6pm, then Santa will arrive at 7pm along with the lighting of the holiday tree, and a FREE firework show! The CW Star, Taylor Ellison, will be on hand to help us welcome Santa! Click here for more info.
Nov 23 - The Domain - Annual Lighting of the Great Tree
Saturday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy holiday performances by acclaimed singer and songwriter Phil Vassar and the Outside Voices youth choir, the lighting of The Domain's 40-foot tree and a spectacular fireworks show. Daytime activities start at noon and include face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, holiday crafts and photos with Santa! Plus, take advantage of special in-store events and offers throughout the day. Click here for more info.
Nov 29 - Dec 31 - Bastrop - River of Lights
Bastrop River of Lights walking trail is located in Fisherman’s Park and continues all the way down the Lower Colorado River to Ferry Park, about a half mile. The River of Lights is open the day after Thanksgiving and every night until New Years Eve from 6 – 9 PM. Click here for more info.
Nov 29 - Georgetown - Lighting of the Square
Experience the magic as they kick-off the holiday season with their annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at 5:30 p.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving! Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes and warm your tummy with cookies and hot chocolate! Watch as the Courthouse and the Downtown Square become a Holiday Wonderland! Click here for more info.
Nov 30 - Downtown Austin - Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
The parade will be in Downtown Austin beginning at 11am. Bring a toy! The new toys collected will be for Operation Blue Santa. The parade will run from the south side of the State Capitol, south on Congress Ave to Cesar Chavez. Click here for more info.
Dec 1 - Zilker - 27th Zilker Holiday Tree
The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs - totaling 3,309 lights. At the top of the tree, a double star measures 10 feet from point to point. The double star displays 150 frosted bulbs. This unique spiral pattern of lights was created by City of Austin electricians. At its circumference, the tree measures 380 feet. The diameter is 120 feet. The base of the tree is made up of 19 utility poles, each 14 feet tall, arranged in a circle around the Moonlight Tower. Click here for more info.
Dec 1 - Round Rock - Reindeer Run 5k and Fun Run
Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour kicks off Dec. 1 with the Round Rock Rotary Reindeer Run 5k and Fun Run. This will be the only opportunity to run/walk through the show! The Reindeer Run benefits Round Rock’s Play for All Abilities Park. The 2013 Reindeer Run is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 at Old Settlers Park. Click here for more info.
Dec 2 - 31 - Round Rock - Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour
Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour is back and bigger and brighter than ever! Come and experience the second annual Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour featuring all new displays and the new Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park from Dec. 2 to Dec. 31. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2013 show features all new displays and a longer light tunnel. Click here for more info.
Dec 2 - 13 - Round Rock - 12 Days of Main Street
The City of Round Rock and Round Rock Arts bring the holiday celebration to downtown -- and honor the classic Christmas song -- with the 12 Days of Main Street. From Dec. 2 to Dec. 13, you'll find activities to put you in the holiday spirit. Events take place at various locations in and around downtown (see schedule).
11 a.m. Dec. 2: Christmas Carols at Centennial Plaza – Pack a lunch and bring a lawn chair/blanket. 301 W. Bagdad Ave.
5 p.m. Dec. 3: Deck the Sculptures – bring your camera to capture your favorite sculpture dolled up for the holidays. ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St.
2:30 p.m. Dec. 4: Sweets on Main Street – Come to the Round Rock Public Library and decorate cookie and treats. 216 E. Main St.
5:30 p.m. Dec. 5: First Thursday and Tacky Sweater Night – A reception at ArtSpace to celebrate their new exhibit, holiday trees and model trains. Come in your tacky Christmas sweater! 231 E. Main St.
6:30 p.m. Dec. 6: Christmas Family Night – Watch as Main Street gets illuminated and Santa arrives in his sleigh. Main Street.
9 a.m. Dec. 7: Market Days – Christmas shopping can be done downtown, find unique crafts, jewelry, home decor and more. Main Street.
7 p.m. Dec. 7: Guitar Performance – Your family can experience O. Henry's priceless, "The Gift of the Magi," with the Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St.
3 p.m. Dec. 8: Round Rock Ballet Folklorico presents "Christmas Posadas," – a Christmas time traditional folk dance. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
11 a.m. Dec. 9: Christmas Storytime – Holiday stories are brought from book to life through the magic of storytellers. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
6 p.m. Dec. 10: Chris Bell's Blues Explosion – End your day downtown and sing along to your favorite songs. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
Noon Dec. 11: Jazzy Lunch – The Award Winning Stony Point Jazz Band will perform, BYO lunch and blanket or lawn chair. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
10 a.m. to noon Dec. 12: Pet Pictures with Santa – Pet Parents bring a camera to catch your prized pooch with Santa Clause. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
6 p.m. Dec. 13: Movie on the Plaza –Polar Express, a family friendly movie, bring your lawn chair or blanket and bundle up. Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St.
Activities are subject to change. Click here for more info.
Dec 6 - Cedar Park - Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop
On this magical night starting at 6:30pm, join us in the tradition of lighting the tree. Over 60,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park. Santa's Workshop will kick-off immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatable, photos with Santa, and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. Free Admission. Open from 6:30-9pm at Heritage Oak Park - 875 Quest Parkway . Click here for more info.
Dec 6 - 7 - Georgetown - Christmas Stroll
Friday, December 6th, 5pm to 10pm & Saturday, December 7th, 9am to 8pm. The 33rd annual Christmas Stroll in Georgetown's downtown square. It will transform into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles, wandering minstrels, and carolers, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings. Suggestive of picturesque Norman Rockwell holiday illustrations, your journey begins Friday night with the sounds of children serenading with sweet Christmas songs. Saturday we will welcome Santa to the square, listen to classic holiday carolers, stroll along magical main street with sparkling lights and jolly window displays, munch on wonderful holiday treats at the bakery and candy store, tease the Grinch in Whoo-Village, lunch on some festival foods, and enjoy shopping in every nook and cranny with our 250 plus vendors! In addition, visit the square’s diverse shops and delectable restaurants.
WHOO-VILLAGE: Meet the Grinch & Hug a Whoo! A wacky & wonderful FREE play zone. It will be filled with new FREE kid’s rides! Just to mention a few, a mini Ferris wheel, Bungee Swing, Euro Bungee, 2 large inflatable, Pirate Boat, Tubs of Fun, Mini Cars, Rock Wall, Gyroscope, and two trains! The Carnival rides will be open both Friday and Saturday and WHOO-Village will remain open until 8pm on Saturday!
SANTA'S NORTH POLE & TOY SHOP: There is nothing pretend about Santa. Located in All Things Kids Toy Store on Main Street! Santa is open to visit with the children from 1:00pm to 8:00pm December 7th
ARTISAN & CRAFTERS VILLAGE: Open for Shopping - Dec. 6th 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Dec. 7th 9:00am - 8:00pm. 250 plus Artisans, Crafts people, and Retail Vendors will fill the Square and surrounding blocks offering Christmas gifts/ideas, magic, and fun.
KIDS ZONE & CRAFT AREA: 8th Street behind Jingle Bell Rock Stage. Be sure to visit our new Kids Zone & Craft area. Everything from cookie decorating, Home Depot projects, ornament decorating & riding the Bull!! And you don't want to miss a ride on the covered wagon.
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Dec 6 - Lakeway - Lights On!
The City of Lakeway will sponsor its annual "Lights On!" Holiday Celebration on Friday night, December 6th from 6:30 - 9:00 PM in the Lakeway City Hall parking lot (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Sailmaster) and the area directly behind City Hall. Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on this most magical of nights. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will 'plug in' the Trail of Lights display and be available to speak to all of Lakeway's good little boys and girls. The Trail of Lights will be lit for the first time this season and continue nightly from 6 PM - midnight through the end of the month. Other festivities will include the official dedication of the historic Liebelt Cabin. Delicious hot dogs and Cuban sandwiches will be available for purchase along with hot chocolate, coffee and snowcones. Activities will include cookie decorating and marshmallow roasting. S'mores packets will be available from Scout Troop 52. Please, no dogs at this event. Click here for more info.
Dec 6 - 31 - Lakeway - Trail of Lights
The Trail of Lights display is located just behind Lakeway City Hall and may be accessed by parking either at City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road, or at the Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Road. It will be 6:30pm-midnight at Corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans Crossing in Lakeway, TX. Come see thousands of twinkling lights! See amusing tableaus, all accompanied by delightful seasonal music! For those attending who may be in wheelchairs or for those with baby carriages, please park at City Hall and access the Trail by walking down the front sidewalk to the right and around the building. Bicycles and motorized vehicles such as Lil' Rascals and golf carts are not permitted. The Trail of Lights will continue nightly from 6:00 PM until midnight through the end of December. No dogs, please. Click here for more info.
Dec 6 - Round Rock - 12 Days of Main Street
The City of Round Rock rings in the season with the annual Christmas Family Night celebration on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6:30 pm on Main Street in our historic downtown. The event kicks off with a welcome from Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, followed by the illumination of the street and water tower with holiday lights. Then Santa makes his grand entrance. During Christmas Family Night, downtown historic Round Rock is decorated with small wooden houses which host various games and activities. This free event includes activities for the entire family including live music, dancers, candle making, carriage rides, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more. Children should bring their "wish lists" for Santa Claus (pictures are a nominal fee) and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities and snacks. Enjoy performances throughout the evening at Prete Main Street Plaza. The Round Rock Public Library hosts a puppet show and has Christmas ornament crafts, letters to Santa and a craft sale. Christmas Family Night is organized by the City of Round Rock and made possible thanks to the help of community groups and organizations that donate their services to offer this fun and free event. The event will happen rain or shine – unless there are severe showers at 6 p.m. Click here for more info.
Dec 7 - Texas State Capitol - 2013 Capitol Tree Lighting & Sing Along
Start your holidays downtown on Saturday, Dec. 7, during the annual Holiday Sing Along and Downtown Stroll! All events are free and open to the public. The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season. As the clock strikes 7 p.m., the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians. From 7 to 9 p.m. Congress Avenue will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late and will feature special activities and offers. The highlight of this year’s event is an aerial dance performance by Blue Lapis Light at 816 Congress, "Love’s Prayer." Additional Stroll activities include classic holiday cartoons at the Paramount Theatre, Santa in an airstream photo booth, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with Sustainable Food Center and much more. Visitors are asked to support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Capital Area Food Bank. Click here for more info.
Dec 7 - Elgin - Holiday by the Tracks
At Veterans' Memorial Park from 9am - 3pm. Activities include: Live Music & Entertainment, Holiday Bazaar, River Valley Farmer's Market, Depot Museum, Holiday Specials, Barry Perez Studio Show (10am-8pm), Pictures with Santa Claus, Kids' Actvities, Lighted Christmas Parade, and Live Nativity (after the parade performed by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church). Click here for more info.
Dec 7 - Elgin - Lighted Christmas Parade
Sponsored by the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, this annual parade is a favorite of the locals as well as the many visitors it attracts. You will be sure to enjoy the creativity and diversity of the many floats. This event takes place the first Saturday of December at dusk. The parade route follows Main Street from 11th to Brenham. For a registration form to participate in the parade please contact the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department at 512-281-4025. Click here for more info.
Dec 7 - Leander - Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
Their annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting takes place every year on the First Saturday in December. This year’s event will be on December 7th, 2013 starting at 5pm. They will have Pictures with Santa, Holiday Hayrides, Yule Fire, Choral Performances, Christmas Parade, and Tree Lighting. It will be located at 200 West Willis. Click here for more info.
Dec 8 - 22 - Zilker - Trail of Lights
This year, visitors to the Trail of Lights will have a host of new reasons to celebrate their holiday in grand Austin style. With two weeks of fun, there are more opportunities to enjoy the Trail. The Trail of Lights will last 2 weeks this year from Dec 8 thru Dec 22. There will be more than 50 displays and exhibits, over 100 trees wrapped in lights, three lighted tunnels, Community Performance Stage featuring performers from local community groups and schools, North Pole area featuring Santa’s House, H-E-B children’s book give-away and children’s activities, Main Stage featuring local, regional and national headliners including Ray Benson, Vallejo, The Whiskey Sisters and Austin High School Ballet Folklorico, Live artist demonstrations will be held nightly. Area artists will create custom Trail of Lights displays in the New Arts & Entertainment Area. This year they have added photo zones! Don’t forget the Trail of Lights 5k Run! The Trail of Lights 5K is Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6-9 p.m. Click here for more info.
Dec 13 - 22 - Buda - Trail of Lights
Get in the holiday mood by strolling through the park and enjoying the lights! Between Dec 13 and Dec 22 visit the Historic Stagecoach Park from 6-10pm to view the Trail of Lights. Free shuttle parking is available at Cabela's. No parking is permitted in the park. Walk in visitors are welcomed and may bring leashed pets. The trail is approximately 1/2 mile long. No pets are allowed on shuttle buses. Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa! Click here for more info.
Dec 14 - Bastrop - Lighted Christmas Parade
It’s Bastrop’s famous Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14, 2013. More than 100
entries, from fanciful floats to fire trucks, from Honey Bears to longhorns, from Santa’s helpers to the man himself, will light up the Main Street night for this joyful Bastrop tradition, produced by the
Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance. Lineup starts at 4pm. Click here for more info.
Dec 14 - Pflugerville - Christmas Light Parade
The Christmas Parade will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus on Saturday, December 14 with lineup starting at 4:30pm. It will end with a Santa on a float at the end of the parade. It will begin at Pfenning and Railroad Avenue, continue down Railroad Avenue, turn onto Main Street, turn north on 4th Street and end at Wilbarger Street. Click here for more info.