Where to view holiday lights in the Lake Travis-Westlake region and beyond

The Lakeway Trail of Lights will run through Jan. 3. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)
The Lakeway Trail of Lights will run through Jan. 3. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)

The Lakeway Trail of Lights will run through Jan. 3. (Courtesy city of Lakeway)

Your guide to viewing holiday lights in the Lake Travis-Westlake and Greater Austin areas.

Through Jan. 1: Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting

The Zilker Holiday Tree will be lit at Zilker Park each night Nov. 29-Jan. 1 and can be seen at the Trail of Lights or from afar. Footage of the holiday tree is also available to view online. 6 p.m. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree

Through Jan. 2: Georgetown Square lighting

The Georgetown Square will light up each night through Jan. 2. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will not be hot chocolate and kettle corn vendors downtown as in years past, but the event will also be captured and shared via social media by the city. Sunset. Free. Georgetown Square, 710 S. Main St., Georgetown. 512-930-3545. https://georgetown.org/

Through Jan. 3: Johnson City Lights Spectacular

Johnson City will host its 31st annual light display across the city’s downtown and town square. Some aspects of the annual festival, including the opening-day parade, will be canceled due to COVID-19, but guests can tour the city and light displays with social distancing measures enforced. Lights are on nightly beginning at dusk. Free. 201 S. Ave. F, Johnson City. www.lightsspectacular.com

Through Jan. 3: Lakeway’s Trail of Lights

The city of Lakeway will bring back its annual Trail of Lights on Nov. 20. Though there will be no event to mark this year’s opening weekend, every night, guests can view the trail, which is decorated with thousands of holiday lights. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are asked to practice social distancing and wear masks when appropriate. Groups should be no more than 10 individuals. Access to the trail can be found on the lower level of the Lakeway Activity Center’s parking lot or behind Lakeway City Hall. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway. 512-314-7532. www.lakeway-tx.gov

Through Jan. 3: Peppermint Parkway

Circuit of The Americas is providing a new drive-thru experience along a mile of its course. The Peppermint Parkway will include light sculptures, a Santa Claus display, elves, and a drive-up concession stand with holiday drinks and snacks. 6-10 p.m. (weekdays), 6-11 p.m. (weekends, all of Christmas week). $35. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-301-6600. www.circuitoftheamericas.com/peppermint

Through Jan. 3: Austin Trail of Lights

In 2020, Austin’s annual holiday light display has taken the form of a drive-thru with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays located throughout Zilker Park. The trail is open nightly, but it will be closed for private events Dec. 2, 6 and 29-30 and will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. 7 p.m. $25-$35 (general admission); other packages available. Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Road, Austin. www.austintrailoflights.org

Through Jan. 6: Mozart’s Christmas Light Show

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters will host its 11th annual Christmas light show with new coronavirus pandemic procedures. One-hour time slots are available for parties of up to six people. Tables will be spaced 6 feet apart, and face masks are required when customers have not seated at their reserved table. Reservations and food and drink preorders can be made online. 6-11 p.m. $10 per table. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin. 512-477-2900. www.mozartscoffee.com

By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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