Drive-thru lights, Santa's Wonderland and more holiday events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

San Antonio's Natural Bridge Caverns will host a variety of holiday activities Dec. 12-13 and 19-20. (Courtesy Natural Bridge Caverns)
San Antonio's Natural Bridge Caverns will host a variety of holiday activities Dec. 12-13 and 19-20. (Courtesy Natural Bridge Caverns)

San Antonio's Natural Bridge Caverns will host a variety of holiday activities Dec. 12-13 and 19-20. (Courtesy Natural Bridge Caverns)

Read on for your guide for events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area and beyond during the 2020-21 holiday season.

Dec. 12-13, 19-23: Christmas in the Caverns

San Antonio’s Natural Bridge Caverns will host several holiday festivities on weekends in December. Guests can hear Christmas carolers sing within Texas’ largest underground cavern, visit a 5,000-square-foot outdoor maze, watch an outdoor movie, stroll through the trail of lights, shop for holiday gifts and more. Prices vary by event, and tickets can be purchased online. 4:30-6:30 p.m. (caroling event), 5:30-9 p.m. (other activities). 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio. 210-651-6101. www.naturalbridgecaverns.com

Dec. 12-13: Pfall Pfest craft show

Pflugerville’s annual Pfall Pfest Craft Show will be double the fun in 2020 with a two-day craft fair Dec. 12-13. Get a head start on some holiday shopping with handcrafted items, including jewelry, decor, paintings, candles and more. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 12), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Dec. 13). Stone Hill Town Center, 8700 Limestone Commercial Drive, Ste. 600, Pflugerville. www.pflugerville.tx.gov


Dec. 17-19: Buzzfest

The Bee Caves Arts Foundation will host the first annual Buzzfest, an outdoor art festival that will incorporate light, design, sound and technology. The inaugural theme is "Ocean of Bioluminescence," which was inspired by the glowing creatures at the depths of the ocean. The event is suitable for all ages and will feature interactive light installations, augmented reality and nightly performances. 6-10 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-522-9467. www.beecavebuzzfest.com

Through Dec. 19: Luminations at Wildflower Center

This holiday season, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Texas Arboretum’s oak trees will be decorated with thousands of festive lights. The open-air, one-way stroll will feature audio and visual art installations from Collide Arts, a nonprofit art organization. To limit crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, the center will offer timed admission through Dec. 19. Tickets range in price and can be purchased online. 6-9 p.m. Free-$18. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org

Through Dec. 20: Lone Star Holiday Market

The Hill Country Galleria kicked off the Lone Star Holiday Market in November. The holiday market is located on the west end of the shopping center. In addition to the galleria’s 100 storefronts, the Lone Star Holiday Market features gifts, holiday drinks, gift-wrapping services and holiday music. The collection of pop-up shops will be located next to the Milk + Honey Spa. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/holidaymarket

Through Dec. 24: Santa’s Wonderland at the Hill Country Galleria

Guests can explore a decorated Santa’s Wonderland display and meet Santa Claus for a photo opportunity. The event will be located next to the James Avery storefront. Times vary from Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Free (reservations required at www.whereissanta.com); $40-$50 (professional photography). 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com

Through Jan. 1: Armadillo Art Concierge

The annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is going virtual due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s event features hundreds of local artists, craftspeople and vendors accessible through an online shopping guide. www.artconcierge.armadillobazaar.com

Through Jan. 1: Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting

Held virtually this year, the annual lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree will be streamed on the Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube page, Facebook and Channel 6. The event will include speakers and entertainment by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and Barton Hills Choir. The tree itself will be lit at Zilker Park each night Nov. 29-Jan. 1 and can be seen at the Trail of Lights or from afar. 6 p.m. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree

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). Price TBD. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-301-6600. www.circuitoftheamericas.com/peppermint

Through Jan. 3: Zilker 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. 3: Pop A Rockin’ Holiday Concert

The Zach Theatre will present performances of holiday songs and pop hits. The theater will have social distancing guidelines in place. Performance times vary by date. $25 and up. 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0594. www.zachtheatre.org/pop
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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