3 holiday strolls in Southwest Austin

Luminations will run through December. (Courtesy Theresa DiMenno)
Luminations will run through December. (Courtesy Theresa DiMenno)

Luminations will run through December. (Courtesy Theresa DiMenno)

Through Dec. 31: Walk in a winter wonderland

Starting on Thanksgiving day every year, the Maywald family lights up their Southwest Austin house for the Maywald Christmas Lights display. Visitors can park and walk to the property. The event is free, though the family asks for donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is open nightly except when raining. 6-10 p.m. nightly. Free (donations accepted). 10505 Twilight Vista, Austin

Through Dec. 31: Sip, shop and stroll

Music Lane and the South Congress Shopping District have teamed up again for the Soco Stroll, featuring window displays, holiday lights starting at dusk and frequent live music. Güero’s Taco Bar will have live music Wednesday through Sunday. Free. South Congress Avenue, Austin

Until Jan. 30: Delight in holiday lights


Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center will host its winter light event for the next month. Visitors walk a path dotted by lights to see art installations in the Texas Arboretum. 6-9 p.m (Thu.-Sun.); closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. $10-$20. Free (age 4 and under), $15 (ages 5 through 17), $25 (ages 18 and up) with discounts for members. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.