Best Christmas Lights in Austin


Trail of Lights

What started off as a small gathering in 1965 has grown to one of the city’s most beloved Christmas activities. With over 40 displays and more than 2 million lights, Austin’s Zilker Park lights up the city in a truly magical way. The park is free to enter and will be open every night from 6:30-10 p.m. after the grand opening on December 10th.



Sing Along & Downtown Stroll

If Christmas carols are your thing, be sure to check out the annual sing along where hundreds of people gather to sing carols on the steps of the Capitol building. Caroling starts at 6 p.m. on December 3rd and at 7 you’ll be treated to the lighting of the Capitol tree set to a light show and fun music by local Austin artists. After the tree lighting, take a stroll through the neighborhood as many local businesses will stay open late in celebration.



37th Street

While many people know of Austin’s famous 6th street, there’s another street making a name for itself as well. 37th Street in Austin is really the epitome of Austin’s weirdness during Christmastime. The residents on 37th really go over the top and put lights on literally everything; the houses, the rooftops, the telephone poles…everything and it gets bigger and better every year. There is no website to review since it is not an official festival, but take our word for it that it is fantastic. Start on the corer of Guadalupe and 37th and take a long walk through one of Austin’s best hidden gems.


The Domain

New York may have Rockefeller Center but Austin has The Domain with an equally impressive tree. Rising 40 feet up, the giant tree is located in front of Macy’s and makes for a great photo op. The Domain is one of the best shopping centers in Austin so wear comfy shoes and take a walk, window shop and enjoy the holiday cheer.


Project X-Mas

For the 6th year in a row, residents in North Austin cooridiate a light show for everyone to enjoy. Using over 27,000 lights on just one house the show changes every year and runs multiple times a night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Drivers can tune into 102.9 FM for coordinated music while watching a very impressive light show.