The holiday season is quickly approaching and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to experience the magic of Christmas lights in Austin, Texas? From solar-powered fiber optics to two million lights illuminating a walking trail, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. The Walkway of Lights (Marble Falls) is a must-see for anyone looking for a festive experience. Until December 31, visitors can enjoy over 350 illuminated sculptures and two million lights in Lakeside Park. Best of all, it's free for the public and fully funded by donations.
For those looking for something a little more interactive, Chinati Court in Cedar Park is the perfect spot. This lively dead-end light show is put on by all the residents of Chinati Court and features no detail left untouched. On Saturday nights, visitors can even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus himself! Chinati Court residents also collect unwrapped toys for Williamson County's Grizzly Santa. Train lovers should make sure to check out the Christmas Train at 1713 Star Light Circle in Cedar Park.
Here, visitors can watch a model train go full speed through the Christmas scene in the front yard. The Nativity Scene made by Cedar Park residents in the Shenandoah neighborhood is also open to the public this year. For those looking for even more lights, there are plenty of other local light shows to explore at Christmas Light Finder or take a road trip around the Austin metro area. The Field of Light at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is an impressive display of 28,000 spheres with stems that subtly illuminate 16 acres.
Free general admission is available for the entire Austin Trail of Lights on select nights, and Zip and Platinum ticket packages can be purchased. Bastrop River of Lights is another spectacular Christmas event that is celebrated every year with millions of lights, with many different exhibitions and activities to enjoy. Johnson City has an impressive light display with more than a million lights. With delicious food, live music performances and dazzling shows by local artists, the Austin Trail of Lights offers an unforgettable experience for all ages during the holiday season.
Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is another popular self-service Christmas light display. Butch Gap Cove has more than 300,000 lights to music and 12 houses participating in this festive display. It's like stepping into a Christmas fairytale where every tree, bush and corner is covered with bright lights that dance in the night. The Land of Lights Christmas Park in Athens is a festive Christmas light park that can be seen in a self-service and that has millions of lights and animated screens.
Every year in early December, Odessa's Starbright Village puts on the “largest light display in the Permian Basin” with hundreds of thousands of lights. Maywald Christmas lights have been around for 13 years and feature just a few lights. But don't let that fool you - this display is sure to bring some festive cheer!.