Austin, Texas is a pet-friendly city, with locals taking their furry friends everywhere. From off-leash parks to pet stores and even to their favorite bars and restaurants, there's no shortage of activities for you and your pup to enjoy. If you're looking for a festive way to spend time with your four-legged companion, there are plenty of pet-friendly lighting displays in the area. Here is a guide to some of the best places to check out.
The Marble Falls Light Walk is a free event held every year at Lakeside Park. More than two million lights and 400 illuminated sculptures light up the shores of Marble Falls Lake. Donations are welcome, and it's a great way to get into the holiday spirit with your pup. The Austin Trail of Lights is the oldest and most beloved Christmas tradition in the capital of Texas.
With H-E-B technology, hundreds of thousands of visitors from Central Texas and around the world come to enjoy the spectacular display of more than 100,000 lights (2,250 light chains) on the impressive bald cypress trees that line the Paseo del Rio. The trail runs almost every day in December and is a walking trail that covers approximately 8 acres of illuminated exhibits. The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department plans to decorate Tranquility Island's trees with Christmas lights to bring the Christmas spirit to Louise Hays Park and The River Trail. The island's lights will turn on and stay on from the Christmas light parade (late November) to early January. The Old West Christmas Light Fest is another great option for pet owners. Enjoy holiday magic, flavors and family fun under the lights of this festive event.
The Field of Light, which illuminates 16 acres at the Texas Arboretum in the Wildflower Center, is an impressive display of 28,000 vibrant fiber-optic luminaires powered by solar energy that show the intersection of art, technology and nature. Start your day with breakfast at Oakmont Food Company in downtown Austin. This family- and dog-friendly restaurant has a spacious patio and a menu of fresh Texas dishes throughout the day. Then head over to Badu Park for a hot chocolate, stroll along the Llano River and enjoy all the shows that light up the park. Finally, don't forget about Lakeway! Santa Claus will be nearby to “plug in” the Trail of Lights screen and talk to all the good boys and girls on Lakeway. Austin is full of pet-friendly lighting displays that you can enjoy with your pup. From Marble Falls Light Walk to Austin Trail of Lights to Old West Christmas Light Fest, there's something for everyone! So grab your pup and get ready for some festive fun!.