Nov. 30: Lakeway plugs in its holiday trail of lights

Enjoy hot chocolate, decorate cookies and roast marshmallows in Lakeway while Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph plug in the city’s trail of lights. 6-8 p.m. Free. Lakeway City Hall parking lot, 1102 Lohmans Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-314-7532.


Dec. 1: Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

The 2.1-mile course starts at the Zilker Holiday Tree and winds through the Trail of Lights, ending with a celebration in the center of Zilker Park. 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Registration starts at $29 for adults and $15 for children under 11. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin.



Nov. 25-Dec. 31: Zilker Holiday Tree is on display through December

First lit on Nov. 25, Austin continues its annual tradition of lighting the 155-foot-tall Zilker Holiday Tree nightly. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-974-6700.



Dec. 10-23: Trail of Lights at Zilker Park

Austin’s Trail of Lights features 40 displays, food trucks, entertainment and activities. About 400,000 people attend each year. 7-10 p.m. Free entry on Dec. 10-13, 17-19; $3 general admission other nights. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Ice skate with Santa Claus

Chaparral Ice hosts its annual Santa Skate with photo opportunities with Santa Claus, Christmas music, hot chocolate and a raffle. Noon-3 p.m. $15 (includes skate rental). Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin. 512-252-8500.



Now until Jan 2: Mozart’s Free Annual Holiday Light Show

Be part of the music as local Austin musicians entertain you on Mozart’s Piano – a blue Steinway Grand covered in thousands of luminescent lights. Mozart’s German-themed tent will serve warm homemade baked goods and tasty treats, as well as, Mozart’s acclaimed coffee blends and hot chocolate. It’s a free, family event in Austin – from November 19th through January 2nd – every night from 6:00 to 11:00 pm (except for Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day).


Dec. 1: Sing holiday songs through downtown Austin

The Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll features music, crafts, a petting zoo, food trucks and the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree. 5-10 p.m. Free. Congress Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets, Austin. 512-469-1766. www.downtown



Dec. 2: Wonderfest returns

The annual event includes food, games and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Activities include a visit by Santa Claus on a fire truck, a petting zoo, face painting, train rides and more. 1-4 p.m. Free. Westlake High School parking lot, 4100 Westbank Drive, Austin.


Dec. 1: German-Texan Christmas Market takes place in Austin

Attendees can shop for authentic German holiday merchandise, including nutcrackers and handmade ornaments. Food and live entertainment are also offered. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. German-Texan Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th St., Austin.

Nov. 17-Jan. 1: See holiday light displays at Domain Northside

Domain Northside is covered in lights for the and features holiday-themed original attractions locally designed by Ion Art. Guests may also have their photo taken for holiday cards. Evenings. Free. 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Austin.


Nov. 23-Jan. 6: Visit Johnson City’s annual holiday Lights Spectacular

The family-friendly event includes different activities and entertainment daily. Light displays are found on buildings throughout the city. Evenings from Nov. 23-Jan 6. Free. Various locations in Johnson City. 830-868-7684.


Take a holiday-themed boat cruise on Lake Austin

West Austin Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual holiday boat cruise on Lake Austin. 6-9 p.m. $60, $50 for chamber members (includes dinner and drinks in the price of admission). Walsh’s Landing, 1600 Scenic Drive, Austin.

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