Looking for things to do? Light up your holiday season, or hit the ice


47th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting. Enjoy carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and the tree. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 18. Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, 2 miles east of Stonewall on U.S. 290. tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/lyndon-b-johnson/47th-annual-lbj-tree-lighting

Buda Trail of Lights. Walk the lighted trail, drink hot chocolate and take pictures with Santa Claus. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8-10 and 15-18. Historic Stagecoach Parks, 880 Main St., Buda. Free; free parking and shuttle at Cabela’s, 15570 S. Interstate 35. ci.buda.tx.us/trailoflights

Lights On! Celebrate the first lighting of the Lakeway Trail of Lights. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohmans Crossing. Free; bring a nonperishable food item for charity. After Dec. 2, the trail is on display nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight through Jan. 1. lakeway-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=315.

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show. A 12-minute light show set to music at this coffee shop on the water. 6-11 p.m. nightly at the top of the hour daily through Jan. 8. 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Free. mozartscoffee.com

Rock’N Lights Holiday Tour. Drive through a 1.5-mile trail of 2 million twinkling lights and see all-new displays featuring a Prehistoric Christmas with dinosaurs, a Christmas in New York, a Safari Christmas and more. Various hours through Dec. 26. Old Settlers Park, 4111 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock. $15/car. roundrocktexas.gov/rocknlights.

Trail of Lights. See Zilker Park all lit up. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 10-23. Free Dec. 10-16, $3 Dec. 17-23 for ages 12 and older. Fast passes are also available for $15-$20. $15 parking passes must be bought in advance online, or ride the shuttle for $5, which includes admission, Dec. 10-11, Dec. 16-23. Shuttles leave from Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, and Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. austintrailoflights.org.

Walkway of Lights. Wander along Lake Marble Falls and see the more than 2 million lights and 400 beautiful sculptures. 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Jan.1. 307 Buena Vista Dr., Marble Falls. Free. walkwayoflightstx.com.

Zilker Tree. Take a spin under the tree. 6 p.m.-midnight nightly through. Dec. 31. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree.


Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods. The flagship store offers ice skating 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 7. Call or check the website for updated hours, as private parties can book the rink Monday-Thursday. $10/person, which includes skates. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-1206, wholefoodsmarket.com/service/ice-skating-plaza.

Ice Skating at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa. Guests and passers-through can take a few spins around the ice skating rink on Riversong Lawn for a good cause. All-day skating includes skate rentals ($20 adult/$15 child for hotel guests; $25 adult/$20 child for non-guests) with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Bastrop County Women’s


Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run. It’s a run unlike any other — you’ll prance your way alongside Santas and elves and through all of the Trail of Lights’ tunnels and displays. Start at the Zilker Tree (which recently was lit for the 5oth time), walk or run 2.1 miles and complete the course at the Finish Line Festival in the middle of the park. Strollers are permitted, but dogs and other furry friends are not. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. $25-$40. austintrailoflights.org/fun-run.

Georgetown Christmas Stroll. Bring the whole family out for the 36th Annual Christmas Stroll to explore the wonders of Whoo-Village, have dessert with the Grinch, travel back in time through Bethlehem Village, enjoy live entertainment, food and craft vendors and check out ice sculptures and Santa’s Village. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. thegeorgetownsquare.com/Christmas-Stroll.html.

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll. Gather on the south steps of the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., for a singalong led by John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen from KUTX-FM, followed by the lighting of the Capitol tree. Congress Avenue will host live music, a farmers market, photos with Santa Claus and other entertainment, and shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late with special activities and offers. The Central Texas Food Bank will accept nonperishable food donations and monetary donations. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. downtownaustin.com/holiday-stroll.

A Vintage Christmas: Champagne & Carols at the Neill-Cochran House. Enjoy music and refreshments. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 10. 2310 San Gabriel St. $25-$100. 512-478-2335, nchmuseum.org/december-10-champagne-carols.

Holiday Window Walk. Local businesses in the 2nd Street District will transform their storefront windows into elaborate holiday art installations, all created by local students. Texas State University, Art Institute of Austin and St. Edward’s University students will use their design skills to compete for a chance to win scholarships. Second Street in downtown Austin. Free. facebook.com/2NDStDistrict.

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