Tree Lighting Events and So Much More!

Austinites embrace the Christmas spirit with a vibrant array of festive events, twinkling lights, and heartwarming traditions. The city transforms into a winter wonderland, brimming with opportunities to celebrate the season. These are just a few of the many tree lighting events that will be taking place in Austin this year. Be sure to check out the websites of the event organizers for more information.


The Austin Tree Lighting at the State Capitol

This main event is hosted on newly renovated Texas State Capitol grounds where the Annual Tree Lighting, Holiday Sing-Along and Stroll 2023 event takes place. This family-oriented event is free to all and allows several opportunities to celebrate with young and small!

A flyer stating the Holiday Sing-Along and Stroll return Dec. 2, 2023

Image courtesy of DownTown Austin Alliance


Zilker Park’s Trail of Lights

Austin’s iconic Trail of Lights is a must-see attraction during the holidays. Stroll through the park’s illuminated pathways, adorned with over two million twinkling lights, and immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere.


Peppermint Parkway

Embark on a magical drive-through experience at Peppermint Parkway. This enchanting route features over two million twinkling lights, transforming the Circuit of the Americas into a winter wonderland.


And So Much More!

All of these family-fun and exciting events offer different levels of entertain for all ages! Here are some of the things you can do and see there:

  • Enjoy live music from local bands. The event will feature performances from a variety of local bands, playing holiday classics and other festive tunes.

  • Do your holiday shopping at the many downtown Austin stores and restaurants. The event is a great time to get some holiday shopping done, as many downtown stores will have special extended hours and sales.

  • Participate in children’s activities and crafts. There will be a variety of activities for children to enjoy, such as face painting, crafts, and storytelling.

  • Admire the beautiful holiday decorations. The entire downtown area will be decked out in festive lights and decorations, creating a truly magical atmosphere.

  • Watch the fireworks display (weather permitting). The event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display, weather permitting.

In addition to these activities, you can also:

  • Take photos with Santa Claus. Santa will be on hand for photos with children.

  • Enjoy a variety of food and drinks from food trucks. There will be a variety of food trucks on hand serving up delicious food and drinks.

  • Get a free holiday gift. There will be free holiday gifts for all attendees.


Want To Learn Even More?

Enjoy Sierra Schmidt’s A Magical Guide to Christmas in Austin, Texas in 2023, for more amazing information about events taking place in the city this holiday season!

Photo of the writer Sierra Schmidt.

Image courtesy of Very Truly Texas