Best Christmas Lights Near Austin

Christmas lights and displays are one of the special and unique things to experience this time of year. We have listed a variety of places you can explore to see some of the best Christmas lights near Austin! Locations are listed alphabetically. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to visit all of the places listed below?


Come experience this amazing cul-de-sac all decked out with incredible Christmas lights and displays! They also collect toy and cash donations for Safe Place, an Austin-area shelter for women and families and donations for Blue Santa.

AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

Located in Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin, experience the trail with thousands of lights and displays, holiday treats, the Zilker Tree and more!

BASTROP RIVER OF LIGHTS – 1200 Willow St. Bastrop, TX 78602

This beautiful light trail started in 2002 and continues for about a half mile!

BUDAFEST – 880 Main St. Buda, TX 78610

This two-day event features Santa Claus, lights and a variety of vendors selling a variety of crafts and other items!


This cul-de-sac is full of holiday cheer and collects toys and funds for Brown Santa, a program that helps children, families and seniors in Travis County!

DONN’S DEPOT HOLIDAY DISPLAY – 1600 W. 5th St. Austin, TX 78703

Donn’s Depot is a piano bar featuring interior Christmas lights year round! During the holidays, they offer specialty drinks, holiday songs, a one-night event and more.


The owner of Dennington Décor decks out their own home in a spectacular customized lights show!

HARLIEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – 400 Liscio Cv. Georgetown, TX 78628

This family has decorated their home for 24 years and raises money for Make-A-Wish to sponsor trips for local kids and their families!


This one-night event features the tree lighting, live music, Santa’s Workshop, games, and so much more!

LAKEWAY TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 105 Cross Creek Lakeway, TX 78734

A favorite Lakeway tradition, come experience all the lights and sounds of the holiday!

LAKE AUSTIN’S BOAT TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 5300 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78730

Although there are only limited tickets/tables available for this event, it features a decorating contest among boat owners and a prize for the best light display!

LALA’S LITTLE NUGGET CHRISTMAS BAR – 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Lala’s keeps Christmas lights and decorations up year-round and throws a Christmas party each year with a white elephant gift exchange and more!

LIGHTS OF TEJAS – 1038 PR 2191 Giddings, TX 78942

Experience over a million lights, fun activities and so much more!

LIGHTS SPECTACULAR – 101 W. Pecan Dr. Johnson City, TX 78636

This event has been taking place since the late 1970’s and is the largest light display in Texas!

MOZART’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX 78703

Come check out this incredible light display and show at one of Austin’s favorite coffee shops!

RHODES FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – 2410 Sharon Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613

This home was featured on ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight”! They also collect food items for the Cedar Park Area Food Bank.

ROUND ROCK CHRISTMAS TOWNE – 4111 E. Old Settler’s Blvd. Round Rock, TX 78665

Come experience awesome light displays, carnival rides, holiday treats and more!

SANTA’S RANCH – 9561 IH 35 North, New  Braunfels, TX 78130

Drive through over a mile of country roads featuring beautiful Christmas displays!

SHADY OAKS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY – 107 Shady Oak Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628

This home has been putting on an incredible holiday display since 2011!

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS – 401 E. Hopkins St. San Marcos, TX 78666

This is a great family-friendly event to experience lights throughout the park, Santa, carnival rides and food, and more!

THE CAPITOL HOLIDAY STROLL – 1100 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701

Join in for a stroll, the lighting of the downtown tree, carols and more!

THE DOMAIN HOLIDAY DISPLAY – 11410 Century Oaks Terrace Austin, TX 78758

Come meet Santa Claus while enjoying the Christmas tree light show with accompanying music!


Come check out the lighting of the Driskill Hotel’s Christmas Tree and join in for carols! The hotel also hosts a variety of other holiday functions as well.

TOUNGATE KLUB KRINGLE – 13500 FM 2769 Austin, TX 78726

This is an awesome LED light show that is synchronized to music!

WALKWAY OF LIGHTS – 305 Buena Vista Dr. Marble Falls, TX 78654

Millions of lights, Santa, sculptures and more await you in beautiful Lakeside Park!


Willis Littlefield has been hosting an amazing display at his home since 1998!

WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS – 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. Austin, TX 78617

This event has it all! In addition to an abundance of lights, this event features a Chinese Lantern Festival, outdoor ice skating rink, petting zoo, carnival rides, live music, Tunnel of Lights and more!


Source:,” Austin Local.

13 Fall Home Maintenance Ideas

Now that we are officially into fall, there are several home maintenance ideas that can help prepare you and your home for the coolest months. Here are 15 ideas of items to consider addressing before the weather gets too cold! Some of these may be best done by hiring a professional or someone with more experience. Or someone who is comfortable on a ladder if you are not!

  1. Tree and Shrub Maintenance. This is a great time to call out a specialist if you have trees on your property and have them inspected. Have branches trimmed and dead branches removed and cared for early on. Trim shrubs or hire a landscaper to get your lawn ready for winter!
  2. Rake Those Leaves. This certainly is not everyone’s favorite outdoor activity, and the colored leaves sure are pretty! However, it is important to rake them and bag them up so the ground is clear and won’t inhibit spring growth.
  3. Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts. Another unfortunate result of the leaves falling, this one is important so your gutters and downspouts don’t become clogged. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause damage to your roof and or siding due to pooling water. Best to wait to do this activity after the majority of leaves have fallen.
  4. Inspect the Exterior of Your Home and Make Necessary Repairs. Take a nice walk around your home, looking at the siding, roof, foundation, and windows. If you spot something that looks like it needs repair, make sure to repair it or schedule a professional before the winter weather.
  5. Inspect For and Seal Gaps to Prevent Critters From Entering Your Home. With the colder weathers, lots of critters like to look for a warmer place to nest. Inspect the exterior of your home for any holes (mice only need a very small hole) and gaps and seal and secure to prevent any unwanted visitors.
  6. Inspect Exterior Stairs, Railings and Walkways. Check all exterior spaces to make sure there aren’t any issues that might make navigating your outdoor space more challenging or unsafe in the winter months.
  7. Stock Up on Winter Necessities. Depending on where you live, you might need to inventory your stock of shovels, ice scrapers, ice melt, etc. It’s also a great time to stock up on firewood for cozy winter fires.
  8. Shut Off/Cover Exterior Faucets and Store Hoses Indoors. Help protect your pipes from freezing by shutting off water to your exterior faucets or using faucet covers before the weather gets below freezing. Make sure hoses are drained and store them indoors so they are ready to go in the spring.
  9. Apply Weatherstripping. Want to save money on winter energy bills? Adding weatherstripping to door and window frames helps keep the heat in and thus reduces your energy costs by minimizing the warm air that goes out and cool air that comes in.
  10. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Check Your Home For Radon. Fall is a great time to check all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries when needed. It’s also good to check your fire extinguisher and make sure it is up to date and have your home checked for radon to ensure your home is at a safe level.
  11. Clean Out Dryer Vents. Lint builds up over time and can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and could even cause a fire. Fall is a great time to clean out the vent or hire a professional to do so.
  12. Consider A Home Energy Audit. A professional auditor can assess your home’s energy efficiency and make recommendations on how to improve your level of efficiency.
  13. Schedule a Chimney Cleaning Furnace Check-up. It is important to check that your chimney and furnace/boiler are cleaned out and working properly before you need to turn on your heat regularly. Speaking of chimneys, if you have one, check to make sure you have a chimney cap to keep critters from going down your chimney!


Source:,” Forbes.

12 Quotes About Gratitude

With Thanksgiving soon approaching, this time of year often reminds us of things we are thankful for. Here are some great quotes about gratitude to inspire you this fall season!

  1. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
  2. “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” – Zig Ziglar
  3. “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is show in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel
  4. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
  5. “’Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
  6. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some>” – Charles Dickens
  7. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward
  8. “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
  9. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
  10. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” – Charles Schwab
  11. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
  12. “None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

3 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Who doesn’t love the fall and all of the flavors of the season? Fall always makes us want to cook more and here are 3 recipes that we cannot wait to try!



  • 1 whole chicken (around 3 pounds)
  • 2 ½ quarts of cold water
  • 1 large carrot, cubed
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 T all-purpose flour
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • ½ cup crème fraiche
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 t fresh chopped thyme leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, for garnish


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine chicken, water, carrot, celery, onion, 3 sprigs of thyme, and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil on high heat, then cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove the chicken from the Dutch oven and place in a bowl to cool.
  2. Increase the heat in the pot and bring to a simmer. Remove any chicken fat on the top and set aside in a bowl. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of the fat with flour in a small bowl. Stir the mixture to form a paste and add more flour if needed. Add the chicken fat/flour mixture to the stock. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Shred the chicken meat and add it to the stock. Season with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the crème fraiche, milk, 2 teaspoons of thyme leaves and eggs and whisk together. Add the self-rising flour until almost entirely combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Place large dollops of the dumpling mixture on top of the chicken stock. Slightly increase the heat to medium-high and cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when the dumplings look light and fluffy and a toothpick inserted into the center of the dumpling comes out clean. When serving, garnish with the thyme sprigs.




  • 3 ½ pounds of beef chuck pot roast
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 t ground black pepper
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 cup of diced celery
  • 1 cup of diced onion
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 t of dried rosemary


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. In a large, oven-safe pot, place the vegetable oil and turn the heat to medium-high. Season the roast with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides in the hot oil and place the meat on a plate.
  3. In the same pot, add the carrots, celery and onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables start to release their juices, usually about 3 minutes. Loosen any brown bits on the bottom of the pot and add the butter, cooking until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the rosemary and combine with the vegetables. Return the roast to the pot and cover the pot with a lid.
  4. Place the roast in the preheated oven and cook until the roast is tender, about 2 ½-3 hours. When serving, season with additional salt and pepper if desired.




  • 3 eggplant, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 6 cups of spaghetti sauce, separated
  • 16oz of mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ t of dried basil


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Dip the eggplant slices in the egg, then cover in bread crumbs. Place the coated eggplant in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Take a 9×13 inch baking dish and cover the bottom evenly with spaghetti sauce. Place a layer of the baked eggplant slices in the sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Repeat in layers in the remaining ingredients, with the cheese on top. Sprinkle the basil on the top cheese layer.
  4. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown.


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9 Fun November Events in Austin

With the weather feeling a lot more like fall, check out some of the great activities happening in and around Austin this November! Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

  1. CHRISTMAS AT THE CASWELL HOUSE – November 1 – November 7 – Location: The Caswell House

This event has been an Austin tradition since 1983. Organized by the Austin Junior Forum, they transform this historic Austin home into a holiday wonderland. This event is used to raise funds and distribute proceeds to local charities and non-profits. For more information, visit

  1. WURSTFEST– November 2 – November 11 – Location: New Braunfels, TX

Wurstfest is a fun event where you can enjoy Bavarian and Alpine Style Entertainment. Come feast on great food, music, dancing, German, Texas and domestic beers, fun rides and games and more. Visit for more information.

  1. AUSTIN POWWOW – November 3 – Location: Travis County Expo Center

This super unique event is the largest in Texas and is a festival featuring American Indian dancing, singing, crafts, art and food. This is its 27th year and is a festival worth experiencing! More information can be found at

  1. FOSSIL FEST – November 3 & 4 – Location: Old Settler’s Heritage Association

This is an awesome family event! Bring the whole family and dig for fossils, meet scientists, enjoy workshops, and explore specimens from all over the world. Check out for more information.

  1. TEXAS MONTHLY BBQ FESTIVAL – November 3 & 4 – Location: City Terrace at The Long Center

The name says it all! Come check out as many of Texas’ BBQ restaurants as you can during this event and decide on which spot is your favorite. Visit for more details.

  1. A CHRISTMAS AFFAIR – November 14 – November 18 – Location: Palmer Events Center

Come check out around 200 vendors in a fantastic shopping event hosted by The Junior League of Austin. The event includes Santa, children’s events, and so much more! For more information, visit

  1. TURKEY TROT – November 22 – Location: The Long Center

This is an Austin tradition! Hosted by ThunderCloud Subs, come join the 5-mile run/1-mile walk. This is a great event to do with the family, or you can compete with other serious runners in Austin. Visit for more details.

  1. BLUE GENIE ART BAZAAR – November 23 & 24 – Location: 6100 Airport Blvd.

Featuring the work of more than 200 artists, the event is free to enter and offers stunning artwork and handmade gifts. One extra special thing about this event is that a portion of the proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Check out for more information.

  1. CHUY’S CHRISTMAS PARADE – November 24 – Location: Congress Avenue

This annual holiday parade features a variety of floats, balloons, marching bands, vintage cars, and more! Visit for more information.


Source,” Visit Austin.

5 Great Getaways Near Austin

  1. FREDERICKSBURG, TX: Fredericksburg is a charming town deeply rooted in German heritage. It is famous for its abundance of fabulous bed and breakfasts and abundance of wineries. Fredericksburg has a lovely Main Street with lots of great shops and restaurants. In addition, Fredericksburg is home to the National Museum of the Pacific War. For those who want to experience more of nature, you can visit and take a hike at the stunning Enchanted Rock State Natural Area or take a walk through the beautiful flower gardens at Wildseed Farms. Fredericksburg offers an opportunity to relax, explore, shop, dine and soak in the incredible Texas Hill Country!
  2. WACO, TX: Waco is home to Baylor University and in recent years has really stamped itself on the map thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their successful HGTV hit Fixer Upper. The Gaines’ popular business Magnolia Market is a fan favorite, as is their restaurant Magnolia Table. You can even stay at their Bed and Breakfast called Magnolia House. In addition to checking out all of the offerings by the Gaines’, there are lots of other things to check out in Waco as well! Options include visiting the Cameron Park Zoo, strolling through the Dr. Pepper Museum, checking out the Waco Mammoth National Monument and stopping by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Waco is also home to lots of cute shops and antique stores!
  3. SAN ANTONIO, TX: San Antonio is filled with rich history, including the famous Alamo. Perhaps the most popular tourist destination in San Antonio, the Alamo is only one of five Spanish colonial missions, all of which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Another hugely popular place to check out is the River Walk, offering lots of activities, restaurants and shopping. Into art and history? San Antonio also has a variety of museums to choose from including the Witte Museum and McNay Art Museum. Looking for something active and family-friendly? San Antonio is home to the San Antonio Zoo, SeaWorld and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
  4. NEW BRAUNFELS, TX: New Braunfels is just a short drive from Austin and has a lot of great activities that keep people coming back year after year. One hugely popular activity particularly in the summer is floating down the Comal River. You stock your cooler and rent a tube and spend the day floating with family or friends. You can also visit the massive Schlitterbahn Waterpark. It has tons of attractions for kids and adults of all ages, and they allow you to bring in a picnic! You can also visit the beautiful Landa Park, Canyon Lake, or a variety of other fun places.
  5. WIMBERLEY, TX: Wimberley is an adorable town with lots of fun activities. You can shop downtown at the unique shops and dine in the delicious restaurants. You can find everything from vintage items, clothing, furniture, household items, and more! Popular outdoor activities include visiting Blue Hole Regional Park, which offers trails and a neat swimming area, and Jacob’s Well Natural Park which offers a clear spring for swimming. You can also take a popular scenic drive called Devil’s Backbone Scenic Drive or visit Lookout Mountain for some amazing views of the Texas Hill Country.



Source:,” Time Out.,” Trip Advisor.,” Trip Advisor.

10 Things About Austin You Might Not Know

Austin is an amazing and unique city. Located in the center of the state of Texas, Austin is also the capitol of Texas and offers tons of activities and beautiful weather and scenery. Here is a list of 10 things about Austin that you might not know. Whether you live here or not, it’s an amazing city to explore!

  1. Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. During the spring and summer, you can go to the Congress Avenue Bridge and watch as the approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from under the bridge. It is something you have to see!
  2. Austin is home to the only nude beach in the state of Texas. Lake Travis is a beloved Austin lake that residents and tourists love to visit. Hippie Hollow is a beach located on Lake Travis where clothing is optional.
  3. Austin is not home to any professional sports teams. Although that may soon change, currently Austin does not house any professional sports teams. It is, however, to The University of Texas and the city loves to cheer on the Longhorns!
  4. Austin is the only city in the world that currently operates Moonlight towers. Originally built in 1894, these towers are recognized as Texas State Landmarks and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  5. Austin is the filming location for a bunch of movies. Movies such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Boyhood, Office Space, Spy Kids, Kill Bill Volume 1, Dazed and Confused and Congeniality were all filmed in Texas’ capitol city.
  6. Austin has amazing weather. Many think of Texas as being incredibly hot, and there are times where it is. Generally, however, Austin’s weather is lovely and enjoys an average of 300 days a year of sunshine!
  7. The Texas State Capitol Building is the second largest capitol building in the United States. It is second only to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Austin offers a variety of options for touring this beautiful and historic building.
  8. Austin has an annual birthday party for Eeyore. Usually on the last Saturday in April, Austin has been celebrating Eeyore’s birthday, the beloved character from Winnie the Pooh, since 1963.
  9. Austin has a junk museum. Austin is home to a variety of museums, but one especially unique museum is called The Cathedral of Junk. There’s always something new to see each time you visit!
  10. Austin is obsessed with breakfast tacos. If you haven’t had a breakfast taco, you have been missing out! Breakfast tacos are everywhere in Austin and they are incredibly delicious. With so many different places offering delicious tacos, you’re sure to fall in love with breakfast tacos too.


Source:,” Culture Trip.,_Texas),” Wikipedia.