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2023 Texas Hill Country Christmas


2023 Texas Hill Country Christmas


Christmas Light Shows

  • Marble Falls – Walk of Lights
  • Zilker Park – Trail of Lights
  • Circuit of the America – Peppermint Parkway
  • Frederiksberg and Johnson City Downtown light displays

Santa is coming to town, and he is has been busy dropping off presents all over the place this year. Amazon should decorate their trucks like big red sleighs to help spread the much needed holiday cheer. While we have made it out in small ways for in-person shopping, it’s been mainly and online Christmas so far.

Favorite Local Destinations


Fredericksburg has there downtown light display through Jan 6. It looked very impressive on their website, so we are probably going to check it out. The have a lighting ceremonies at pm every night and it runs through Jan 6. Out last trip out there, the bars and streets started to fill up about the time we left.

Johnson City

has really picked up it’s nightlife game the past few years, expanding as the flood of vineyard, breweries, and distilleries have sprung up all over the Fredericksburg region. They also have a lights show now in their small quant downtown scene.


This small suburb of New Braunfels is always very cool during the holidays. It’s a great place to shop, grab some delicious food, and take in a quality free and low cost live music. They are typical one of the first to light the tree, with their Santa knows as “Cowboy Kringle”

Marble Falls

A walk of lights is located in the park right next to the river and bridge as you enter town from the south. It’s one of the nicer trail of lights in the Hill Country. They typical have a Santa and other fun stuff for the kids. Definaly a familuy friendly destination.


Spectacular light shows in downtown and at the race track. The Nutcracker and many other events make the big city a fun place during the holiday season.

San Antonio 

The River walk is always cool, and the decorations are worth the trip this time of year.

Austin Trail of light

This event typical will sell out quickly before Christmas and the weekends. You can’t park anywhere near the entrance without pre paid parking passes. There are options for bus service in several locations around Austin. It’s cheaper and way less of a hassle. VIP valet service also available via pre paid online tickets. It’s back to the normal walking trail after a few years of car covid baloney.

Circuit of the Americas Lights

The race track in got in on the Christmas action a few years with their own lights display and Christmas carnival like attraction.. The “Peppermint Parkway” should is a solid option for either a family or date night holiday extravaganza. It’s not the cheapest option on this list.

The Nutcracker in Austin

Ballet Austin and the Long Center located on the south lake front in the heart of downtown are back this season with their outstanding production of this Christmas classic. Seats are normally tough to get, but there were still some available directly from the Ballet companies website for most days.

A Doublewide, Texas Christmas at Hill Country Community Theatre

Located in Cottonwood Texas, a few miles from Marble Falls.

Six Flags Fiesta

We just love amusement parks in general, and this is big daddy of the parks in the Texas Hill Country. The Coaster – Great, and they always have some sort of theme for the park. Their Christmas effort is nice.



Second Saturday in December ~ Badu Park ~ 1 TO 9 pm

​Sled riding in Badu Park the second Saturday in December will be fun for the entire family.
Wristband required, sled riding will be from 1 to 9pm.

Burnet Christmas on the Square

Saturday Dec 9, Downtown Square Burnet, TX, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Around 5pm the parade begins at  parade stages near the Burnet Community Center on Jackson Street. It travels down Jackson Street to the historic square and turns north on Pierce Street before making its way around the square before returning to the community center. From 6-9pm, Project Graduation offers pictures with Santa.

ATX Music

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