Our Favorite Local Holiday Spots

Zilker Tree

Here at Wellington Group, “bright” is our middle name. So you can imagine how we get clap-your-hands giddy this time of year with all of the bright and beautiful lights that blanket our fair city of Austin. Here are some of our favorite bright spots for the holidays!

Trail of Lights
Going on now through December 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Zilker Park is the one, the only Trail of Lights. With free admission and local nightly performers, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go and visit this beloved Austin tradition. Oh, and don’t forget to hop across the street and partake in another Austin tradition – a spin under the Zilker Tree. 

37th Street Christmas Lights
You know you’ve made it when there’s a Wikipedia page about your Christmas tradition! And the homes on 37th Street at Guadalupe definitely deserve it. Keeping Austin weird during the holidays since the 1980’s, this row of houses is known for it’s quirky holiday decorations and lights. Get the friends and family in the car and ooohh and ahhhh at these creative takes on Christmas decorations.

The Four Seasons Hotel Lobby
Complimentary hot apple cider and cookies? A Dr. Seuss inspired gingerbread village? Where do we sign up? The Four Seasons Hotel Austin lobby is known for its one of a kind hand-crafted gingerbread villages complete with tiny twinkling lights. This year, it’s a Gingerbread Who-Village inspired by the Dr. Seuss classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There is also a “Welcome to Who-ville” sign and a train. We think we just heard the Grinch’s heart grow two more sizes.

Holiday Lights & Ice at Barton Creek Spa & Resort
With Skating, s’mores, games, 200,000 twinkling lights and Austin’s largest outdoor skating rink, it’s the 4th Annual Holiday Lights & Ice event at Barton Creek Spa & Resort. The ice rink is open now through Monday, January 6. Plus, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas, benefitting local children in need.

Do you have any other Austin holiday traditions? Let us know – we’d love to hear them!

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