Monday, December 23, 2019

The Seven Must-See Texas Hill Country Holiday Light Trails

The Seven Must-See Texas Hill Country Holiday Light Trails

We can now say we are officially in the holiday season. The weather outside is getting colder, department stores have the same three songs on repeat, and you have random family members coming to your home. If you are looking for something to do with your family to get into a festive mood, holiday light trails could be just what the doctor ordered. There is something magical about looking at beautiful lights around Christmastime. We have put together a list of seven holiday light trails located in the Texas hill country.


1. San Saba Christmas Park

We begin this list by showing off one of the largest light trails in the hill country: San Saba Christmas Park offers over thirty acres of lights, ponds, and trees. If you love holiday lights but hate the cold that comes with it, San Saba Christmas Park has you covered with the entire park being drivable. Starting December 14th, San Saba Christmas Park will begin to offer events and programs for the whole family. Take a leisurely stroll with your favorite glass of wine with the Sip & Stroll tour. For $30 a person, you will receive a souvenir wine glass, tote bag, and ten tasting pours. Festive carolers will perform your favorite holiday classics in the main square of the park. Also, on December 14th, a Christmas Parade will take place in the main square of the park.

two women walking beneath Christmas lights


2. Old West Christmas Light Fest   

If you are a Texas history buff, then the Old West Christmas Lightfest in Boerne, Texas, is the perfect light trail for you this holiday season. During December, the town of Boerne turns the Enchanted Springs Ranch into a winter wonderland with over three million lights spread across over forty old west buildings.

The Old West Christmas Lightfest is offering much more than a light trail this holiday season. Take part in a Christmas themed escape room, or learn with your kids the art of cookie decorating with classes held nightly. If all of that is not enough for you, then maybe a game of laser tag on the Old West streets will get you in the holiday mood. The Old West Christmas Light Fest is not a free event. Tickets for entry are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and military and first responders can take advantage of a $10 ticket price. Escape room tickets will be $35, and laser tag games are $5.21.

Criss-crossing Christmas lights


3. Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels  

The Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels wins the most unusual light trail. If you want a light trail filled with Santas and Snowmen, then this is not the trail for you. Aliens, dinosaurs, space shuttles, and cowboys all await you on this bizarre and yet charming trail. The trail is perfect for people who do not like walking in the cold because it is a driving only trail. It will cost you $30 a car or $60 for a season pass that will last you the entire month of December—and let's face it you are going to want to do this trail more than once.

horse-drawn carriage beneath holiday lights

4. San Antonio River Walk Holiday Lights

One of the most iconic landmarks in Texas transforms itself into a festive place to celebrate the holidays. The River Walk, located in San Antonio, is already one of the biggest tourist attractions in Texas, and when you add thousands of lights in the mix, it becomes even better. The event is free as you stroll through the River Walk, perusing the shops and eating at the iconic Mexican food restaurants. If walking isn’t your thing, you can rent a boat that will sail you down the river giving you a unique way to take in the lights. Also, during December, carolers have been known to serenade passersby with classic Christmas songs.

bauble ornaments in street tree


5. Marble Falls Walkway of Lights 

The Marble Falls Walkway of Lights is an excellent option if you or anyone in your family is a dog lover. This light trail that takes place in Marble Falls Texas incorporates over two million lights and 400 sculptures. The whole trail takes place at Lakeside Park, so dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. Santa has been known to make appearances from time to time. This light trail is free, but the city of Marble Falls asks for donations to help fund events just like this one.

purple christmas lights

6. Johnson City Lights Spectacular

If you are a fan of light trails that don’t mess around, then the Johnson City Lights Spectacular will not disappoint. If you don’t believe us, you can ask NASA since this light trail can be seen from space. The tree lighting ceremony, which takes place on November 29, is the most iconic tree lighting ceremony on this list. Volunteers from Pedernales Electric Cooperative take more than one million lights and wrap them around a bigger than life oak tree. The event is free for everyone, including free horse-drawn carriage rides.

7. Bastrop River of Lights

The last light trail on our list is full of events and special programs. The city of Bastrop has grown a reputation of a small town that loves Christmas, and over the past several years, they have earned that reputation. Starting on November 29th and ending December 15th, the Bastrop River of Lights and Lost Pines Christmas has a full schedule of fun and festive events for the whole family. These events include tree lighting, Country Christmas Farm Street Opry, Twisted Christmas Krampus Haunts, and the famous lighted Christmas parade. This light trail is free to the public.

Lighting Up Your Holiday this Year 

The holiday season is about spending time with family and the people you love. Cities and towns all over the Texas Hill Country are providing the best forms of holiday cheer for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Light trails are a fun and unique way to get the family together and enjoy the holidays together.