KSA Knows the best ways to celebrate this holiday season in Austin. 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Santa’s Ranch (New Braunfels)

November 6 through January 3 | Sunday – Thursday from 6 to 10 P.M. and Friday – Saturday from 6 to 11 P.M. | 9561 I-35 NORTH

Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks.

Lakeway Trail of Lights

November 20 through January 3 | Starting at 6 P.M. | Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek

Although there will be no in-person event marking opening weekend this year, the trail will be shining brightly each night with thousands of twinkling lights for all to enjoy! They request that you please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. Friendly reminder, please limit your groups to less than 10 people.

Maywald Christmas Light Display

November 21 through January 3 | 6 to 10 p.m. Nightly | 10505 Twilight Vista

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–the Maywald Christmas Light Display! The lights turn on November 21 and run nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 3 (weather permitting). Donations received at the light show benefit Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas. Last year, the Maywalds raised over $45,000 totaling over $76,000 in four years!

Holidays in Hutto

Saturday, November 28 | Starting at 5 P.M. | Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 County Road 137

Holidays in Hutto will feature ample family friendly activities, food trucks, and live music! Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a live stream of the City of Hutto’s annual Downtown Tree Lighting, performances by Hutto ISD dance team, carolers, snow sledding, hay and train rides, photos with Santa and his other holiday friends, face painting, balloon artists, caricatures, live music performances, and more!

Lala's Christmas Bar

Open everyday | 4 P.M.-2 A.M. | 2207 Justin Ln Austin, Tx

Here at Lala's we have been thrilled to see the growth of the Crestview and North Burnet neighborhood and have enjoyed welcoming droves of newcomers to our loyal fanbase. Please stop by soon for a cold beer or tasty cocktail with the friendliest bar staff in town or enjoy a warm Austin evening on our newly constructed patio!

Natural Bridge Caverns Christmas (San Antonio)

Various dates| Various times |26496 Natural Bridge Caverns Road

At Natural Bridge Caverns, we celebrate Christmas unlike anywhere else in the world! Nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country, they kick our holiday festivities up a notch. Hear your favorite carols echo through Texas’ largest underground cavern. Visit with Santa “Spelunker” Claus, then round up his reindeer in our 5000 square foot outdoor maze. As the sun sets behind their 30-foot Christmas tree, take a stroll through their 1/3 mile trail of lights. Don’t forget to roast s’mores, enjoy live music, and shop for your holiday gifts!

Elf The Musical (Bastrop)

Various Dates starting December 4 | Starting at 7:30 P.M.| Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring Street

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

Geraldine’s Presents: The South Pole

Various Days Starting December 4 | From 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. | Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis Street

The South Pole is presented by Geraldine’s, this year however, the event is being held in our 5000 square foot & high ceiling ballroom, featuring industrial grade air filtration, allowing guests to spread far apart and safely enjoy the company they came with. To ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff we are limiting the number of tickets sold each night to ensure socially-distanced, private tables, and requiring all guests to wear masks when not seated. Enjoy a continuous cocktail parade, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes in your very own seating pod!

German Christmas Market

Saturday, December 5 | From 10 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. | The German Free School, Building 507 East 10th Street

Go for the Food and Entertainment. Stay for a unique shopping experience. They will have authentic German, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, Schwiebogen, smokers and decor. Enjoy some Gluehwein (hot spiced wine), Christmas Stollen made by The New World Bakery. Up for some German cookies? Try out Silke’s German Gourmet Cookies.

Towns to visit that will make you feel like you're in a Hallmark holiday movie


We all love this town for having great wineries and bed and breakfasts, but did you know Fredericksburg is often compared to a Hallmark holiday movie? Voted the “Best Small Town for Christmas in the South” by Southern Living and “The Christmiest Town in Texas” by Uptown Magazine, the town comes alive with ice skating, their 30-foot tall Christmas tree, holiday shopping, and more. From November 12 to January 6, join for their nightly lighting countdown, 55 Nights of Fredericksburg Lights!

Johnson City

Just a short drive west of Austin, the town of Johnson City comes alive with their Lights Spectacular display starting on November 27. For the last 31 years, this Hill Country town transforms itself into a bright beacon of light, welcoming visitors with a stunning light show.

College Station

The folks at Santa’s Wonderland are putting on a giant outdoor Christmas wonderland until December 30. Open everyday of the week, guests can experience hayrides, meeting Santa, a Texas-sized gingerbread village, ice skating, and more! Santa’s Wonderland is divided into five areas: Santa’s Station, Santa’s Farm, Santa’s Town, Santa’s Big Red Barn, and West Pole. Each area features different activities, food, beverages, and live music. If you’re looking to spend the entire weekend in College Station, stay at one of Santa’s certified hotels and save with their holiday packages.