It’s that time of year. Here are the Best Lake Travis Holiday events on and around the lake.

Holiday at The Oaks

The Oaks at Lakeway’s Third Annual Holiday party, Holiday at the Oaks, is fast approaching – taking place Wednesday, November 17th from 5-7pm.

The event is 100% free to attend and features complimentary photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus by local portrait photographer Kim Ortiz, food and beverage tastings from Vivel Crepes & Coffee, The Gramercy, MOD Pizza, Raising Cane’s, Epic Western Cocktail Company, Twin Liquors, and more, as well as live music and giveaways!

Holiday at the Oaks benefits Green Santa with a toy drive that goes directly to families in financial strain during the holiday season.

When: November 17th, 2021, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Oaks at Lakeway


The Holiday Market

Hill Country Galleria has transformed the Central Plaza into a holiday market open to the public November 26th thru December 24th. Located within one of the most beautiful places for holiday shopping, visitors will experience shopping local at artisan vendors of art, jewelry, home goods, and holiday fare. Experience the outdoor ambiance filled with holiday cheer and an abundance of family photo opts.

In addition to the Hill Country Galleria’s 100 shops & restaurants, the holiday market is a must-visit holiday destination with unique gifts, holiday performances, glittering holiday lights, and an abundance of family fun. Admission is free.

When: November 26th, 2021 to December 24, 2021
Web: The Holiday Market
Where: Hill Country Galleria


Selfies With Santa

Selfies With Santa is a magical experience that allows families to visit Santa inside his Workshop and take their own photos for free. Open select days from November 26th through December 24th, Santa’s Workshop will be located indoors, next door to Buenos Aires Café.

We welcome guests to visit and enjoy Santa’s Workshop as many times as they wish this season. There will be no professional photographer on-site. Families are welcomed to bring their camera phones or try out our HALO selfie camera to text photos to your phone.

When: November 26th, 2021 to December 24, 2021
Web: Selfies With Santa
Where: Hill Country Galleria


Light Up The Plaza

Light up the plaza on November 27th! Enjoy holiday performances, face painting, and arrive early to shop The Holiday Market at Hill Country Galleria. The program will begin at 6pm where you can see Santa and enjoy live music by American Authors! Hear their hit song “Best Day of My Life” along with holiday tunes. Emceed by Mix 94.7. Admission is free.

Schedule of events:

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Experience The Holiday Market at Hill Country Galleria
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Selfies With Santa in Santa’s Workshop
6:00 PM – Holiday entertainment on the main stage
6:30 PM – Program begins w/ Santa’s Appearance & Tree Lighting
7:00 PM – Live music by American Authors

When: November 27th, 2021
Web: Light Up The Plaza
Where: Hill Country Galleria


Jingle Bell 5K

Hosted by the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce, the Jingle Bell Run 5k will feature a 5k fun run at 7am, and a Kids Dash at 7:30am. Run through the streets of the Hill Country Galleria with your family, friends, or Fido!

More information on how to sponsor or register for the event can be found at BeeCaveChamberOfCommerce.com

When: Saturday, December 4th, 2021 @ 7 AM.
Web: Jingle Bell 5k
Where: Hill Country Galleria


Lakeway Lights On

Lakeway Lights On

Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! The Lights On event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. We invite you to join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohman’s). Have fun decorating cookies and roasting a marshmallow at the fire pit! We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be nearby to ‘plug in’ the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. Enjoy Christmas tunes sung by a live band. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. No pets, please.

Parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Trail of Lights may be accessed by the stairway at the bottom of the parking lot. Those with strollers should use caution traversing the stairway. Parking is also available at Village Plaza, 100 Lakeway Drive (near Café Lago). Take the walkway between the buildings for direct access to the Lights On event at City Hall. Access the Trail of Lights by following the sidewalk around the building to the right. Wheelchair access is available at City Hall entrance off of Lohman’s Crossing. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 6:00 to 8 pm
Web: Lights On
Where: Lakeway City Hall Parking Lot


Lakeway Holiday Trail of Lights

Lakeway Lights On

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights!

Trail of Lights will be open each night from 6 PM – Midnight through January 2, 2022.

Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohman’s Crossing at the corner of Lohman’s and Sailmaster).

Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back.

There is no charge to park or to attend.

Trail is self-guided. There are no vendors or attendants on site.

For details regarding this attraction, click here. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.

Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Lohmans and Sailmaster). Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back. There is no charge to park or to attend. For details regarding this attraction, click here. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 thru Sunday January 2nd, 2022 – 6:00 to 12 am
Web: Trail of Lights
Where: Lakeway City Hall Parking Lot


Lake Travis Holiday Boat Parade West

Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade - Crosswater Yacht Club
Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade – Crosswater Yacht Club

The date is set so mark your calendars for the 2021 Crosswater Yacht Club/Hurst Harbor Marina Lake Travis Lighted Holiday Boat Parade!!!

Boaters will meet at the mouth of Hurst Creek at sunset (5:30 pmish). There are 5 categories to compete in: Sailboat, Runabout/Ski boat, Cruiser, Pontoon and Houseboat/Barge. They also crown a grand champion… The marinas are gathering unwrapped toys for Brown Santa, the Travis County Sheriff’s toy drive.
The marinas around Lakeway have been doing a great job putting together the largest and brightest parade every year.

There are a few public places to watch the parade go by including Dink Pearson Park on the north shore and Lakeway Resort and Spa on the south shore. Call Lakeway Resort prior to event to ask about cost associated with their watch party.
Please note: the event is posted as a public event but Crosswater Yacht Club is a private, gated marina. Only marina clients and their guests will be allowed to park in the parking lot. Security will be present at the gate during the event.
We hope everyone makes plans to decorate their boat and meet us out on the water.

When: Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Crosswater Yacht Club


Lago Vista’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

The City of Lago Vista excited to bring back their beloved Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration this year with local performers on stage, community groups offering up goodies, hot dogs from the Lions Club, Christmas caroling, and Santa making his entrance on the big red firetruck! We are even bringing back the Trail of Lights that will be open throughout the entire holiday season for all to enjoy.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is on Monday, December 6 from 6 – 8 pm at the City Hall parking plaza at 5803 Thunderbird Street. We will countdown to the lighting of the tree AND all the holiday lights throughout the plaza, Veterans Memorial Park, and Dawn Drive at the same time! The Trail of Lights will be up through January 6, 2022, and makes for a perfect spot for your holidays photos.

Don’t forget to mail your letters to Santa here in his magical North Pole mailbox. Be sure to leave a return address – you might just get a letter back from one of Santa’s elves. Fill-in-the-form letters will be available at the event and next to the mailbox in the days leading up to Christmas.

When: Monday, December 6, 2020 – 6 pm to 8 pm
Web: Lago Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Lago Vista


Lago Vista Trail of Lights

We are excited to bring back our beloved Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration this year with local performers on stage, community groups offering up goodies, hot dogs from the Lions Club, Christmas caroling, and Santa making his entrance on the big red firetruck! We are even bringing back the Trail of Lights that will be open throughout the entire holiday season for all to enjoy.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is on Monday, December 6 from 6 – 8 pm at the City Hall parking plaza at 5803 Thunderbird Street. We will countdown to the lighting of the tree AND all the holiday lights throughout the plaza, Veterans Memorial Park, and Dawn Drive at the same time! The Trail of Lights will be up through January 6, 2022, and makes for a perfect spot for your holidays photos.

Don’t forget to mail your letters to Santa here in his magical North Pole mailbox. Be sure to leave a return address – you might just get a letter back from one of Santa’s elves. Fill-in-the-form letters will be available at the event and next to the mailbox in the days leading up to Christmas.

When: December 6th, 2021 to January 6th, 2022
Web: Lago Vista Holiday Trail of Lights
Where: 5803 Thurderbird St.


Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade East

It’s Lake Travis’ annual Safe Harbor Emerald Point Lighted Boat Parade!

Information for boat participants:
Line up in front of the Safe Harbor Emerald Point Marina Ship Store at dusk (5:30 pmish). The parade route will be a big loop around Starnes Island then back to Emerald Point Bar and Grill for trophies and food and drinks!
Bring a donation or unwrapped gift for the Travis County Brown Santa charity organization. Let’s fill up four barrels this year!
Please call Kelly in the marina office with any questions, (512) 266-1535.

When: Saturday, December 11, 2020 – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Emerald Point Marina