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

Bee Cave on Ice

Hill Country Galleria and the City of Bee Cave present Bee Cave on Ice! Come out and enjoy this year’s coolest holiday attraction from Friday, November 10th – Monday, January 15th. The $15 ticket includes a skate rental and a 60-minute skate session. CLICK HERE for reservations. Reservations are highly encouraged, but a number of walk-ups will be available. Skate times each day vary.

When: November 10th, 2023 to January 15th, 2024
Web: Bee Cave on Ice
Where: Hill Country Galleria

3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Frontyard Brewing

Join Frontyard Brewing for a Festive Holiday Celebration.

Get ready to embrace the spirit of the season at our Holiday Tree Lighting event! At Frontyard Brewing, we’re bringing you a day filled with joy, laughter, and the warmth of community. Mark your calendars for a day packed with delightful activities, all leading up to the grand moment when our magnificent tree lights up the night sky. Ornament Making, Live Music, Tree Lighting, Movie on the Lawn: “Elf”. Snuggle up and enjoy a classic holiday film.

When: November 25th, 2023 – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Web: 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Where: Frontyard Brewing

Light Up The Plaza – Holiday Tree Lighting

Join The Hill Country Galleria as they light up the plaza tonight! The program will begin with live music from Gunnar Latham and then Country musician and Oklahoma native, Kaitlin Butts. Butts. Kaitlin is a renowned country artist with a honkytonk throwback sound inspired by Miranda Lambert and The Chicks and has toured with country singer Morgan Wade.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will feature live music, holiday market shopping, ice-skating, giveaways, and refreshments for guests beginning at 5 p.m.

When: November 25th, 2023 – 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Web: Light Up The Plaza – Holiday Tree Lighting
Where: Hill Country Galleria

Photos With Santa

Little children sitting on authentic Santa Claus’ knees indoors

Photos with Santa is back this holiday season at Hill Country Galleria! Enjoy a magical experience that allows families to visit Santa inside his winter workshop cabin and take their own photos for FREE. There will be no professional photographer on site, but families are welcome to use their own cameras to capture this magical moment. Open select days from November 25th through December 24th, Santa’s Workshop will be located indoors, next door to Buenos Aires Café.

When: November 25th, 2023 to December 24, 2023
Web: Photos With Santa
Where: Hill Country Galleria

Lakeway Lights On

Lakeway Lights On

Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! The Lights On! Ceremony marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the official lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. We invite you to join us in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans Crossing). Have fun decorating cookies and toasting marshmallows at the fire pit! Compete with your friends and family playing “Reindeer Games.” Santa and Mrs. Claus will be nearby to ‘plug in’ the Trail of Lights display and 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. Also, no pets, please.

We will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries.

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 Square Shopping Center at 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 the City Hall entrance off of Lohman’s Crossing. For more information, please call 512-314-7532. We hope to see you at Lights On!

When: Friday, December 1, 2023 – 6:00 to 8 pm
Web: Lights On
Where: Lakeway City Hall Parking Lot

Bee Cave Holiday Artisan Market

Bring your friends and family to support local artisans and crafters at the Holiday Artisan Market!

Enjoy a spectacular selection of beautiful art, delicious gourmet foods, unique beauty & wellness products, and live music performances from your favorite local musicians at this special holiday market.

Located in the Central Plaza. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to apply to become a vendor.

When: Friday, December 1, 2023 – 6:00 to 9 pm
Web: Bee Cave Holiday Artisan Market
Where: Hill Country Galleria

Lakeway Holiday Trail of Lights

Lakeway Trail of Lights

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights. The Trail of Lights will be open each night from 6 PM – Midnight through January 2, 2023. 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 more information, please call 512-314-7532 or email

When: December 1, 2023 thru Sunday January 1, 2024 – 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

Mark your calendars…The date is set for the 2023 Lake Travis Lighted Holiday Boat Parade!!!

Parade starts at Crosswater Yacht Club at 6:00 pm travelling into the body of the lake just past Captain Pete’s Boathouse.

Parade finishes at Captain Pete’s for award ceremony food and drinks.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Crosswater Yacht Club

Jingle Bell 5K

Come celebrate the holidays with Hill Country Galleria at the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce’s 3rd Annual Jingle Bell 5K and Kids Dash! Enjoy a variety of delicious food and beverage vendors, incredible music and dance entertainment, a costume contest and so much more. CLICK HERE to register now!

When: Saturday, December 2nd, 2022 @ 6 AM.
Web: Jingle Bell 5k
Where: Hill Country Galleria

Lakeway Sing Along’s Family Christmas Show

Back-to-back performances of “What Christmas Means To Me” will be held at 2 and 4 pm at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek, on Sunday, December 3rd. No need for reservations, but come early to get a good seat! This charity show is free with the donation of an unwrapped gift – especially sports equipment and dolls – for a child up to age 17. These gifts will be distributed to qualified area families by LTlov Green Santa Program volunteers.

When: Sunday, December 3, 2023 – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Web: Lakeway Sing Along’s Family Christmas Show
Where: Lakeway Activity Center

Lago Vista’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

Every year Lago Vista hosts the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Kids young and old join together to watch dancers and singing groups on stage with festival Christmas carols filling the night air. Businesses, nonprofit groups, and churches donate their time and delicious treats, providing a simple meal for all to enjoy.

The big moment comes when the City tree is lit up along with all light in the City at the same time. And then, arriving on a big red fire truck with lights flashing and horns blaring, Santa and Mrs. Clause delight the children with fill-in letters to Santa, a chance to whisper in his ear what they want for Christmas, and free photos with Santa, Mrs. Clause, and his Elf.

When: Monday, December 4, 2023 – 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Web: Lago Vista Christmas Tree Lighting
Where: Lago Vista

LTHS Orchestra presents: Let It Be…A Holiday Concert with The Eggmen

A holiday concert with Austin-based Beatles tribute band The Eggmen. The Eggmen will perform with the LTHS Orchestra, as well as feature the Lake Travis Fiddlers

When: Friday, December 8th – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: LT Performing Arts Center

Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade East

Join us for our annual Lighted Boat Parade at Safe Harbor Emerald Point. Come line up for the parade around 6:15 pm in front of the marina and then join us as we head toward the dam and circle back.
Everyone is welcome to view the parade from the marina or restaurant and join for the after party at the marina restaurant. There will be an after party, live music, and trophy announcement will take place at the Palapa bar at the marina restaurant. There will be refreshments available for Members but everyone is welcome to come. Since the restaurant is closed, there will not be food/drinks available for the general public.
Live Music will be from 7:30pm – 9:30pm by the rock band MARS! The entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy or donation to 501c3 Brown Santa Program ( You can drop off donations early at the main office or day of the parade they can be dropped off at the Palapa.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2022 – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Emerald Point Marina