Thanksgiving is over and the most wonderful time of year has officially begun. Christmas light shows have been a Texas tradition for years—so beloved that not even a pandemic could stop them from shining this year.
Here are some of the best light shows to check out this holiday season.
Domain Northside Holiday Walk-thru Photo Experience
While not a light show, the Domain is working to make your Instagram as festive as the rest of your holidays. From Nov. 13 until Dec. 26, the shopping center will be decked out with all kinds of festive decorations, perfect for a holiday 'gram. Plus, when you tag the Domain and use its hashtags, you'll be entered to win some free Starbucks.
Marble Falls Walkway of Lights
If you're looking for something reminiscent of Christmases past, the Marble Falls Walkway of Lights is still hosting its annual trail event this year. On weekends and holidays, children can even visit with Santa and his elves. With a three-block extension to allow for social distancing, the trail runs from 6 to 10 p.m. from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2. Tickets are $10 for kids and $12 for adults. And be careful to watch for inclement weather, as this event is weather permitting.
Mozart's COVID Cautious Christmas Light Show
Mozart's is taking a different perspective on safe festivities this year, holding an outdoor light show with tables instead of a drive-thru. During the show, guests can enjoy bottomless hot chocolate, coffee and an assortment of holiday treats. The show has been running since Nov. 11 and will continue until Jan. 6, open from 6-11 p.m. nightly. Table reservations start at $10.
The Circuit of the Americas is turning its racetrack into a festive light show, also drive-thru, with millions of lights, a 60-foot Christmas tree and drive-up concessions. This will be the debut of Peppermint Parkway, running from 6-10:30 p.m., from Nov. 27 through Jan.3. Tickets start at $35 per car.
Trail of Lights
This year, the 56th annual Trail of Lights is making the event as safe as possible for everyone by hosting a drive-thru only show. With lights as far as the eye can see and miniatures of our fair city, the Trail of Lights is something every Austinite must see. The show is running from Nov. 28 through Jan. 3, and tickets start at $25 per car.
So get out there and make some holiday memories!
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The Austin Police Department has identified pediatrician Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson as the victim in Tuesday night's hostage killing at Children's Medical Group.
Dr. Dodson, 43, was one of two killed in a murder-suicide that resulted from a six-hour hostage situation just off Mopac at 35th Street. Police have identified the suspect who killed her as Dr. Bharat Narumanchi, a physician at a different practice.
Austin physicians are already rallying around the late Dr. Dodson's memory, planning a candlelight vigil, assistance for her husband and children, and staffing for her pediatrics practice.
Dr. Dodson was a long-time Austin area physician who joined Children's Medical Group in 2017.
In 2019, she was named by Texas Super Doctors as one of the top pediatricians in Texas. According to the TSD website, she was also featured in the 2020 selection.
This story was updated to include the latest information provided by police.
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2 dead in late night Austin medical office hostage situation—pediatrician said to be one of the victims
Two have been pronounced dead by police after a six-hour hostage situation Tuesday evening at Children's Medical Group practice, just off Mopac at 35th Street.
At around 4 p.m., Austin police and SWAT were present at the doctor's office where multiple hostages, not identified, were held.
The Austin Police Department sent a robot unit into the building, which helped officers identify a victim through the camera on the robot. The SWAT team then entered the building and found two dead.
A pediatrician in the medical practice is said to be one of the victims, while the second person found dead is said to be the shooter. Neither has been identified by police.
Police are holding a press conference about the incident at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.