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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.

Peppermint Parkway

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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