Central Texas: not only one of the best areas to live, but one of the most fun places to be for the holidays. This season, Austin isn’t known just as the Live Music Capital of the World, but also as home to the best Christmas spirit in Texas. A Hill Country style, Christmas isn’t truly a celebration without lights, family, friends, holiday cheer, and  giving back! In the spirit of Christmas, we have compiled a list of our top 5 places to get out, give back, and experience the joys of the holiday with friends and family!

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Holiday Lights & Ice

It is time for the Omni Barton Creek Resort Annual Holiday Lights & Ice! Your family will enjoy the fun of ice skating surrounded by the glow of 200,000 Christmas lights. By attending you are helping the Make-a-Wish® foundation with a percentage of proceeds going to the organization! The event begins December 19 and lasts through January 4.

Santa Rita Ranch Holiday Lights

Rock‘n Lights Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Town

When it comes to Christmas Lights you can’t beat the third annual Rock’n Lights Holiday Light Tour! This drive-through light show is perfect for friends and family to view some of the best lights in Central Texas! This event is open to the public till December 30th. After the show, make sure to head down to Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association for carnival rides, food, entertainment, and so much more! These events are collecting unwrapped gifts and non-perishable food items to donate to Round Rock Blue Santa and Toys for Tots.

Harlien Family Christmas Lights

The Harlien family of Georgetown annually features a 40,000 light show at their home. Not only is this a fun event to get the neighbors together, but it also benefits the Make-a-Wish® Foundation.

Settlement Home: Grant a Child’s Holiday Wish

Make a child’s Christmas wish come true this year by checking off their Christmas list. What better way to give than to give to someone who is in need? Contact the Settlement Home for Children to let them know you are interested in donating gifts and they will set up a time to pick up your donations. This is a great opportunity for your family to give back together during the holidays.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The 39th annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar features music, art, and gifts. This event goes on till the 26th and each day various local non-profits are highlighted; sharing their mission, how to give back, and hosting many  holiday activities for those attending. A great event to do a little shopping and learn more about non-profits in the area.

Santa Rita Ranch Holiday Season

Gather the Family, Celebrate this Holiday by the Ranch Code!

So this Christmas, remember the reason for the season. Relish in the time spent with friends and family while you give back and help others this holiday season. As you prepare to celebrate the joy of Christmas, make a pledge to your friends and family to spread your Christmas cheer by giving back and helping those in the Austin area!