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18 December . 2015

Top Picks for Holiday Events and Activities Near Rancho Sienna

Nobody does the holidays like we do here in the Hill Country, and there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy near Rancho Sienna. Here are a few of our top picks in Liberty Hill and nearby Cedar Park and Round Rock – plus a few from around Austin. Happy holidays!

The Liberty Hill Trail of Lights is a mile-long holiday experience open from dusk ‘til dawn every day now through Jan. 2. The crushed granite trail is suitable for strollers, walkers and leashed pets. It begins at Lions Foundation Park in Liberty Hill.

For a unique Hill Country holiday experience, get aboard the vintage North Pole Flyer, departing from the Cedar Park Depot through Dec. 20. This 2.5-hour excursion features Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate, cookies, storytelling and more in festive decorated railway cars.

For another holiday outing that’s totally Texas, drive the scenic Hill Country Christmas Lighting Trail, showcasing millions and millions of twinkling lights in eight historic towns, from Dripping Springs to Wimberley. Johnson City alone boasts one of the largest holiday lights displays in the nation.

In Round Rock, the 4th annual Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour is a spectacular drive-through light show with 2 million lights twinkling along a 1.5-mile route. The all-new displays are bigger and better, including an extended light tunnel. After the light tour, enjoy Christmas Towne, featuring more lights, carnival rides, a light maze, holiday food and much more. It runs through Dec. 26 at the Old Settlers Park.

In Austin, one of the area’s biggest and most festive holiday events is the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park, Dec. 8-22. Don’t miss this family favorite, featuring live performances, food and drinks from some of Austin’s most popular restaurants, carnival rides and millions of colorful glowing lights.

Also in Austin, there’s Ice Skating on the Plaza at the Whole Foods Market on Lamar and 6th Street, daily from 10 a.m. ‘til 9 p.m., through Jan. 9.