Updated: Dec 20, 2019
Can you believe we're only a week away from Christmas?! Have you been itching to take your family on a Magical Holiday Adventure but have NO IDEA where to even begin?! This blog post is for YOU!!
John & I went on a pretty magical Christmas Adventure date two weekends ago and it was so fun, I just HAD to share all of our experiences with ya'll. Below, I've compiled all the best places to see Christmas Light displays, where to do your last minute Holiday Shopping, take the family on a Holiday Hayride, do some Wine and Dining, and so much more for you all to enjoy in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Skip the Austin traffic and take a ride the opposite direction this Holiday season! I promise you won't be disappointed! Enjoy ya'll!
1st Stop: Marble Falls, Texas
Marble Falls is such a cute Texas Lake town, right off of 281, its about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Austin and TOTALLY worth the drive! With tons of local businesses ranging from women's boutiques, to local breweries, delicious restaurants, bars, homemade fudge shops, and even a downtown theatre, this is definitely a fun place to go on a date or with your entire family! Did I mention Marble Falls actually has an open container law that allows you to walk around the cute downtown square while sipping on your favorite alcoholic beverage?!
1.) The Walkway of Lights
(6pm-10pm Everyday through the Season)
If you're looking for a magical Christmas light display without all the traffic, chaos, expensive ticket prices, and parking issues that involve going to the Trail of Lights in Austin, THIS is the spot to go! Every year, Marble Falls sets up two million lights on more than 130 Holiday Sculptures right along Lakeside Park, and let me tell you, it is full of so much magic and Holiday cheer! The Walkway of Lights is totally free, although donations are very welcomed. They offer Hot Chocolate, and some other fun light drinks and snacks for the family. There is plenty of free parking, dog friendly, and wheelchair accessible.
**PRO TIP: Go right at Sunset to have the entire place to yourself! The lights will be shining bright and pictures are BEAUTIFUL as the sun goes down!
2.) Uptown Theatre
Want to spend the entire day engulfed in Holiday magic?! The entire month of December, Uptown Theatre hosts free Christmas Classics! Go watch a movie to get you in the Holiday spirit, enjoy some delicious concessions, and kick back while you wait for the sun to go down so you can enjoy the lights! Here's another plus, all concession fees go to help support the local Theatre club at Marble Falls High School!
3.) Christmas Gift Shopping in Downtown Marble Falls
Do you love to support local businesses for the Holidays?! Downtown Marble Falls is PACKED with delightful Texan shops from Home Decor, to Homemade Fudge, Women's Boutiques, Wine Shops, and John's favorite, Ms. Lollipop Parties, Fun, & Gifts!
Children's Gift Ideas:
Ms. Lollipop Parties, Fun, & Gifts
If you know someone who loves to play a good prank, indulges in retro candy, get a kick out of a funny wig, or loves a great Christmas Elf costume, this is the store for all your needs! This store is packed full of great stocking stuffer ideas for the kids!! You can't go wrong with stopping into this whimsical little shop! This is John's absolute favorite store in Marble Falls. He gets such a kick out of it, and even made friends with Ms. Lollipop, who is such a sweet lady by the way!
Women's Gift Ideas:
This is a great women's boutique right in the center of Downtown Marble Falls! They have a beautiful selection of Holiday dresses, sweaters, pants, shoes, jewelry, and great deals! When we were there last weekend they had a Buy One, get one Free Sale going on! I got the cutest jumpsuit and polka dot top for only $24! Definitely a great place to stop if you're needing a cute Christmas or New Year's Eve dress!
Men's Gift Ideas:
Not sure what to get dad for Christmas this year? Check out Chocolatte's on the corner of Third Street in Downtown Marble Falls, and pick up the BEST Chocolate Dipped Toffee you'll ever try!! Seriously, this stuff is highly addictive and dad will love it!
Our 2nd Stop: Johnson City, Texas
Johnson City is only 25 minutes from Marble Falls, which makes this route the perfect Holiday Adventure! This tiny Texas town town lights up every Holiday season with tons of beautiful Christmas lights, Holiday Hayrides, a beautiful Nativity scene every 30 minutes, the local shops stay open later on the weekends, and so much more! This is a MUST SEE town for some Holiday magic.
(Free! Nov. 29-Jan. 5)
This is the perfect place for Holiday Hill Country photos under the twinkling Christmas lights! Every year Johnson City lights up all the big beautiful trees in the PEC headquarter's yard, and its definitely a sight to see! Thousands of glimmering lights, and plenty of space for those yearly family photos! You don't want to miss this! It's totally free and pet-friendly!!
Tractor Pulled Holiday Hayrides
What's more Texan than a Holiday Hayride being pulled by a Tractor through downtown Johnson City?! This fun little ride is donation based, and perfect for the entire family! Hop on the trailer and enjoy all the sights in this cute little Texas town!
(Tiny Texas Karaoke Bar)
Looking to experience some REAL Texas Hill Country vibes?! THIS is the spot to be!! Enjoy some Texas Karaoke packed full of the friendliest Texans, Good Vibes, cheap Beer, and some damn good complimentary popcorn.
(Local Wine Bar)
If you love local Texas wines, good conversation, and a nice atmosphere, definitely check out The Parlour! From tasty local wines, to cheese boards, and delicious bread, this is a great spot to get cozy after some Christmas lights!
La Ti Da De-Luxe
(Home Decor w/ local Texan Artists)
Let me just say, the people here are amazing! The owner, Michelle Hart also owns La Ti Da in Marble Falls, and she is such a gem to the Texas Hill Country! This shop is packed full of cool home decor, some fun local artistry, lots of wine inspired home accessories, beautiful rugs, glass blown wind chimes, amazing smelling lotion bars, and even homemade TINY PIES! Definitely check this shop out when you arrive to Johnson City!
I hope this little Holiday Hill Country Guide gets you inspired to create a magical day with your loved ones! This is only a TASTE of what these cute Hill Country towns have to offer! There's still SO much to explore and tons of magic to find. So here's your permission slip, get out today, go somewhere new, do something different, and most importantly, give yourself to gift of living in the present moment with the ones you love!
Happy Holidays, ya'll!
-The Sunshine Chef