During the rush of the holidays — shopping, driving, baking, wrapping presents, cooking, scrambling — we forget to take some time to really enjoy it all. Smile at the laughter, remember the smells and look at the lights.
This year, after all the gifts are opened, bellies are full and stress has dissipated, hop in your car (or on your bike) and go see the sights. While we can’t guarantee how long these neighborhood spots will be shining brightly, we do know that it is all about the moment. So unwind and get merry.
37th Street, off Guadalupe
12th Street, off West Lynn
Willis Littlefield has been transforming his tiny yard into a magical winter wonderland for about a decade now. Santas line the walkway, lights flash to and fro, and snow flurries fly through the air. This year, he’s had to set up and take down his decorations every day (an angel was stolen out of his yard), so after Christmas, the amazing lights will be the main event. We’re hoping he’ll still be passing out his signature candy canes.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
You’ve got to park and get out, but you’ll be glad you did. At the top of every hour, starting at six o’clock, this primo coffeehouse right on the lake puts on a spectacular light show set to music. (Just so you know: No purchase required.) Hang out on the deck, sip on a latte, and enjoy the view.