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Sips and Sights at Mozart's Holiday Lights

12.19.2016 by: Leah McGarry
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I don't mean to be a sap, but taking my one-year-old to the light show at Mozart's was easily one of the most magical Christmas experiences of my life. Young or old, the Austin-themed light spectacle, upbeat music and delicious drinks are sure to amp up your holiday spirit.

Twinkling Christmas lights over lakeside sunset views at Mozart's Coffee Roasters

I'll be the first to admit - I've wanted to go for years but have never wanted to battle the crowds. My best advice is to go in with patience and a game plan! Our idea (along with many others) was to enjoy an early-bird dinner at Hula Hut at 4:30. We chowed down on fajitas and margaritas and were ready to walk over to Mozart's by 5:15.

Plenty to see while you wait for the light show to begin

The first show begins at 6pm, and even 45 minutes early there was not a table to be had outside. Never fear, there are still many gathering areas, or you can settle for a table inside (though outside is a lot more festive). We found a great spot with bar stools right next to the Express window. Speaking of, I highly recommend taking advantage of this counter as the lines inside were much longer.

Choose from traditional or unique hot chocolate flavors while you take in the show - no matter the temperature!

While you get settled in, don't forget to grab something to sip on. Mozart's has a handful of flavored hot chocolates for the holiday season. The standard hot chocolate was rich and delicious - you really can't go wrong. I opted for the S'mores flavor, which had the same decadent chocolate taste with a ribbon of marshmallow flavor. Even in 74 degree weather, it was perfect. You'll also find tons of goodies available, from cookies and pastries to glow-in-the-dark cotton candy. 

Traditional and S'mores hot chocolate - the small is really plenty for this decadent drink!

The light show itself features scenes of Austin, like the UT Tower, Congress Ave. bats and Capitol building. You'll watch Santa and his reindeer fly over Austin all while set to cheerful music of both the holiday and pop variety. 

Austin-themed lights were a sight to behold for young and old

The show starts at the top of every hour beginning at 6pm and lasts about 15 minutes. I imagine the earlier shows are more crowded with young children. If you are planning to go on a weekend, you'll obviously hit more crowds. We went on a Saturday in lovely weather, so I imagine it was one of the more crowded shows, but still completely worth it. Our bellies were full, the sunset was lovely, and my son was in Christmas heaven!

I highly recommend this holiday experience, and even if you can't make it before Christmas, the light show will be running till January 5th. Happy Holidays!

{Official website: Mozarts Coffee Roasters}

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