Austin coffee house promotes Texas-size Christmas spirit with synchronized holiday light display
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a tradition of sharing over-the-top Christmas displays with its Austin, Texas customers and the Lake Austin community at large. Co-owner Katrine Formby has been designing Mozart’s large-scale static lighting displays for more than ten years, turning this popular coffee house into a holiday destination for locals and visitors alike.
After more than a decade of static displays, Mozart’s was looking for ways to take the display to the next level by including music and light synchronization. “This was the first time we considered including music and light synchronization so I called Extreme Lightscapes to help with the design and to work through the technology details including electrical requirements, hardware setup and programming,” Katrine says. “The cancellation of city of Austin sponsored ‘Trail of Lights’ drive-through light park this year gave us an added sense of urgency to create something special for the community.”
The resulting display has hundreds of thousands of lights and multiple animated elements. Sitting out on the ‘deck of lights’ with your favorite cup of Joe is truly a magical experience while enjoying the red and white globes, dancing arches, Japanese paper lanterns, snowflakes of all sizes and shapes, lighted wreaths, and garlands, and of course the animated the tree of lights. “This is one of the most unique, fun and interesting displays we have helped build,” says Extreme Lightscapes president, Darren Vader. “The people of Austin really miss the Trail of Lights and we’re glad to have been able to be a part of helping create an alternative that will hopefully develop into some new family traditions.”
The lights twinkle and dance overhead across the tequila sunset along Lake Austin Blvd. and provide a magical setting for a great holiday evening with the family. “The kids love it-that’s why I do it. Their eyes are so big and the music is upbeat- is is a really joyous feeling.” Katrine stated. Viewers can enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, pastries, and other goodies while they watch the lights dance overhead or out on the water’s reflection.
Mozart’s is also celebrating the University of Texas by including the U. T. Fight Song in its synchronized light show using what else– orange lights. A figure in the shape of ‘Bevo’ is lit up during the anthem and the letters “U” and “T” are highlights of this portion of the show.