Have a bright, caf­feinated Christ­mas at Mozart’s

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN360 DAILY - MOZART’S COF­FEE ROAST­ERS — Dale Roe

Ho-ho-ho and a cup of joe!

Even though we’re all wear­ing shorts and tank tops (that’s the “royal we’re” — you’ll never catch me wear­ing those) it’s De­cem­ber. You and your neigh­bors have flung Christ­mas lights all over your houses and yards, and are sit­ting out front on blocks of ice in a des­per­ate at­tempt to make it feel more like Christ­mas, aren’t you?

I hate to break it to you, but you’re go­ing to have a hard time beat­ing the dis­play at Mozart’s Cof­fee Roast­ers. The 12-minute lights and mu­sic show re­peats ev­ery hour on the hour from 6 p.m. to mid­night. It features thou­sands of lights — in­clud­ing two 17-foot an­gels; four gi­gan­tic presents; a 12foot tall, hat-tip­ping snow­man; and two bright pur­ple and pink hearts — syn­chro­nized to the joy­ous strains of hol­i­day mu­sic. www.Mozartscoffee.com Mozart’s has combed the Austin area for other ex­tra­or­di­nary lights. Pick up a copy of their map at the venue or down­load it from AustinChrist­masLight­sMap. com. Check out a snip­pet of this year’s show at Youtube.com/ mozartscoffee.

This year’s tunes are “Feliz Navi­dad,” “All I Want for Christ­mas is You,” “Hal­lelu­jah” and “Wizards in Win­ter.” A spe­cial trib­ute to the Longhorns in­cludes plenty of burnt or­ange bulbs and “The UT Fight Song.”

Again this year, in con­junc­tion with Lake Austin Boule­vard neigh­bor Hula Hut, Mozart’s spon­sors the statewide All About Texas Christ­mas Lights Photo Con­test, open to am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als alike. Prizes in­clude gift cards and an iPad.

Pho­tos will be judged on how un­for­get­table they are, and shoot­ers must fol­low only three rules: Your photo must have Christ­mas lights in it; it must be taken some­where in Texas; and it must be taken dur­ing the 2012 hol­i­day sea­son. More in­for­ma­tion and submitted pho­tos can be found on­line at Al­lAboutTex­as­Christ­masLights. com.

Submission dead­line is mid­night Tues­day, Dec. 18, and win­ners will be an­nounced at a Hula Hut/ Mozart’s block party at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 20. The party also features free­bies in­clud­ing hot choco­late, drip cof­fee, cook­ies and pho­tos with Santa (con­tes­tants don’t have to at­tend the shindig to win).

Mozart’s is at 3825 Lake Austin Boule­vard.

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