Austin is filled with exciting events year-round, but the holidays are always an extra special time. The city will be bustling with things to do, so we’re giving you a run-down of the holiday events we recommend!
November 29 - January 9: If you’re looking for the perfect date, head out to Whole Foods on Lamar and go for a skate on the rooftop. The ice rink will be open daily from 10 am to 9pm and will only be $10 per person (including skates).
December 1: Kick off the holiday fun with the Elf Pub Run and Screening on December 1st.
For $20, you will get a ticket for the Pub Run, a screening of Elf, complimentary pints of beer and a special gift! The event begins at 6pm at the Paramount.
December 2-25: Beginning December 2nd, make the short drive out to Georgetown to visit the Harlien Family home and check out their 70,000 lights on display. The home has been lit the past 21 years for the holiday season. The family will be accepting donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation-- last year they raised $23,000! This event will take place every night until December 25th.
December 5-23: Ballet Austin presents the 52nd annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday tradition. Take the whole family and enjoy this classic at the Long Center every weekend before Christmas and the three days before Christmas Eve.
December 8-22: Beginning December 8, venture over to Zilker Park for the beloved Trail of Lights! The event will go on every evening until December 22nd. Check out the calendar for special themed nights and the Trail of Lights Fun Run. This is one of the biggest events that takes place in Austin, so you definitely don’t want to miss out!
December 12-24: For some last minute shopping and unique finds check out the Armadillo Bazaar starting December 12. The Bazaar is an Austin family tradition that includes local entertainment, fine art, and cold beer. The event will be held from 10am to 10pm daily at the Palmer Events Center.
December 29: After Christmas and before New Year’s Eve, bring your own vinyl to The Mohawk and they’ll spin ‘em! While you’re there, grab some drinks during Happy Hour and get ready for the exciting New Year ahead of you!