Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year in Austin as we celebrate the source of our blessings with fanfare and cheer. With so many community and family activities held throughout the city, you'll find it's easy to make the merriest of memories when you explore these amazing family-friendly Christmas events in Austin.
For even more lighthearted lake pleasures, enjoy a brilliant holiday display of one million Christmas lights when you stop by Mozart's Coffee Roasters this holiday season starting on Friday, November 16. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas light show on the patio deck overlooking beautiful Lake Austin.
Where is the best place to meet Santa with your family in Austin for the holidays? You can experience the magic at Santa’s premiere meet-and-greet at the Long Center Terrace on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring everyone to the terrace for the best free Santa photo-op in town and the Austin skyline as the backdrop. What could be better? Enjoying delicious holiday treats and family fun activities at the terrace. But don’t blink! Get there early or Santa will disappear in a flash!
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Lake Travis lights up for Christmas at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 for the Annual Lake Travis Holiday Boat Parade. Sponsored by businesses surrounding the lake, the entire family is certain to enjoy this beautiful lighted boat extravaganza on the lake which starts at the Emerald Point Marina.
If you’re looking for an evening of holiday fun for the whole family, bundle up and head for the Holiday Stroll in Downtown Austin on Saturday, December 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Take a delightful stroll through the heart of the city under twinkling lights and enjoy a merry sing-along at the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. This family-friendly event in Austin also features photos with Santa, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and foodie fun.
Just imagine your family's traveling into the fantasy world of sugar-plums, cinnamon spice, and everything nice during the holidays. It's easy to get carried away by Ballet Austin's performance of The Nutcracker December 7-23 at the Long Center. This timeless Christmas fairy-tale is brought to life with music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the ballet's graceful dancers, and dazzling backdrops. Make sure to check out the Ballet Austin site for more information, tickets, and daily performance times.
Santa is clear to land his sleigh and eight reindeer in Austin just in time for the holidays! Follow Santa and the two million sparkling lights that lead the way to Zilker Park's annual Trail of Lights Festival running from December 10-23. It's 12 days of family-friendly fun with arts and crafts, food venues, interactive displays, a giant Christmas tree lighting, live entertainment, and much more!
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With so many family-friendly Christmas events in Austin, you're sure to find the perfect place to make memories that last well into next year!
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