We all have holiday traditions that we share with our families. Some are several years old, while others have been carried on for generations. 

If you’re looking to make new memories as Christmas in Austin approaches, check out these holiday traditions in Austin that your family will treasure for years to come.

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Family-Friendly Holiday Traditions Ideas in Austin 

Peppermint Parkway at The Circuit

Experience spectacular holiday displays on the tracks of The Circuit as the Peppermint Parkway returns. It offers a magical drive-thru of one mile of immersive holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and more. You can enjoy holiday treats, take part in the parade lap, and experience new rides and attractions with your family.

The event begins on Nov 25 and will run until Dec 30 on select nights. The ticket packages vary from $40, $65, $80, and $95. Young or old, there’s holiday cheer for everyone here. 

Mozart's Coffee Shop Christmas Light Show

Looking at Christmas lights is a holiday tradition shared by many. While you’re cruising around and checking out displays, don’t forget to take your family to Mozart's Coffee Roasters to see their display of one million LED Christmas lights! There’s a dance floor, silent disco, and the festival-style Bavarian marketplace. 

The cost of 4-person tables is $40, and 6-person tables are $60. You have to purchase separate tickets for food, the disco, and the marketplace. It began on Nov 10 and will go on until Jan 6.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm

Swap out your fake tree and get the real deal from Elgin Christmas Tree Farm as your family’s new holiday tradition. In addition to yelling “Timber!”, your family will also enjoy perusing the Barn Store’s gifts and the Christmas Cottage full of festive decor. 

This year, the farm will start the tree sale on Nov 25, which will go on until Dec 9, or as long as trees last. The timings on weekdays are 10 am - 5:30 pm., and on Sunday, it’s 12 pm - 5:30 pm. 

Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade

Take your family to Crosswater Yacht Club on Dec 3 to see beautifully bedecked boats sail around the lake. The parade happens in five categories, and the winner gets a Grand Champion crown. You can also watch the parade go from Lakeway Resort and Spa on the south shore.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at Palmer Events Center

Skip the mall and bring your family to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center. The bazaar is from Dec 17 to Dec 23 between 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Your family can get all of their Christmas shopping done while enjoying live music. Appreciate the art or swing to the music while sipping on a cocktail from the full bar.

Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker

Take your family to see Ballet Austin's magical production of The Nutcracker at the Long Center for the Performing Arts between December 3 and 23. This holiday tradition is definitely a splurge, as tickets range from $38 to $115, but it’s so worth it!

From Christmas lights to villages and festivals, Austin has many holiday traditions that your family can incorporate this season.

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