There is so much to do around Christmas in Austin. If you're looking for holiday events for all ages in Austin, here's a guide to the best of events of the season that this city has to offer.

A Christmas Carol

The ZACH Theatre's modernized take on the Dickens classic boasts the three soulful ghosts, the loving Chratchit family, and the one and only Ebenezer Scrooge. The show is here from November 21 to December 30, and each show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Mozart's Coffee Shop Christmas Light Show

A free, orchestrated showcase of music surrounded by lights, this Austin tradition is each evening, every hour on the hour from November 30 to December 30.

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll

This free event on December 1 is fun for the whole family. At 6 p.m., gather at the steps of the Capitol and sings holiday songs, then, at 7 p.m., countdown to the lighting of the Capitol Tree. There will be a programmed light show every hour, and restaurants and shops along Congress Avenue will stay open late for the event until 9 p.m.

The Santaland Diaries

David Sedaris is back with his irreverent tale of Crumpet, the Macy's Elf. This 75-minute show of "not-so politically correct" humor will be at The Zach Theatre from December 5 though December 30.

Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

Running for 56 years, Ballet Austin's production of The Nutcracker is the longest running production of the holiday classic in all of Texas. Featuring live musical accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Mills' take on the seasonal show will be at Long Center for the Performing Arts from December 7 through December 23.

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Zilker Holiday Tree

An Austin tradition, the 52nd annual light-up Zilker Holiday Tree is fun for the entire family. The tree of lights stands 155 feet tall, and the trail of lights runs 1.25 miles through Zilker Park. The tree will be lit up November 25, and the Trail of Lights will be at the park from December 10 through December 23.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

From December 13 through December 24, this art fair and music festival is back at the Palmer Events Center. There will be creations made by local artists and lots of musical performances from emerging stars to local legends. 

No matter what your plans are for Christmas in Austin, be sure to connect with 512area to stay posted on all events in Austin!


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