Art and Music
Bring family and friends to the Holiday Stroll in Downtown Austin for a jolly community sing-along and lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. The Holiday Sing-Along and Stroll also features a petting zoo, ice sculptures, photos with Santa, arts, crafts, and foodie fun, just for starters. And the live music? You’ll be carried away by the heavenly sounds of the Austin Children’s Choir, the lively DJ GirlFriend ATX, and the pop-electro-rock of Shy Beast. Mark your calendars and bring your jacket as this event is on Saturday, December 1 from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. Visit the Holiday Stroll site for specific event times and locations.
What could be better than 12 days of Christmas? The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar’s 12 days of fine art, shopping, and live music in a delightful setting! The bazaar runs December 13-24 and is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. This unique holiday venue features captivating fine art selections and the best live music in Austin. With some events changing each day, you’ll want to check out the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar site for their daily event schedule and ticket info.
Looking for a party scene that delivers a dozen ways to have a merry, ol' time in Austin? On Saturday, December 1, The 12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl brings holiday cheer served up in your favorite seasonal cocktails and watering holes! Wear your best Christmas costume, holiday onesie, ugly sweater, or whatever you like! Registration includes a Santa hat, event wristband, and 16 oz. Bad Santa Stadium Cup for all your drinks as you crawl between bars noon and 8 p.m. For complete details, event tips, and ticket info visit the 12 Bars of Christmas Bar Crawl site.
No Scrooges allowed at this Santa-themed bar crawl that is sure to make you merry from head to toe! Dress up for the Austin Santa Crawl in your most outrageous Christmas get-up for the festive atmosphere and your favorite holiday-themed drinks at some of Austin’s premiere bars. Registration includes admission to participating sites, gift cards to use at the event, holiday drink specials, a Santa hat, and much more! This bar crawl takes place on Saturday, December 8 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For complete details and ticket info, visit the Austin Santa Crawl site.
The halls are decked with holiday fanfare and a Christmas music-themed light show at Mozart's Coffee Roasters this holiday season starting November 16. Enjoy their rich house-roasted coffee blends, free Wi-Fi, and one million sparkling LED lights on the patio decks overlooking beautiful Lake Austin. The Christmas Light Show is free, and seating is first come, first served!
Annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park
With two million twinkling lights trailing across the popular Zilker Park Trail of Lights venue, Santa definitely has a clear landing site in Austin December 10-23. One of Austin’s largest community events, the Trail of Lights boasts arts and crafts booths, food venues, interactive displays, a fun run, giant Christmas tree, live entertainment, and much more!
Related content: Best Parks in Austin
For an uplifting night at the theater, A Christmas Carol takes you on a soul musical sleigh ride through Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of holiday hope and redemption November 21 through December 30. When you attend this ZACH Theatre event, you’ll find yourself rockin’ the night away with Ebenezer Scrooge and his three backup ghosts as they delight, surprise, and keep you in the groove you every step of the way. Visit the ZACH Theater site for tickets, dates, and times for this high-spirited holiday event in Austin.
It’s sugar-plums, spice, and everything nice during the holidays at Ballet Austin's performance of The Nutcracker, running December 7-23 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. The party begins as Tchaikovsky’s musical score is magically brought to life by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Dazzling backdrop scenery and the graceful movements of dancers set the stage for a memorable fairy tale experience. It’s big dreams for your eyes, ears, and sweet tooth in this holiday classic for all times. Make sure to check out the Ballet Austin site for more information, tickets, and daily performance times.
Related content: Thanksgiving Events in Austin
With so many wonderful Christmas events in Austin, you're certain to make lasting memories with your family and friends this holiday season.
Cover photo courtesy of Unsplash