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19 Things to Do in Austin in December | Austin December Events


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Blue Genie Art BazaarNovember 13 – December 24
Blue Genie Art Bazaar Virtual Event
Shopping at the Bazaar is a great way to buy holiday gifts in a hassle-free environment, all while supporting local artists. There will be work from more than 200 local artists who offer a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts. You can expect to find paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more gifts you can’t find anywhere else!

Lakeway Trail of LightsNovember 20 – January 3
City of Lakeway 1102 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734
One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! Come see thousands of twinkling lights with your friends and family! See amusing tableaus, all accompanied by delightful seasonal music! Please be aware that skateboards, scooters, bicycles, and motorized vehicles are not permitted (neither are pets).

Ice Skating on the PlazaNovember 23 – January 21
Whole Foods Market 525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods Flagship store on Lamar has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! The ice rink is open daily from 11 am to 9 pm, beginning November 23rd through January 21st. The cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental. Email laura.benold@wholefoods.com for availability and private event rentals.

Bastrop River of LightsNovember 27 – January 1
Fisherman’s Park Farm Street, Bastrop, TX 78602
Take in the River of Lights, numerous lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining Bastrop’s scenic June Hill Pape River Walk. To access this one-half mile promenade, come down the stairs west of the intersection of Main and Pine Streets or select the fully accessible entrance at Fisherman’s Park on Farm Street.

Austin Trail of Lights  – November 27 – January 3
Zilker Park  2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
An Austin tradition since 1965, the Trail of Lights provides miles of holiday lights and scenes. The Zilker Tree, another holiday favorite, stands 155 feet tall in the middle of Zilker Park and boasts 39 multi-colored streamers, 3,309 lights and bulbs, and a very bright star with 150 lights on the top. The 56th Annual Austin Trail of Lights returns as a drive-thru event. There are multiple ticket options available, some with gifts and treats included. With so many lights and holiday cheer surrounding the park, it’s hard to miss amongst the Downtown Austin Skyline!

Luminations at the Wildflower CenterNovember 27 – January 3
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center  4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 7873
Experience the Wildflower Center embellished with lights as thousands of luminarias glow along the paths and gardens. Stroll through a natural wonderland with delightful displays, live music, and more!

Peppermint Parkway  – November 28 – January 3
Cricut of the Americas  9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617
Enjoy a magical holiday drive-thru event sure to brighten up your day! Peppermint Parkway will take you through nine holiday-themed displays, immersing guests in a winter wonderland. In addition to Peppermint Parkway, guests can park and enjoy COTALAND activities such as go-karting.

Downtown Austin Holiday StrollNovember 28 – December 31
Downtown Austin 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX
Kickstart your holiday season at the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll recurring daily from November 28 through December 31. The free, family-friendly event has something for everyone, including photo-ops, holiday window and lights displays, pop-up activations, and the traditional 45-foot downtown holiday tree lighting up the night! Shop local with your Holiday Passport, a pocket-sized guide filled with deals, discounts, and activities for the month of December.

Lost Pines ChristmasDecember 1 – December 25
City of Bastrop, TX
Join the City of Bastrop in Bastrop, Texas, for their annual Lost Pines Christmas celebration on December 14 with numerous holiday events, small-town tradition, and fun for the entire family. Expect holiday shopping, games, a festival, and an evening lighted parade with over 100 lighted floats and Santa!

Community First! Village Holiday MarketDecember 3 – 5
Heritage Oak Park 875 Quest Pkwy, Cedar Park, TX 78613
This holiday season, make a reservation at their Holiday Market shopping event, December 3-5, where resident artists and makers set up shop to sell their unique items, sure to please everyone on your holiday list. The Village is decorated in holiday cheer and Santa will even make an appearance for photos. Purchases will help provide a dignified income for the Village neighbors who work through the Community Works programs. Admission is free!

Holiday StrollDecember 3 – 5
Downtown Seguin Seguin, TX
This year’s Holiday Stroll festivities kick off December 3rd with the Holiday Stroll Parade! The parade will also include food vendors, pictures with Santa, and entertainment from the Seguin High School Band. Other activities will include horse-drawn wagon rides, a wiggle waggle train ride, and more. North Pole Stroll will be held on December 5th and promises to be a family-friendly affair. Nonprofit organizations will be hosting activities for children in Central Park, including pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and much more.

Pfestival of LightsDecember 4
Downtown Pflugerville Pflugerville, TX
Join the City of Pflugerville on Main St. in Downtown Pflugerville as they kick off the festive season. This year, the drive-thru event is scheduled for December 4th beginning at 6:30 pm. Participants will enjoy holiday lights and decorations, the iconic Pflugerville tree, carolers, and a goodie bag.

Light Up the LakeDecember 4 – 5
Old Settlers Park Round Rock, TX
Join the Round Rock community for their 2-day Holiday event featuring cold and hot air balloons hovering over a luminous lake and numerous holiday displays. Enjoy Holiday food, refreshments, yule log, live music, and more! The event will take place Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5 at Old Settlers Park. Reserve your tickets today.

Christmas on Mercer StreetDecember 5
Downtown Dripping Springs Dripping Springs, TX
The sights and sounds of Dripping Springs’ 16th Annual Christmas on Mercer Street will come alive on Saturday, December 5, from 10 am to 5 pm! Hosted by the Dripping Springs Lions Club and the City of Dripping Springs, the festival admission is free to the public. The downtown area will transform into a hometown holiday festival featuring holiday shopping, arts and crafts booths, holiday carolers, and more. The annual Lighting of the Tree will be held virtually at dusk. Community members can watch all festivities at the Christmas on Mercer Facebook page from the comfort of their own home.

Art From the Streets 27th Annual Show and SaleDecember 5 – 6
Virtual Event
Buy original art from local artists at the Art From the Streets Virtual annual show. Aart purchases directly impact a local artist that is experiencing homelessness or is at risk. The purchase of a one of a kind piece from this virtual event will help uplift a community member in need.

Songs Under the Stars: A Rockin’ Holiday ConcertDecember 10 – January 3
ZACH Theatre 202 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a mix of traditional classics and classic hits! This outdoor concert is great for the whole family and each ticket comes with a ZACH glowstick to brighten the holiday spirit!

Scholz Jingle Jam  – December 11
Scholz Garten  1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Throw on your ugly holiday sweater and head to Sholz Garten for Jingle Jam! Enjoy a turkey dinner, warm drinks, and bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to their Toys for Tots drive! The event will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tailgate Series: Drive ‘N Drag Saves ChristmasDecember 11 – 13
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 2100 Ave of the Stars, Cedar Park, TX 78613
Enjoy a fantastic show put on by the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race from the safety of your car! They will take you on a journey through some of the most iconic Christmas stories in an evening to remember. Experience this one of a kind holiday event!

The NutcrackerDecember 12 – January 1
Virtual Event  
Support Ballet Austin and purchase an on-demand digital package to stream the annual production of The Nutcracker. Get lost in a sea of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and magical compositions from the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Bring the magic of this timeless holiday show to the comfort of your home while supporting local performers! 

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Christmas DayDecember 25

New Year’s EveDecember 31

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