There is so much to do and see in Austin, especially during the Winter holidays! We have complied a list of everything you can do in Austin to get in the holiday mood, like where to see Christmas lights, where to go to get unique holiday gifts, and other ways to celebrate this wonderful season in Austin! We’ve also included fun ways to give to people in need who could use some more holiday spirit as well.

Where to see Christmas Lights in Austin, TX

Santa’s Ranch
Drive through this one-mile light park that has more than a million lights on 100 displays.

Nov. 1 – Jan. 4
Santa’s Ranch
San Marcos, Texas

Zilker Tree Lighting
The annual tree lighting ceremony is in full swing at 6pm with local entertainment and music, food and holiday fun!

December 1
Zilker Park
Central Austin

Rock’N Light Holiday Tour and Christmas Towne
The 2nd annual tour includs a 1.5-mile path of lights, pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, as well as a drive-thru light show!

Dec. 2 – 31
Old Settler’s Park
Round Rock

Lake Travis Trail of Lights
Enjoy a Trail of Lights closer to your home in Lakeway. Lighting ceremony at the Lakeway City Hall on December 6th.

December 6-31
Lakeway City Hall

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll
Gather your friends and family to kick off the holiday season.

December 7
Downtown Austin

Austin Symphony Sing-Along
Enjoy a holiday performance by the Austin symphony with special holiday guests like the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph and Santa Claus!

December 10
Riverbend Centre

Luminations at the Wildflower Center
The gardens will be lit with thousand of luminaries for you and your family to enjoy as you listen to holiday music.

Dec. 14 & 15
Wildflower Center
South Austin

Trail of Lights
An annual Austin favorite, the Trail of Lights is a journey through Zilker Park with hundreds of thousands of lights, food vendors, and activities!

Dec. 15-22
Zilker Park
Central Austin

Johnson City, Texas
The grounds of The Pedernales Electric Company is the highlight of the spectacular lights throughout Johnson City, Texas.

Pedernales Electric Company
Johnson City, TX

Where to Celebrate in Austin, TX

A Christmas Story
Bring a date or family to the Topfer Theater for a fun, classic holiday tale.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
ZACH Theatre
Central Austin

North Pole Flyer
Ride the historic Bertram Flyer around Austin while enjoying story-time, treats and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
Austin Steam Train Association
Cedar Park

Rooftop Ice Skating
Whole Foods transforms their patio into an ice skating rink every year over the holidays! Ages 6 and up can enjoy ice skating and gingerbread house workshops at Whole Foods’ Downtown location!

Dec. 1 – Jan. 11
Whole Foods
Downtown Austin
The Nutcracker Ballet
Ballet Austin has produced the longest running production of The Nutcracker in Texas for 51 years!
Dec. 7 – 23
The Long Center
Downtown Austin
Gingerbread House Workshop
Make and decorate a gingerbread house at the Austin Children’s Museum workshops! Make reservations!
Dec. 14, 15, 21-24
Austin Children’s Museum
Downtown Austin

Where to Buy a Gift in Austin, TX

A Christmas Affair
Every year the Austin Junior League invites more than 200 merchants to participate in the four-day holiday market. Get an early start on your holiday shopping while benefiting a few good causes.

Nov. 20-24
Palmer Events Center
Central Austin

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Browse through all sorts of cool gifts!

Nov. 27- Dec. 24
Marchesa Hall
North Austin

German-Texan Heritage Society Xmas Market
Enjoy the holidays German-Texan style at this holiday market of crafts, goods, food and more!

December 7
German Free School
Downtown Austin

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Another merchant gathering, the Armadillo Bazaar allows more than 130 vendors and artists to sell their gifts just in time for the holidays.

Dec. 17-24
Palmer Events Center
Central Austin

Where to Find a Christmas Tree in Austin, TX

Austin Optimist Club Xmas Tree

Open Now
2813 San Gabriel Street Austin, TX 78701
East of Austin

Elgin Tree Farm

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
Elgin, TX 78621
East of Austin

Evergreen Farms

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
242 Monkey Road, 78621
East of Austin

Papa Noel
Various Locations

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
Central Austin: 1905 S Capital of Texas HWY, 78746
South Austin: 6420 Hwy 290, 78735
West Austin: 3595 RR 620 S, 78738
Northwest Austin: 7806 N Capital of Texas HWY, 78750
North Austin: 3305 Northland Dr., 78731

How You Can Make a Difference in Austin, TX

Green Santa
Donate toys, gift cards, sporting goods, dolls, games and more to Lake Travis’s Green Santa.

Nov. 18 – Dec. 6
Various Locations in

Empty Bowl Project
The Austin Empty Bowl Project provides a family-fun event the Sunday before Thanksgiving for you to pick a custom cermic bowl to fill with gourmet soups and breads to enjoy while listening to live music.

November 24
Marchesa Hall
North Austin

Operation Turkey
Operation Turkey and teams of local volunteers help to feed almost half of Austin’s homeless and less fortunate every Thanksgiving

November 28
Various Locations

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade
Donate a toy or two and enjoy the Downtown parade filled with giant pablloons, floats, music and more.

November 30
Downtown Austin

A Snow Spectacular
Enjoy 26,000 pounds of real snow at this benefit for children fighting cancer. Snacks, drinks, music, a silent auction and more!

December 7
Twin Creeks Country Club, Cedar Park

Meals on Wheels
Volunteer around Austin and deliver meals to those in need or bring supplies to the Stuff the Trunk event.

Volunteer anytime
Dec.9-13 (Event)
Meals on Wheels and More Central Kitchen
East Austin

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