The holidays are one of the most active and social times of the year for Austinites. We are lucky to have such great weather year-round, and that means we can spend time both indoors and out at Christmastime.
While there are literally hundreds of amazing activities to participate in during December, we thought we’d share our Top 10 Can’t Miss Holiday Activities in Austin. And don’t forget: if you’re planning a night out on the town, let Austin Choice Limo be your ride!
Ten Can’t Miss Holdiay Activities
Austin Holiday Shopping
Since 1976, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a tradition for Austinites searching for the perfect unique gifts for their loved ones. Austin’s best and brightest artists, craftspeople, and local retailers set up shop for a couple weeks in December to serve more than 40,000 holiday shoppers. Go check it out!
Blue Genie Art Bazaar is another great place to find one-of-a-kind pieces or art including pottery, jewelry, home goods and more. More than 140 regional artisans participate, ensuring you’ll find something for everyone on your list at on of the most unique holiday activities in Austin. A portion of the proceeds at Blue Genie Art Bazaar goes to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Winter Outdoor Activities
Okay, so it’s not Rockefeller Plaza, but skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods downtown is a family tradition for lots of Austin families. Eat dinner at the amazing Whole Foods food court, grab a cup of cocoa and head upstairs to watch the kids slip and slide to Christmas carols.
One of the coolest FREE holiday activities in Austin at any time of the year, the Trail of Lights turns Zilker Park into a magical wonderland with millions of Christmas lights. More than a mile of trail is mapped out, with local food vendors, Santa photo ops, and much more.
Tour some of the Hill Country’s best wineries, taste their wares and enjoy the cool December air in the breathtaking Texas countryside. You can stock up on wine for your own cellar, or on holiday gifts for all your wine connoisseur and foodie friends.
Bring two canned food items and get in free for an elegant, magical evening among the twinkling lights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. There will be children’s activities, wintery concessions, and performances throughout!
Take the family to the Alamo Drafthouse Elf Quote-Along and enjoy a tasty dinner and drinks in the Alamo’s famous theater, while sharing a holiday classic with other Elf fans. Don’t be shy! Quote along!
Another perennial treat! The Nutcracker performed by our own Ballet Austin is a wonderful tradition, full of light, music, magic and joy. People of all ages go back year after year to enjoy one of the most memorable performances anyone can see in Austin throughout the year.
Other Holiday Activities in Austin
Why cook for Christmas? Head out to the beautiful, historical Driskill Hotel and enjoy a world-class dining experience.
10. Gingerbread House Workshops at the Austin Children’s Museum
The new and improved Austin Children’s Museum is having gingerbread house workshops sure to be fun for all ages. Delicious holiday fun!