'Tis the season to get ready for various Christmas events and attractions in Austin! If you are living in Austin or coming to town to celebrate the holidays, we gathered the top 10 events and attractions you should visit!
Make your holidays extra special with these awesome Christmas Activities in Austin you'll enjoy with your friends and family.
1. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 13 - December 24
Located at Palmer Events Center, the 43rd year of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is almost like a shopping concert! Enjoy musical acts by local Austin artists or shop locally-made products in over more than a hundred booths at the bazaar. One of the best events where you can support your local vendors and buy holiday gifts for your friends and family!
2. Spectacular Holiday Performances at ZACH Theatre
November 29 - December 30
A must-see this holiday season are the performances at the ZACH Theatre. The classic A Christmas Carol is one of the best performances that features a Victorian story with a musical score that covers all sorts of genres. Santaland Diaries is another fun classic performance featuring the tale of a Macy's elf, Crumpet that sarcastically expounds on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas at the most wonderful time of the year. Catch these amazing performances at the ZACH Theater!
3. Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 22 - December 24
Shop and support local businesses at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. It's also an easy way to get all your gifts ready for Christmas! Whether you are shopping for ceramics, jewelry, paintings, or all sorts of home decor, you can get it at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
4. Ballet Austin's Nutcracker
December 7 - 23
Along with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, be amused by the wonderful world of the longest-running production of The Nutcracker in the state of Texas. Experience the magic of Christmas by watching Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker that features amazing performers at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
5. Austin Trail of Lights
December 10 - 23, 2019
The annual Trail of Lights located in Zilker Park. Experience the beautiful mile-long walk through more than 40 displays and over 2 million lights that dazzle at night! Austin Trail of Lights 2019 is open for 14 days from 7 pm to 10 pm and offers plenty of delicious food trucks and specialty nights!
6. Mozart's Coffee on Lady Bird Lake
Photo from Mozart's Coffee Website.
November 21 - January 5
Visit Mozart's Coffee Roasters and be part of the annual Mozart's Free Annual Holiday Light Show with local Austin musicians that will keep you and your family entertained. Over more than one million LED displays are displayed. There is also a light show that is synchronized with the tunes that are being played. Mozart's Annual Light Show starts from 6 pm to 11 pm.
7. Whole Foods Ice Skating
November 23 - January 21
Every year, Whole Foods brings the ice skating rink on its rooftop on their North Lamar store. You can go solo, bring a friend, or gather your family for some ice skating fun!
8. Holiday Display at The Domain
November 8 - December 24
Dance to the beat of the holiday music and shop gifts for your loved ones at one of the largest shopping centers in Austin, The Domain. Capture moments at the 40-feet Christmas tree with over 200,000 lights, 400 ornaments, and a 5-foot star. There are also nightly light shows that start at 6 pm!
9. Austin Thinkery Gingerbread House Workshops
December 7 - 23
Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house! Located at the Meredith Learning Lab, the Gingerbread Workshops is one of the best Christmas activities in Austin as it lets creative families use fresh gingerbread and sweet treats to build gingerbread houses! All ages, families, and groups are welcome, check out their calendar since the date vary and it gets fully booked throughout the season!