Austin Holiday Guide 2020: Food, Events, Gift Ideas

Are you celebrating the holidays in Austin? In this blog, we compiled the places where you can get food, a list of Austin holiday activities, and gift ideas from local businesses to get you in the festive mood.

Where to Get Food for the Holidays in Austin?

1. Contigo Catering

The MLK restaurant's branch is offering a variety of Christmas meals! Contigo is offering meal packages from charcuterie boards to full-on meals, cocktails, sides, and desserts. They also offer deliveries and requires a four day advanced noted. Book online

2. TLC

This Texas seafood restaurant is offering an applewood smoked bone-in ham-based holiday meal package that includes plenty of sides and desserts to choose from! Meals are from $285 and add-ons range from $80 and above. Book online and pick up on December 23 and 24. 

3. Sala & Betty

Sala & Betty, a New American restaurant is offering Christmas meals for takeout. from turkey-centric Christmas meals with plentiful sides and the Feast of Seven Fishes kit for a seafood feast at home! Pickup dates are on the 24th of December; book online or call (512) 645-0214 or (512)645-0215.

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4. Old Thousand

This Chinese-American restaurant is offering a family meal pack for the holiday which includes General Tso's chicken, brisket fried rice, and more, as well as vegetarian options with sides on each menu. You can call them at Call (737) 222-6637, extension 2 to book!

5. Intero

The Italian restaurant located in Holly is putting together a zero-food waste holiday meals. It includes holiday roasts such as a lamb leg, porchetta, sides, and artisan chocolates for dessert! Order here. 

Events and Activities in Austin

1. Trail of Lights 

Experience driving through the magic at the 56th annual Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. This drive-thru event features more than 2 million lights that will be illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and over 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. Guests will be able to drive through the Trail from November 28, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Ticket type based on your preferred time and date are now available as well.

2. Luminations

Experience the Wildflower Center glow as thousands of lights are displayed along the garden. Stroll through beautiful Texas Arboretum among the illuminated oaks and light-splashed forts of Fortlandia. Enjoy the lovely displays and live music at Luminations from November 27 to January 3 from 6 to 9pm.


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3. Santa's Ranch

Explore one of Texas' favorite Christmas displays! Take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while admiring the beauty of the lights and Christmas displays. This event is from November 6 to January 3, 2021 in New Braunfels, TX. Know more about Santa's Ranch here

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4. Bastrop River of Lights

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the June Hill Pape Riverwalk at the Fisherman's Park to enjoy the River of Lights. Numerous lighted displays and a variety of seasonal themes line up for you to see!

5. Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

Staying at home during the holidays? Take home Ballet Austin's The Nutcracker! Support the virtual event and bring home your favorite holiday tradition through a multi-day, multi-media celebration. On-demand viewing of The Nutcracker featured Ballet Austin's 2019 stage production can be viewed until January 1, 2021. Each exclusive access for The Nutcracker includes bonus material dance and fitness lessons as well as a variety of tips you can do at home!

Gift Ideas from Local Businesses in Austin

1. Articulture

Still looking for gifts this holiday season? Articulture boutique and gardens feature gorgeous original creation of plant art, home decor, and more. Perfect for your green thumb friends and family! 

2. Austin Art Garage

Acquire beautiful, locally made art by talented emerging artists in their early career while it's still attainable and become a part of their story. Austin Art Garage has something for everyone, from the cash strapped college student to seasoned art collectors looking to invest in new talent. 

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3. Side Street

For all-natural and craft enthusiasts, Side Street offers craft and botanical products that can add style and life to your Austin home. Side Street has a concept of curated home goods store with selected new and vintage items all over the world. Know more about Side Street here

4. Succulent Native

These low maintenance plants are perfect for busy people. Succulents are perfect for indoors and are a great addition to your working desk! Succulent Native offers a variety of succulents with stunning arrangements ready for its next plant parent! 

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