The holidays are upon us once again! December is a time for family, friends, and giving. There are events happening all over town that will make you glad to be in Austin at this time of year.
For those who love spending time with their family or simply enjoying the holiday spirit, here’s a list of fun activities going on throughout December in Austin, Texas!
Austin Trail of Lights
December 8 – 23, 2022
The 58th annual Austin Trail of Lights is returning to Zilker Park! Austin Trail of Lights is one of the most beloved and longest-running holiday traditions of its kind in the Texas capital. The Trail now features more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.
Mozart’s 2022 Christmas Light Show
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
The annual Mozart’s 2022 Christmas Light Show is coming back this 2022! Experience a bigger, better and, brighter than ever show! An immersive experience viewing the light show directly from the tables of Mozart’s patio!
9201 COTA Blvd, Austin
Experience a magical drive-thru on Peppermint Parkway at the Circuit of the Americas. Join Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road. They are on a mission: to deliver letters to Santa for gifts under the tree! On their way they will meet dancing elves and strolling entertainers, as they are transported from Candy Cane Lane to an Enchanted Forest, and so much more.
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker
December 3 – December 23
Long Center for the Performing Arts
After going virtual last year, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is now back on its 60th year live from the Long Center. Witness hundreds of dancers perform Stephen MIlls’ enchanting choreography to Peter Tchaikovsky’s magical score with a live accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra!
Zilker Tree Lighting
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Zilker Tree Lighting celebrates the start of the holiday season. The tree stands 155 feet tall and is made up of over 3,300 lights with a 10-foot star on top of the tree.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 18 – December 24
6100 Airport Blvd., Austin
Shop local holiday gifts in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar! The Bazaar features the handmade, unique work of 200 artists selling all sorts of crafts from jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and more!
Austin Music Video Festival
December 1 – 4
The Austin Music Video Festival (AMVF) celebrates Austin’s longstanding music video heritage with awards, parties, panels to be held in-person and virtually.
Capital City Black Film Festival
In-Person and Virtual Event
The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) is an intimate festival that celebrates the beautiful storytelling and unique, universal perspectives of African American filmmakers. The CCBFF has year-round events and opportunities to experience the brilliant works of Black artists and filmmakers from across the globe. With Austin becoming its way to be the next Hollywood of Texas making it the perfect home for the CCBFF.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 17 – 23
Outside Palmer Events Center
A new rendition of an Austin tradition! For more than 45 seasons, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination that features national and local award-winning artists alongside live music!