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!
Downtown Holiday Stroll
December 2, 2023
Explore downtown’s festive activities and happenings all month long! There are so many exciting things to do at the Downtown Holiday Stroll. Shop locally with the holiday passport, learn crafts while holiday gift shopping, listen to live music, watch art happen, sip holiday cocktails, and more!
Austin Trail of Lights
December 8 – 23, 2023
The 59th 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 2023 Christmas Light Show
November 9, 2023 – January 6, 2023
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
The annual Mozart’s 2023 Christmas Light Show is coming back this 2023! 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 TX
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 2 – December 23, 2023
Long Center for the Performing Arts
After going virtual last year, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is now back on its 61st 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!
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 17 – 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!
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 15 – 23, 2023
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!
Austin’s New Year
Welcome the New Year with a festive fireworks show! Bring your loved ones with you to this family-friendly event with plenty of activities for you to enjoy. Stay tuned for more details about this celebration.
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