Welcome to KidzAustin's Holidayz -- helping you find all those fun and kid friendly holiday events in and around Austin that our beautiful area has to offer. Lists include holiday shows, holiday lights, events, Santa sightings, special shopping opportunities and more! We'll be updating the page as we find out about new holiday events, so check back often.

Please note: The events listed below are created by each local establishment and are subject to change without notice. KidzAustin.com is not affiliated with any of these businesses. Please contact the establishment listed below with any questions, for details, or to verify event times and costs. The information provided below is free-of-charge to the public. While we strive to provide you the latest information, KidzAustin.com is not responsible nor liable for any of these events nor any changes to the information provided below.

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NOVEMBER (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Daily in November

Santa Claus at Barton Creek Square Mall
Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746, 327-7040
Kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Get your photo taken with Santa! Click link for hours.

Santa Claus at Lakeline Mall
Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613, 257-7467
Kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Stop in for a visit with Santa and get your photo taken. Click link for hours.

Santa's Ranch Trail of Lights
Santa's Ranch
8561 N IH 35, New Braunsfels, TX, 830-743-1293
When: See site for hours
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Drive through 1.5 million lights along a Christmas trail through holiday displays (on 10-acres). See map/details on site.

Also See Our General Eventz Calendar for Holiday Workshops and more.

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FIND SUMMER EVENTS on our SUMMEREVENTZ PAGE.

Daily Starting 3rd Friday in November

The Domain Holiday Lights
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste 210, Austin, TX 78758
When: Hourly between 5 -9 PM
, Daily thru 12/31
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour.

Walkway of Lights
Lakeside Park (West of Hwy 281 River Bridge), Marble Falls, TX
When: 6-10 PM nightly,
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: The Walkway of Lights has dazzled hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the globe with over two-million bulbs beautifully reflecting off of Lake Marble Falls. Stop by on weekends for visit from Santa.

Friday, November 29 

Frosty's Winter Wonderland and Breakfast with Santa at "A Christmas Affair," Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX, 467-8982
When: See site for times
Family/kid friendly holdiay event/activity info: Come enjoy breakfast with Frosty the Snowman and decorate your own magic hat! Chocolate milk bar with whipped cream and candy toppings. Photos with Santa begin at 8:30am. Beat the rush! Entertainment by Joe McDermott. Reservations required.

Saturday, November 30 

The Domain Holiday Lights
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste 210
Austin, TX 78758
When: Hourly 5-9 PM
, daily thru 12/31
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour.

The Day after Thanksgiving through New Years

Bastrop River of Lights
Fisherman's Park in Bastrop, 1200 Willow Street, Bastrop, TX 78602, 512-303-0558
When: 6PM
Family friendly holiday event info: The entire trail, from Fisherman's Park to Ferry Park, will have lighted displays and Christmas carols playing for your holiday enjoyment.

The day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve

CHRISTmas Season at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm (& Tree Cutting)
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
120 Nature's Way (off Roy Davis Rd), Elgin, TX, 281-5016
When: See site for hours
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: In addition to providing a great place to select and freshly cut the perfect Christmas tree, the following is available every day during hte CHRISTmas season: fresh made wreaths, tree stands of all sizes, scenic hayride, animals to visit, crazy maze, playground.

Friday after Thanksgiving

Lighting of the Square
Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Historic Downton Square, Georgetown, TX
When: 5:30 PM
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy the magic of this holiday season as we light up the square! Listen to holiday music and sing along with the Austin Carolers while you warm your tummy with cookies and hot chocolate.

1st Saturday after Thanksgiving

Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade
Downtown Austin, Austin, TX
Family friendly Holiday activity info: Don't miss an amazing parade featuring giant inflatable balloons, festival holiday floats, marching bands and much more. And, of course, let's not forget the main goal -- bring a toy to donate to another child as part of the Operation Blue Santa Program.

Thanksgiving Weekend

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX
Family friendly holiday shopping event/activity info:  It is an annual arts show that features unique work from over 140 local and regional artisans – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. It is a fun, free shopping event where you can find something for everybody! Closes 6 PM on Dec 24.

Harvest Art Fest
1832 Farmer’s Market, 1302 Chestnut St, Bastrop, TX, When: See site for times
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Features hand made art from local artist and fresh produce from local farmers. Great for holiday gifts!

Ice Skating on the Plaza
Whole Foods Market, 525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
When: See site for times/schedule
Family/kid friendly holiday/event info: Come out and enjoy outdoor ice skating on the plaza!!

 

 


 

 

 

 

DECEMBER (Click to Open/Close Complete List)

Daily in December (except Dec 25 or until specified end date if applicable)

Bastrop River of Lights
Fisherman's Park in Bastrop, 1200 Willow Street, Bastrop, TX 78602, 512-303-0558
When: 6 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: The entire trail, from Fisherman's Park to Ferry Park, will have lighted displays and Christmas carols playing for your holiday enjoyment.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX
Family friendly holiday shopping event/activity info:  It is an annual arts show that features unique work from over 140 local and regional artisans – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. It is a fun, free shopping event where you can find something for everybody! Closes 6 PM on Dec 24.

CHRISTmas Season at Elgin Christmas Tree Farm (& Tree Cutting)
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
120 Nature's Way (off Roy Davis Rd), Elgin, TX, 281-5016
When: See site for hours
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: In addition to providing a great place to select and freshly cut the perfect Christmas tree, the following is available every day during hte CHRISTmas season: fresh made wreaths, tree stands of all sizes, scenic hayride, animals to visit, crazy maze, playground.

The Domain Holiday Lights
The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Ste 210, Austin, TX 78758
When: Hourly between 5 -9 PM
, Daily thru 12/31
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights show in Domain II. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 15 minutes of each hour.

Georgetown Square Holiday Lights
Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Historic Downton Square, Georgetown, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy the magic of this holiday season as we light up the square!

Ice Skating on the Plaza
Whole Foods Market, 525 N Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
When: See site for times/schedule
Family/kid friendly holiday/event info: Come out and enjoy outdoor ice skating on the plaza!

Santa Claus at Barton Creek Square Mall
Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 S Capital Of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746, 512-327-7040
Kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Get your photo taken with Santa! Click link for hours.

Santa Claus at Lakeline Mall
Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613, 512-257-7467
Kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Stop in for a visit with Santa and get your photo taken. Click link for hours.

Santa's Ranch Trail of Lights
Santa's Ranch, 8561 N IH 35, New Braunsfels, TX, 830-743-1293
When: See site for hours
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Drive through 1.5 million lights along a Christmas trail through holiday displays (on 10-acres). See map/details on site.

Walkway of Lights
Lakeside Park (West of Hwy 281 River Bridge), Marble Falls, TX
When: 6-10 PM nightly,
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: The Walkway of Lights has dazzled hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the globe with over two-million bulbs beautifully reflecting off of Lake Marble Falls. Stop by on weekends for visit from Santa.

Weekends in December

Lights of Tejas, 1038 Pr 2191, Giddings, TX 78942
Family friendly holiday event/activity: Visitors wander through a landscape filled with over one million lights, appreciating the wonder of the holiday season throughout several themed displays. Also offers additional activities including a climbing wall and zipline, ornament decorating, a bounce house, and face painting.

Sunday, November 30

Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: 6 PM
Family friendly event/activity info: Don't miss this special lighting celebration. After this ceremony the tree will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree Stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

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Monday, December 1

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Tuesday, December 2

Mueller Tower Lighting, Mueller Tower, Berkman Dr and Tom Miller St, Austin, TX, When: See site for time/details.
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Annual celebration featuring the lighting of the "Noel" sign on the former airport control tower. Additional entertainment includes performances, more.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Wednesday December 3 (1st Wednesday after Thanksgiving)

Santa's Arrival and Tree Ligthing Ceremony
City Square Park, Kyle, TX
Family friendly holiday event/activity details: The City of Kyle welcomes Santa to town to kick off to the holidays.  Santa will be available to take pictures (you must bring your own camera, we will not have a photographer available).  Local school choirs will perform holiday songs. There will be free activities for the children and food available for purchase.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos Plaza Park, San Marcos, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity details: Join us for new and exciting attractions. Enjoy a basketball sized ice skating rink, human-sized snow globe along with the largest carnival ever to hit San Marcos. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, food court, and the best holiday music in the park, more.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Thursday, December 4

Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos Plaza Park, San Marcos, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity details: Join us for new and exciting attractions. Enjoy a basketball sized ice skating rink, human-sized snow globe along with the largest carnival ever to hit San Marcos. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, food court, and the best holiday music in the park, more.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Friday, December 5

Christmas Family Night in Round Rock
Downtown Mainstreet, Round Rock, TX, 512-218-5540
When: 6:30 PM
Family friendly holiday event: This free event includes activities for the entire family including live music, dancers, Cowboy Bunkhouse storytellers, candle-making, carriage rides, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more. Guests can also shop for holiday gifts at the Christmas Family Night market.

Lights of Love
Berkman Dr and Tom Miller St, Austin, TX
When: See site for details.
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Kick off your holiday season at RMHC's Lights of Love. Run, walk or jog the 5K, stroll in the family fun run, take pictures with Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald and enjoy food, kids’ crafts, music and enough holiday spirit to last through the entire season!

Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos Plaza Park, San Marcos, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity details: Join us for new and exciting attractions. Enjoy a basketball sized ice skating rink, human-sized snow globe along with the largest carnival ever to hit San Marcos. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, food court, and the best holiday music in the park, more.

Christmas Stroll
Historic Downtown Square, Georgetown, TX
When: 5-9 PM
Family/kid-friendly holiday event/activity info: Bring the family to enjoy a special holiday treat. Walk through a Bethlehem Village, watch a hometown holiday parade, enjoy live entertainment, sample tempting treats in the food court and browse 200 arts and crafts booths!  Children will love the various activities and rides! Have a chat with Santa!  Free admission.

Ebenezer's Journey: A Dickens' Christmas Story
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 512-637-1215
When: 7-10 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: A special interactive program based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, will recreate various scenes of Dickens' classic 1843 tale. Like Scrooge, visitors will journey back in time to see Christmases past and even possibly participate in some scenes. In addition to our interactive tour, there will also be crafts and other historical activities throughout the museum.

Holilday Tree Lighting
Heritage Park, Cedar Park, TX
Family friendly holiday event/activity info:Over 60,000 lights will illuminate the largest oak tree in Cedar Park.  Enjoy music, arts and crafts, carriage rides, Santa Claus, games and prizes, inflatables, concessions, photos with Santa (bring your own camera) and much more. Free Admission.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Saturday, December 6

A Capital Christmas Holiday Sing-A-Long and Downtown Stroll
Downtown, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A family-friendly event that begins with community caroling at the Capitol grounds led by John Aielli, host of the KUT 90.5 show Eklektikos. When the caroling ends, the holiday tree in front of the Capitol is lit and participants stroll down Congress Avenue where they find the street alive with music, art, shopping and more.

Budafest
Dowtown Buda, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: fun-stuffed weekend event features a Christmas parade, musical entertainment, a carnival, and artisans selling handcrafted items of all kinds aswell as a visit from Santa! See site for details.

Christmas Stroll
Historic Downtown Square, Georgetown, TX
When: 9 AM - 8 PM
Family/kid-friendly holiday event/activity info: Bring the family to enjoy a special holiday treat. Walk through a Bethlehem Village, watch a hometown holiday parade, enjoy live entertainment, sample tempting treats in the food court and browse 200 arts and crafts booths!  Children will love the various activities and rides! Have a chat with Santa!  Free admission.

Ebenezer's Journey: A Dickens' Christmas Story
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 512-637-1215
When: 7-10 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: A special interactive program based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, will recreate various scenes of Dickens' classic 1843 tale. Like Scrooge, visitors will journey back in time to see Christmases past and even possibly participate in some scenes. In addition to our interactive tour, there will also be crafts and other historical activities throughout the museum.

Holiday by the Tracks
Veterans' Memorial Park, Elgin, TX, When: 9 AM - 3 PM
Family and kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Music, bazaar, art show, children's activities, pictures with Santa, food, more with a lighted holiday parade at the end.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
Family and kid friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

A Prairie Christmas
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 512-637-1215
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Two Saturdays and Sundays in December will showcase an exciting “Prairie Christmas” program featuring different activities each weekend. All will offer traditional, family-friendly holiday cheer, live music and an array of fun yule activities — cloggers, singers, a Victorian Santa, crafts and more. 1880s-decorated houses will be available for visitors to see all day. And free hayrides will be available through our historic sites.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas
San Marcos Plaza Park, San Marcos, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity details: Join us for new and exciting attractions. Enjoy a basketball sized ice skating rink, human-sized snow globe along with the largest carnival ever to hit San Marcos. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, food court, and the best holiday music in the park, more.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Sunday, December 7

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Budafest
Dowtown Buda, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: fun-stuffed weekend event features a Christmas parade, musical entertainment, a carnival, and artisans selling handcrafted items of all kinds aswell as a visit from Santa! See site for details.

Holiday Concert
Georgetown High School, Klett Performing Arts Center, 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX, 512-864-9591
When: 4 PM
Family/kid-friendly holiday event/activity info: Bring the family to enjoy a special holiday treat. Walk through a Bethlehem Village, watch a hometown holiday parade, enjoy live entertainment, sample tempting treats in the food court and browse 200 arts and crafts booths!  Children will love the various activities and rides! Have a chat with Santa!  Free admission.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

A Praire Christmas
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 637-1215
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Two Saturdays and Sundays in December will showcase an exciting “Prairie Christmas” program featuring different activities each weekend. All will offer traditional, family-friendly holiday cheer, live music and an array of fun yule activities — cloggers, singers, a Victorian Santa, crafts and more. 1880s-decorated houses will be available for visitors to see all day. And free hayrides will be available through our historic sites.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Monday, December 8 - December 10

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Thursday, December 11

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoach Park with various Christmas scenes and themes.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Friday, December 12

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoach Park with various Christmas scenes and themes.

Ebenezer's Journey: A Dickens' Christmas Story
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 637-1215
When: 7-10 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: A special interactive program based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, will recreate various scenes of Dickens' classic 1843 tale. Like Scrooge, visitors will journey back in time to see Christmasses past and even possibly participate in some scenes. In addition to our interactive tour, there will also be crafts and other historical activities throughout the museum.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Saturday, December 13

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Breakfast with Santa
Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street, Georgetown, TX, 512-930-3473
When: 7:30 – 11 AM
Family and kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, and the Extended School Enrichment Program. Pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee will be prepared and served by firefighters and Rotarians at the annual breakfast. Tickets include a picture with Santa. Proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa event will help to provide food and gifts for needy children in the Georgetown area.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoach Park with various Christmas scenes and themes.

Cherrywood Art Fair
Maplewood Elementary School
3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin, TX
When: 10 AM - 5 PM
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Holiday art bazaar that describes itself as "hip" and "family-friendly." In addition to wares offered by over 60 local artists offers children's activities and live music. Benefits Maplewood Elementary's art programs. Free admission.

Ebenezer's Journey: A Dickens' Christmas Story
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 512-637-1215
When: 7-10 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: A special interactive program based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, will recreate various scenes of Dickens' classic 1843 tale. Like Scrooge, visitors will journey back in time to see Christmasses past and even possibly participate in some scenes. In addition to our interactive tour, there will also be crafts and other historical activities throughout the museum.

Gingerbread Tech-shop
Thinkery (The New Austin Children's Museum),
1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
512-469-6200 to register
When: See site for hours
Family friendly holiday event info: Call to register. Kids 8 and up work together to create this edible holiday tradition.

Heritage Society Holiday Home Tour
Historic Georgetown, Georgetown, TX, 512-869-8597
When: Tours are 10 AM – 5 PM on December 13 & 14.
Tour-goers will enjoy charming, restored, historic homes decorated in holiday finery that celebrate the past and present of old Georgetown neighborhoods. Docents give tours as well as offer information about the history of each residence with interesting facts and tidbits.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Old Town Christmas Fair
Downtown Hutto, 100 East Street, Hutto, TX
When: 10 AM - 5 PM
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: hop the stores, enjoy a meal at the downtown restaurants, shop vendors featuring: Handmade Items, Unique Gifts, Home Decor, Jewelry, Toys, and Delicious Fair Food & Drinks. The YMCA children's area will include crafts, games, inflatables, photos with Santa and SNOW!

A Prairie Christmas
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 637-1215
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Two Saturdays and Sundays in December will showcase an exciting “Prairie Christmas” program featuring different activities each weekend. All will offer traditional, family-friendly holiday cheer, live music and an array of fun yule activities — cloggers, singers, a Victorian Santa, crafts and more. 1880s-decorated houses will be available for visitors to see all day. And free hayrides will be available through our historic sites.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Sunday, December 14

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Budafest
Dowtown Buda, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: fun-stuffed weekend event features a Christmas parade, musical entertainment, a carnival, and artisans selling handcrafted items of all kinds aswell as a visit from Santa! See site for details.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoash Park with various Christmas scenes and themes. Evenings daily thru Dec 22.

Cherrywood Art Fair
Maplewood Elementary School
3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin, TX
When: 10 AM - 5 PM
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: Holiday art bazaar that describes itself as "hip" and "family-friendly." In addition to wares offered by over 60 local artists offers children's activities and live music. Benefits Maplewood Elementary's art programs. Free admission.

Heritage Society Holiday Home Tour
Historic Georgetown, Georgetown, TX, 512-869-8597
When: Tours are 10 AM – 5 PM on December 13 & 14.
Tour-goers will enjoy charming, restored, historic homes decorated in holiday finery that celebrate the past and present of old Georgetown neighborhoods. Docents give tours as well as offer information about the history of each residence with interesting facts and tidbits.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX, Time: 2 PM
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

A Prairie Christmas
Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr (exit I-35 @ Braker Ln and follow signs). Austin, TX 78754, 512-637-1215
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Two Saturdays and Sundays in December will showcase an exciting “Prairie Christmas” program featuring different activities each weekend. All will offer traditional, family-friendly holiday cheer, live music and an array of fun yule activities — cloggers, singers, a Victorian Santa, crafts and more. 1880s-decorated houses will be available for visitors to see all day. And free hayrides will be available through our historic sites.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Monday December 15

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoash Park with various Christmas scenes and themes. Evenings daily thru Dec 22.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Tuesday, December 16 - Wednesday, December 17

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin Convention Center, 2nd and Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
When: 11AM - 11PM
Family friendly holiday event info: Features 35+ musical performances, a bar, food, over 130 local and regional fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy dancing in the aisles while shopping for fine art and distinctive gifts right here in downtown Austin -- a unique Austin tradition that shows your support for the local artists and musicians who keep Austin cool.

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Thursday, December 18

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin Convention Center, 2nd and Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
When: 11AM - 11PM
Family friendly holiday event info: Features 35+ musical performances, a bar, food, over 130 local and regional fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy dancing in the aisles while shopping for fine art and distinctive gifts right here in downtown Austin -- a unique Austin tradition that shows your support for the local artists and musicians who keep Austin cool.

Austin Trail of Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX
Family/kid friendly holiday event/activity info: The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park, the crown jewel of Austin’s public green spaces. For two magical weeks in December, over 50 stunning custom displays (many updated for 2013) light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. Come make memories with the ones you love and uniquely Austin eats, fun for the kiddos, and performers including musicians, dancers, and carolers.

Buda Trail of Lights
Historic Stagecoach Park, Buda, TX
Family friendly holiday activity/event info: Enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating historic Stagecoach Park with various Christmas scenes and themes.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

 

Friday, December 19

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin Convention Center, 2nd and Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
When: 11 AM - 11 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: Features 35+ musical performances, a bar, food, over 130 local and regional fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy dancing in the aisles while shopping for fine art and distinctive gifts right here in downtown Austin -- a unique Austin tradition that shows your support for the local artists and musicians who keep Austin cool.

Holiday Lights and Ice Event
Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX, When: See site for hours.
Family friendly holiday/activity event info: Get in the holiday spirit with skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more. Our 4100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Open daily December 19 - January 4.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

December 23

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin Convention Center, 2nd and Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
When: 11 AM - 11 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: Features 35+ musical performances, a bar, food, over 130 local and regional fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy dancing in the aisles while shopping for fine art and distinctive gifts right here in downtown Austin -- a unique Austin tradition that shows your support for the local artists and musicians who keep Austin cool.

Holiday Lights and Ice Event
Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX, When: See site for hours.
Family friendly holiday/activity event info: Get in the holiday spirit with skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more. Our 4100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Open daily December 19 - January 4.

The Nutcracker
Long Center, Austin, TX
When: See site for schedule
Family friendly holiday event/activity info: A magical memory making experience for all ages presented by Ballet Austin. See site for details.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

December 24

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Austin Convention Center, 2nd and Trinity, Austin, TX 78701
When: 11 AM - 11 PM
Family friendly holiday event info: Features 35+ musical performances, a bar, food, over 130 local and regional fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy dancing in the aisles while shopping for fine art and distinctive gifts right here in downtown Austin -- a unique Austin tradition that shows your support for the local artists and musicians who keep Austin cool.

Holiday Lights and Ice Event
Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX, When: See site for hours.
Family friendly holiday/activity event info: Get in the holiday spirit with skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more. Our 4100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Open daily December 19 - January 4.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

December 26-30

Holiday Lights and Ice Event
Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX, When: See site for hours.
Family friendly holiday/activity event info: Get in the holiday spirit with skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more. Our 4100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Open daily December 19 - January 4.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

Wednesday, December 31

Austin's New Year (ANY)
Butler Park, 1000 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX
When: 5-10 PM
Family and kid friendly holiday event/activity info: Austin’s New Year (ANY) is an annual free event where Austin families can come together downtown to welcome in the New Year! ANY is an alcohol-free celebration showcasing Austin's diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. And kids and adults alike won't want to miss the exciting fireworks finale!

Holiday Lights and Ice Event
Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr, Austin, TX, When: See site for hours.
Family friendly holiday/activity event info: Get in the holiday spirit with skating, s'mores, games, twinkling lights and more. Our 4100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Open daily December 19 - January 4.

Zilker Tree Lights
Zilker Park, Austin, TX, 512-974-6700
When: Nightly
Family friendly event/activity info: This Austin tradition will be available for viewing each evening until December 31st. The Zilker Tree stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25 watt bulbs, totaling 3,309 lights.

See also December's Daily Holiday Events or General Events.

 

 

 

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