2015 Austin Area Holiday Happenings


Hill Country Galleria’s Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa’s Arrival – November 19, 6 p.m.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

The fun starts at 6pm in the outdoor amphitheater with a special performance by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes & the Ruby Reds. Studio512’s Amanda Tatom will be on hand to help us welcome Santa to the stage and light the big holiday tree! Wave to Santa as he exits via the Sonesta Bee Cave Austin trolley – The Bee! Afterwards, a 5 minute firework show will take place followed by live music! Enjoy face painting and balloon twisters for the kids. FREE!

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Lights Display – November 20-January 3, 6 p.m. nightly

Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Starting on Friday, November 20th (schedule could change) at 6:00pm and running through January 3rd, Mozart’s annual light display takes place every hour on the hour until midnight. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks. NOTE: Mozart’s is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre – November 25- December 27

ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition!

Black Friday at the Bullock – November 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue

Enjoy a unique experience at the Bullock to kick off your holiday season! Bring the whole family for activity stations where you’ll have the chance to make your own souvenir poster, holiday ornament, and more! Drop in anytime between 11am and 3pm in the First Floor Lobby and get hands-on with history.

  • Learn the art of block printing and make your own poster.
  • Create a holiday ornament to keep or give as a gift.
  • Design a button inspired by your favorite artifact in the Museum.

Exploration Stations are designed for families to enjoy together and are perfect for kids ages 4 and up.

Santa on the Terrace – November 27 (Canceled due to possible inclement weather)

Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive

Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer overlooking the best view in Austin! Kick off the holidays and take a break from mall madness this Black Friday when Santa Claus comes to the Long Center. Bring the kids for a FREE photo* with Santa overlooking the best view in Austin. You MUST be in line by 1:00PM to guarantee a photo. Sip delicious hot chocolate, enjoy some of Austin’s most delicious food trucks, and kick off the holiday season with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical –  November 27-29

Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.   Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Breakfast with Santa – November 28, 9 a.m. – noon.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Cedar Creek

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the Breakfast with Santa event at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. After indulging in a wonderful breakfast spread, all will join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a meet-and-greet as well as photographs. While folks wait to visit with jolly ole St. Nick, they can enjoy holiday-themed activities and arts and crafts, a jump house and more – including a holiday sing-a-long with the K.R. Wood Camp Cookie Duo. The cost is $32 for adults, $16 for ages 6-12 and complimentary for ages 5 and under. This event is open to guests as well as the public; reservations are required. For reservations, call 512-308-4860.

Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade November 28, 11 a.m.

Congress Avenue, Downtown Austin

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Texas Capitol and moves south on Congress, all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. The hour-long procession features giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa! At a designated time towards the end of the parade, Santa’s Helpers will line the parade route and help spectators donate new, unwrapped toys to Operation Blue Santa, which brings Christmas magic to children under 15 years old that otherwise might not receive any gifts.

The North Pole Flyer – November 28 – December 20. Saturdays and Sundays. Schedule: Departs 10:00 a.m., Returns 12:30 p.m., Departs 2:00 p.m., Returns 4:30 p.m., and Departs 6:00 p.m., Returns 8:30 p.m.

401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

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Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer- our railroad’s own Christmas story! This 2.5 hour excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, hot cocoa and our signature Christmas cookie. Each car is decorated for the season and the North Pole Flyer story is read live on board! All cars are pulled by our 1960 Alco diesel locomotive.  Parties of two may be seated at shared tables. This ride is 2.5 hours round trip with no layover. Tickets start at $33.

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting CeremonyNovember 29, 6 p.m.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road

The Zilker Tree has been lighting the Austin skies during the holiday season since 1967. The tree, which is located in Zilker Park, will be lit for the first time by the winners of a citywide coloring contest. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. and features local entertainment, food, novelties and live music. (Please bring cash if you’d like to patronize the vendors.) Performers include the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and the Barton Hills Choir. FREE! Zilker Park. The Zilker Tree will be lit and on display nightly until December 31, from 6 pm to midnight.

Four Seasons Gingerbread Open House – Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, from 5-6 p.m.

Lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

Get a closer look at the amazing gingerbread houses at a FREE open house with complimentary hot apple cider, Wild West-themed treats, photos with Santa and the opportunity to meet the talented pastry chefs behind the Village.

Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights  Holiday Light Tour & Christmas TowneNovember 30 – December 26, 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Old Settlers Park, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

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Experience the fourth annual event featuring all new displays and a bigger and brighter Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2015 show features a longer light tunnel.  Cost: $15 per car.

Tree Lighting at the DriskillDecember 1, 6 p.m.

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street

Enjoy choral performances and seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet in celebration of the annual Lighting of The Driskill Tree.

10th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting –  December 1, 6-8 p.m.

Mueller Control Tower, Berkman Drive

Join the Mueller community for the 10th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony! The FREE, family-friendly event will feature live music from the Reagan High School Drumline and the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Band. The event will also include free coffee, hot chocolate, and holiday treats as well as activities for children. Austin City Council Member, Ora Houston, will be counting down the moments until the Noel sign is lit across the Control Tower, honoring a tradition that dates back to the 1960s. To celebrate 10 years, there will be 10 tons of snow brought in to play in, too!

Handel’s “Messiah” –  December 1, 8 p.m.

Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!

Holiday Films at Paramount – December 1, 2, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 at various times.

Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Avenue

Having celebrated its 100th birthday this past October, the Paramount now looks forward to its 100th Christmas as we bring back a beloved Austin tradition: the annual Paramount Holiday Film Series. The halls of the Paramount will be decked with boughs of holly, the lobby will sport a gorgeous Christmas tree, and the big screen will feature several holiday favorites in glorious 35mm. Add an Elf  Pub Run and a sparkling digital presentation of modern favorite The Polar Express at Stateside, and you’ve got all the ingredients you need to make treasured Christmas memories with your entire family!

Lakeway’s Lights On! – A Holiday Celebration – December 4, 6-8 p.m.

Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohman’s Crossing Road

Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! The Lights On! event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. We invite you to join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans). Enjoy some hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting! We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be nearby to “plug in” the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. No dogs, please. No bicycles, scooters, skateboards or motorized vehicles on the trail, please. Parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Trail of Lights may be accessed by the stairway at the bottom of the parking lot. Parking is also available at Village Plaza, 100 Lakeway Drive (near Café Lago). Take the walkway between the buildings.

35th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll – December 4, 5–9 p.m. &  Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Downtown Georgetown

The Magic of the Stroll is real and will bring memories on this 35th Annual Celebration. The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights , old fashioned lamp poles, Santa in the Christmas tree farm waiting to hear from both naughty & nice. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village. You can also find the Grinch and his characters in Whoo-Village. FREE!

Lights of Love 5kDecember 4, 6-9 p.m. 

Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Drive

Set against a backdrop of twinkling lights, the 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run kicks off the holiday season. The fun begins in the Mueller Hangar with holiday festivities for everyone — family, friends, organizations, schools and even four-legged friends. Strollers, walkers, joggers and runners don their best holiday outfit and enjoy a holiday inspired course in the Mueller neighborhood. Kids’ crafts, photos with Santa Claus, festive music, hot chocolate and more round out an evening of fun for everyone!

Cedar Park’s Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop – December 4, 6:30-9 p.m.

Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park

On this magical night, join us in the tradition of lighting the tree. Over 65,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park. Santa’s Workshop will kickoff immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. FREE!

Ebenezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story – December 4,  5, 11 & 12, 710 p.m.

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive

This special interactive program based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event, “Ebenezer’s Journey.” Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms. Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will come to life as you witness the joys the sorrows and the chills of the unforgettable experience. Of course, you have an important role to play as well, for you are Ebenezer Scrooge!

Pflugerville’s Holiday Stroll, Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights – December 5, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Downtown Pflugerville

At 10 a.m., shop downtown Pecan Street for special holiday items on sale, until 5 p.m. Then stick around for the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade and the city’s Pfestival of Lights, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street.

Holiday Celebration at Montopolis Recreation Center – December 5, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive

Mark your calendars for this year’s Holiday Celebration event to enjoy a FREE, hot delicious meal while supplies last!

2nd Street District 5th Annual Deck the District Window Walk – December 5, 1-7 p.m.

2nd Street District, Downtown Austin

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the 5th Annual Deck the District Holiday Window Walk! Enjoy the best shopping and dining in the heart of downtown Austin while viewing dazzling window displays by The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University students competing to win scholarship prizes.  There will be in-store specials and as well music featuring Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies. Two hour parking validation will be available in the AMLI garages from 10am -5pm.

Univision Noche Navidena – December 5, 3 p.m.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street

Univision and ESB-MACC present a Christmas event featuring Posada, Ornament making, musical acts with Latin American music traditions, folkloric ballet and Mariachis. This event will be videotaped and portions will be aired on Christmas Eve on Univision TV.
AdvertisementLeander’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting –December 5, starts at 5 p.m.

City Hall, 200 West Willis Street, Leander

The Christmas Parade will begin at 5pm with the Tree Lighting to follow. We will have Pictures with Santa, Holiday Hayrides, Yule Fire, Choral Performances, and a variety of vendors.

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Holiday Stroll – Saturday, December 5,  6 p.m.

Downtown Austin

The annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll is a FREE, family-friendly event that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during KUTX 98.9 “Eklektikos” host John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along. As the clock strikes 7 p.m., the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians. From 7 to 9 p.m., Congress Ave. will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late and will feature special activities and offers. Additional Stroll activities include classic holiday cartoons, photos with Santa, live music, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with the Sustainable Food Center, and much more. Support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Capital Area Food Bank.

A Long Winter’s Night – December 5, 6, 12, 13 & 19, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater, 2017 W. 18th Street


Laura Freeman’s original musical is a distinctively Texas tale with echoes of Dickens. Suzi longs for snow in Texas until the night of the Winter Solstice when she gets more than she bargained for. Featuring live music and outrageous performances by Laura Freeman, Robert Deike, Megan Ortiz, and Robert King in Austin’s oldest and dearest theater!

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – December 5-23; shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive

From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Holiday Family Days at the Blanton Museum of Art –  December 5 & 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Celebrate the holidays with the Blanton. Enjoy musical performances in the spirit of the season, explore the galleries while engaging in fun conversation, and search for creative inspiration in our special exhibitions to make festive art that you can keep for yourself or give to your loved ones as a gift. Children 12 and under are free; program included with museum admission.

Violet Crown Arts Festival – December 5 & 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Brentwood Elementary School, 6700 Arroyo Seco

Expect to find unique artwork from talented sculptors, potters, and fiber artists, painters, jewelers, glass artists, woodworkers and metal smiths. Shop for handmade gifts and great quality art, and support local cottage businesses. It’s always FREE admission for the whole family! Live music and food vendors will also be onsite.

DeSTEMber Fest at Bullock Museum – December 6, Noon – 3 p.m.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue

Join Girlstart for a FREE, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza! Explore winter constellations in our portable planetarium, connect the circuit to make fun holiday stickers, and learn how seal pups stay warm in cold weather. The whole family will discover the mysteries behind this magical time of year with snowflake chemistry, train construction, fluffy snow and more hands-on fun! Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state.

Conspirare’s Christmas – December 7, 8 p.m.

Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive

Conspirare’s signature holiday concert, featuring Craig Hella Johnson’s renowned collage-style programming that weaves diverse styles of music into a seamless whole. This year featuring singer-songwriter Matt Alber.

Austin Trail of Lights – December 8–22, 7-10 p.m.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road


Visit the Trail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. Zilker Tree on display nightly.  General admission is FREE from December 8-15, and only $3 for ages 12+ from December 16-22.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” – Wednesday, December 9, 7 p.m.

The Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street

The story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve features such lasting crowd-pleasers as “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep” and “This Christmas Day.”

Metamorphisis Dance Presents “The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams” – December 11 at 7:30 p.m., December 12 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. & December 13, at 2:30 p.m.

George W. Carver Museum Theater, 1165 Angelina Street
This is the third season the company has performed Suite Dreams, and we never tire of making our story fresh and irresistible to our audience. Come see what has made this ballet a family favorite, but with a new twist on the story. Woven together through its’ characters, this story has something for everyone. Come see how Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble is changing the shape of dance one dancer at a time. Cost: $20/ ticket pre-sale, $25 at the door.

Festival of Carols – December 12, noon-4 p.m.

French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street

Get into the holiday spirit at our Festival of Carols! Enjoy festive music performed by local school choirs, holiday crafts, games, and concessions. Some activities and the refreshments may require the purchase of tickets. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic lunches. FREE!

Tex-Arts Holiday Extravaganza – December 12 & 13, starts at 2 & 6 p.m.

TexARTS, Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur

The TexARTS Broadway Company stars in this holiday revue that features irresistible Rockette-style numbers, your favorite holiday hits, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! This perfectly wonderful family favorite is sure to put the SPARKLE in your holidays!

Luminations – December 12 & 13, 6–9 p.m.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue

Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations, an Austin holiday tradition. Admission is FREE with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. (Find their most requested items here.) Activities include live music, children’s activities, visit with Frosty the Snowman and more!

Cherrywood Art Fair – December 12 & 13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood

2015 posterShop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s even live music, an art corner for the kids and more! Visit LiveMom on Sunday, December 13, in the art corner where kids can decorate their own snowman or gingerbread person! FREE!

Afternoon with Santa –  December 13, 3-6 p.m.

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street

Meet Santa & capture photos at this family event while enjoying cookie decorating, crafts and hors d’ourvres.  Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call 512-439-1234. $25 per person plus tax.

Chaparral Ice Holiday Ice Show: A Hollywood Christmas – December 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane

This year, Chaparral Ice’s annual holiday ice show features your favorite Christmas movies! Figure skaters will bring holiday classics to the frozen stage, from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” to “Home Alone.” We invite the general public to see characters like Jack Skellington and Buddy The Elf perform their amazing skating tricks! All audience members will need a hard ticket to enter Chaparral Ice for the show. Reserve your tickets now on Eventbrite: http://goo.gl/UOCEm1

Festival of Trees – December 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street

Join the staff and ambassadors of The Carver Museum for an evening of Christmas Music, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, and beautiful trees, all wrapped up in a package just for you.  Holiday music provided by our Keys of Life piano students, “Pure Imagination” – songs from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory.  To RSVP, call 512-974-4926.

Little Elves Craft Day (Cedar Park) – December 17, 3–5 p.m.

Community Rooms in the Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main Street, Cedar Park

Get some holiday shopping done without the kids! Drop your child off to join us for a fun afternoon full of holiday themed crafts, games, story time and snacks/drinks. $25 per child, ages 3–10 (must be potty trained). Register at www.cpparks.net or by calling (512) 401-5500.

Night Before Christmas Break December 17, 5:30- 8:00 p.m.

Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury Street

Holiday games, treats and eats for the entire family. Don’t miss a chance to visit with Santa! FREE!

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa Holiday Lights and Ice – December 18- January 6, various times (Grand Opening on December 18, 6:30 p.m.)

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive

Join us for our 6th Annual Holiday Lights & Ice event benefiting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. Get in the holiday spirit with skating on our indoor ice rink that overlooks the scenic hill country that is accompanied by a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in Santa’s Workshop. Christmas comes to life at the Grand Opening of our Holiday Lights & Ice season on December 18 at 6:30 pm with a special Winter Wonderland on Ice production by Ice Couture, featuring international dancers Kristen Nardozzi and Nick Traxler and Austin’s very own Chaparral Ice skaters. Enjoy a very special opportunity to take the ice with Santa Claus during our first skating session beginning at 7:00 pm. The ice rink is open to the public.

Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things (Round Rock)- December 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chasco Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street, Round Rock

Austin-area families can enjoy “Real Snow” Activities, slides and trains, live music, inflatables and more! Don’t miss a visit with Santa – he’ll be there until 2 p.m. FREE!

Wassail 2015   December 20, 2:30 (kid’s show) 5:30 p.m. (evening show)

Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street

Please join us for Wassail 2015, our 13th Solstice Christmas celebration. Expect a feast of seasonal entertainment from our troupe of intrepid actors, magicians, dancers, musicians, poets and puppeteers. This year a special focus will be on the traditions of Sweden. All funds raised from this event benefit the kids in the Darfur region of the Sudan – via the Kids for Kids charity.

Tuba Christmas – December 21, noon

Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue

2015 is the 42nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building. FREE!

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade – December 21, 5-8 p.m.

Location to be announced

Minor Mishap Marching Band invites you to join us under the dark Solstice sky in a PARADE OF LIGHT! Let’s gather on the shortest day of the year to celebrate light, darkness, music, community, nature and other things of general awesomeness. Also, let’s party down and shake our booties! It’s (finally) getting (slightly) cold around here: time to shake that thang and warm up. Please make a lantern to carry in the parade! and make some lanterns with your kiddos! The beauty of this event is created by YOU!  FREE!

Shop Local! Check out these many Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs in the Austin area.


Enjoy the giving spirit that the holidays bring about! Volunteer opportunities are abundant during the holidays.


There are many families in need. Have you considered adopting a family this holiday season?

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Looking for a little more fun? Sign yourself and your kids up for a Gingerbread Workshop today!




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