Top 28 Holiday Events in Austin & Central Texas

November 13, 2017

Article by: Rebecca Darling,

Holiday Events in Austin: November

Santa’s Ranch

New Braunfels, Texas

November 3 – December 31, 2017

A drive-thru Christmas Light Park is located just 30 minutes south of Austin on I-35. With over 1 million lights and 100 displays & animations, the one mile drive thru park is seen from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Haute Holiday

A Christmas Affair 2017 ~ Palmer Events Center

The Junior League of Austin

November 15-19, 2017

A shopping event like no other, this 5 day event puts everyone in the Holiday mood! The event consists of 4 full market days with over 200 local and national vendors. There are some really fun children’s events too – Enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa, a teen/tween party, and photos with Santa all weekend long!

Mozart’s Coffee Holiday Lights Show

Mozart’s Coffee

November 17 – January 1, 2017

Don’t miss the fantastic light show at Mozart’s Coffee this year! This free show is each evening, every hour on the hour.

Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Hill Country of Texas (various cities)

November 17 – January 1, 2017

10 different communities in the Hill Country are participating on the trail this year and have events planned every weekend from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Some of our favorites include the Christmas Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls and Main Street Bethlehem in Burnet. Visit the website to see specifics.

Chuy’s Giving to Children Christmas Parade

Downtown Austin

November 18, 2017

Starting at 11 am and marching down Congress Ave, the Chuy’s Giving to Children Christmas Parade collects toys for Operation Blue Santa. Bring a toy to give to the marchers in the parade and enjoy big inflatable balloons, holiday floats and children’s characters.

Gingerbread Village at Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

November 21- December 25, 2017

Each year, the Four Seasons Austin Pastry Chefs create a wonderful gingerbread village in their lobby for us to enjoy – and every year, it’s a fun theme! Don’t miss this year’s: “Monopoly!” There are 2 Open Houses set for you to meet the chef behind the village and enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies. And there is even a visit from Santa – December 4 &5 from 5-6 PM.

A Christmas Carol

ZACH Theatre, Austin, TX

November 22 – December 31, 2017

This Christmas tale unfolds on ZACH’s Topfer Theatre the entire month of December. We saw it last year and it’s perfect for the whole family – so much fun with modern songs twisted into this classic tale. I couldn’t think of a more fun date night or family night!

Lost Pines Christmas

Bastrop, TX

November 23-December 25, 2017

There are a variety of fun events that happen in Bastrop that are fun for the whole family – from a Lighted Christmas Parade, the River of Lights, Santa visits, Ice Skating and more.

Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm

Elgin Tree Farm

November 24 – December 21, 2017

Take the family out this year to hand pick your Christmas Tree at an actual Tree Farm. In additional to getting a tree, you can enjoy a scenic hayride, animals, crazy maze & playground. Here is our experience.

Santa on the Terrace

The Long Center

November 24, 2017

Don’t go shopping on Black Friday! Instead head to the Long Center to meet with Santa. It’s the BEST location in town to meet him – those pictures with Austin in the background are unbeatable!

Ice Skating on the Rooftop

Whole Foods

November 24, 2017 – January 15, 2017

There is nothing like ice skating outdoors in Austin – and did I mention it’s on a rooftop in downtown? Yep, Whole Foods offers this fun family activity every year!

Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival

Hill Country Galleria

November 24, 2017

Enjoy the Hill Country Galleria’s Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival with face painting, fireworks, and special concert!

North Pole Flyer

Austin Steam Train Association, Cedar Park, TX

November 25 – December 9, 2017

The 2 hour, round trip train ride on the historic Bertram Flyer includes story-time, cookies, and a visit from both Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus!

Four Seasons Hotel Austin’s Teddy Bear Teas

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

November 25 – December 17, 2017

Start a new Holiday tradition with your children – enjoy a tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons.

Sights & Sounds of Christmas

San Marcos, TX

November 29 – December 9, 2017

This wonderful holiday event features a running event, ice skating, Santa, shopping, food, live music, Town of Bethlehem, and a carnival.

A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast

Penfold Theatre Company

November 30 – December 23, 2017

Five actors bring this classic tale to life at Round Rock’s Old Setters Hall located at Old Settlers Park. A fun evening for the whole family – check out the Christmas Towne and make a night of it!

Holiday Events in Austin: December

Christmas Family Night

Round Rock, TX

December 1, 2017

Celebrate the season with a free night in Round Rock. Tiny homes all over downtown feature free crafts, face-painting, puppet shows, and more. Enjoy free refreshments and live entertainment.

A Dickens Christmas in Lockhart

Lockhart, TX

December 1 & 2, 2017

The town of Lockhart, Texas is transformed into a Dickens’ style Christmas starting with a Lighted Christmas Parade on Friday night. The fun continues on Saturday with an all-day festival that ends with the lighting of a Yule Log on Saturday night.

35th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll

Georgetown, TX

December 1 & 2, 2017

Downtown Georgetown Square transforms into a Norman Rockwell-picturesque scene with window displays, carolers, yummy goodies and local vendors. Visit the live nativity at the Bethlehem Village, tease the Grinch at the Whoo-Village and Santa makes an appearance at the parade on Saturday.

Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

Cedar Park, TX

December 1, 2017

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 Admission.

Victorian Christmas Celebration

Pioneer Farms, Austin, TX

December 1 – 17, 2017

An interactive tour of Pioneer Farms, 12 Days of Christmas Game, and “A Prairie Christmas Carol”.

Weihnachtsmarkt, a German Christmas Market

German Free School

December 2, 2017

The German Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. With a visit from both the historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas, this is a fun event for the children too.

Downtown Austin’s Holiday Stroll

Downtown Austin, TX

December 2, 2017

A free, family-fun event that starts with a group sing-along at the Capitol in Downtown Austin. As that is wrapping up, the Capitol Holiday tree is lite and Congress Ave becomes alive with music, art, shopping, & more.

The Nutcracker at the Ballet Austin

The Long Center, Austin, TX

December 8-23, 2017

The Austin Ballet produces the longest-running production of The Nutcracker in Texas. Celebrating 55 years, I can’t think of a sweeter Christmas performance to take your children to.

Austin Thinkery Gingerbread House Workshops


December 9-24, 2017 (various dates)

Come make & decorate your very own gingerbread house and leave the mess somewhere other than your house! These workshops fill up fast, so make your reservation today!

Zilker Trail of Lights

Zilker Park

December 9 – 23, 2017

One of Austin’s most anticipated events is back this year for an even longer run! Millions of holiday lights and displays line the trail, creating a fun experience for the whole family. Each night will feature performances from local dance companies, bands, and singers. Purchase special “ZIP” passes online to get in a full 45 minutes earlier than everyone else!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Palmer Events Center

December 14 – 24, 2017

Hot music, fine art and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe.

Tuba Christmas

Texas State Capitol Building, South Steps

December 22, 2017

Austin families are invited to hear memorable Christmas music played by many different forms of tubas and euphoniums FREE. It will be fun for all ages.

Happy Holidays! We hope our list of Holidays in Austin will help make it merry & bright!

Original Link: