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Austin’s Top Holiday Happenings

‘Tis the season for holiday spirit, and there’s plenty of it in Austin – check out these events during your winter getaway.

Mozart’s Holiday Lights Show

November 20, 2016  – January 6, 2017

While you’re out and about, head to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters for some hot cocoa, a holiday lights show and a little cheer. Starting at 6PM, the 12-minute show runs at the top of every hour throughout the night and is synchronized with holiday music. This local gem is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar
December 14 – 24, 2016

Finish up your holiday shopping at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Featuring everything from upscale art and heirloom pieces to handmade gifts and stocking stuffers from over 160 national and local award-winning artists, there’s something for everyone on your list. As you venture through the lively marketplace, enjoy live musical performances all throughout the day.

Austin Trail of Lights

Austin Trail of Lights (3)
December 10 – 23, 2016

Take a stroll through the Austin Trail of Lights, and discover a winter wonderland unlike any other. This 1.25 mile trail is alive with brilliant lights that will leave you glowing with holiday spirit. In the midst of it all stands the 155 foot tall Zilker Holiday Tree, glimmering with over 3,300 lights. With special events happening all season, don’t miss out on the spectacular festivities during your visit.

Decorate a Tree on Loop 360

November 25 – December 24, 2016

While you’re here, make your holiday mark as you decorate a cedar tree along Loop 360, a highway winding through the hills of West Austin. This Austin tradition kicks off the day after Thanksgiving as locals adorn the trees with lights, ornaments and other sparkling objects to create a scenic route for all who drive by.


Driving into Austin this holiday? Parking downtown can be treacherous. But rest easy, the Residence Inn has you covered! Reserve our Cars Sleep Free package and enjoy included self-parking in our underground garage, with unlimited in and out privileges – It’s our gift to you this holiday season!

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The best part of waking up at the Courtyard Austin Downtown? Breakfast! Enjoy a full buffet breakfast for two guests daily with our Stay For Breakfast package.

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