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Top Austin Holiday Events 2017

Spend the Holidays with Us

Austin’s event season swings into high gear during the holidays. With mild weather and only a few short-lived cold fronts, Austin offers the ideal escape from the gray winter skies and frigid cold temperatures.

Top Holiday Events in Austin

11/22-12/31 – Zach Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol

With new music from all genres and eras, this contemporary take on the Dickens classic caters to all ages.

202 S Lamar Blvd. (1.5 miles away)

11/27-1/7 – Ice Skating on the Plaza

10am to 9pm daily

525 N Lamar Blvd. (1 mile away)

11/26-12/31 – Zilker Tree Lighting

Lighting of the 155-foot tree in Zilker Park has been a traditional holiday event in Austin since 1967.

2100 Barton Springs Rd. (2 miles away)

12/2 – Austin Trail of Lights 6th Annual Fun Run

An exciting 2.1-mile trail decorated with nostalgic displays and colorful lights. The event starts at the Zilker Tree and ends at the Finish Line Festival. Wear your favorite elf or Santa costume. Registration required

2100 Barton Springs Rd. (2 miles away)

12/3-23 – Trail of Lights

Southern Living named Austin one of the South’s top 5 places to see Christmas lights. With over 2 million lights, the 1.25-mile festive display in Austin’s Zilker Park offers activities and fun things to do for all ages. Trail of Lights is another Austin holiday event not to be missed!

2100 Barton Springs Blvd. (2 miles away)

12/3 – Holiday Sing-a-Long and Downtown Stroll

A free, family-friendly event with live music and special activities. Photos with Santa start at 5pm. Shops, galleries, restaurants, and museums stay open late. Countdown to the tree lighting starts at 7pm.

Congress Avenue, Downtown Austin (.7 miles away)

12/8-12/23 – Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”

Celebrating its 55th year, the seasonal classic features hundreds of dancers and spectacular sets and costumes. Come see the lavish confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy! Austin Symphony Orchestra will perform the iconic Tchaikovsky pieces.

The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W Riverside Dr. (1.2 miles away)

12/14-24 – Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

An 11-day art shopping event featuring fine art displays by award-winning artists. Enjoy shopping, live music, and cocktails. 11am to 10pm daily

Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd. (1.2 miles away)

Top Things to Do in Austin

From the brightly lit streets of downtown to Zilker Park’s 2 million light bulbs, the holiday event season in Austin ushers in big time wattage.

While the nights are best for visiting Zilker Park or catching live music on 6th, Austin also offers tons of fun thing to do during the day.


Downtown Austin has plenty of greenspace and many parks offer wonderful programming people of all ages can enjoy. Rent a kayak and enjoy a fun day on the water, even during the holidays!

Have a Picnic

Winter season in Austin is the perfect picnic weather. Or, pack a blanket and bask in the sun with a good book.

Cultural Attractions

If you’re in the mood to stay indoors, check out Bullock State History Museum, the visitor center at the Texas Capitol building, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

Steps from Downtown’s Best Events

Join us this holiday season in Austin where you’ll discover an array of great this to do and places to see. Our downtown hotels are conveniently located within walking distance to most events and attractions.