Austin’s variety and commitment to its local businesses never disappoints, and especially not at Christmas. Take advantage of twinkling lights, holiday shopping sprees that will have you dancing in the aisles, and performances guaranteed to grow the heart of any Grinch.
December 3-23, 2016
The Nutcracker is a Christmas  delight perfect for kids, adults, and everyone in between. Ballet Austin and The Long Center make this show an Austin-worthy performance, features live accompaniment from the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Show dates and times vary.
November 23-December 31, 2016
A Christmas Carol: A Rockin’ Family Musical brings Dickens’ Christmas classic to new life. Featuring hit songs and re-imagined carols, the story of Scrooge has never had less humbug.
December 10-23, 2016
Trail of Lights in Zilker Park is a festive mile-long walk through more than 40 spectacular light displays. Sip some hot cocoa and stroll through Austin’s version of a winter wonderland. “Each new display, community performance and lighted tunnel has added a new layer to the holiday tradition and brought us together more as a community. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.”
November 25-December 24, 2016
Blue Genie Art Bazaar brings together over 200 local artisans for a shopping experience unlike any other. Family-friendly, a children’s play area is available at no charge. This event will make your Christmas shopping entertaining as well as meaningful. Open daily, 10 am-10 pm.
December 14-24, 2016
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is in its 41st season as a fine arts shopping destination featuring local and nationally renowned artisans and musicians. Open daily from 10 am-10 pm at the Palmer Events Center.
Select Dates throughout December 
Ice Skating on the Plaza with Whole Foods of Lamar from 10 am-9 pm during the holiday season. Nowhere else in Austin can offer the opportunity to enjoy Texas weather and this cherished winter sport.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Lake Austin has gained a reputation for an incredible Christmas lights show. Every hour on the hour, lasting approximately 12 minutes, is a choreographed music and lights show.
Build a gingerbread house at Hill Country Galleria with The Candy Jar. For $50 per house, your family can put together your own elaborate creation–without making a mess in your own kitchen. Dates are filling fast so make your reservations now.
Have a happy holiday season!