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6 Hotels To Put You in the Holiday Spirit With Over-The-Top Displays

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The holidays are in full effect and everywhere you look are colorful displays of Christmas trees, the aroma of fresh baked cookies in the air and sparkling red and green lights donning homes and businesses. Hotels around the country are joining the festivities by putting their own unique twists and touches on decorations. Here are six of our favorites:

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InterContinental Paris – Le Grand

In collaboration with Ladurée, InterContinental Paris - Le Grand has hopped on the edible display train with a nearly 14-foot-tall macaron Christmas tree. Constructed with 8,000 cookies, the tree takes its cue from the Paris Carnival with bold colors of green, red, black, yellow, and blue and finished with an Elizabethan ruffle collar. A team of 50 people spent two weeks creating the macaron presentation, this also marks 150 years of shared history between the hotel and Ladurée.

Photo Courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

Getting into the holiday spirit is fairly easy when you’re staring at an 8-foot-tall gingerbread replica of the Gateway Arch. Built to scale, the sweet display sits in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and includes a small gingerbread village. Santa’s house, an ice rink, and a collection of homes and shops all decorate the exhibit. With the help of a dedicated staff using 60 pounds of gingerbread, the project took 120 hours to complete. Since it’s the season of giving, the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef — one of Desert Professional magazine’s “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America” — created a special line of chocolate bars, jams and other sweet treats for sale. A portion of their proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Photo Courtesy of Charleston Place Hotel
Charleston Place

Known among locals for its holiday decorations, Charleston Place hotel’s fully operational miniature replica of a Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train takes center stage among its decorations. In between its open-arm grand staircase, the custom designed locomotive travels at average scale speeds of 70 MPH, featuring a smokestack, whistle, and covers more than 300 feet of track. Intricate hand-painted trees on an eight-foot mountain and a working ski lift are all part of the display. Surrounding it are miniature European Alpine homes, realistic stables, tiny churches, and a blacksmith shop.

Photo Courtesy of Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

A Guinness world-record holder for world’s largest atrium, Hyatt Regency San Francisco has turned in a winter wonderland spanning its 17-story lobby. Not only are the 300,000 lights a spectacle but three times a day, snow cascades down on the 30-foot tree and the over 1,000-piece holiday village. Out back, there is also an ice skating rink to continue the festivities. And if you’re good, Santa may even join you for breakfast.

Photo Courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Arizona’s weather may not have you immediately picturing a cold Christmas perfect for snuggling up with hot cocoa, but Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has turned its entrance into a colorful desert holiday display that may have you get you in the spirit, even in its 80 degree weather. Upon approaching the hotel, guests will be welcomed by a 14-foot poinsettia tree and candy cane forest. Around the resort are over 180 Christmas trees and 1.8 million lights illuminate the lagoons. Christened by Olympian Dorothy Hamill, the hotel also boasts its own ice skating rink.

Photo Courtesy of Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
Westin St. Francis, San Francisco

What could be more appealing than a 12-foot, 1,200 pound rotating sugar castle this season? Not much, if you ask us. Made by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-François Houdré, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco’s castle has 30 rooms, glowing windows, more than 20 circular towers, and a running train. Putting their own spin on the display, the century’s biggest celebrities, politicians and well-known personalities are replicated in life-like elf forms.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.


Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


Courtesy of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center..

Holiday Lights Displays

New this year is Peppermint Parkway, a drive-thru holiday experience held November 27-December 27, 2020 at Circuit of The Americas, complete with millions of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday songs, dancing elves and an appearance by Santa. With more than two million lights and 40 displays, it’s hard not to feel awestruck by the glorious spectacle of the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, which will be a drive-thru event this year, held in December. At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during Luminations, held from November 27-January 3, with limited capacityਊnd plenty of space to explore. Join in the annual December Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll, which includes the lighting of the towering tree in front of the Texas State Capitol, live music, shopping and more.ਊt Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate while watching the shop’s dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music nightly from November 11, 2020 through January 6, 2021 (reservations required).


The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.

Holiday Performances

The whole family will be mesmerized by the magic of a beloved classic with a new twist. This year, Ballet Austin presents the virtual “The Nutcracker – Home for the Holidays,” a multimedia experience that includes signature dances from “The Nutcracker,” interactive experiences with the cast and on-demand featurettes. ZACH Theater is kicking off the season withਊ live, socially distanced and stream-able holiday concert. "POP! A Rockin Holiday Concert" will be spreading cheer on the outdoor plaza at ZACH Theatre, backed by ZACH’s house band will take the holiday classics and party favorites to the next level. 


Downtown Holiday Stroll.਌redit Bob Daemmrich.

Local Christmas Tree Farms

Breathe in the fresh air and the crisp scent of pine as you stroll the acres of Elgin Christmas Tree Farm or nearby Evergreen Farms. Kids will love exploring the countryside and getting to cut down their very own Texas-grown Christmas tree. Don’t want to cut your own tree? No worries—they both offer pre-cut trees that are ready to go.


Courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

Holiday Movie Screenings

This holiday season, kick back with a beer at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and have a laugh as you watch classic holiday comedies such as “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” or 𠇊 Christmas Story.” Paramount Theatre also offers an annual series of Christmas films, including “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “White Christmas,” so be sure to check the schedule for upcoming flicks.


Courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar.

Local Shopping Events & Bazaars

During the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, more than 200 artists and makers showcase their handmade wares in person and online from November 13-December 24, 2020. From November 17-22, 2020, virtually shop for holiday gifts while helping a good cause during the A Christmas Affair fundraiser for The Junior League of Austin. Head to Fredericksburg to shop nutcrackers, handmade ornaments and more while enjoying German specialties. Or get your German baked goods and handmade gifts on December 5, 2020 at the annual German-Texan਌hristmas Market. Peruse fine art and handmade gifts by local artisans from the comfort of home with the newਊrmadillo Bazaar Art Conciergeਏrom the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.


Courtesy of The Driskill.

Hotelꃾstivities

Tune in to watch as the Grand Lobby tree at The Driskill hotel is lit on December 1, 2020 (virtual event). The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas. Hotel Van Zandt celebrates the season with a festive holiday pop up bar at Geraldine&aposs. The South Pole features seasonal਌ocktails, a roving s’mores station, and all your favorite holiday tunes. Spend the holiday season in the Hill Country at Omni Barton Creek Resort, with a full schedule of festivities that includes holiday dining and seasonal cocktails, keepsake craft workshops, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, stories with Cowboy Santa and more. Plus, don&apost miss Snowdown, a magical production of lights and a flurry of snowflakes on Lady Bird Lawn to celebrate the wonderment of the season.


Courtesy of Lala&aposs Little Nugget.

Holiday Themed Bars

It’s always Christmas at Lala’s Little Nugget, where the holiday decorations are up all year round and tunes are blasted from a vintage jukebox. From early November through late December, holiday pop-up bar Miracle returns to transform The Eleanor (The Roosevelt Room’s next-door event space) into Miracle on 5 th Street, complete with Christmas-themed cocktails and holiday decor. Do some boot scootin’ surrounded by snowflakes, ornaments and thousands of glittering lights at Donn’s Depot (temporarily closed). Spider House Cafe and Ballroom, located near the University of Texas campus, features a courtyard strung with hundreds of holiday lights. Other spots sure to get you in the holiday spirit include Hyde Park Bar & Grill (located in a lovely 1920s home), and the kitschy and colorful Ranch 616.

New Year&aposs Eve Events

Say howdy to 2021ਊs you celebrate Austin’s New Year, an all-out party usually heldਊt Auditorium Shores (details TBD). Get down to live music on multiple stages, chow down on tasty cuisine served up by local food trucks, and count down to a fireworks spectacle with the illuminated city skyline as the backdrop. It’s one good time you won’t want to miss.

Looking for even more festive things to do? Explore our events calendar.