5 Best Holiday Pop-Ups to Get You in the Spirit
Unlock the magic of the holiday season in Austin with an enchanting array of festive pop-up experiences that promise to transform the city into a winter wonderland. From Gibson Street Bar’s ‘Gibson Wonderland’, to Kitty Cohen’s lively Hanukkah celebration, each venue offers a unique and spirited escape. We’ve compiled our top five must-see pop-ups to get you in the festive spirit!
Gibson Street Bar 12/1 – 12/31: Gibson Street’s holiday pop-up bar, “Gibson Wonderland,” is a festive transformation that captivates visitors every December. With the bar’s string of reindeer lights and towering candy canes transforming the space into a Christmas wonderland and a delightful holiday drink menu, it’s the perfect place to unwind and embrace the holiday spirit. Enjoy the warmth of the season with friends and loved ones at this Austin gem, starting December 1st.
Kitty Cohen’s 12/1 – 12/30: The East Austin bar Webberville will host its fourth annual Hanukkah pop-up, with lively decorations accompanied by a menu of Hanukkah-inspired drinks. In addition to their themed drink specials, this year’s celebrations will feature baked goods from pastry chef Amanda Rockman, including Hanukkah cookies during the holidays and rugelach, a cocktail served with a star of David chai shortbread with a citrus glaze. Jewboy Burgers will also pop up on Monday, December 19th.
Miracle on 5th Street at The Eleanor 12/1 – 12/27: Miracle on 5th Street, a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar, creates a whimsical and nostalgic holiday atmosphere in the heart of the city. This merry establishment boasts festive decorations from floor to ceiling, multiple bars, delightful communal experiences, and a generous serving of holiday cheer. Austin’s beloved holiday destination, located once again at the Eleanor, is back for another enchanting season. Visitors can’t resist taking snapshots in Santa’s Throne or savoring seasonal libations like the Chimney Cricket and the Jingle Balls Nog. Hurry in before the festivities conclude on December 27.
Mozart’s Light Show 12/1 – 1/6: One of the city’s most iconic offerings during the holiday season is a mesmerizing display at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters that transforms the café into a dazzling wonderland. Thousands of LED lights meticulously choreographed to classic tunes turn the entire outdoor deck into a symphony of colors and music. Families, friends, and couples gather to watch their incredible light show, sipping coffee, and indulging in delicious pastries. It’s a cherished Austin tradition that evokes a sense of wonder and community, making Mozart’s a must-visit during the holidays.
Ice Rodeo at The Four Seasons Hotel Austin 12/1 – 1/7: Experience winter magic as you skate beneath the stars with a breathtaking view of Lady Bird Lake at downtown Austin’s premier ice-skating rink. The Four Seasons’ Ice Rodeo is an immersive holiday experience with extravagant decor, art installations, and is accompanied by themed pop-up lounges, outdoor dining cabins, as well as a themed menu and more.