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Top 10 December Events
Ice Skating on the Plaza
Now until Jan 15. 2018
Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends!
Daily from 10am – 9pm.
Motzart’s Immersive Christmas Light Show
Motzart’s Coffee Roasters
Now through Jan. 1
Thousands of lights sculpted into giant iconic objects that exude Austin’s culture and the Christmas season, including guitars, a fancy carriage, the State Capitol and a tree filled with presents. Local choirs singing Christmas songs ranging from traditional to “rock-the-deck” tunes. Plus, an audio-activated wall of lights. Get an over-the-top dose of Christmas magic along with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. So, mosey over and be bedazzled!
Zach Theatre Presents: “A Christmas Carol”
Now through Dec. 31, 2017″
A Christmas Carol” is back to ring in the holidays! This rockin’ show provides a modern twist on the classic tale. In fact, this show has proven to be such a hit among locals and visitors that is it the most popular show in the theatre’s history.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Now through December 24, 2017
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a unique holiday art show held in Austin. Open again for more than 15 years, the free Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
12 Days of Christmas at Hotel Van Zandt
Hotel Van Zandt
Now through December 14th, 2017
Celebrate the season with a sparkling lineup of festivities even Scrooge wouldn’t dare miss. With movie nights, sweet treats, holiday trivias, pictures with Santa Paws, live music performances and so much more, this is sure to be the most festive 12 days of Christmas ever.
Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”
The Long Center
December 8th – 23rd, 2017
Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 55th annual production of “The Nutcracker” bringing back the colorful characters, pomp and pageantry we all enjoy. This family-friendly show brings a fresh experience to the beloved holiday tradition. Don’t miss out on this beautiful show.
Winter Wonderland at The Circuit
Circuit of the Americas
December 8th – 30th, 2017
Millions of lights illuminate a magical world of holiday amusement at Circuit of The Americas this December. There will be something for everyone to experience and enjoy including a Skating Rink, Human Snow Globe, Singing Trees, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Santa’s Workshop, Carnival Rides, Hot Air Balloon Float, Merry Movies on The Lawn, Delectable Food, Shopping Galore and the soon-to-be-world-famous Tunnel of Lights.
Pet Photos with Santa
1606 S Congress Ave.
December 14th, 2017
Your pet has some Christmas wishes too. Take your four legged friends to meet Santa and get free photos and Holiday drinks + snacks. This will be a Christmas memory you won’t want to miss.
Trail of Lights
December 9th – 23rd, 2017
The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k fun run will kick off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don’t forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
December 14 – 24th, 2017
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.