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Austin Holiday Events 2023

The weather outside may not be frightful, but Austin has dozens of ways to make the holiday season delightful. Check out some of our favorite Austin Holiday Events below!

Austin Holiday Events

Austin Trail of Lights - One of the Most Popular Austin Holiday Events!

Austin's beloved tradition returns for its 59th year, featuring more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.

Dec. 8-23  

Zilker Park

2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Strap on your skates and hit the ice at the rink in Hill Country Galleria's Central Plaza.

Nov. 10-Jan. 15. $15.   

Hill Country Galleria

12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts with oodles of Austin flair.

Nov. 17-Dec. 24. Free entry.

6100 Airport Blvd

Fill a Holiday Table

Central Texas Food Bank always welcomes donations, but now is a great time to chip in because thanks to community partners Beaumont Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, every dollar donated through Dec. 31 is doubled (up to $400,000).

Through Dec. 31st

6500 Metropolis Dr.

Holiday Puppuccinos at Alfred Coffee

Alfred Coffee at the Line hotel has partnered with Oakland-based sustainable dog nutrition company Petaluma to raise money for the Beagle Freedom Project this holiday season. Treat your pup to a dairy-free whipped cream puppuccino topped with a Petaluma sweet potato jerky garnish, and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit. Plus, while supplies last, your doggo will get a limited-edition bandanna.

Dec. 1-31 Free

111 E. Cesar Chavez - The Line Hotel

Ice Rodeo

Skate beneath the stars and overlooking Lady Bird Lake at an outdoor ice rink with outdoor dining cabins, pop-up lounges, immersive holiday decor, extravagant art installations, and more.

Nov. 18th-Jan. 7th

Four Seasons Hotel

Longhorn Lights

UT-Austin introduces a new tradition by illuminating 24 heritage oak trees with burnt orange and white lights coordinated with tunes from the Longhorn Band.

Nov. 29-Jan. 1, 5-10pm. Free

The Drag (Guadalupe Street between 21st & 24th streets)

Maywald Family Lights Display

See a stunning light display and bring a donation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, for which the Maywalds raised over $80,000 last year. New this year: a gift shop offering hot chocolate, mugs, shirts, Christmas ornaments, and more.

Through Dec. 28, 6-10pm. Donations for Make-a-Wish encouraged.

10505 Twilight Vista

Miracle on Fifth Street

It began in NYC and it continues here, there, and everywhere festive. Bring your partyingest buds and babes to this long-running Christmas-themed cocktail pop-up with wall-to-wall decor, multiple bars, and plenty of spirits – right in the tinsely heart of Downtown Austin. Best bet for whiskey lovers at the nightly holiday hullabaloo: the Snowball Old Fashioned.

Through Dec. 27th

The Eleanor

307-A W. Fifth

Savor some treats with hot cocoa or coffee and take in the gorgeous lakeside light show paired with music.

Through Jan. 6th

Mozart's Coffee Roasters

3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Peppermint Parkway

A drive-thru holiday spectacular with a mile of holiday displays, millions of lights, dancing characters, and a plaza with food, rides, activities, and more.

Through Dec. 30th

Circuit of the Americas

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.

Rudolph's Road House

Step into Yuletide yee haw at Rudolph's Road House, "where Santa's little helpers find their after-hours cheer!" This interactive holiday pop-up takes over Lefty's Brick Bar and the adjoining Gin Bar with a tinsel-tastic time, featuring festive cocktails, over-the-top decorations, and a merry mayhem of themed events all month long.

Through Dec. 31st

Lefty's Brick Bar

1813 E. 6th

Sip festive cocktails, roast s'mores, and listen to live music while surrounded by twinkling lights and enjoying snowfall on the hour, every hour.

Through Dec. 25th

Edge Rooftop Bar at JW Marriott, 110 E. Second

A holiday-themed pop-up activation with festive decor and seasonal drinks.

Through Dec. 31st

Upstairs at Caroline

621 Congress Ave. #201

Central Texas Food Bank runs on volunteers and donations, and it's fairly easy to sign up for a shift. Virtual food drives are also a great way to help out.

Central Texas Food Bank

6500 Metropolis Dr

Yule at Azul

Take in the scenery from the highest rooftop bar in town and enjoy festive drinks and decor. Daily holiday happy hours (3-5pm) include $5 holiday frozens, $5 house wines, and $5 drafts.

Azul Rooftop Pool & Lounge at Westin

310 East 5th St


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