From art bazaars and festive films to holiday lights festivals and Santa sightings, we've got your top events and things to do in Austin this December.
Luminations at the Wildflower Center. Credit Ann Alva Wieding.
Mozart’s Light Show
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
At 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).
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
For 44 seasons the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been a fine art shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists alongside live music in a festive, lively atmosphere. The 2020 Armadillo Art Concierge extends the mission of Armadillo Christmas Bazaar to support arts and culture in hopes that artists will thrive and are able to once again show their works in person soon!
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping alternatives, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. Reserve your shopping time in advance.
Miracle on 5th Street
The annual pop-up bar returns for 2020 with seated, dine-in service in a socially-distanced, safe and sanitary venue. Miracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in the most festive and nostalgic setting in the city. Featuring wall-to-wall Christmas decor, multiple bars, cheery social experiences and a whole lot of Christmas spirits.
Miracle on 5th. Credit Melissa Hom.
11/27/20 - 12/27/20
Circuit of The Americas
Peppermint Parkway is a magical drive-thru experience at Austin's Circuit of The Americas. The holiday spectacular will be a one-mile driving attraction that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics.
11/27/20 – 1/3/20
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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 capacity and plenty of space to explore
11/28/20 - 12/31/20
Downtown Holiday Stroll
Congress Avenue, between Ninth Street & 11th Street
Downtown Holiday Stroll is back for 2020! Instead of just one night, this year's Stroll will be a month-long celebration with free, family-friendly activities taking place throughout downtown. Visit downtown Austin to celebrate the holiday season with safe and socially-distanced festivities like the holiday shopping passport, pop-ups, appearances by Mr. & Mrs. Claus, holiday window and light displays and the signature 45-foot downtown tree.
Downtown Holiday Stroll. Credit Bob Daemmrich.
11/28/20 – 1/3/21
Austin Trail of Lights
The 55th Annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. This year, the spectacular trail will return as a drive-thru event in December. Arrive early with a Dash Pass, or cruise through the night with General Admission.
Driskill Grand Lobby Tree Lighting
The Driskill Hotel
Gather at The Driskill hotel and watch as the Grand Lobby tree is lit, accompanied by holiday music and caroling. The historic Driskill hosts holiday events throughout the season, including Victorian holiday teas.
12/4/2 - 12/6/20
Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF)
CCBFF exists to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their works in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers, Austin, Texas. For the eighth annual film festival, CCBFF will deliver a best-in-class experience with thought-provoking programming, virtual networking opportunities, and films and music videos presented by talented filmmakers from across the globe. CCBFF’s theme “Breakthrough: Unleash Your Power” will explore the impact racism plays on the mental health of Black people, specifically Black creatives.
12/2/20 & 12/5/20
German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
German Free School of Austin
The German-Texan Heritage Society's annual market offers shoppers handmade, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments and more. Browse the market, listen to traditional German Christmas music and take home Christmas Stollen made by the New World Bakery and German cookies from Silke’s German Gourmet Cookies. The 2021 market requires a German-Texan Heritage Society membership.
The Nutcracker, Ballet Austin. Credit to Tony Spielberg.
12/5/20 - 12/6/20
Art From the Streets Show & Sale
Shop the virtual Art From the Streets (AFTS) Show & Sale to find original works and help continue the efforts of AFTS to provide a safe, creative space for homeless and formerly homeless local artists. Profits go to the artists.
12/12/20 – 1/1/20
"The Nutcracker: Home for the Holidays"
Ballet Austin is bringing a favorite holiday tradition home for the holidays by transforming its 58th annual production into an interactive, multi-media experience available to dance lovers around the world. The immersive entertainment offering will be available to audience members in the comfort and safety of their homes.
12/18/20 - 12/19/20
Oh Christmas Stream
ColdTowne Theater on Twitch
Join neighborhood comedy house ColdTowne Theater to reflect on and rejoice in the most terrible year on record. Join the Twitch stream for special holiday editions of 'Queerantine' and the 'Midnight Society Game Show' as well as a special show from 'Prayer Circle' and a reprise of the annual Holiday blockbuster: 'Elvis’s Rockin’ Nativity.'
Austin's New Year
This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.
Ice Skating On The Plaza at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Lamar
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: 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cherrywood Art Fair
This neighborhood fundraiser benefits the eastside arts scene. Enjoy hand-crafted goods from 200+ artists and makers, local food trucks, live music, kids activities and more at the annual market.