It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Austin is bringing back some festive traditions featuring amazing live music and spirited performances. If you haven’t experienced the holidays in Austin, see below for some of this season’s can't-miss events!

Production photo for A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre
"A Christmas Carol." Courtesy of ZACH Theatre, credit Kirk Tuck.

11/09/23 - 01/06/24
Christmas Light Show
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Mozart’s is the perfect spot to grab a nice, warm drink and relax alongside beautiful sights and sounds on the patio! Expect colossal light structures, fun activities and family-friendly entertainment!

11/17/23 - 12/31/23
A Christmas Carol
ZACH Theatre
Ring in the holidays by singing along with characters from Charles Dickens' Christmas classic! Enjoy the show as the Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts show Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas.

12/1/23 - 12/3/23
There's Something about Merry: An AGMC Holiday Concert
901 Trinity Street
Join the Austin Gay Men's Chorus for a festive extravaganza that promises an unforgettable night of music, merriment and heartwarming celebrations for all in attendance.

12/1/23 - 12/31/23
Rockin' Around the Paramount
Paramount Theatre
Rockin' Around the Paramount is a month-long celebration of music, rhythm and community at the historic Paramount Theatre. Throughout the month, attendees can experience a diverse range of live performances across a variety of genres, showcasing a vibrant tapestry of music styles.

Austin Chamber Music Center presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Stateside at the Paramount
Join Charlie Brown and his friends from the Austin Chamber Music Center for a night of unforgettable holiday music! Enjoy Vince Guaraldi's original music from the classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, performed live by pianist Michelle Schumann, bassist Utah Hamrick, drummer David Sierra and special guests.

Ballet Austins The Nutcracker on stage
"The Nutcracker," Ballet Austin. Credit Tony Spielberg.

12/2/23 - 12/23/123
Ballet Austin Presents: The Nutcracker
The Long Center
What is Christmas without seeing Ballet Austin's performance of their celebrated production of The Nutcracker? This show is fun for visitors of all ages and never falls short of spectacular.

12/7/23, 12/10/23, 12/14/23 - 12/16/23
Ventana Ballet & Red Nightfall Productions: The Watchmaker's Song
Neill-Cochran House Museum
The Watchmaker's Song is a mesmerizing performance and reimagination of The Nutcracker. Get ready to be transported to a world where dance and storytelling unite.

'Tis the Season to be Jazzy
506 Balcones Drive
The Women in Jazz Association hosts a festive celebration of music, bringing together talented female jazz musicians to spread holiday cheer. Join in for an evening of soulful melodies and rhythmic delights, as these accomplished women celebrate the season with the magic of jazz.

Home Alone in Concert
The Long Center
Gather up the family for a true holiday favorite. Home Alone in Concert features renowned composer John Williams' charming and delightful score, performed live by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show
Bass Concert Hall
Experience the magic of the holiday season with the Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show. Join the RuPaul's Drag Race due as they bring their unique blend of comedy, music and holiday cheer to the stage.

Dale Watson and band on stage at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Dale Watson at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Credit Jennifer M. Ramos.

Il Divo, A New Day Holiday Tour
Bass Concert Hall
Get ready for a holiday extravaganza as Il Divo arrives in Austin. This fantastic vocal quartet, known for their seamless fusion of classical and contemporary styles, will treat you to a musical evening of festive cheer.

12/15/23 - 12/23/23
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year. This year, enjoy more than 30 local artists over the span of 8 days, including Sue Foley, THEBROSFRESH, Warren Hood, Midnight Snack and more.

Find more holiday happenings and shows in Austin and start planning your visit this season!

Contributed by Austin Marketing Intern, Olivia Duarte.