Austin Events Calendar: December 2022 & January 2023
Check out this list for a selection of the largest annual events in Austin during December and January. For a more extensive list of daily happenings, see the searchable Events Calendar.
December 2022 Austin Events and Festivals
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 through January.
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.
Miracle on 5th Street
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.
Circuit of The Americas
Peppermint Parkway is a magical experience at Austin's Circuit of The Americas. This year, the holiday spectacular will be transformed into a one-mile driving attraction that immerses visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics.
Austin Trail of Lights
The 57th 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. 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.
Austin Music Video Festival
The Austin Music Video Fest (AMVF) celebrates Austin's longstanding music video heritage with screenings, awards, parties, panels and workshops around town and in a virtual setting.
Austin Fashion Week
The annual Austin Fashion Week, hosted by Fashion by Texas, returns this December for in-person, outdoor runway shows. More details to be announced later in the year.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stroll through an outdoor botanical oasis decked out in sparkling lights during the nightly Luminations, with plenty of space to explore
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. CCBFF delivers 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.
Downtown Holiday Stroll
Congress Avenue, between Ninth Street & 11th Street
The stroll returns this December with free, family-friendly activities to celebrate the season. Visit downtown Austin for holiday 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.
Ballet Austin's "The Nutcracker"
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Austin will against host it's beloved holiday tradition with the 59th annual performance of The Nutcracker. The ballet production also includes music by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Ventana Ballet's "The Watchmaker's Song"
Neill-Cochran House Museum
An Austin holiday favorite returns. The Watchmaker’s Song is a jazzy and interactive re-imagination of the classic story of the The Nutcracker. This is a Nutcracker for everyone. The Watchmaker’s Song is an immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker, performed by Ventana Ballet at the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
For 45+ 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. This year, Armadillo Bazaar Outside will offer a three-day in-person event to create a safe, family friendly fine-art scene. Experience a selection of curated artists with works to excite every art lover, collector, or first-time visitor; plus, live local music, surrounded by the sights of the city.
Kwanzaa Ujamaa Marketplace
George Washington Carver Museum
Visit the Carver Museum's annual Kwanzaa Ujuamaa celebration to shop local artists, craftspeople, small business owners and other vendors. In past years, the event has also included educational and family-friendly activities. More details to be announced soon.
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.
Art From the Streets Studio Tour & Sale
Austin Convention Center
Tour the new Art From the Streets (AFTS) studio and shop original works, all while helping continue the efforts of AFTS to provide a safe, creative space for homeless and formerly homeless local artists. Profits go to the artists.
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.
January 2023 Austin Events and Festivals
3M Half Marathon
3M Half boasts one of the fastest half marathon courses in the country. Enjoy a mostly downhill course that takes you past some of Austin’s finest locations and finishes downtown near the Texas State Capitol.
The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin.
MLK Day Festival
This year, participate in the Austin-area MLK Day celebrations with The Austin Area Heritage Council. Enjoy a rally and walk starting from the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the University of Texas campus.