It’s almost time to ring in the holidays! If you’re looking for family friendly holiday events in Austin this December then be sure to check out all of these great holiday activities. From ice skating on the plaza to the Austin Trail of Lights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season.

Events in Austin this December

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
When: Now through December 24th, 2016
Where: Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport Bouldevard
Austin, TX

All items at the Bazaar are handmade by local and regional artists that are selected through a rigorous jury process. The Bazaar features the work of more than 200 artists offering a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts. You can expect to find paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more gifts you can’t find anywhere else.

6th Annual Window Walk
When: Now through December 31st, 2016
Where: 2nd Street District
421 W. Third Street
Austin, TX

December in the District marks 2nd Street District’s month long holiday celebration featuring numerous holiday festivities including the sixth annual Holiday Window Walk, the first-ever Santa Lounge at 3TEN, and the launch of a new monthly event, 2ND Street Social.

Ice Skating on the Plaza
When: Now through January 7th, 2017
Where: Whole Foods Market
525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are always open to the public, but please contact the Lamar Guest Services team at (512) 476-1206 for updated information on public skate hours during weekdays, as we offer private party reservations on Monday – Thursday during the ice rink season.  Information on private party closures during rink operating hours will also be listed on this web page and updated weekly. Please check in with us often for the most up-to-date information.

VSA Texas Presents 8th Annual Holiday Art and Gift Show
When: Now through December 23rd, 2016
Where: VSA Texas
3707 Home St.
Austin, TX

VSA Texas presents its 8th annual Holiday Art and Gift Show. Entrance to the show is located on 3707 Home Street, (off 38th & Guadalupe), Room 101, Austin, TX, 78705. The festive holiday art and gift show runs from November 14 to December 23, 2016. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Austin Trail of Lights Presents: Night Lights
When: December 9th, 2016
Where: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX

What began as a small gathering in 1965 known as the “Yule Fest,” a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.

The Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.

Old Town Christmas Fair
When: December 10th, 2016
Where: Downtown Hutto
101 East Street
Hutto, TX

Gather your family and drive north to Hutto, TX to have fun in downtown for the Old Town Christmas Fair. There will be downtown shopping specials, artistan & craft booths, a YMCA Children’s Area, train rides, food vendors, live entertainment and SNOW!

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa
When: December 17th, 2016
Where: TopGolf Austin
2700 Esperanza Crossing
Austin, TX

Santa Claus is coming to town, and this time he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa.