The holidays are here! If you’re looking for festive and fun holiday events in Austin this December, then be sure to check out these fantastic events. From the 51st Annual Trail of Lights to the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season in Austin.
Events in Austin this December
A Christmas Carol
When: Now through December 31st, 2017
Where: Topfer Theater
Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with a new music to get the party started! ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a musical score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the HoHoHolidays in this family celebration, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Join the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to miraculous transformation, as he rediscovers his heart and love for human kindness.
Holiday Singalong and Downtown Stroll
When: December 2nd, 2017
Where: Downtown Austin
Enjoy music from Austin favorites like Riders Against the Storm, Jane Ellen Bryant, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, Gina Chavez, DJ Hexum and more. Plus, shop at a special night market brought to you by Sustainable Food Center, watch live dance performances, and take photos with Santa at the Vannagram & Co. Photobooth.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
When: Now through December 24th, 2017
Where: 6100 Airport Blvd
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season!
We have thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun, kitschy items. Shopping at the Bazaar is a great way to buy holiday gifts in a hassle-free environment, all while supporting local artists.
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.
Whether your budget is large or small, you’ll find something for yourself, for your best friend, or for that impossible-to-shop-for relative. See you at the Bazaar!
Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
When: December 8th – 30th, 2017
Where: Circuit of the Americas
Millions of lights will illuminate a magical world of holiday amusement at Circuit of The Americas this December. There will be something for everyone to experience and enjoy including a Skating Rink, Human Snow Globe, Singing Trees, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Santa’s Workshop, Carnival Rides, Hot Air Balloon Float, Merry Movies on The Lawn, Delectable Food, Shopping Galore and the soon to be world famous Tunnel of Lights and much more. Who knows, it may even end up snowing in Austin!
Trail of Lights
When: December 9th – 23rd, 2017
Where: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road
Help the Trail feed the hungry by bringing a can of food with you to the Trail of Lights. With your support, we can collect more than 25,000 MEALS for the Central Texas Food Bank. ’Tis the season for giving, after all!
When: December 14th – 24th, 2017
Where: Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11 day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.
Austin’s New Year
When: December 31st, 2017
Where: Auditorium Shores
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.