Christmas in Austin


The holiday season is fast approaching and many people are already making the final touches to their plans. As more gigs and events spring to life, deciding on which destinations to visit and what activities to participate can be quite overwhelming even for those who had solid plans for the season. Finding a great event to enjoy in cities like Austin, TX should not be a problem. The town boasts a rich culture and traditional events that always gather thousands of families to celebrate together. Here is a brief look at some fun Christmas Austin events you can visit around the holiday season.

1.Walk the Trail of Lights

A mile long walk down the trail of lights in Zilker Park is without doubt Austin’s biggest Christmas event. Since 2012 it has remained in the top 3 events in Central Texas and is the place to be if you want to experience the Austin holiday spirit. The walk takes you through dazzling light displays and magnificent scenery created by the same. You can also grab some hot chocolate to keep you warm as you walk the lights. Trail of lights is perfect for people of all ages including families with kids.

2.Join others in lighting up the Zilker Tree

Zilker Tree Lighting is another perfect Christmas Austin fun event celebrated by many central Texans. The sight of 3,300+ lights against the night sky is surely something to behold and there’s no better time than Christmas. Join others in lighting up the 150 ft tall Zilker Tree to usher in the holiday spirit in style. The event is open to the public and unlike other popular ceremonies, there is no ticket fee required.

3.Austin Downtown Stroll and Sing-Along

If you love live entertainment, free food and the opportunity to make a food donation, then you should probably visit the Austin downtown stroll and sing-along. This event takes you down the Austin Congress Avenue to join galleries, restaurants and stores that have all gone into the streets to celebrate. You can also make your donation to the Central Food Bank afterwards under the Capitol Tree. If you wish, you can join others in celebrating the lighting up of Capitol Tree altogether.

4.The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Christmas wouldn’t be festive without a memorable shopping experience. Apart from affordable deals, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar gives you an opportunity to purchase the best from craftsmen, artists and merchants who all come together to showcase their products. In addition to hot deals, this event is characterized by live music and there
are wide aisles to ensure no one lacks a dancing space.


There are several other Christmas Austin events available to everyone. The holiday happenings are all around you if you know where to look for and some are free of charge. I personally recommend the Trail of Lights and Zilker Tree Lighting. These two have become part and parcel of the Austin tradition and are celebrated by thousands of families. Other events you can find in Austin include Blue Santa Operation, Trail of Lights run-for-fun, Cherrywood Art Fair and Ice Skating (on whole-food roofs).