The capital city of Texas might not be something you automatically associate with the holidays, but Austin is packed with exciting activities to do, especially during the month of December! As holiday cheer spreads far and wide, check out these six activities for great December Austin adventures!
The historic and popular outdoor light event is back and better than ever! While there are no external activities this year as a result of COVID-19, you can still enjoy miles of winding holiday trails and millions of sparkling holiday lights and displays. Enjoy every part of the holiday during this month-long outdoor driving experience that takes place right in the heart of Austin.
A month-long holiday art bazaar, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar features all kinds of talented local artwork that makes for great additions to your home or holiday gifts for loved ones. Take a stroll through their storefront and pick out any number of new jewelry, prints, statutes, rugs, paintings, or other exciting works of art that add the perfect touch to your holiday joy!
See this historic Austin landmark in a new light thanks to the holiday Luminations display! Lighted oaks, forests, and arboretums guide your walk through the Lady Bird Center, complete with holiday decorations and anecdotes about the history of the Center and other festive traditions.
Enjoy a night of festive holiday music thanks to the talented performers of Zach’s Theatre. The 2020 winter holiday show, A Rocking Holiday Concert, continues their tradition of festive music and dancing in a safely socially-distanced way. Glowsticks are included for a fun night of light and laughter!
The Scholz Garten showcases a wide variety of Austin life up against its impressive catering and drinks menu, and no event is quite so exciting as the Jingle Jam. Featuring a warm turkey dinner, live music, and a charity toy drive that accepts donated toys and distributes to children in need, the Jingle Jam is a raucously fun December event!
Got kids (or adults) in your party who love trains? This is definitely the event for you. Board the North Pole Flyer steam train and enjoy a two-hour ride throughout Austin and nearby Hill Country, complete with hot chocolate, other cookies and refreshments, and a story read to you in your compartment by local elves. Rumor has it you might even spot Santa or Mrs. Claus on your ride!
Featured Image Credit: Austin Trail of Lights on Facebook