The holiday season in Austin, Texas, is a time of festive celebration, community spirit, and unforgettable memories. In 2023, a variety of exciting Christmas events will be lighting up the city, offering something for everyone to enjoy.
From dazzling light displays and artisan markets to ice skating and live music, Austin's holiday calendar is filled with joyful experiences. Let's dive into the top 5 Christmas events you won't want to miss this winter season!
Location: Zilker Park
Date & Hours: 12/8/23 – 12/23/23 (closed on Mondays) | 7pm – 10pm
More info here: austintrailoflights.org
Experience the Magic! The 59th annual Austin Trail of Lights, presented by the Trail of Lights Foundation, is back in December 2023! This cherished tradition in Zilker Park celebrates the vibrant Austin spirit, drawing guests from near and far to experience over 2 million dazzling lights, 90 holiday trees, and 70+ festive displays. Join the fun!
Location: Congress Avenue, between Ninth Street & 11th Street
Date & Hours: 12/2/2023 | 5 PM – 9 PM
More info here: downtownholidaystroll.com
Get ready for a festive time at the Downtown Holiday Stroll! Congress Avenue will be the place to be with free family fun, including holiday shopping, pop-up surprises, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, dazzling window displays, and the stunning 45-foot downtown tree. Don’t miss it!
Location: Palmer Events Center
Date & Hours: 12/15/23 – 12/23/23
More info here: armadillobazaar.com
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, a holiday shopping staple for over 45 seasons, offers an exceptional fine art shopping experience. Featuring both national and local award-winning artists, this event combines art and live music in a lively, festive atmosphere. In 2023, the Armadillo Bazaar Outside will host a multi-day shopping event, providing a family-friendly fine-art scene. Discover a curated selection of artists with works to delight art lovers, collectors, and first-time visitors alike. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with live local music while enjoying the sights of the city.
Location: Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Date & Hours: Oct 29 | 11 AM – 3 PM
More info here: mozartscoffee.com
At Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, you can enjoy a cozy evening sipping on a cup of hot chocolate while marveling at a dazzling lights display choreographed to lively music. This captivating light show runs nightly from November through January, providing a festive and heartwarming experience for visitors of all ages. For more information, visit mozartscoffee.com.
Location: The Eleanor, 307 W 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Date & Hours: 11/16/23 – 12/28/23
More info here: miracleon5thst.com
Austin’s favorite Christmas cocktail pop-up bar at Miracle on 5th Street transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with festive wall-to-wall decorations, holiday cocktails, and a cheery social atmosphere. Don’t miss out on this jolly, seasonal gathering spot filled with Christmas spirit and good cheer!
As the holiday season gets closer, round up your folks, soak in that festive vibe, and make some unforgettable memories at these Christmas shindigs right here in Austin. It’s all about spreading the cheer, being together, and soaking in that awesome Austin spirit that makes our city so special.
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