It’s a wonderful time of year to celebrate and enjoy all sorts of community traditions and festivities with your family! Here’s a list of some of the best local Christmas events this year:
When: November 22 to December 24, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24)
Where: 6100 Airport Blvd.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. All items at the bazaar have been handmade by local and regional artists that are selected through a rigorous jury process. The bazaar features the work of more than 200 artists who offer a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts.
When: December 7, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Congress Ave. Bridge
This year is the 25th anniversary of Austin's annual Downtown Holiday Stroll. In addition to the sing-along and the lighting of the tree, there will be live music performances by some of Austin's favorites, a holiday market, photos with Santa, a kids play area, local food trucks, and special anniversary photo opportunities.
When: November 20 to 24, 2019
Where: Palmer Events Center
A Christmas Affair is the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Austin, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. A Christmas Affair is a five-day Christmas market that features over 200 merchants from across the country and draws over 25,000 patrons each year.
When: December 5 to 8 and 12 to 15
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Walk along the paths and gardens with thousands of luminarias and other beautiful light displays. Delicious holiday food and festive beverages, fun activities, and live music make this one of Austin’s most memorable holiday traditions!
When: December 7-23, 2019 (multiple shows)
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts
Austin's favorite way to celebrate the season returns for its 57th year! Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!
When: December 10 to 23, 2019
Where: Zilker Park
Every holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into the Trail of Lights with over two million lights, 40 displays, 20+ food trucks, two stages, 30 private holiday parties, and interactive experiences throughout the trail. This is a great way to celebrate the holiday season!
When: December 13 to 24, 2019
Where: Palmer Events Center
This show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar.
When: November 20 to December 29, 2019, various showtimes and dates
Where: Zach Theatre
The most popular show in ZACH's history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH's fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family's love and Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles.