Christmas Events in Austin

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Published Jan 30, 2017

Christmas is approaching, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! But where are all the fun events? Here is our schedule:

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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:

Christmas Events in Austin

Austin Trail of Lights

When: Ongoing until December 22
Where: Zilker Park

In 2014, more than 400,000 people attended the Trail of Lights--that's more than the number of people who lived in Austin when the Yule Log was first lit in 1965. The first year the log was lit in Zilker Park ignited a flame that has flourished over the past 50 years. 

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

When: Ongoing until December 24
Where: Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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 that offer a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts. 

3rd Annual Holiday Model Train Show

When: Wed-Sunday ongoing until January 2
Where: ArtSpace

The trains are coming back to ArtSpace! Last year, over 7,000 people came to our gallery in downtown Round Rock to see the model train show and our exhibit of local artwork. The train display is designed and operated by our friends from the TTAT – Tinplate Trackers Austin, Texas.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve"

When: December 9-10
Where: Frank Erwin Center

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will return to the Frank Erwin Center on Dec. 9 with an all new show, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past.

A Christmas Carol

When: Until December 27 (several shows)
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.

Austin Aquarium

When: December 11-13, 18-20 (various times)
Where: Austin Aquarium

Santa is coming to the Austin Aquarium! Photo taking will be available with our Green Screen technology where we are able to provide you a cool aquarium background to your photo.

Holiday Parents Night Out

When: December 11
Where: Synergy Dance Studio

Boys, Girls and Non-Synergy students welcome! Come join Ms. Sarah in some fun Holiday crafts, games, dances, prizes and contests.

Cherrywood Art Fair

When: December 12-13
Where: Maplewood Elementary

Is shopping your favorite thing ever? Love live music? Believe in supporting locally made art? Want to entertain the kiddos? Check out all the wonderful reasons Cherrywood Art Fair should be on your short list for holiday fun!

The Nutcracker - Ballet Austin

When: Until December 23 (multiple shows)
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. 

North Pole Flyer 2015

When: Saturdays and Sundays, (3 trips/day) until December 20
Where: Austin Steam Train Association

Children of all ages enjoy the North Pole Flyer- our railroad’s own Christmas story! This 2.5 hour excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, hot cocoa and our signature Christmas cookie. Each car is decorated for the season and the North Pole Flyer story is read live on board!

Holiday Family Days at the Blanton

When: December 12
Where: Blanton Museum of Art

Enjoy musical performances in the spirit of the season, explore the galleries while engaging in fun conversation, and search for creative inspiration in our special exhibitions to make festive art that you can keep for yourself or give to your loved ones as a gift.


When: December 12-13
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations, an Austin holiday tradition. For the kids, enjoy a visit with Frosty the Snowman, and participate in a variety of activities in the gallery.

Light the Night: A Glow in the Dark Chanukkah Celebration

When: December 13
Where: Hebrew Preparatory School

A Chanukkah family celebration for for kids of all ages, featuring an Ice Menorah, fire juggler, food, and family activities

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 15-24
Where: Palmer Events Center

The 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.

Trail of Life

When: December 18-20
Where: Texas Oaks Baptist Church

Please join us for a unique experience to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Take a hayride (weather permitting) thru a beautifully lit, live re-enactment of several important scenes from the life of Christ, starting in Bethlehem.

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales

When: December 19
Where: Frank Erwin Center

Prepare to laugh, sing and dance as you step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience that is pure magic.

Santa Special

When: December 19
Where: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Free photo with Santa! Presented by The George Washington Carver Ambassadors and The George Washington Carver Museum Cultural and Genealogy Center.

Holiday Heroes

When: December 19
Where: Zach Theatre

Now in its 16th year due to popular demand! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the holiday spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter and holiday cheer for all.

For even more ideas, visit our complete listing of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.

Written by Howard Wu

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