Christmas Events in Austin

Published Nov 28, 2017 | Updated Apr 17, 2018

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:

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:

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

When: Ongoing until 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 that offer a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts. 

Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa's Workshop

When: December 1
Where: Heritage Oak Park

Enjoy live music, free carriage rides, games and prizes, crafts, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), inflatables and concessions.

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll

When: December 1-16 (multiple shows)
Where: Congress Ave. Bridge

Enjoy music from Austin favorites like Riders Against the Storm, Jane Ellen Bryant, Charlie Faye and the Fayettes, Gina Chavez, DJ Hexum and more. Plus, shop at a special night market brought to you by Sustainable Food Center, watch live dance performances, and take photos with Santa.

A Christmas Affair

When: December 1-3
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.

People of Color Christmas

When: December 1-16 (multiple shows)
Where: Asian American Resource Center

In collaboration with the City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department: Museums and Cultural Programs Division, Color Arc Productions is proud to present People of Color (POC) Christmas, an original, comedic, contemporary Austin Holiday play written by award-winning Vietnamese American playwright Christine Hoang.

Caring Santa is Coming to Town

When: December 3
Where: Barton Creek Square

Just for Children with Special Needs. Reserve your spot for a private photo experience today.  Caring Santa will be waiting at JC Penny East Court.


When: December 7-10
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Walk along the paths and gardens with thousands of luminarias and other beautiful light displays. Enjoy free taffy and hot chocolate in our enchanted courtyard. Delicious holiday foods and festive beverages, fun activities and live music make this one of Austin’s most memorable holiday traditions!

The Nutcracker - Ballet Austin

When: December 8-23 (multiple shows)
Where: Long Center for Performing Arts

Austin’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its 55th year with all of the colorful characters, pomp and pageantry you adore. Journey with young Clara Silberhaus from her family’s holiday party to the confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where sweets of all kinds come to life. Ballet Austin’s annual production of the world’s best-known ballet features hundreds of dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s magical score. 

Austin Trail of Lights

When: December 9-23
Where: Zilker Park

Since it began in 1965 as a small gathering, the Trail of Lights has grown into one of Austin's three largest events, attracting more than 400,000 people every year. The annual tradition continues to grow, celebrating the unique character Austin is recognized for across the country. 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.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 14-24
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.

The Carver's Santa Special

When: December 16
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.

A Christmas Carol

When: December 20-31 (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.

For even more Christmas Events, visit our complete event listings on ChatterBlock.

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