Tis the holiday season! Austin Texas has plenty of socially-distant Christmas events for 2020 to keep the whole family in the holiday spirit…even if we have to wear masks the whole time.
As the year comes to an end and you look for fun Austin Christmas events to squeeze into your December, keep in mind that lots of the events you used to be able to randomly show up to now require advanced reservations. Plan ahead!
COVID UPDATE: Although Austin businesses have pivoted to keep everyone safe this holiday season, please do your part and follow the CDC’s recommendations to wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, and don’t go out if you don’t feel well.
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Virtual/Drive-Thru Holiday Events In Austin
Peppermint Parkway At Circuit of The Americas
NOV 27 – JAN 3
9201 COTA Blvd, Austin
New Austin holiday event for 2020! Peppermint Parkway is a one mile driving attraction where visitors can enjoy a lap around the race track and millions of lights coordinated with holiday-themed music. Additional events like a kiddie amusements park and food trucks, too!
Trail of Lights
NOV 11 – JAN 6
2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin
Austin’s largest holiday tradition is a drive-thru this year! This is one of my favorite Austin Christmas activities. Drive through Zilker Park’s festive display of 2 million lights as you tune into the radio for themed holiday music. There are different ticket prices depending on the time you want to visit. Check out the website for all the details
BALLET AUSTIN'S "THE NUTCRACKER
DEC 12 – JAN 1
COST: STARTS AT $100
The iconic Nutrcracker performance by Ballet Austin is continuing this year for its 58th year…but this time it’s virtual! The price is much more approachable than in years past: for a $100 donation (less than the cost of 2 tickets), you get access to the live performance as well as lots of extra behind-the-scenes footage.
Gingerbread House Building from The Thinkery
DEC 3 – DEC 31
1830 Simond Ave, Austin
Austin’s favorite children’s museum, The Thinkery, is offering at-home, tot-friendly gingerbread house kits! Order your kit online and bring it home for your little ones to decorate. (In years past this has been a workshop at the museum…and hopefully it will return in 2021!)
In-Person Events, Strolls, and Shopping
Mozart's 2020 christmas lights show
NOV 11 – JAN 6
3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin
The lights at Mozart’s Coffee has become one of the most popular holiday events in Austin. During the holidays, they decorate the deck with 1 million Christmas lights and folks show up every single day to watch the light show. Reservations are required this year to enforce social distancing.
Downtown Austin Holiday Stroll
NOV 28 – DEC 31
This fun, festive holiday stroll through downtown Austin includes pop-up events, window displays, holiday shopping, and the Downtown Austin 45-foot Christmas tree.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
NOV 13 – DEC 24
6100 Airport Blvd, Austin
This giant epic art bazaar is a staple in the Austin holiday scene! If you’re looking for totally unique Christmas gifts, this is the place to get them. More than 200 artists are represented, selling all sorts of one-of-a-kind items like jewelry, clothing, ceramics, photography, and more.
Luminations at the Wildlfower Center
NOV 27 – JAN 3
COST: FREE – $18
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin
Stroll down a one-way path with thousands of luminaries for the Wildflower Center’s classic holiday stroll. It’s extended to 5 weeks with special timed admission for 2020 to help promote social distancing.
Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls
NOV 20 – JAN 2
305 Buena Vista Dr, Marble Falls
Walk and gaze at over 2 million Christmas lights reflected off of Lake Marble Falls. For this 30th anniversary, social distancing will be enforced (no Santa this year), but the event is still in-person.
christmas on Mercer Street
DEC 5 2020
381 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs
If you’re a Dripping Sprigs resident, this is the event for you! It’s a day full of arts and crafts, photo ops, and holiday cheer, ending with a virtual tree lighting ceremony.
Holiday Shows And Movies
Holiday Movies at the Paramount
DEC 4 – DEC 20
713 Congress Ave, Austin
The Paramount Theatre in Downtown Austin is keeping capacity at 25% so that you can safely enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies in the most iconic movie theater in ATX. Reserve tickets to holiday classics like Elf, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, and more!
Zach Theatre Rockin' Holiday Concert
DEC 10 – JAN 3
COST: $77-413/GROUP OF 6
202 S Lamar Blvd
The ZACH Theatre presents a live, 1-hour concert that you can enjoy with your socially-distanced “pod” of 6 people! This all happens outdoors on the People’s Plaza with pre-paid reserved parking. Easy!
Alamo Drafthouse Holiday Movie Screenings
DEC 1 – DEC 31
One of the best parts of these holiday movie screenings at Alamo Drafthouse is that you have the option to rent an entire theatre for you and your friends for $150! (Or you can purchase individual tickets for a date night.) Watch holiday classics like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, and more.