Family Friendly Austin Christmas Activities for 2020

Things to do in Austin during Christmas season - here's the ultimate checklist!

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

COST: $10-15

2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin

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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


DEC 12 – JAN 1


Virtual Event

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

COST: $20-30

1830 Simond Ave, Austin

Austin Christmas Events

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

COST: $10-15

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin

Christmas events in 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


Downtown Austin

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

Austin holiday events

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

Marble Falls Christmas

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

COST: $11

713 Congress Ave, Austin

Holiday Events in 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

Austin Holiday Events

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

COST: $14-150

Various locations

Alamo Drafthouse Holiday

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. 

Psst: looking for more ideas of things to do in Austin? Click here. And if you’re looking for more Austin holiday ideas, check out my WINTER IN AUSTIN Pinterest board. Its full of holiday inspo!

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