‘Tis the holiday season! Austin has plenty of Christmas events for 2021 to keep the whole family in the holiday spirit! Book early if you can – holiday events in Austin sell out fast. I’ll share all of classic holiday events in Austin, as well as a few new fun ones that are just getting started.
As the year comes to an end and you look for family-friendly 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!
Holiday Events in Austin (2021)
Trail of Lights
NOV 27 – Dec 31
2207 Lou Neff Rd, Austin
Trail of Lights is Austin’s largest holiday tradition, and it’s going to be a drive-thru again 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, including General Admission and a special Dash Pash available for each night. Check out the website for all the details
Mozart's christmas lights show 2021
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.
Peppermint Parkway At Circuit of The Americas
9201 COTA Blvd, Austin
This Austin holiday event at Circuit of the Americas is returning for 2021! 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!
BALLET AUSTIN'S "THE NUTCRACKER
DEC 4 – Dec 23
COST: STARTS AT $29
After being virtual last year, the The iconic Nutrcracker performance by Ballet Austin is back in 2021 its 59th year…in-person and live!
Tickets to this Christmas ballet sell out quickly, so go ahead and secure the dates you want nice and early if you’re interested in visiting the Long Center and watching The Nutcracker.
Zilker Tree Lighting
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin
The Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony is an Austin holiday tradition that kicks off the Christmas season! The iconic moontower is turned into a Holiday tree that stands 155 feet tall and is made up of 3,309 lights. The top of the tree is decked with a 10 foot star. This Tree Lighting Ceremony has a sweet, small-town feel to it. You’ll hear a band play holiday favorites, a children’s choir sing carols, and there’s popcorn and funnel cakes for sale. The tree lighting is the grand finale at the end of the event.
Downtown Austin Holiday Stroll
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
6100 Airport Blvd, Austin
If you want to shop for holiday gifts in one place, plan to visit the Blue Genie Art Bazaar in 2021. This pop-up art store 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.
Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls
305 Buena Vista Dr, Marble Falls
Walk and gaze at over 2 million Christmas lights reflected off of Lake Marble Falls.
christmas on Mercer Street
DEC 4 2021
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 Movies at the Paramount
713 Congress Ave, Austin
The Paramount Theatre in Downtown Austin shows classic Christmas films in their iconic Austin holiday event. Reserve tickets to holiday classics like Elf, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, and more!
Zach Theatre Rockin' Holiday Concert
202 S Lamar Blvd
Details coming soon.
Gingerbread House Building from The Thinkery
DEC 3 – DEC 31
1830 Simond Ave, Austin
In years past the Gingerbread Workshops have been at the Thinkery Children’s Museum, but they’re going to be doing things differently this year! 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.
Purchase the Cookie People kit if you’re decorating with someone aged 0-4, or get the Gingerbread House kit for ages 4+. It includes fun links, like a video inside Quack’s kitchen, and tips from a pro decorator.
Alamo Drafthouse Holiday Movie Screenings
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.