Holiday Happenings

'Tis the season

These festive ATX events will help get you in the holiday spirit.

Photo Trail of Lights Facebook

Austin Trail of Lights

Now- December 23
Zilker Park

The Trail of Lights consists of 1.25 miles of holiday light displays, with over 2 million lights. Check it out this Austin tradition for a night of fun for the whole family.

Photo Austin Duathletes Facebook

12 Bars of Christmas Red Dress Run

December 16th
Meeting Spot: Austin City Hall

Don a red dress(you too boys) for Austin Duathletes' original holiday pub run. Funds raised this year will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Austin.

Rainey-Deer Holiday Crawl

December 16th
Meeting Spot: The Bungalow Bar

Austin Music Foundation invites music industry professionals, artists, and music lovers to their first annual holiday pub crawl. $25 gets you 4 drink tickets, a pint glass and specials at participating bars.

Photo David Aguilar

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show

Now - January 8th
Mozarts Coffee Roasters

Sip on hot beverages while enjoying this Christmas light show on the lake, accompanied by classic Christmas tunes.

Ice Skating On The Plaza

Now - January 7th
Whole Foods Lamar

Outdoor ice skating in Texas? Yep, you read that right. Once again, Whole Foods on Lamar has turned their rooftop into an ice skating rink for the winter.

Photo by Pugly Eventbrite

Pugly Christmas Sweater Party and Contest

December 17th
Yard Bar

Pugs can get in on the ugly sweater action, too! Contests include Ugliest Sweater for pups only, Look-a-Like Sweaters for pup and human duos, Ugliest Sweater for humans, and Pugliest Sweater for pug/pug mixes.


December 18th

Adult-friendly Christmas extravaganza featuring Wild Bill’s Reindeer Games, The Musicians’ Market, Stumpf Tournament, Sunday Best with Country Fool’s Gold, and Song Swap.

A Purple Xmas

December 17th
One-2-One Bar

Dead Love Club joins AJ Vallejo's Perfect Nation for a tribute worthy of the Purple One's honor.

19th Annual Holiday Shindig

December 17th
Paramount Theatre

Husband and wife duo, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis are back for their 19th holiday show with special guest Lee Ann Womack.

Photo Alamo Drafthouse

The Master Pancake X-Mas Show

December 16-17th
Alamo Drafthouse

Help Master Pancake sleigh the holidays at this R-rated holiday extravaganza. Sing-along to classic tunes and watch as your favorite holiday shows get the Master Pancake treatment.

Keep Austin Live Toy Drive Holiday Bash

December 20th

Help make the holidays special for ATX little one's and enjoy live music by Sertified, Stat 1, A.C., and more.

Krampus: A Haunted Christmas

December 16-17th
House of Torment

This isn't the jolly Saint Nick we're used to. House of Torment returns with a haunted spin on the holiday spirit.

Armadillo Bazaar

December 14-24th
Palmer Events Center

See performances from local acts like Los Coast, Dale Watson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Jai Malano while shopping for unique gifts and taking advantage of the two full bars. View the lineup schedule here.

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