Holiday Fun for the Whole Family This Week!
There is always fun to be had in the Austin Area, especially during the Holidays! With tons of options, where does one even begin? Christmas is our favorite time of the year, so we wanted to make it easy for you! Each week we will have a new list of fun holiday activities for your family to attend!
1. Zilker Holiday Tree
12/4 | 6 pm - 12 pm
Enjoy local entertainment, food, live music and more at the annual lighting of the Zilker Tree, which stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights.
November 27 – December 31, 6 pm – 12 midnight, tree on display nightly. REMINDER – on Trail of Lights Nights the area roads will be closed as thousands visit the Trail of Lights. If you are planning to visit the Holiday Tree itself, make sure to plan around those nights.
Austin, TX 78704 United States
2. Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods
A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at our Flagship store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! The ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.* Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental.
Be sure to check the website for Ice Rink Closures
3. Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas
The circuit of The Americas (COTA) has just announced a new holiday tradition and festival with—get this—a million lights, camel rides, and hot air balloon rides! The holidays in Austin just keep getting better and better. Winter Wonderland will run from December 1 – 30, open daily from 6 -10 p.m., and 6 – 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are on sale now.
4. Pet Photos with Santa
All proceeds benefit the pups at Lizzy’s Animal Hospice, which provides a home environment for companion endearing or terminally ill animals who are or would ultimately end up in a shelter. Bring your kids and their pets — unique pets included and welcome.
- December 9 – Tomlinson’s Circle C, 5900 W. Slaughter Lane, Suite 480, Austin, TX 78749 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos
- December 16 – Tomlinson’s Lakeway, 2303 Ranch Road 620 S., #180, Lakeway, Texas 78734 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos
December 17 – Tomlinson’s 12th Street, 916B 12th St, Austin, TX 78703 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Santa photos
5. The Brunch Boat with Buddy The Elf on Lady Bird Lake
December 10th | 12 pm - 2 pm
Why eat on land when you can have brunch on the water!?!
We’ve teamed up with Capital Cruises and Austin Tour Company again to bring you The Brunch Boat! A brunch-time party cruise on Town Lake (or Lady Bird Lake as it’s now known). Enjoy great music, food, and beverages aboard a fabulous boat with air conditioning, bathrooms, and a gorgeous roof deck
6. Christmas at the Movies - Free Symphony Concert
December 10th | 3 pm - 4:30 pm
Jump-start the sounds of the season with Cinematic Symphony’s performance of some of your favorite holiday music film scores. From Miracle on 34th Street and the Grinch to Edward Scissorhands and even Fargo?this music is full of wonder and magic. Fun trivia and prizes!
This is another FREE concert. Doors open at 2:45.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00pm-4:15pm
Klett Center for the Performing Arts
2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
7. 16th Annual Cherrywood Art Fair
December 9th | 10 am - 5 pm
Plan to stay all day, EAT, SHOP and PLAY!
Gearing up for a full weekend of fun for the entire family, Cherrywood Art Fair is so much more than just a shopping destination — it is truly an Austin holiday tradition bringing together local eats, lively music and a plethora of engaging activities for the entire family!
Featuring Texas artists and makers with perfect gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list Including an eclectic group of goods ranging from whimsical toys for kids and pets to small batch functional ceramics to geometric jewelry and organic skincare products.
Cherrywood Art Fair
3808 Mapplewood Avenue
Austin, Texas 78722