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Austin’s Local Guide — December 2021
With everything going on in this city, it’s hard to decide what to do and what to pass on. We’ve put together a list of our favorites happening in Austin this December, and we’re sure you’ll find one (or more) that you’ll attend!
Here’s a list of things to do in Austin in December:
November 27 – December 31
One of Austin’s most famous holiday traditions, the Trail of Lights will be a bit different this year. Like in 2020, the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park is going to be a drive-through experience to enjoy.
The Driskill will kick off its favorite season with its annual tree lighting. You can also stop by to enjoy their Texas Christmas ambiance, the signature 16 ft. Christmas tree in the lobby, and sign up to sip on Victorian tea.
The Downtown Austin Alliance hosts the Downtown Holiday Stroll each year and welcomes thousands of Austinites to gather and celebrate the holidays downtown. The stroll features live music, carol singing, and much more—including the downtown tree lighting.
November 19th – December 24th
One of Austin’s favorite holiday markets, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is filled with local merchants selling goodies for all the loved ones in your life. They also offer online shopping, too.
December 2nd – 5th
Austin Fashion Week, a hit event in The Domain, will feature daytime runways throughout the weekend. All events will be outdoors and follow CDC guidelines, while it’ll be smaller than years past, it’ll still be a magical event.
Every Monday in December
Ice skating in Austin? Yup! Whole Foods on S. Lamar still invites guests for some good old-fashioned holiday ice skating with views of downtown.
December 3rd – 5th
This intimate festival celebrates the beautiful storytelling and unique perspective of talented African Americans filmmakers. Check out their 2021 schedule filled with moving films from Black filmmakers.
December 4th – 23rd
An Austin class, Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker,” is a timeless holiday tale. Its gorgeous sets and brilliant dancers enrapture the audience and give us nostalgia for Christmas’s past.
December 17th- 19th
Giving a new spin to an Austin classic, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will take place outside the Palmer Events Center, making it a safe option for your holiday shopping. This local (but very big) market features vendors and merchants from around Texas. You’re sure to find some unique gifts for friends and family!
November 19th – December 28th
This pop-up bar is as magical as the season. This Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar serves holiday cocktails in the most festive and nostalgic setting in Austin. Featuring wall-to-wall Christmas decor, multiple bars, cheery social experiences, and a whole lot of Christmas spirits!
November 5th – January 2nd
While not technically in Austin, Santa’s Ranch is just a short 40-minute drive south to New Braunfels, where you’ll see one of the most spectacular light displays in all of Texas. Bring the kiddos along, grab your hot chocolate, and be prepared to be amazed at this one-of-a-kind light display.
November 27th – December 19th
The Austin Steam Train Association transforms one of their locomotives to The North Pole Flyer, being the next best thing to the Polar Express. (maybe better?) If you’re looking for some holiday magic for your family or friends this season, the North Pole Flyer is the way to go.
As originally published in Austin Local.