The holidays offer the perfect time to visit Austin, TX! From live performances of ‘A Christmas Carol” and “the Nutcracker” to can’t-miss annual events like the Blue Genie Art Bazaar and Zilker Park’s Annual Trail of Lights, it’s a magical time to gather with family and friends in a truly one-of-a-kind city. To help you start planning your holiday getaway in Austin, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite local events below.
Performances: 11/22 -12/31
A live performance of “A Christmas Carol” is the perfect addition to your holiday season. Local favorite, the ZACH Theatre, puts a modern twist on this timeless classic. With multiple performances from late November to New Year’s Eve, you’re sure to find a date that coincides with your stay.
Dates: 11/24 – 12/24
One of the most eagerly anticipated annual holiday events of the season is Austin’s Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list (or maybe just yourself) while supporting local artists. The bazaar showcases thousands of original works ranging from fine art to fun and kitschy items.
Dates: 12/9 –12/22
If you only attend one Austin holiday event this year, it should be the annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. This quintessentially Austin experience includes 1.25 miles of twinkling lights and 36 custom light displays along with fun activities for the kids and live entertainment. If you’re in town, try to make it to the annual Tree Lighting ceremony, which includes all kinds of fun festivities including great food, live music, and more.
Dates: 12/2/2017 at the Texas State Capitol
Join the locals for a free evening of singing, shopping, and festive fun in front of the Texas State Capitol. The evening begins with a 6pm sing-along, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 7pm. Once the tree is lit, locals and visitors alike begin strolling down Congress Avenue for even more holiday cheer as the shops, restaurants, galleries and museums stay open late and feature special activities for the occasion.
Dates: 12/2/17 at the German Free School of Austin
Enjoy the beauty of an authentic German Christmas Market without leaving Texas! The German-Texan Heritage Society’s annual holiday market features a variety of handmade gifts and imported crafts, along with festive decorations, beautiful ornaments and traditional German Christmas music. Along with great shopping, guests can visit Sankt Nikolas, as well as enjoy authentic German specialties including a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), gingerbread cookies, and other sweet treats.
Performances: 12/8/ – 12/23 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 55th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” This family-friendly show brings a fresh experience to the beloved holiday tradition.
Dates: 12/14 -12/24 at the Palmer Events Center
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.
Date: 12/31 at Auditorium Shores
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at this family-friendly, alcohol-free event. Designed to celebrate Austin’s creative side, the event features visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.
Located in the heart of downtown Austin, the JW Marriott Austin is the perfect choice for your winter getaway. We are just minutes from many of the city’s premier holiday events, including the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park and the Holiday Sing-Along at the Texas State Capitol. We also know how to make families and friends feel right at home during the holiday season with oversized guest rooms and suites, the exquisite Spa by JW, several exceptional restaurants and a host of generous amenities from valet parking to 24-hour room service. Spend the holidays with us and start a new tradition at the JW Marriott Austin with our Holiday Retreat Yourself Package.