The holiday season is one of the most festive times of the year in Austin, and that’s saying a lot. We might not have snow, but it’s still a winter wonderland all around town.

If you need help filling your calendar we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the holiday activities in Austin that the SEED family will be enjoying. Hope to see you there!

Light Displays

Trail of Lights

December 10th – 23rd

For 55 years Zilker Park has been illuminated during the holidays by the spectacular Trail of Lights displays. Walk through the exhibit to see millions of lights all in one place. You can also join the Fun Run on December 7th.

Zilker Holiday Tree

December 1st – January 1st

Spinning under the glittering lights of the 155-foot tall manmade tree has been a holiday tradition in Austin since 1967.

Mozart’s Coffee Holiday Light Show

November 21st – January 5th

Every holiday season Mozart’s Coffee transforms their deck overlooking Town Lake with more than 1 million lights. Get a mug of hot coco and enjoy the lights, sights and holiday tunes.

Lake Travis Holiday Boat Parade

December 7th

If you missed the Chuy’s holiday parade you can still enjoy seeing festive floats – that actually float. Dozens of boat owners decorate their vessels and cruise an aquatic parade route. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Brown Santa toy drive.

Holiday Shopping

Cherrywood Art Fair

December 7th and 8th

Find the most unique gifts for art lovers on your shopping list at the Cherrywood Art Fair. In addition to finding handcrafted goods, it’s a great way to inspire young artists in your family.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

December 13th – 23rd

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is the shopping event of the season. It features fine art, dozens of vendors and there’s also an amazing lineup of musicians that will be entertaining shoppers.

German Christmas Market

December 7th

Experience a little bit of Texas’ German heritage at the German Christmas Market. You can buy authentic German handmade goods, delicious Christmas treats and enjoy entertainment for adults and kids.

Special Events and Shows

Austin Steam Train North Pole Flyer

November 18 – December 8th

Get ready for a Polar Express experience in Central Texas. Travelers will ride along with Santa Claus for a fun-filled trip with cookies, stories and sing-alongs.

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A Christmas Carol at Zach Theatre, photo by Do512

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre

November 20th – December 29th

This classic Christmas tale is brought to life by the talented troupe at the ZACH Theatre. Bonus: The show runs after Christmas so you can keep the holiday spirit going after the presents are opened.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Long Center

December 7th – 23rd

Every year Ballet Austin puts on a beautiful performance of The Nutcracker. It’s a family-friendly event that will amaze people of all ages.

Holiday Sing-Along at the Capitol

December 7th

People from all over Austin come together on the steps of the capitol for one of the largest Christmas sing-alongs in the state. You’ll also enjoy the official tree lighting during the event.

Santaland Diaries at Zach Theatre

November 29th – December 29th

Santaland Diaries is a fantastically hilarious holiday show for adults that has become a cult classic.


Since it is Austin there’s no shortage of concerts during the holiday season. Here’s a quick look at who’s performing.

Austin Symphony

Austin Symphony Performs Handel’s Messiah

December 3rd and 4th

Jonas Brothers at the Frank Erwin Center

December 7th

Alejandro Escovedo at Antones

December 13th

Albright Family Christmas at One World Theatre

December 14th

Robert Earl King at ACL Live

December 20th and 21st

Cirque Musica: Holiday Wishes at the HEB Center in Cedar Park

December 24th

Steely Dan at ACL Live

December 29th

Happy Holidays from the team at SEED Property Group!