Whether you prefer an elegant party with guests dressed in their holiday best or a walk around the park looking at sparkling lights and sipping hot cocoa, there’s plenty of cheer to be had in Austin this season. Here are a few of our favorite events to attend this December.
Head to Circuit of the Americas for a special holiday treat this December. With a skating rink, petting zoo, human snow globe, a vendor village, a tunnel of lights, and the Circuit of Lights track walk, this event has something for everyone in the family. The event will be open from December 8 through December 30. Admission is $16 (free for children 5 and under). 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. 512-301-6600.
Holiday events are in full swing at Domain NORTHSIDE this December. Every weekend through December 23, guests can enjoy holiday-themed art displays, decorative lights, carriage rides through Rock Rose, and live music. Groups like The Tinsel Singers, Bonnie Whitmore, and the Magellan International School Choir are among the acts scheduled to perform. 11700 Domain Blvd. 512-758-7937
Experience the holiday season at the theatre this December. Featuring new music for this year’s performance, the cast of A Christmas Carol invites the audience to join along as they visit three soulful ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge’s past. Fun for the entire family, this is an event everyone will remember. 202 South Lamar. 512-476-0541.
Through Sunday, December 10, the Austin restaurant is accepting donations for its continuing charity partner, Partnerships for Children. Those wishing to participate can bring gifts directly to COVER 3 or COVER 2, or donate a monetary gift online. 2700 W. Anderson Ln. Ste. #202. 512-347-1121
Every December, Zilker Park becomes a winter wonderland, complete with a giant Christmas tree, light displays—more than two million lights are hung in total—and holiday treats and drinks such as warm apple cider and hot cocoa. The trail is open from December 9 through December 23, with general admission opening daily at 7 p.m. This is a classic, family-friendly, Austin tradition you won’t want to miss. 2100 Barton Springs Rd.