When the calendar flips to November, it’s goodbye to ghosts and goblins and hello holidays. From tree lighting to parades, and holidays shows to winter wonderlands, it’s no surprise that Austin is full of festivities during the November and December months. And, being that it’s well past the first of November, we find it perfect acceptable to jump into the spirit ourselves- with our own reasons (in no particular order) we’re excited for the holidays in Austin.
1. Santa on the Terrace
Nobody gets quite as excited to see Santa Claus as Buddy the Elf, but we think Austin is a close second. Santa is once again landing his sleigh on the City Terrace for a Black Friday filled with steals, deals, photos, and food! RSVP here. #LCSanta
And where Santa Claus goes, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer isn’t far behind. Rudolph, Hermey, the Abominable Snow Monster, and Yukon Cornelius hop off the screen and onto the stage in this nostalgic, jolly, and unforgettable musical.
3. Architects of Air
Check out the light at the end of the tunnel- literally- when Architects of Air returns to the Long Center’s West Lawn. The newest luminarium, Pentalum, features interactive, inflatable “sculptures” filled with color and wonder. Safe to say it’s a holiday favorite.
4. Austin Trail of Lights
Speaking of color, Zilker Park turns into a gorgeous, electrical Christmas display each and every December for the famous Austin Trail of Lights. Sip hot chocolate while spinning under Zilker’s enormous Christmas tree. take photos underneath thousands of twinkling lights, and experience the holidays within one of Austin’s most famous and fun traditions.
5. ZACH’S Winnie the Pooh and Ballet Austin’s Snow White
Fairy tales are coming to life onstage this winter, with ZACH Theatre’s Winnie the Pooh and Ballet Austin’s Snow White. Start your once upon a time and finish with a happily ever after, whether going with the family, sneaking out for a date night, or catching up on a well-earned night of the arts.
6. The Nutcracker
The buck stops here when it comes to holiday traditions- The Nutcracker returns to the Long Center in its 53rd annual production. From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas.
7. A Christmas Affair
Our next door neighbors at Palmer Events Center, in partnership with the Junior League of Austin, present the annual A Christmas Affair, a fundraiser, shopping extravaganza, and one stop holiday shop all in one!
8. A Christmas Carol
No Christmas season is complete without Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol. ZACH Theatre’s “rockin’ new musical” twist on the classic includes three soulful, rockin’ ghosts, gorgeous period costumes, and rousing gospel and rock-n-soul favorites.
9. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar.
10. Blue Man Group
Just as Elvis instructs us to do, we’re planning on having a very Blue Christmas this year. Experience the phenomenon when the world’ most famous blue men return to the Long Center to send off the holiday season in impeccable style.