here are plenty of fun things to-do in Austin for during the Christmas holidays. And this year there is a brand new grand extravaganza at the Circuit of the Americas. So many fun things to do in ATX this Holiday season. It will be hard to get them all in.
WINTER WONDERLAND AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
From the looks of things on their website, COTA could out shine the long honored ATX tradition of Trail of Lights. Some of the attractions include:
1 million lights
Human snow globe
Holiday movies on the lawn
Hot air balloon float up to 100-feet high
Santa’s train ride for kids
Giant skating rink
Carnival rides for both children and adults
Adult stuff in the Bud Light Tent!
WOW! I’m sold.
Open to Public: (12/1-12/2) (12/8-12/30)
Sunday through Thursday — 6pm-10pm
Friday and Saturday — 6pm-11pm
Admission: $16 (children 5 and under free)
Some attractions cost extra
TRAIL OF LIGHTS AND THE MOONTOWER CHRISTMAS TREE IN ZILKER PARK
Parking can be difficult. The good spots are by paid reservation only. Last year the best free spot I found was on the other side of the river, near mopac. It was a several mile walk. The show is worth it, a must for a local holiday wish list. Visit http://austintrailoflights.org/ for more information.
LOCAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Cherry Wood Art Fair
Austin Balet puts on a full production of the Christmas classic every year. There a many performane in the downtown theater, the Long Center. It’s a first class experince.
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GEORGETOWN CHRISTMAS STROLL
A very quante downtown event about 20 miles north of ATX. The town squeare Christmas event is great
37TH STREET LIGHTS
These lights are decent, but only a small block. It a good excuse to make a trip to your favorite spot in this part of ATX
During the Christmas season, there is an ice rink of the top of whole foods. There is also a decent Ice Skating Rink that is operated year around in Northcross mall in North Austin. The ice skates at the mall are not the best.
CHERRYWOOD ART FAIR
Held 4 times a year, and a great event for Christmas time in Austin.
TEDDY BEAR TEAS
Located at the 4 seasons, Santa reads twas the night before Christmas by the fire, ther eis afternoon caroling, and afternoon tea services. Children are asked to bring an unwrapped teddy bear as a donation. Saturday and Sundays, noon and 3. First few weeks in December.
GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS AT THE THINKERY
A really cool kids\science museum located in the Mueller town center district; previously the old ATX airport. Hour long workshop for all ages. You must reserve a seat, recommended 1 gingerbread house kit for 2-3 people, $12\$20 per kit. 3-24 check website for dates and more information.
THE NORTH POLL FLYER
One of our familty favorite kids attractions. A full size old school steam train that runs from North Austin to Burnett and back. There christmas train ride is something special for the little kids.
An hour drive from Austin. A nice little town with a very cool Christmas lights show with a Santa and a quaint downtown area. I normally make the drive to check it out.
There is a nice trail of lights without the big crowds. You can park at the Cabalas and they run buses to the event
THE JAZZ TAP NUTCRACKER – LONG CENTER DECEMBER 8-18.