Holiday Happenings in ATX

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'Tis the season to be Jolly! Here's where to find it! May the holidays be a happy one for you and your family. All the best in 2023!

Holiday Cheer with the free Audacy App! 24/ 7 Christmas Music

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Decorations / Lights

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree
Artificial Christmas Trees that look Real Best reviews


37th Street Lights / Opens 12/9 @ 5pm! Guadalupe and Home St on 37th.

Austin Trail of Lights / Zilker Park 12/8-12/23. 6p-10p. Top 23 Best Christmas Light Displays in the US Yelp's Top Holiday Lights in Texas

Downtown Capitol Tree Lighting / 11th and Congress.
The Holiday Stroll 9th & 11th and Congress. 12/3.

Fairmont Austin Holiday Light Show Fridays & Saturdays 12/2 - 12/30. Watch in a Holiday Igloo Festive Season

Mozart's Christmas Light Show thru 1/6/23. Reserve a table

Peppermint Parkway / COTA 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd. ATX.
11/25-12/30. Holiday Spectacular!

Santa's Ranch / 9561 I-35 New Braunfels. 11/11-11/23. Mon - Thurs 6p-10p & Sat. & Sun 6p-11p.

Zilker Park Holiday Tree / Zilker Park
Open 11/28/22 - 1/1/23. Drive-up access on nights Trail of Lights is not happening. How many bulbs?


Budafest 2022 / downtown Buda Tree lighting

Dripping Springs:

Christmas on Mercer Tree / Downtown Dripping Springs on the Triangle.


Fredericksburg Light the Night Christmas Parade bringing Christmas Cheer into the New Year


Lighting of the Square / Town Square 103 W. 7th Street. Lit up through 1/1/23.


Downtown Tree Lighting historic downtown Hutto


Old Town Christmas / Leander

Round Rock:

Light Up the Lake / Old Settlers Park

And More! holiday lights & more
Christmas Lights Around Austin

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Angel Tree / Salvation Army Austin Area Command Adoptions start 11/1 with distribution of the gifts 12/13-12/17. Parents / guardians apply for their child to become an 'angel' to be adopted for help with Christmas cheer. Partners who adopt an angel will purchase new toys and clothing that goes with their interests they are given, and drop off the gifts in early December.
Angel adoptions 10 or more / 9 or less. Volunteer Donations

A Sherlock Holmes Christmas / Pioneer Farms / 11/17 - 12/8 / Thurs. -Sat @ 8p and Sun. @ 5p.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 6100 Airport Blvd. ATX 78752 / 11/18 - 12/24 / 10a-10p daily except 12/24 from 10a-6p.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas!The Musical! @ Bass Concert Hall
12/6 - 12/11. Show times & tickets

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar / Palmer Events Center. 12/17-12/23. Daily 11:30a-8:30p. Artists & Musicians

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays @ Bass Concert Hall 12/18 @ 7p.

Bee Cave:

Bee Cave on Ice @ Hill Country Galleria 11/4 - 1/2/23. Reservations.
Holiday Arts Market @ Hill Country Galleria 12/2- 12/24 Fridays 12p-7p & Saturdays 11a-6p

San Marcos:

Sights & Sounds of Christmas / 401 E Hopkins St, 12/1-12/3 & 12/8-12/10 from 5:30p - 11p. Christmas festival.

And more!

Austin Christmas Guide (& Beyond)
DO512 How to do the Holidays in ATX
Top 10 Christmas Towns in Texas

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Food & Spirits

Meals /Holiday Parties

Central Market Holiday Meals

Cracker Barrel Heat'n Serve Meals

Eater Austin: Where to Eat on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

H-E-B Holiday Meals Christmas

Tiny Pies Holiday Pies / Breakfast Pot Pie

Whole Foods Market Holiday menus


Eater Austin Eggnog Cocktails in ATX Holiday Cocktails in ATX

15 Best Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Austin / Kelsey - So Much Life

Spec's Wine, Spirits, Finer Foods / Cheers to Holiday Savings

Twin Liquors Holiday Entertaining Guide

Total Wine for Holiday Cheer


Dunkin Holiday / Deck the Halls with Dunkin

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts / Santa's Bake Shop Collection

Starbucks Merry Everything

Whataburger Whatastore 2022 Holiday Collection / Stocking Stuffers

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Hangout / Photo Opps with Santa

Letters to Santa USPS
*postmarked no later than 12/12*
Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole 88888
Greetings from the North Pole / letters postmarked from NP


Barton Creek Square Mall 11/10 - 12/24. Reservations being taken

The Domain 11/17 - 12/24. Santa will call when you book early online.

Bee Cave:

Hill Country Galleria Selfies with Santa 11/25-12/24 select dates. Santa's workshop is located indoors, next door to Buenos Aires Café.


Cabela's Santa's Wonderland / 15570 South I-35 Frontage Road Buda, TX 78610. 11/5-12/24. Advanced reservations recommended.

Cedar Park:

North Pole Flyer with Santa departing from the historic 1912 Bertram Depot.
Silver weekends: 11/26 -11/27 & 12/3-12/4 Gold weekends: 12/10-12/11 & 12/17-12/18.

Round Rock:

Bass Pro Shop Santa's Wonderland / 200 Bass Pro Dr, Round Rock, TX 78665. Advanced reservations.

Round Rock Premium Outlets 11/25 - 12/24. Santa will be in the Food Court. Santa will call if you book early online.

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Furbaby Fun

Pet Photos with Santa and more:
Barton Creek Square Mall / ATX 11/20 & 12/11. 6p-8p.

The Domain 11/21 - 12/19. Santa's Pet of the Week with the Austin Humane Society. Every Monday a pet will be featured.

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Gifts / Shopping

Downtown ATX Shopping
South Congress Ave / SoCo

Malls / Shopping Centers
Barton Creek Square Mall
Hill Country Galleria Holiday Arts Market 11/25-12/24
Lakeline Mall / Cedar Park
Round Rock Premium Outlets
San Marcos Premium Outlets
The DomainOprah's Favorite Things 2022

Gift Guides & Lists / Black Friday deals
Amazon's 2022 Toys We Love list
Goop 2022 Holiday Gift Gudies
Oprah's Favorite Things 2022
Vogue's 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Kohl's BF Deals & more
Target BF deals
Walmart BF deals

All About Holiday Gift ideas:
Austin City Gift Baskets
Austin Knick Knack Shops
Cheetos Duster
El Arroyo Holiday Collection with Tiff's Treats
H-E-B merch
Lammes Candies
Our Place X Selena Gomez Collection
Swiss Miss Ugly Christmas Sweater (smells like cocoa)
Ugly Sweaters: Blanket / wrap instead of wear
Whataburger Holiday 2022

Holiday Ear Candy Cheer

Christmas / Holiday 2022 releases

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Must Watch Movies / Shows

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All / CBS Special on 12/20 @ 7pm from Madison Square Garden

Freeform 25 Days of Christmas 12/1 - 12/25

TV Insider: BET+ CBS Great American Family Hallmark Channel Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Lifetime

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