Opportunities to celebrate the holidays in Austin are as eclectic and plentiful as Austin itself. Here’s a small cross section of some well-known and a few offbeat ways to enjoy the season with family, friends and out-of-town guests.
The Zilker Park Trail of Lights
Dec. 16- Dec. 23
This signature Austin holiday event is back! From Sunday, Dec. 16 and Sunday Dec.23, Zilker Park is transformed between 6:30 and 10 p.m.
The event is free, parking is $10, and shuttle service is available.
Noel: An Early Christmas Eurotour
Saturday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m.
Steep yourself in the Christmas musical traditions that originated in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the British Isles during a “musical postcard” of Christmas at the First English Lutheran Church in Austin. Tickets can be purchased online.
Gingerbread Village Open Houses
Nov. 21, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, Texas
Tour the “Eclectic Austin”-themed Gingerbread Village and Christmas tree in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel.
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 8 – Dec. 16
Price: $12 – $75
Phone: (512) 476-2163
Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas Ballet Austin’s Golden Anniversary Production of The Nutcracker, brought to life by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, is the longest- running production of The Nutcracker in the state of Texas. Follow Clara into a dream world of dancing snowflakes and see which legendary Austin personalities are chosen to appear as part of the Golden Anniversary Mother Ginger cast.
The Invincible Czars’ Dance-It-Yourself Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m.
Price: $5 – $20
Phone: (512) 965-4694
Scottish Rite Theatre, Austin, Texas
Austin’s Invincible Czars pack all the fun, hilarity and musicality they can into this year’s Dance-It-Yourself Nutcracker. With props, dancers and lights in tow, the band leads kids young and old through their whimsical version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite dancing all the way. The Invincible Czars have turned the music from America’s favorite ballet on its head jumping all over the musical map.
Austin’s Invincible Czars take a new twist on Christmas tradition and musicality with this year’s Dance-It-Yourself Nutcracker – turning music from Americas favorite ballet on its head, along with new takes on many other holiday favorites. Prizes awarded for the best holiday outfits.
And there’s lots more!
Here’s a full rundown of family fun in Austin for the holidays.