Tis the season for making memories! We’ve compiled a list of ten family friendly events that are sure to make your holidays a little merrier and brighter!
SPIRIT of Christmas Night at Trail of Lights (Zilker Park) – December 8th 6pm-10pm
Make memories with your family among 2 million Christmas lights! It’s an Austin icon and this year we want you to experience The SPIRIT of Christmas at the famous Trail of Lights. Enjoy a private night before it all opens to the public. Join churches from across Austin for a special night including live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus and over 40 displays of beautiful lights! For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit http://austintrailoflights.org/spirit.
Riverbend Christmas Sing-Along and Tree Lighting – December 13th 6pm
Don’t miss out on this festive tradition! The fun will start on the plaza at 6:00pm with a live Nativity, hot chocolate and goodies. The plaza festivities will culminate with the lighting of a huge Christmas tree before we move into the auditorium for the Sing-Along with a full orchestra & the 100-voice Riverbend Choir beginning at 7:30pm. There will even be guest appearances by Elvis, Rudolf, Frosty and Santa! And, as always, we will be singing some of your favorite Christmas carols and songs. For more information and to get your FREE tickets, visit the Riverbend Sing Along Home Page.
Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour and Christmas Towne – November 28th through December 26th
Come and experience more than 2 million lights on a 1 ½ mile path! It’s a must see event of the holiday season in Old Settlers Park! Your family will also enjoy the bigger FREE Christmas Towne featuring amazing holiday lights, carnival rides and more at the end of the tour. For more information, visit the Rock N’ Lights home page.
Georgetown Christmas Stroll – December 2nd and 3rd
The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card that has come to life. It’s a magical setting: a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles, and Santa in the Christmas tree farm waiting to hear from both naughty and nice. You can journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village. You can also find the Grinch and his characters in Whoo-Village! For more information, visit http://www.thegeorgetownsquare.com/Christmas-Stroll.
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm – November 25th through December 21st
Bring the family to make memories as you pick out your 2016 Christmas tree! http://www.elginchristmastreefarm.com/
Brown Santa (Multiple Drop-Off Locations) – Now through December 22nd
Tis the season of giving! What better way to make memories with the family than by spreading Christmas cheer to children who otherwise would have not had a gift this Christmas. Brown Santa accepts new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0-14yrs and unopened non-perishable food. You can download a list of Suggested Donation Items and visit https://www.tcsheriff.org/brown-santa for more information and drop-off locations. Have your children pick out a few toys and make Christmas merrier for a deserving child!
Santa’s Ranch (New Braunfels) – Now through January 1st (Evenings)
Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks. For more information and directions visit http://www.santasranch.net/.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade – November 26th at 11am
Giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa! Don’t miss out on this fun morning. For more information, visit http://www.chuysparade.com/.
Cherrywood Art Fair – December 10th and 11th
Cherrywood Art Fair is an art-filled two-day event showcasing handmade culture from Texas artists, live music, great food, and fun activities for children in a FREE, family-friendly environment. Now in its 15th year with more than 85 artists, Cherrywood Art Fair has established itself as one of the premiere art fairs in Austin! For more information, visit http://cherrywoodartfair.org/.
Gingerbread House Workshops at the Thinkery – December 3rd through December 24th
Do you have a little architect on your hands? Sign them up for one of the Thinkery’s “Gingerbread Workshops” to learn the fine art of gingerbread home construction! More information at https://thinkeryaustin.org/gingerbread/.