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Can't Miss Events in Austin this December

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

In one of the largest cities in the country, there's always something to do. Check out all these exciting events for all ages!

ZACH Theatre Presents: "A Christmas Carol"

"A Christmas Carol" is back to ring in the holidays! This rockin' show provides a modern twist on the classic tale. In fact, this show has proven to be such a hit among locals and visitors that is it the most popular show in the theatre's history.

WHEN: November 20 - December 29 • WHERE: ZACH Theatre

Teddy Bear Tea

Don't miss this annual event at the Four Seasons hotel featuring tea service, caroling and a fireside reading by Santa. Teddy Bears will be donated to Dell Children's Hospital.

WHEN: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 • WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Ballet Austin's "The Nutcracker"

Ballet Austin kicks off the season with the 57th annual production of "The Nutcracker." This family-friendly show brings a fresh experience to the beloved holiday tradition.

WHEN: December 7 - December 22 • WHERE: Long Center for the Performing Arts

Austin Trail of Lights

The 55th Annual Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories and fun. The annual Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in November, then the 5k fun run will kick off the spectacular season in early December. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

WHEN: December 10 - December 23 • WHERE: Zilker Park

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition and cultural icon is one of Austin’s longest-running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

WHEN: December 13 - December 24 • WHERE: Palmer Events Center

Ice Skating On The Plaza at Whole Foods

Spend an afternoon on the rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends!

WHEN: Daily in December: 10 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. • WHERE: Whole Foods Lamar

Austin's New Year

This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and other festive performances.

WHEN: December 31 • WHERE: Auditorium Shores


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