Austin Holiday Events & News

Trail of Lights:
Explore the magical RunTex Carrozza Foundation’s Trail of Lights | Dec 16 – 23| Zilker Park | Website

Trail of Lights 5k Race:
Take an evening run past the Zilker Christmas tree, through the Austin Science and Nature Center, and into the Trail of Lights the night before it opens to the public | Dec 15 | 6:30pm | Zilker Park | Website

Gingerbread Village Open House: Join Santa and world-class pastry chefs at the “Eclectic Austin”-themed Gingerbread Village and Christmas Tree Open House | Through Jan 1| Four Seasons Hotel | Details

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: Search for the perfect holiday gift while enjoying live music, handmade goods and fine art | Dec 12 – 24 | Palmer Events Center | Website

W Austin & New Years Eve: Countdown to 2013 not once, but four times, with the W Austin’s coast-to-coast New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Austin’s own Quiet Company | Dec 31 | W Austin | Website

Ice Skating on the Plaza:
Take in great views of downtown while ice skating and sipping hot cocoa (or in this weather, enjoying ice cream!) |  Whole Foods Plaza | Through Jan 1 | 11am – 8pm | Details

Russian House: 
Savor the authentic and traditional culture of Russia right here in Austin at the Russian House NaZdorovye! | Website |Reviews

Sway: The team behind La Condesa will open the doors of their latest creation – the highly anticipated Thai restaurant Sway – on December 9th |Website

Sixth Annual Eat Drink Local Week: 
Kicking off with an Urban Farm bicycle tour, Edible Austin encourages you to dine out, cook in, and celebrate the ingredients, landscape, and people behind Austin’s cuisine in a week’s worth of events | Dec 1 – 8 | Website

Gift-Wrapping to Benefit Scholarships: 
Dress festively and join the Writer’s League of Texas to wrap holiday presents to benefit the Bess Whitehead Scott scholarship fund | Dec 15 | 3pm – 6pm | BookPeople |Details

United Way for Greater Austin ‘Love Actually’ Fundraiser:
United Way has partnered with Alamo Drafthouse to showcase the holiday film ‘Love Actually’, with all ticket proceeds going directly to the United Way | Dec 4 | 7pm | Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar |Details  

Austin Is Among U.S. Cities with the Youngest Housing Stock: According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, nearly a third of Austin’s houses, condos and apartments have been built since 2000, placing Austin 5th amongst major U.S. cities | Read More…

Downtown Noise Pollution Mitigation: The city of Austin’s Design Commission voted unanimously to ask the City Council to further study the noise mitigation issues downtown in multiple dwellings, including hotels, condos and apartments | Read More…

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker
Revel in pure fantasy and tradition as Ballet Austin commemorates the Golden Anniversary of Austin’s holiday tradition | Dec 8 – 23 | The Long Center | Website

AMoA – Andy Coolquitt, Attainable Excellence: Andy Coolquitt, a native Texan and UT alum, scavenges the streets for remnants of human activity and transforms commonly found debris into sculptures and installations that are humble monuments to lives led in the streets | Through February | The Jones Center | Website


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