Hotel Van Zandt in the Rainey Street District has become a fixture of Downtown Austin, winning all sorts of awards and offering gorgeous interiors and jaw-dropping sunset views of Lady Bird Lake. Now they are getting in on the holiday happenings in the city by starting their very own tradition: 12 Days of Christmas. From December now-14, there will be all kinds of free events happening at the hotel, in what they call, “The Living Room.” It’s basically every great holiday activity packed into one place. Plus, each night there will be a roaring fire, vinyl holiday records playing in the background, a hot toddy bar, and light snacks for purchase. Yep, that sounds like a winter wonderland to us.
Throughout the 12 days, families, friends, couples, and pets are invited to come out and get into the spirit. Here’s a complete list of what’s happening each day.
December 6: Listen & Sip – Christmas Classics on Vinyl: Have some hot chocolate and cider as you listen to some holiday favorites
December 7: Holiday Trivia with Taylor Ellison: Savor some delicious cocktails as you test your Christmas knowledge, the winner will get a free night stay at the hotel!
December 8: Christmas Karaoke: Sing your merry little heart out and enjoy holiday craft cocktails
December 9: Not-So-Ordinary Christmas Carols with Suzanna Choffel: Discover new tunes while sipping on holiday cocktails
December 10: Canines & Christmas (begins at 12:00 PM): Bring your pup for pictures with Santa Paws
December 11: Calling all Crafters for Christmas Cookie Decorating (4:00 – 6:00 PM) *One cookie per child (12 years old or younger), while supplies last
December 12: Comedy, Confections & Cocktails for Elf Movie Night
December 13: Pictures with Santa Claus: Share your holiday wish list and pose for a photo with jolly old St. Nick
December 14: Round 2 of Holiday Trivia with Taylor Ellison
December 15: TJE’s Austin Motown Christmas in Geraldine’s (begins at 8:00 PM): Enjoy some soulful vibrato and holiday cocktails at the hotel’s restaurant