I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.
It wouldn’t be the holiday season in Austin without a visit to the famous Trail of Lights! Now in its 55th year of existence, the Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B gets more festive every year. Tonight is the grand opening for the general public and it’s going to be lit. ; )
If you can’t make it tonight don’t worry, the Trail runs through the 23rd. ZIP Passes are a favorite of families and small groups, especially on busier nights. You’ll be close to the action and you’ll stay cozy in the heated ZIP hospitality tents. You also get to enjoy the festive lineup of nightly entertainment on the Zilker Stage. Skip the lines and enter early! You’ll thank us later.
And if you really want to make things extra merry this year, go Platinum with concierge service and a VIP experience. You and your guests can hang in a private lounge with lots of amenities like comfortable seating and an exclusive bar! It’s the ultimate venue for a holiday party. Spring for this one and you’ll be as beloved as Santa this year!
When: December 10th-23rd
Time: 7–10 p.m. nightly
2100 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX, USA
If you’ve lived in Austin for any stretch of time, you’ve probably heard of The Nightowls. They are famous for their annual NYE Bash and Super Soul Sundays at Icenhauer’s on Rainey Street. If you are hearing them live, you are dancing like a maniac. There’s just no way around it.
The band is also known for mastering pretty much every genre there is—from soul, pop, funk, disco and rock, which makes them the ideal band to book for a wedding or private event. Their dynamic and high-energy performances weave all of your favorite songs into a non-stop, all-out, dance party.
With more than eight years industry expertise and over 1000 performances under their belts, their goal is to create memories that will last forever—whether your part is big or small. From the perfect song list and dynamic light show to unique custom band options and raw musical talent, The Nightowls can help you create an event that people will be talking about for years to come.
To learn more about their booking options, click here. The secret to a successful Austin event, is getting the vendors who are local legends. The Nightowls are just that.
Rebecca Risha, the co-founder and owner of Coated, was tired of having the same experience in nail salons: long wait times, less-than-clean footbaths, unsanitized equipment, distracted technicians, and cash-only tipping. That’s when she had that age-old entrepreneurial thought: There has to be a better way!
Coated – Color Selection
Two years in business and with a gleaming storefront on South Lamar in Austin, her dreams have been realized. When you step into Coated, you’ll notice the difference right away. The experience of getting your nails done has been completely rethought. Here’s what you can expect:
The salon has true source-capture ventilation, a specialized system that removes fumes, dust, and odor at the source. You won’t find any nail techs wearing masks at Coated. Fresh, clean air is always coming in and there are no weird smells.
The salon is comfortable and beautifully decorated with cozy lounge chairs. And you get to stay in one spot and relax for your manicure, pedicure, hot towel service, and drying. Complimentary beer, wine, and champagne take it over the top. The inviting space is also ideal for bachelorette parties, group wedding prep, or any excuse to treat your pals!
With Coated Certified technicians, safe pedicures, and no drills ever, the brand totally raises the bar for a professional nail salons.
From the time you book an appointment, to the time you check out, the staff makes your experience unique. The salon’s talented Guest Service Associates even help you choose that perfect shade and trend-setting nail art. They focus on all the details so guests can enjoy time for themselves.
Come #getcoated and experience how Coated is changing the face of the industry and what getting your nails done looks like. Book now for Coated Signature, Deluxe, or Ultimate lacquer, gel, or powder manicures and pedicures. Every guest leaves professionally polished!
If you need a little boost to get you in the spirit, here is just the thing! Tonight is the 25th year of Austin’s annual Downtown Holiday Stroll. It’s free, super family-friendly, and there is something for everyone. Come enjoy live music, a holiday market, photos with Santa, a kids play area, food trucks, special anniversary photo-ops, and more!
Gibson has this thing about the holidays and they are back with their Winter Wonderland for the month of December! The bar has been transformed into a magical holiday oasis with Christmas drinks and all the holiday cheer.
Have yourself a merry little time, by taking a photo in the big sleigh and posting it online. Tag #gibsonwonderland and @gibsonstreetbar for your chance to win a one of the weekly prizes they’ll be giving from the bar.
When: all December long
Gibson Street Bar
1109 S Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78704
Lake Austin Spa offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Material gifts are always fun to unwrap, but studies show experiences make people happier—and who doesn’t love a spa day?
With up to $195 in savings on their full and half day away packages + bonus spa gift certificates with every purchase, an escape to their LakeHouse Spa should be on the top of everyone’s list.
Choose from over 100+ rejuvenating treatments—from hot stone and deep tissue massages, skin brightening facials, detoxifying seaweed wraps and invigorating scrubs, one-of-a-kind aquatic massages, and our new inspiration and integrative wellness treatments—all in our luxurious, 25,000 square-foot oasis, pamper your loved ones with the ultimate spa experience.
A bonus to Lake Austin Spa: it can also double as a lake day. Lake Austin Spa offers a convenient water taxi from Downtown Austin.
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar celebrates 44 seasons of treating around 40,000 Texans and tourists to a fun, holiday shopping experience for art and live music lovers. The 2019 show allows attendees to meet and shop from nearly 200 artists and,enjoy local food, new interactive activities, and live music daily. This year’s music lineup is filled with 36 bands ranging from breakout musicians, touring singer-songwriters and Austin legends over 12 days.
Experience new additions to the event,including photo ops by local artists, kids coloring station, an art concierge service, a shopping scavenger hunt, and wishing trees all while listening to live music, sipping a craft beer or cocktail and enjoying food from local eateries.
Single-day tickets are $10; Season Passes are $50. Free admission for children 12 and under. More information at ArmadilloBazaar.com
Designed to deliver the world’s best coffee, cleverly summarized as a World Tour of Coffee, Atlas Coffee Club delivers single-origin coffees from 50+ countries around the world, from Papua New Guinea to Peru, Burundi to Brazil…
All of their coffees are specialty grade, roasted within 24 hours of shipping, and come with special touches to make the experience a fun journey like a postcard, coffee country card, and more. Atlas Coffee Club has been a local favorite of ours and they have been getting some really exciting attention lately! Featured in Business Insider, USA Today, Eater, Forbes, Wired, and more! They’re 100% worth checking out if you like coffee. We’ve tried and can vouch that their coffee is incredibly delicious. And that’s not just the caffeine talking.
Have you been thinking about bringing someone new home for the holidays? Taurus Academy is hosting an adoption event benefiting Love-A-Bull! There will be several cuties looking for a family and donations are welcome. Currently the needs are money, dog toys, small Kongs, small martingale and buckle collars, 5-6 ft leashes, Amazon gift cards, Nulo puppy canned food, and Nulo, Zignature, Merricks or Taste of the Wild puppy kibble.
When: Wednesday, December 4th
Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
6506 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78757