Kristy Owen - 365 Things to Do in Austin, TX

Kristy Owen

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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.

Triple Z Threadz loves pets more than people so they are hosting the real Santa Claus in their shop today  for pet photos! Bring your phones/cameras to take pictures of your furry friends with Santa and a festive backdrop! Triple Z knows how to throw a party – so of course there will be holiday drinks & snacks for you to enjoy! 

Want to skip the line? Come to Triple Z early & shop!! With a Triple Z receipt you can skip the line & get a Polaroid pic to take with you!

When: today, December 14th

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location:
Triple Z Threadz 
1606 South Congress Ave. 
Austin, Texas 78704

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas

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Today’s winner will receive a Rocket Electric’s Foodie Tour + $100 Second Street District Shopping Spree

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

Republic Square Park is hosting a holiday market today! Shop, eat, and celebrate at this inaugural pop-up event! Enjoy food, beverages, and live entertainment while you shop a selection of local artists and vendors. This event is free and family-friendly! 

* Shop Local Vendors
* Eat from some of Austin’s Favorite Food Trucks
* FREE glow-in-the-dark yoga with Wild Heart Yoga
* Dance to DJ Tarwater spinning throughout the night

Shop at:
– Athena Silversmith
– Billie Claire Handmade
– Salud de Paloma Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– NEA’s Fine Arts
– Dream Bijoux
– Pepillo Art
– Aloha SW Artistry
– Dalton Designs
– Too Bees Must Buzz
– EsScential Jewelry
– Texas Hill Country Olive Company
– Dolce’s Delights
– Pride Socks
– MELLY
– Phone Armor
– Barbara gray leather goods

….and more!

Food Trucks:
– Saigon Le Vendeur
– Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX
– ALC Steaks On Tour

When: today, December 13th

Time: 4:30pm-7:30pm

Location:
Republic Square Park 
422 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78701

https://republicsquare.org/events

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas

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One of our favorite places in Austin to shop wants you to treat yourself this holiday season. Come for the shopping, and stay for the holiday activities.

Today’s winner will receive a shopping experience from The Domain including a $100 Simon Giftcard and goodie bag from The Domain.

Don’t miss all the holiday activities happening at The Domain this December:

  • Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
  • Holiday Light Shows
  • Visit With Santa
  • Strolling Carolers
  • Live Music

Today’s winner will receive  a $100 Simon giftcard to the Domain, a goodie bag from The Domain and a Santa Photo Package. The photo package includes (2) 5x7s, (2 4x6s), (1) 3×5, (2) wallets, and a digital download, valued at $43.29.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at our Flagship store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season!

The ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. beginning Friday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.* Cost is $10 per person and includes skate rental.

Every Friday throughout the ice rink season, the skating soundtrack is curated by KUTX for the KUTX Music Fridays series – don’t miss out!

Share your holiday fun at Ice Skating on the Plaza with us using #skateatthemarket.

December Ice Rink Closures:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 5th: The ice rink is closed from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 11th: The ice rink is closed from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13th: The ice rink is closed from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14th: The ice rink is closed from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve): The ice rink will close at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas): The ice rink is CLOSED.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve): The ice rink will close at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day): The ice rink will close at 7 p.m.

*Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are always open to the public, but please contact the Lamar Guest Services team at (512) 476-1206 for updated information on public skate hours during weekdays, as we do offer private party reservations for large groups during the ice rink season for a fee. Please check in with us often for the most up-to-date information.

For Austinites, tonight is the night the magic of Christmas officially begins! The city’s much-beloved Trail of Lights is officially underway. In the 53 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the event has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, and holiday activities that create countless memories. The Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition.

Parking and shuttle information is here. But the best way to go is the ZiP Fast Pass! They allow access to the Trail of Lights at 6:00 p.m., one hour before the Trail opens to the general public. ZiP guests also receive access to the Lounge in Zilker Village where you’ll find restrooms, cookies, cocoa, and seating. Purchase required for ages 6 and over; children under 6 are free with a ticketed ZiP adult.

Cost: ZiP Fast Passes are $15-$20

When: December 9th-23rd

Location:
Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

As part of Hotel Van Zandt’s 12 Days of Christmas celebration, they’re creating an adorable holiday photo op for your pup—a picture with Santa Paws! So dress your little guy in his favorite Christmas sweater and head down to the Rainey Street District to make some memories. From now until December 14, there are 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.

When: Today, December 10th

Time: noon

Location:
605 Davis St.
Austin, TX 78701

We’ve done just about everything for Christmas in Austin, but we’ve mostly been limited to land activites—until now! Tonight is Austin’s first annual Boat Trail of Lights! Hopefully this has the makings of a longstanding tradition that will get bigger and crazier every year. Call that friend of yours with a boat and get organized. Decorate the boat (and/or your body) with holiday spirit and lights and meet under the 360 Bridge. Boaters will hit the lights at 6 p.m. sharp, and listen to holiday music.

Boaters and spectators will need to pay normal entrance fees at the bridge. The city can accept cash and checks only and it costs $15 for a truck and trailer, $10 for a vehicle, and $3 for anyone who walks into the park to watch the fun.

If you are planning on launching at the 360 Bridge, message the page Boat Trail of Lights and let the organizers know (this is important!). They need to make sure everyone isn’t coming at once.

When: Today, December 9th

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location:
Lake Austin
Austin, TX 78701

Let the fun continue for our 12 Days of Austin Christmas! Day nine’s winner will receive four tickets to the game of your choice from The Escape Game Austin.

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The Escape Game is the newest (and possibly best in our opinion) interactive game in Austin. Participants work their way through complex puzzles and multiple challenges in hopes of “escaping” the room in under an hour.

You and the rest of your team will be led into a room and given some brief instructions. After receiving your mission objectives, the clock starts counting down from 60 minutes…time to start looking for clues and solving puzzles to ultimately complete your goal and escape! These games are not easy, so get ready for a challenge! You’ll need to practice exceptional communication, critical problem solving skills, and a dose of creativity if you want to escape in time.

Today’s winner will receive four tickets to the game of your choice from The Escape Game Austin.

If you need a Christmas present for the person who has EVERYTHING. This is it. It’s one of our favorite things to do with friends!

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Here’s how to enter:

1. Fill out steps one and two on our Heyo Contest Page.

2. Visit today’s post on Instagram to double your chances of winning.

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring
a giveaway, email Jason@365ThingsAustin.com

Looking for Friday night plans? Look no more! Join atxGALS for a must-see end of year event highlighting the work of emerging female artists in Austin. Benefiting Girls Empowerment Network &SAFE (a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace) 

This event will include:

When: today, December 8th

Time: 6pm-11pm

Location:
Wanderlust Studio 
206 East 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701