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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!

When: Saturday, December 7th

Time: 5–10 p.m.

Downtown Austin

Whether you’re looking to rock and rage or to slowly sip and celebrate, we’ve come up the the complete list of all the best NYE festivities happening around Austin. Wanting to welcome in the new decade on a rooftop overlooking the city? We’ve got that! Looking to dance the decade away to some live music? We’ve got that too and even more! From vintage Roaring 20’s themes to new age silent discos to traditional fireworks and ball drops, we’ve got a little something to suit everyone’s NYE desires.

Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve parties in Austin: 

Silent Disco NYE Party at The Brass Tap Domain

Dance your way into the New Year at The Brass Tap Domain’s NYE Silent Disco celebration! Quite Events will be showcasing three of its top DJs spinning three different genres of music streaming through LED, wireless headsets for the ultimate NYE Silent Disco experience. Looking to indulge? Reserved tables with bottle service are available on a first come, first served basis. Admission includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:45 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:45 a.m.
The Brass Tap Domain
10910 Domain Drive Ste 120
Austin, TX 78758

Untitled – A New Years Experience

Foster’s doing something they’ve never done before and want to take you along for the ride. Join them on December 31st for an unreplicable experience. Here, an elegant evening mixes with wild moments of chance — where everything and nothing makes sense all at once. Tuesday night and the lights are low. Eyes wide and music floating through the room. Untitled keeps you later into the night. Overflowing with champagne, film and libations. Here, they welcome the sleepless hours after the clock strikes midnight. An awakening. A revelation. Because in the end, breakfast can wait. This is the night you’ve been longing for.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:30 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
800 Congress
Austin, TX 78701

The Belmont Presents: The Capital Countdown NYE Extravaganza

Ring in the New Year in luxury at The Belmont’s lavish NYE Extravaganza. Complete with a Live House DJ, three world-class DJ’s spinning in Silent Disco Style, three full-service bars along with 3 illustrious areas to party, this party is sure to be one to remember! Capture memories all night long in their Photo Booth, and raise a complimentary glass of champagne under a picturesque 2 balloon drops at midnight.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
The Belmont
305 W. 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Keep It Quite’s NYE Party 2020 at Fair Market

Keep It Quiet’s NYE Party is sure to bring in 2020 with a roar. The New Year’s celebration will hold an evening of delight and decadence for party-goers. These local party experts will transform east side venue Fair Market into a spectacular ‘The Great Gatsby’-themed setting for a New Year’s Eve party that will start the year off right! Enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, local liquors, and craft cocktails, unlimited pizza, tunes from renowned DJ Buck Rodgers and DJ Ferno, and Instagrammable activations and photo ops throughout the space. Count down and welcome in 2020 with a balloon drop at midnight!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Fair Market
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, TX 78702

San Josè Presents: Light It Up! New Year

Light It Up! And welcome in the New Year on December 31 in the Hotel San José courtyard from 8 pm – Midnight. Enjoy tunes by DJ Mija, a champagne tower and good times. This event is free to attend.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
Hotel San Josè
1316 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Ghostland Observatory with Golden Dawn Arestra at ACL Live 

Ring in 2020 the right way – with the party of the year! Join us for incredible sets from Ghostland Observatory and Golden Dawn Arkestra, a countdown to the new year, and fun surprises along the way.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
ACL Live
310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s New Year

Grab your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and clients to send off 2019 with a night of music and one of Austin’s largest fireworks display. Find a spot center stage for your blanket or chair while you take in the bands and have a bite to eat from one of the local food trucks.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Vic Mathias Shores
900 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Fire and Ice: New Year’s Eve with Fairmont Austin

Ring in the new decade with at Fairmont Austin in their 7th floor rooftop terrace, Rules & Regs this New Year’s Eve! The Fairmont is excited to welcome everyone to enjoy specialty cocktails, complimentary light bites, live music and a special Human Ball Drop at midnight! Lasting from 9pm to 1am, all guests are
sure to dance into 2020 in style!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
Fairmont Austin
101 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701

Lamberts NYE House Party

Kick off the New Year downtown at Lamberts! Party includes a buffet style BBQ dinner and 2 drink tickets. At 10p enjoy a live performance from David Garza and his house band. Guests can expect a Smilebooth photo stage, cigar rolling station, champagne tower, fortune teller and more!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
401 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701

Alice in Wonderland New Year’s Eve Bash

Don’t be late for this very important date, themed around the mind-bending fun of Alice in Wonderland. Featuring live music by Soul’d Out, a balloon drop, passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary champagne toast at midnight, among other surprises, Live Oak’s New Year’s Eve event is always one of Austin’s premier parties. Individual tickets are available at the door for $55 per person.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 9:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 1:00 a.m.
Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

New Year’s Eve 2020 with Hotel ZaZa

As we prepare to step into the next Roaring ‘20s, Hotel ZaZa Austin brings out all the neon glitz and glam for the first annual New Year’s Eve Party. There will be plenty of champagne, chef curated strolling lite bites, entertainers, and an official count down to ring in the New Year. Dress to impress in your best cocktail attire!

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 10:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
Hotel ZaZa
400 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701

P6 NYE 2020

Join P6 for fireworks, a robust open bar, an abundance of antipasti, cheeses, charcuterie and desserts from Executive Chef Justin Ermini, stunning views of Lake Austin, party favors, complimentary valet and grooves from special guest DJs PAT LOK and South of Everywhere to keep you moving into the new decade.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, 8:00 p.m. – Wednesday Jan. 1, 2019, 2:00 a.m.
The Line Hotel Austin
111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701

The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun, so we wanted to give our readers a little help this year. We’ve scoured the city for the best local gifts to light up the lives of the people you love!

For the most fashionable TexanChisos Boots

Chisos boots are quickly gaining a reputation as the most comfortable boot on the market. They take pride in their attention to detail, handcrafting the refined aesthetic of each pair. Inspired by West Texas, these boots are sure to make anyone on your list feel their most Texan.

For the time management pro…A Favor Delivery Gift Card

Say ‘thank you’ by giving the gift of Anything Delivered! Favor Delivery gift cards are great for new parents, busy college students, or anyone who wants to save time and get local restaurants and retail stores delivered.


  •   Use code CYBERWEEK19 to redeem $6 delivery credit (12/2-12/8)
  •  Spend $50, get $10 in delivery credit
  •  Spend $100, get $25 in delivery credit
  •  Spend $200, get $75 in delivery credit

For your sweet-tee…Gusto Graphic Tees

Gusto Graphic Tees are the best way to pay tribute to this town we all love. They are a local Austin, woman-owned business that designs custom, vintage-inspired t-shirts. For your friends who are die hard Willie fans, to those who don’t go one weekend without tacos and BBQ, Gusto has a fun print for every true Austinite!

For the golf-obsessed…Tickets to Dell Match Play

Want to impress the golfer in your life? Dell Match Play is back this March and is always a good time.

For a limited time, enjoy exclusive savings and receive a $25 PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE gift card when you purchase two Grounds tickets. Enter promo code: HOLIDAY at check out.

For the snow bunny…Gifts from Saint Bernard 

Is someone you love headed to the mountains this ski season? Saint Bernard has EVERYTHING from snowboarding and ski gear to the most up to date cold weather fashion. Your favorite snow bunny will love you for making them the most fashionable on and off the slopes.

For the art lover… An evening at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Shop over 200 artist and maker booths at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. From porcelain to jewelry, photography, paintings and even artisanal chocolates, the perfect gift can be found at the 2019 Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.

For the workaholic… Lake Austin Spa Services

The LakeHouse Spa at Lake Austin Spa Resort offers luxury spa experiences and a peaceful sanctuary for ultimate rest and renewal in a picturesque Hill Country setting. Their heavenly treatments offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, and more. Don’t know what treatment to get your loved one? Just be a hero and go for a gift certificate.

A bonus perk at the LakeHouse Spa: Your spa day can also double as a lake day.  They offer a convenient roundtrip water taxi from various locations around Austin.Don’t miss out on their holiday gift certificate sale—Receive a bonus spa gift certificate with every discounted holiday package.Buy a holiday gift certificate in one of four ways through December 25th!

Phone: 512.372.7345
Pick up: The LakeHouse Spa

For the creative type… Custom Watercolor Painting

We all have that one friend who is the BEST gift giver. It’s finally your turn to one-up them. Anna Muniz crafts custom watercolor paintings (starting at $12) of  local spots around town, maps, custom stationary, pet and family portraits. The ultimate thoughtful gift to share memories of your favorite local haunts.

For the person you’re still not sure what to give… Domain Gift Cards

Let them shop gifts galore at over 100 retail stores including Kendra Scott, Ted Baker, H&M, Zara, Express, and J.Crew.

For the fashionista…Kendra Scott Statement Earrings

Busy social calendar this holiday? You’re not alone. Kendra Scott’s new collection has the perfect sparkle that’s fit for the season. The pieces are just the right accent for any holiday party outfit, from casual to black tie affairs. The new Kendra Scott collection includes delicate necklaces for fashionable layering, statement earrings with just the right amount of bling, as well as a stunning sterling silver collection with complimentary engraving.

For the adventurer…Lake Travis Zipline Adventures 

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is home to the longest and fastest zipline in Texas, which is why it’s one of our favorite things to do with out-of-towners. They’re having an amazing holiday special: code HOLIDAY19 is good for 25% off Zipline Gift cards and 20% off Waterloo Gift cards. Gift cards purchased with this promo are valid for the 2020 season and beyond. Promo code will expire 12/31/19.

For the skincare junkie…Olive + M Essential Set

Get glowing with Olive + M! The local skincare line is women-owned, all-natural, cruelty-free, and vegan. Featuring oils, serums, and scrubs that leave your skin nourished and glowing from head to toe.

For the constantly caffeinated…Atlas Coffee Club 

If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite coffee drinker, here’s an awesome choice – a World Tour of Coffee gift subscription. Gift 3, 6, or 12 months and win the holidays.
Designed to deliver the world’s best 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.

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! 

For the super stressed...A Dream Spa Gift Certificate

A mega chill-pill for the stressed out friend. Dream Spa offers a variety of packages that will leave anyone feeling pampered. Their store has over 20 chairs, 3 treatment rooms, 2 sauna rooms, floatation therapy room offering full service for nails, facial, reflexology (body massage), making them ready to host any size party. 

For the most grounded…A Houseplant from Frond Plant Shop

To put it simply, plants just make people really happy. Frond is a darling plant and ceramics shop located conveniently off of Mary St., making it easy to stop in and find a new baby to gift to friends, family, and co-workers. From house plants, handcrafted ceramics, air plants and hanging planters, this gift will not only be thoroughly enjoyed, but will look great on their Instagram, too.

For the Friendmas host…Bread on the Table

Gift the top chef in your life this instant favorite. Renowned Head Doughpuncher and owner of Easy Tiger’s Bake Shop & Beer Garden, David Norman, has finally put his passion for bread on paper. Huge plus…the recipient can make you delicious breads for every meal.

For the “Barefoot Contessa”…Texas Olive Ranch Olive Oil

Any home chef will adore the oils from Texas Olive Ranch. The olive oils are pressed with 100% Texas grown olives, along with Texas-sized flavor. The local company offers the freshest olive oils in the state, and fun flavors like Spicy Chipotle Rattlesnake Oil and Hill Country Herb Oil.

For the Austin Foodie…Koko’s Guide To Austin

Jane Ko is one of the original Austin Food Bloggers. This guide has it ALL. We know because we use it when we’re looking for places  to eat, drink, shop and play!

For the CBD Curious…Mineral CBD Oil

We are super into CBD and have tried both national and local brands, and through our research we’ve settled on Mineral CBD as one of our favorites. We recommend the Focus and Mason (not pictured). The local CBD line’s offerings are fantastic for recovering sore muscles, calming and restoring sleep, and balancing and focusing on stressful, busy days.

For the scent-sitivePHLUR Fragrance Set

‘Tis the season for stunning scents, perfected by perfumers that care and crafted with clean ingredients that won’t harm your skin or the planet—all in the name of fun. PHLUR’s gender-neutral fragrances make the perfect gift for *anyone*. From their fan-favorite Sixer—six 2mL samples at the gift-worthy price of $36—to their full-sized bottles of fragrance, hand-poured candles, or their new plant-based body wash and body lotions, PHLUR makes an impressive gift.

For the nostalgic…A Print From Kristin Draws The Line

One of our very favorite local artists, Kristin Moore, creates peaceful masterpieces that pay homage to the great state of Texas. Inspired by the expansive West Texas skies and her favorite downtown skylines, one of these prints will be an amazing addition to any Austin home.

For something for the entire family…Tickets To A Christmas Carol at Scottish Rite

School’s out for the holidays, but Timmy Cratchit is stuck at Scrooge’s Plastic Emporium where his mom labors overtime on a last-minute deadline. Tim and his cousins work on a school project while Mr. Scrooge eavesdrops and learns about the serious environmental problems caused by the plastics his company produces.

This original Austin Scottish Rite Theater musical combines the suspense and tradition of the beloved Dickens tale with new hope for the future. All ages will groove to Laura Freeman’s original live music, dance, puppets, and more! Who knows? It may even snow!

For the ‘yoga and happy hour’ lover… Outdoor Voices 

If you didn’t give or get an OV piece this year, are you really even an Austinite? Their locally-loved activewear will get you out of bed and looking good for those post New Year’s resolution early morning workouts (or while drinking mimosas during Sunday brunch) #DoingThings

For the laid-back trendsetter… Amanda Deer Jewelry

The perfect gift for those who like to add some subtle sparkle to make a statement, Amanda Deer Jewelry crafts delicate pieces with a modern feel. Jewelry that can easily transition from a t-shirt and jeans to a little black dress. Bonus: all pieces are under $50.

For the bearded dude…Northern Fir Beard Oil

Trust us when we say we asked our resident bearded boy, this stuff is the bees knees. Northern Fir Beard Oil conditions and softens the beard and also has a fresh, earthy scent. You can find it at Stag on South Congress or at Domain NORTHSIDE, or make it easy and order online at Amazon.

For the soul searcher…El Cosmico’s Bolivian Blanket

A truly warming gift for the body and soul, these hand-dyed, hand-loomed, vintage South American wool blankets will have your loved ones feeling El Cosmico vibes for years to come.

For the too ‘gouda’ to be true…Antonelli’s Cheese Gift Basket 

The cheesiest way to say “I care” during the holidays! Antonelli’s offers the city’s best selection of curated cheeses, gourmet spreads, and all the fixings for the ultimate holiday charcuterie board.

For the TOTE-ALLY trendy…Texas Rover Bag

Available in both the Weekender style (32 liters) for short trips and the Traveler style (52 liters) for longer journeys, the Balmorhea Bag is handcrafted to be the perfect duffle. Inspired by classic utilitarian gym bags and a standard issue military duffle bag, this beautiful handmade bag is made of full-grain oiled leather with American-made brass hardware and will be enjoyed for decades.

For the playful pup-parent…The French & I Dog Apparel

For your friend who has an insta-famous fur baby. Keep the four legged love of their life looking fashionable and fresh in The French & I’s bandanas and apparel, handmade in Austin.

For endlessly energeticSpringfree Trampoline

We know, we know. This one is a stretch but it is one of our favorite products and if you’re a parent shopping for your family, we want this to be on your radar. Springfree Trampoline brings you a smart, safety-conscious design from a team of world class engineers. The innovative design removes the dangerous elements present in traditional trampolines. With no springs, no hard edges, a frame beneath the jumping surface, and a safety net that prevents falls, you can relax knowing it’s the world’s safest trampoline.

For the mindfulness master…Viva Day Spa Gift Card

‘Tis the season to pamper the people you love! Gift the people on your nice list a spa escape with one of Viva Day Spa’s signature bundles. You’ll be a gift-giving hero with a gift certificate to use at their conveniently located spas.

Also, don’t miss their Holiday Gift Card Offer: Make your giving go even further! Earn a $75 voucher to use towards Viva spa or med spa treatments when you purchase any combo of gift certificates worth $500 or more by 12/26. 

For the cheeky comedian…El Arroyo Sign Book

That’s right, the famous El Arroyo sign has its own book! The Tex-Mex restaurant’s cheeky marquee sign, whose black letters tell a new joke to passing motorists each day, is featured in El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs. Share the love and give your friends something to laugh about.

As purveyors of all things sparkly and wonderful, the people at Kendra Scott go all out for the holidays. There are a bunch of events and special offers this season to keep you and yours merry and bright. Here is what’s coming up in Austin …

Yellow Friday, Cyber Week Celebration

When: November  27th–December 2nd

Get 25% off everything, and 30% off when you spend more than $300. Plus, true to the Kendra Scott brand, they are planning some exclusive deals and surprises for customers throughout Cyber Week!

Kendra Scott’s North Pole on South Congress

When: November 29th–December 24th

Customers can shop the latest collection, plus an exclusive “Grab & Gift Shop” to quickly check off your shopping list. Stop by the Sips & Sweets Café and try their special seasonal menu, featuring holiday-themed coffee, cocktails, desserts, and snacks.

Don’t forget to pose for your holiday portrait in front of the brand new mural, complete with yellow boxes, lights, and a 3D Christmas tree. Plus, Yellow Santa will be visiting the store every Saturday in December from 3-5 p.m.!

Sterling Silver Collection and Engraving at the Domain 

When: December 4th

Come shop for something extra special and personalized with Kendra Scott’s sterling silver collection at the Domain location. 

Kendra Gives Back, Benefiting HAAM of Austin

When: December 5th, 5–8 p.m. 

20% of sales from the event will go back to the wonderful local cause of HAAM, which stands for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. 

Flagship One Year Anniversary Party 

When: December 5th, 5–8 p.m.

Happy birthday to this beautiful SoCo store! Come celebrate with DJ Cassie, Veuve Cliquot tastings, photo booth, sips and sweets, and  special gift set with your purchase. 


Nothing says holiday fun like a stroll downtown past the beautiful window displays. 2ND Street District is dialing up the merriment this year with the return of “December in the District.” This month-long celebration includes the two festive events you won’t want to miss. 

Holiday Window Walk 

Starting on December 2, the storefronts of district businesses will transform into decorative holiday scenes! St. Edward’s University students will activate their imaginations and design skills for their chance to win $4,500 worth of scholarships. Participating stores include Austin General Store, Austin Rocks, Luxe Apothetique, and Sneaker Politics.

Vote for your favorite display on the 2ND Street District Facebook page. Everyone who votes will be automatically entered to win a W Austin raffle package featuring bottle service for 10 in the Living Room Bar and massages at AWAY Spa for 2. 

Santa Lounge & Market 

On December 7, the Santa Lounge & Market at W Austin will be open from 1–5 p.m. Enjoy taking printed photos with Santa and listening to holiday carols from local groups and solo artists while sipping holiday cocktails, browsing the local holiday pop-up shops, and giving back to a local charity. The first 150 guests to donate a toy to Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin will receive a drink ticket for one free cocktail. Participating stores will include Beam Organics, Sikara, Toy Joy along with the Toy Joy Kids Zone, Luxe Apothetique, Bonobos, and more. This is the coziest and most fabulous way to get your shopping done!

Support local businesses and make lasting memories while you’re at it. 


Grab your loved ones and join us this season for our 3rd Annual Holiday Brunch Boats, hosted by Austin Tour Company,  Austin Tour Company and Capital Cruises

Each date is a different theme, so whether your favorite part of the holidays is snapping pics with Santa, quoting classic Christmas movies, belting out carols, or lighting the Menorah, we’ve got something for you!

Our cruises are all-inclusive 

…. and not just in terms of gender, sexual orientation, etc.

We also feature all local vendors

... take a break from ordering gifts online and support your local businesses!

Check out all of the features included below- son of a nutcracker, there are a lot

Included on Every Cruise 

Check-in at the YETI Flagship store, all of our guests receive 30% off all YETI product purchases the day of their cruise, so you can get a jump on holiday shopping!  Also, if you bring an Austin Pets Alive donation, YETI will gift you a free drink! 

Open Bar-Style Service, featuring local favorites to get you in the holiday spirit:

Non Alcoholic Beverages

Austin Brunch Favorites


  • DJ from Bat City Beats playing your holiday favorites and requests 
  • Photo Booth (with some strategically placed mistletoe..) 

Giveback Opportunities: 

Themes by Date

Buddy The Elf

December 8th, 11am-1pm* (family friendly) and 2:30-4:30pm (adults only)

  • Join us for our annual Buddy the Elf Brunch Boat! Our favorite Buddy the Elf impersonator will be on board reciting your favorite quotes, posing for pictures and serving up syrup shots! 

*11am-1pm is our only family friendly Brunch Boat. Children two and under may attend the Buddy the Elf Brunch Boat for free,  but please notate how many children you’re planning to bring in the Special Requirements section.  All children three and up will need a discounted ticket ($39).  All children must be accompanied by an adult (one child per adult). Please book children’s tickets through this link. 

Claus & Claws 

December 15th, 12-2pm

  • Because we can’t resist a great pun… we’re making one exception to our “locals only” beverage policy this season. Claus & Claws is our newest theme, in which we encourage guests to “BYO Beard” and dress up as their favorite form of Santa (Hipster Santa, Dapper Santa, Tiki Santa, etc.). Each guests will also receive two White Claws to kick off the festivities- we’re dreaming of a White (Claw) Christmas! 

Winter Onesieland

December 21st, 12-2pm 

  • Grab your onesie-true love, your best friend or your whole crew for this cozy cruise! 

Drag Queen Caroling 

December 22nd, 2:30-4:30pm 

  • Since the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear, we’re closing out our Holiday Brunch Boats with our second annual Drag Queen Caroling Cruise. Join our resident Drag Queen, the lovely Colleen Deforrest, as she leads multiple rounds of caroling from the upper deck of the boat! 

Happy Noon Year

December 31st, 11:00am – 1:00pm 


Don’t be a Grinch… Grab your tickets for a Holiday Brunch Boat before we sell out! 

We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching today. For 12 days we will be giving away prizes from local businesses each day! All of these prizes are a great representation of some awesome things that our city has to offer, and they’re also the gifts we’ll be buying for our own friends and families this year!

Here are the details:

  • Each day around 11am, we’ll post a new giveaway on the blog and our social channels.
  • This year, there will be two ways to enter the contest daily. One via our Heyo Contest page, and another via our daily contest Instagram post. Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day:


  • Each contest will run for 24 hours, and a winner will be chosen at random at the completion of each contest.
  • Once we receive confirmation from a winner, we will announce it in the comments of the Instagram post, and we’ll update THIS page with the winner’s names and/or handles below:

Day One: Kendra Scott’s Danielle Open Frame Crystal Statement Earrings in gold.

Day Two: A 13ft Jumbo Round Springfree Trampoline, with tgoma, a step, delivery and installation.

Day Three: Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for FOUR people.

Day Four: Saint Bernard Prize Package. 

Day Five: A Pair of Chisos Boots.

Day Six: Domain Prize Package. 

Day Seven: 2 of Dream Spa “ The Glow” spa packages.

Day Eight: Favor Delivery Gift Card

Day Nine: PHLUR Prize Package. 

Day Ten:  Atlas Coffee Prize Package. 

Day Eleven: Armadillo Bazaar

Day Twelve: 2nd Street District Prize Package. 

Day Thirteen: 80 Minute Massage from Lake Austin Spa

Do you have an Austin business that would like to participate in this promotion? Email:


Holiday Brunch Boats on Lady Bird Lake

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show

Gingerbread Village at The Four Seasons

Jingle & Mingle at The Triangle 

December at 2nd Street District

The Snowy Day Kids Show at The Paramount

25th Anniversary of The Holiday Stroll & Sing-along

Santa on the Terrace at The Long Center

Zilker Tree Lighting

Trail of Lights

Luminations at The Wildflower Center

Life-size Gingerbread House at The Westin

Gingerbread House Making Party at Eberly

Elf Pub Run & Screening at The Paramount

Tower Lighting at Mueller Austin

Candy Cane Crawl in Mueller

Eden East Solstice Festival & Craft Market


Holiday Market at Hotel San José

Armadillo Bazaar 

24th Annual German Texas Christmas MarketHoliday Mini Market at South Congress Hotel

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

UMLAUF After Dark: Winter Fair


Gibson Wonderland

Lucille Patio Lounge

Miracle on 5th Street 


Home Alone at Trail of Lights

Holiday Movie Nights at Easy Tiger

White Christmas at The Paramount

Here are Holiday Happenings at The Domain

Austin’s famous Blue Genie Art Bazaar is opening a little early this year so you can get some shopping done before you make your turkey. This place has unique gifts by over 200 artists all under one roof! Starting at 6 p.m., the bar will be serving draft beer from Brewtorium and they’ll have complimentary snacks for you while you look around. Entry and parking are always free at this one.

When: Friday, November 22nd–December 24th

Time: 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas 78752

One of the best holiday experiences in town is back for the 10th year in a row! Bundle up the kiddos and take them to see over a million LED lights kick off the Christmas season. The people at Mozart’s go absolutely nuts and over-the-top this time of year and we love them for it.

Since it’s a coffee house, they will have plenty of hot chocolate and warm treats. Open every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Open Christmas Eve until 10 p.m.

This is essential holiday fun in ATX, so don’t miss out.

When: Now–January 5th

Time: 6 p.m.–11 p.m.

Mozart’s Coffee
3826 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703