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Let the fun continue for our  12 Days of Austin Christmas! Day four will receive a Sourced Barrel Aged Cocktail setup delivered to their home or office to be enjoyed this holiday season!


***You must enter new contests daily, previous entries will not be counted for today’s prize!

We’ll be running contests daily both here, and on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all.

Sourced Barrel Aged Cocktails crafts 50 classic cocktails to be enjoyed throughout the holidays. With their custom made, 5 Liter American Oak Charred barrel, they’ve created 10 choices of the finest cocktails (Manhattans, Negronis, Texas Pecan Old Fashioneds, etc) that will age in the barrel over the course of the month, making the tastes progressively smoother over time.
Enjoyed over the hand-cut rock ice they deliver with the Barrel to homes/offices, this is the perfect experience for family holiday parties, office parties, or to give as a client gift!

Today’s winner will receive a Sourced Barrel Aged Cocktail barrel delivered to their  home or office to be enjoyed this holiday season!

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.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email

Attention Hello Kitty fans: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is here in Austin! The truck will be parked right by Men’s Warehouse at Barton Creek Square Mall all day today. If you are Christmas shopping, or just hankering for a sweet treat, make sure to stop by.  The yummy menu will include a three-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box set with a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of mini cakes, and bow-shaped bottles of water.

When: Today, December 3rd

Time: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Barton Creek Square
2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, Texas 78746

By: Brian McGuire

Coming off of another mediocre season, which saw the 20-12 Texas Longhorns eliminated in the first round of the NCAA tournament, head coach Shaka Smart and his squad open up the 2016-17 campaign with high hopes, ranked 23rd in the nation by the AP Poll. Despite questions surrounding this team’s ability to contend for a league or NCAA championship, Smart seems to have his team prepared another year. Here are five things to watch as the Longhorns prepare to embark on their 2016-2017 campaign:


Very Soft Preseason Schedule

The Longhorns will surely look to benefit from a relatively easy preseason schedule before being put through the rigor that is the Big-12 conference once again. After opening up against Incarnate Word and Louisiana Monroe, Texas should have little concerns until their big matchup with Michigan on December 6th. Look for Shaka Smart to have his team in a very good position come their first league matchup against Kansas State with two or fewer losses.

Defending the Home Court Key in Big-12 Play

Perhaps the biggest knock on the Longhorns last year was their inability to come up with big wins at home as well as steal wins on the road. After finishing a dead .500 at 6-6 in BIG-12 play last year, the Longhorns will need to concentrate their efforts on protecting their home court against the better league opponents:, West Virginia, Oklahoma, in order to be competitive come February.

Staying Healthy is a Must

Although it may be a somber subject for the Longhorns fans reading this, we must note that the loss of Cameron Ridley was a major issue for the club last season. While averaging nearly a double-double every night, the senior big man was the literally the rock that held together the Longhorns defense before his injury. Maintaining a healthy squad will surely be an indicator of Texas’s success this year.


Must-win games in conference

Although other major conferences such as the ACC and PAC-12 may beg to differ, many analysts believe that the BIG-12 is the strongest conference in basketball this year, which puts even more importance on Texas avoiding being upset in league play. Again, in order to be in the picture for a conference championship Texas will have little margin for error against opponents like Texas Tech and TCU.

How does Shaka Smart perform?

The young head coach is now set to enter his second full season as head coach at the University of Texas, his first job at a major university. This encompasses not only the team on the court, but also how he recruits to the university, whether or not he is able to compete for a conference championship, etc. While Smart is surely full of confidence, it will be interesting to evaluate his team in his second full season at the helm, who is currently projected to be a 7-seed in the NCAA tournament according to Joe Lunardi.

Photo Credit: University of Texas

Let the fun continue for our  12 Days of Austin Christmas! Day two we are giving away a six bottles of Texas made olive oil from our friends at Texas Olive Ranch.


We’ll be running contests daily both here, and on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all.

Didn’t know Olive Oil could come from Texas?

Texas Olive Ranch has proven the experts wrong, and created olive oil with a complex flavor profile right here in the great state of Texas.

Some People Called Him Crazy, But That Didn’t Stop Him

When Jim Henry, the founder, set out to establish the Texas Olive Ranch, some people called him crazy; but through guts and gumption he proved that the Great State of Texas has unlimited potential for the olive and olive oil industry. In 2005, Jim planted 40,000 trees on his land outside Carrizo Springs and in 2009 the first crop of olives bloomed, proving the doubters wrong. By 2010, Texas Olive Ranch produced the largest crop of olives in the history of not just Texas, but the entire southern United States.

Enjoying Olive Oil In Texas Today

Fast forward to today, they’re producing  over 25,000 gallons of olive oil per year.  All grown, harvested, and pressed right here in Texas.  Their olive oil is made with a cold pressed, unfiltered process, for the purest extra virgin olive oil flavor.  Not only do they make extra virgin olive oil, they also produce flavor infused olive oils such as: basil, roasted garlic, and rattlesnake.

In the event you don’t win today’s prize, they’re currently having a holiday sale that will get you 15% off when you use the code: 365 at checkout.

Today’s winner will six bottles of Limited Reserve Olive Oil.

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.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, please email

This contest is over, congrats to K. Womack on the win!

Welcome to this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas! We’re kicking off day one with one of our favorite things to do in Austin, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures.


We’ll be running contests daily both here, and on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to check back for your chance to enter them all.

Of all the adventures we’ve been on in Austin, Zip-lining is definitely one of our favorites. It’s an absolutely incredible experience, and also ends up being a pretty great workout.

One of the zip-lines is the longest in Texas, and you reach speeds up to 60 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! This is a great gift idea; awesome thing to do with out of town guests, or just a fun date! Contest details:

In the event you don’t win today’s prize, they’re currently having a holiday sale with $25 off all gift certificates. They don’t expire and have no blackout dates. Call or order online using the code: HOLIDAY16.

Today’s winner will receive a Lake Travis Zipline Adventure for 4 people.

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.

 Finished? Don’t forget to enter today’s 365 Austin Family giveaway as well!

If you’re Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, email


We’re excited to announce this year’s 12 Days of Austin Christmas, launching tomorrow (Thursday, December 1st). For 12 days this month 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 recieve 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.

A preview of this year’s prizes (subject to change) and winners:


Day One: Lake Travis Zipline Adventures for FOUR people

(Winner: Kristen W.)

Day Two: Six bottles of Texas Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Day Three: A Craft Cocktail Party delivered to your home or business from Sourced Craft Cocktails

Day Four: A $100 gift card to NXNW Restaurant from Sur512 Apartments

Day Five: Driving experiences for TWO in your choice of a Ferrari or Lamborghini from Fittipaldi Exotic Driving

Day Six: A really cool experience (check back for details) from Favor Delivery

Day Seven: Diamond Stud Earrings from Bailey Banks & Biddle

Day Eight: A shopping experience from The Domain Austin

Day Nine: Four tickets to the game of your choice from The Escape Game Austin


Thank you as always for following 365 Things Austin, and GOOD LUCK!

We’ll also be running daily giveaways on our 365 Austin Family page, so be sure to visit there as well.

If your Austin business is interested in sponsoring a giveaway, please email

Omni Barton Creek is officially kicking off the holiday season tonight. An evening at Barton Creek is the perfect way to get in the holiday mood. They have s’mores, Christmas lights, and an enchanting atmosphere.

Tonight they are having their 9th Annual Gingerbread House and Tree Lighting ceremony. The holiday shop is so fun to get lost in Christmas cheer. They will also have hot chocolate, games, and the gingerbread houses on display. There will be prizes announced for first, second, and third place in each age group for the gingerbread houses.

Now go be merry!

When: Today, November 30th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
8212 Barton Club Drive
Austin, Texas 78735


Name: Elroy
1 year old  
Animal ID:
Cattle Dog Mix
Neutered Male
Kennel 210

Elroy is a terrific dog with so much to offer. This boy is like a sponge! He soaks up all the new tricks anyone is willing to teach him and he just wants to make his person happy. There’s really not much we could say about how great he is that you can’t see in this video 🙂 Elroy has been with us since the beginning of October and it’s time he gets his forever home!

If this is not the Pet of the Week for you try one of our previous featured pets!

Tonight The Driskill kicks off an entire series of holiday fun.

Holidays are always a special time of year at The Driskill—seasonal string music drifts continuously throughout a lobby decked out in festive décor, a magnificent 16-foot tree serves as the backdrop to traditional afternoon teas, and the smell of freshly baked goods waft from the kitchen. This year The Driskill has something extra special to celebrate with the community: its 130th anniversary on Tuesday, December 20.

The holiday festivities begin at 6:00 p.m.  with the annual lighting of The Driskill tree followed by a performance of holiday carols. Austin’s Arundel Ensemble String Trio will play holiday music throughout the evening, and festive holiday cocktails and treats will be available in The Driskill Bar and 1886 Café & Bakery. Inspired by the hotel’s namesake, Austin Beerworks created a new beer called the Cattle Baron, a Texas Red Wheat with a full and decadent body. The Cattle Baron will first become available in The Driskill Bar during the tree lighting, and the seasonal brew will be available at the hotel while supplies last.

When: Today, November 29th

Time: 6:00 p.m.

The Driskill
604 Brazos Street
Austin, Texas 78701

If your vision of a fairytale holiday setting includes carolers decked out in festive garb, thousands of twinkling lights synchronized to holiday music, a Santa set up that will make the kids’ eyes dance in delight, all with horse drawn carriage rides, you’re in luck! The Domain in Austin has this very set up for the 2016 holiday season.



Visit with Santa


Kids of all ages will enjoy the ‘Beneath the Tree’ Santa experience, set up in Domain II across from iPic Theaters and The Brass Tap. Families can visit Santa inside a nearly 18-foot-diameter toy drum positioned directly underneath a 40-foot Christmas tree. Once inside, visitors are struck by the tree’s 135 strobe lights and 27,200 LED miniature shimmering lamps visible through the toy drum’s 10-foot clear ceiling. Learn more here.



Complimentary Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-9:30pm through December 23, 2016. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap.


Elf Academy Event

Don’t miss The Domain’s Elf Academy, a family celebration of the holidays and all-things-elf on Saturday, December 3rd from 3-5pm in Domain II. The free fun includes:
  • Face painters
  • Games with prizes
  • Photo opportunities
  • Eelf ID station
  • Giveaways
  • Letters to Santa
  • Balloon twisting

Elf training is certified and recognized with an Elf Academy Diploma…and an afternoon snack!

Note: due to the rainy conditions expected on Saturday, Elf Academy activities will be moved into Domain II stores, where children can stay warm and dry. Each participating store will be marked with a balloon column and we’ll have helpers on hand to guide you.

Holiday Light Shows

Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in synchronization to holiday music! Lights shows area available nightly throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) at 6, 7 and 8pm through January 1, 2017.


Strolling Carolers

The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in Domain I each Saturday night from 6:30-8:30pm. Carolers offered Saturday, November 26 through Saturday, December 17.


Live Music

The Domain’s year-round live music program is updated to feature holiday music throughout the season! Don’t miss these special performances on the lawn in Domain II and on the stage near North Italia in Domain I. Friday, November 25 – Friday, December 23.

Fridays, 6-9pm

Saturdays, 2-5 pm & 6-9 pm

Sundays, 2-5pm

For more information, check the Domain’s website or follow them on Facebook.

The Domain

11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin