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This year a whopping 280 artists (that’s a record!) submitted their applications for Austin’s famous Cherrywood Art Fair! This beloved ATX holiday event just gets bigger and better all the time.

Come shop for the most unique and meaningful gifts at Maplewood Elementary school in the Cherrywood neighborhood. The hallways and sidewalks will be lined with handmade ceramics and pottery, eclectic art, stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind jewelry, natural skincare, playful pet products, and whimsical children’s merchandise. More than just shopping the Fair offers live music and entertainment, kids crafts, and local eats.

So you can plan ahead, here are some of the participating artists:

HB Ceramics produces organically formed and textured vessels inspired by nature.
Jamie Billman McCormick paints public lands, Austin landscapes, and life outside.
Hatton Henry is a fourth generation leather maker offering classic bags and accessories.
Rebekah Vinyard Jewelry designs and produces wearable art in geometric shapes.
MC Shave Gear crafts distinctive wooden razors, brushes, and luxurious shave products.
Las Ofrendas showcases handmade flower crowns, headdresses, and multimedia art.
Nailivic Studios designs colorful folk art inspired lasercut engravings, etched into wood.
Floating Forest Studio creates whimsical pins, greeting cards, and stickers.
Lucy & Lester represents globally inspired edgy children’s clothing.
Tisa’s Creations sells modern and playful stationary and paper goods.

This is always one of our favorite events in December, because it strengthens local businesses, connects families, and supports aspiring young artists. The proceeds from Cherrywood Art Fair benefit Maplewood Elementary School and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program, a free 10-week mentoring program pairing professional artists with East Austin 5th and 6th graders to turn ideas into art and art into business.

Skip the megastores, and go hyper-local with this Austin tradition. There’s really nothing else like it.

When: December 8th and 9th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Maplewood Elementary
3808 Maplewood Ave
Austin, TX 78722

Thanks to The Domain for sponsoring this year’s 2018 Holiday Event Guide. There are so many special things to do and see in the Austin area over the holidays, and it helps to have a handy list of all that is happening in one spot. Be sure to stop in at The Domain this holiday season to enjoy shopping, carolers, carriage rides, a visit with Santa and more!

Holiday Fun at The Domain

When: Daily through January 1, 2019, various times

Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin

Shopping has never been more fun & festive during the holidays than it is this year at The Domain!  Celebrate National Cookie Day at The Domain on Tuesday, December 4, from 3-6pm. Come share the holiday spirit and satisfy your sweet tooth! Look for the cookies near the Beneath the Tree Santa Photo location.

  • Holiday Light Shows – Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in snychronization to holiday music! Lights shows available between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Santa Photo Experience – Visit the Beneath the Tree Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. Click here for complete hours and to make an appointment.
  • Complimentary Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap.
  • Strolling Carolers – The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in between Neiman Marcus and Macy’s each Saturday night through December 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Ice Skating on the Plaza

When: Daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. through January 21, 2019

Where: Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

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! Cost is $10 per person and includes use of skates. Be sure to check the calendar for closures due to private events!

Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas

When: Through December 30, various dates and times available

Where: Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin

The 2nd annual Winter Wonderland will transport guests of all ages to a world of wonder, offering a completely new, immersive and captivating experience that includes the Chinese Lantern Festival. The world-renowned Chinese Lantern Festival will brighten up guests’ holiday season by allowing them to experience the wonders of illumination and travel through a extraordinary cultural experience. Traditionally held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, this colorful and lively Chinese celebration includes interactive entertainment, immersing guests with the culture, music, arts and life of authentic China.In addition to the Chinese Lantern Festival, guests will get to experience the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Texas as well as festive favorites like the H-E-B Tunnel of Lights, Singing Trees, Dell Children’s Santa’s Haus, and the Petting Zoo. Families can continue enjoying the festival with additional holiday happenings including the Vendor Village, Pizza Hut Express Train Rides, Santa Portraits, Camel Rides, and much more!  Kids 5 and under receive complimentary entry courtesy of Dell Childrens’. Complimentary parking available in Lot A with shuttle service to the Winter Wonderland entrance.

Holiday Model Trains at ArtSpace in Round Rock

When: Friday, November 23 until Saturday, December 29, Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Where: ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St, Round Rock

All aboard! Model trains are coming to ArtSpace this holiday season and we welcome you to stop by and see the miniature landscapes and cityscapes come to life.  FREE!

Penfold Theatre Presents: A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast

When: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays through December 29, various times available

Where: Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock

The players of the fictional KPNF radio station put their signature spin on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece about Ebenezer Scrooge and his unforgettable tale of redemption one miraculous Christmas Eve night. Tickets are $15-$25. The show is most recommended for ages five and up. It runs about 1:30 with one intermission.

A Christmas Carol

When: November 21 – December 30, various times

Where: ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd, Austin

Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens’ classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Motown meets the Ho-Ho-Holidays in this family-friendly spectacular, creating an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness. Ages 6 and up.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Lights Display

When: Daily through January 1 (closed on Christmas day), 6-11 p.m.

Where: Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin

Mozart’s annual light display featured over 1 million LED lights and takes place every hour on the hour until 11 p.m. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks.

38th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll

When: Friday, November 30th, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Downtown Georgetown

The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles, Santa, over 150 vendors for holiday shopping, and entertainment for kids of all ages. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wander through Bethlehem Village. The parade takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. FREE!

Santa on the Terrace

When: Saturday, December 1, 9 a.m.

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Santa is coming to town a little early this year—don’t miss your chance to see him! Join us on the H-E-B Terrace with friends and family to celebrate the season, and get a FREE picture with Santa in front of the best downtown view in Austin. Enjoy holiday treats and activities the whole family as we welcome our bearded friend from the North Pole.

Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade (Pflugerville)

When: Saturday, December 1, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Railroad Avenue to Main Street, downtown Pflugerville

Don’t miss this annual parade with lighted floats, live music, the lighting of the tree, a visit from Santa and more. FREE!

Austin Symphony Presents: Christmas in the Community

When: December 1-20, various times

Where: Various locations; check schedule

The Austin Symphony is once again bringing FREE music to all Austinites this holiday season. “Christmas in the Community” is a series of concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. The program kicks off on December 1st at the Macy’s at Barton Creek Mall and concludes December 20th with big band music by members of the orchestra at Central Public Library. All dates, times, and locations are listed below.

A Prairie Family Christmas

When: Saturday, December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin

Step back in time to the 1800’s and celebrate a Victorian Christmas in the Lone Star State! The farm’s houses will be decorated just like they would have been in the 1800’s, and there will be music, shows, dancing and caroling hayrides, just like in 1800s Texas. Visitors can  shop for unique holiday gifts in their General Store.

Nature Creations: Festive Winter Treasures

When: Saturday, December 1, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin

Explore the beauty of nature while making tree-inspired seasonal ornaments using acorns and ball moss, craft greeting cards out of found materials, and celebrate nature together.  Free with regular admission.

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

When: Saturday, December 1, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Austin at the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue and 11th

Kickstart your holiday season at the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 1 along Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets. Join us from 5:00 to 10:00 pm for a night of holiday cheer in downtown Austin, including the annual KUT 90.5 KUTX 98.9 Holiday Sing-Along and the lighting of the downtown tree. A free, family-friendly event, Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, live ice sculpture, holiday arts & crafts, a live mural painting, local food trucks, artisan vendors, and more. Plus, enjoy a full night of live music with performances by the Austin Children’s ChoirDJ GirlfriendShy Beast, and The Polyphonic Spree!

German Christmas Market

When: Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: German-Texan Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th Street, Austin

The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments in a festive atmosphere. Shoppers will enjoy traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by the traditional German Sankt Nikolas, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), with additional food and beverages available for purchase.

Pippi Longstocking’s After Christmas Party

When: Saturdays and Sundays, December 1-15, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

You’re invited! It’s Pippi’s after-Christmas party, where kids eat their fill of sweets, and no grumpy grown-ups are allowed! Just in time for the holidays, this show offers live music and lots of playful action! All ages welcome.

Gingerbread House Workshops at the Thinkery

When: December 1-24, various times and dates available

Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin

From tots to teens and all ages in-between, you’ll find a workshop that’s right for your family!  Each Gingerbread House Kit includes all the supplies you’ll need—fresh gingerbread from La Mexicana Bakery, an assortment of candies and plenty of icing. After the workshop, participants are welcome to explore Thinkery while their house dries in the Gingerbread Village. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people. Cost: $5 Member Adult or Child Seat | $12 Non-Member Adult or Child Seat | $20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house).

HEB First Sunday at The Bullock Museum

When: Sunday, December 2, 12-5 p.m.

Where: The Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin

Celebrate the season by giving back to others! Create, sing, and enjoy activities that focus on the joy of giving and receiving. Museum admission is FREE all day long!

13th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting

When: Tuesday, December 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: John Gaines Park, 2708 Sorin St, Austin, Texas 78723

Join the Mueller community for the 13th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony! The Reagan High School Drumline will provide entertainment for the entire family. Free coffee and snacks will be available while supplies last! Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event. FREE!

Handel’s “Messiah”

When: Tuesday & Wednesday, December 4 & 5, 8 p.m.

Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway, Austin & Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway

The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church and a new location, Emmaus Catholic Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!


When: Thursday through Sunday, December 6-9, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Blvd, Austin

Luminations, our naturally magical winter event, is back! We’re lighting up the gardens with thousands of luminarias and bringing plentiful performances, music and festive fun to make this a tradition to remember. This year’s Luminations will feature unique performances from Austin aerial dance group Blue Lapis Light. This enchanting site work, “Oneness of Being,” has been choreographed specifically for the Wildflower Center. Come experience illuminated dancers diving and dangling above the naturally beautiful setting of the Savanna Meadow. There will be two performances each evening. $15 per person, ages 4 and under free. $10 for members.

Cedar Park’s Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

When: Friday, December 7, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Pkwy, Cedar Park

The Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop will feature live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is FREE!

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 7-23; shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

Austin’s favorite holiday tradition returns for its 56th year with all of the colorful characters, pomp and pageantry you adore. Journey with young Clara Silberhaus from her family’s holiday party to the confection-filled Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy, where sweets of all kinds come to life. Ballet Austin’s annual production of the world’s best-known ballet features hundreds of dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s magical score. It’s the perfect way for family and friends to celebrate the season together!

The Candlelight Trail

When: Friday & Saturday, December 7 & 8, 7-9:30 p.m.

Where: Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, Austin

Families can take part in fun family walk around the trails of thousands of luminaries on and around Hancock. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday activities, and more. FREE!

Second Saturdays are for Families: Gingerbread Villas

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: The Contemporary Museum of Art at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St, Austin

The kids will have the opportunity to build a Gingerbread Villa at this event! Be the art-chitect of your very own candy home!  They are whipping up edible houses like you’ve never seen before, inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. FREE with registration.

Hutto’s Downtown Christmas Fair

When: Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Hutto, 401 W. Front St, Hutto

This festive event features over 125 artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, and SNOW! Downtown Hutto Stores & Restaurants will be open and have Christmas Fair specials throughout the day. The Children’s Area wristband will be $5 pre-sale or $10 at the gate and includes all activities; snow, snow slide, bouncy houses, train, and ferris wheel. There will also be photos with Santa. FREE Parking is available at Hutto High School with shuttle pick-up & drop off right to the event.

Holiday Ornament Making at Blanton Museum of Art

When: Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22 & 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Blanton Museum of Art, Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin

Get creative and construct a simple yarn ornament, inspired by our community collaboration project, Mindful Weaving, taking place in our Meredith Lounge located on the second floor of our museum. This event is included in the price of admission. Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the museum.

Cherrywood Art Fair

When: December 8 & 9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Where: Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood, Austin

Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s live music, an art corner for the kids, food and drinks and more! FREE!

Austin Trail of Lights

When: December 10-23, 7-10 p.m.

Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin

Walk through a festive display of over 2 million lights on 40 displays while enjoying Austin’s favorite food trucks, nightly entertainment and holiday activities sure to create treasured memories. After you walk the trail, head over for the required spin under the Zilker Tree! $3 Entry fee except on select Free Admission nights. Check the calendar for event information.

Christmas Towne (Round Rock)

When: Thursday, December 13 – Sunday, December 23, various times

Where: Old Settlers Association and the Dell Diamond Parking lot, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.

Christmas Towne features amazing light displays including a walking tunnel of lights, full-scale carnival rides, holiday refreshments and more.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 13-24, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 12 day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere.

Cookies for Caring

When: Sunday, December 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St, Austin

Join The Driskill in celebrating the season by giving back. In collaboration with the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring, The Driskill is hosting its Fourth annual holiday cookie swap as a nod to its history of hotel-saving bake sales! Join us and curate your holiday cookie collection from the best bakers in Austin. Pre-order your cookie tin, then join us to peruse the baked goods and fill your festive tin while sipping on celebratory bubbles and delighting in the seasonal sounds of The Austin Carolers. Cost: $50 per tin.

Wassail 2018: A Solstice Christmas Celebration

When: Sunday, December 16, 2:30 p.m. (a short version for children), 5:30 p.m. (children and families)

Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Each December in Austin a wonderful community of artists come together to create the magic of Wassail: a Solstice Christmas Family Celebration. Each year’s Wassail features a different culture, and this year we are celebrating Spain! It’s a family-friendly variety show of clowns, magic, music, puppets and plays!

Paramount Holiday Films Presents The Muppet Christmas

When: Wednesday, December 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: The Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave., Austin

Sure, there are many great cinematic adaptations of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, but only one of them features Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Cratchits, Fozzie Bear as the festive “Fozziwig” and The Great Gonzo as Dickens himself. As you might imagine, Michael Caine’s Scrooge isn’t happy about being surrounded by all these Muppets, at least until he gets a heavy dose of the holiday spirit. A seasonal classic for the whole family! $12 per ticket.

Rockin Holiday Extravaganza

When: Thursday, December 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Blanton Museum of Art, Congress Ave & Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin

Don’t miss our annual one-of-a-kind Holiday Extravaganza with special guests Nakia and The Invincible Czars for what has become a “must see” for Austin music lovers. This concert features some expected favorites while also reaching out to those for whom the holidays are difficult, offering hope in the form of poignant anthems and seasonal sing-a-longs. Museum admission is always free on Thursdays.

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

When: Wednesday, December 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin

Minor Mishap’s Winter Solstice Lantern Parade has become an annual celebration of light, community, music, creativity and booty shakin’. Each year, we gather together on the longest night of the year, with lanterns in hand. Together, we make a collective art-piece, a swirl of beauty: of all our lanterns together in one place, under the night sky. Minor Mishap Marching Band – a 25-piece brass band – will provide the soundtrack. FREE! RSVP is required: The beauty of this event depends on YOU! Make lanterns! It’s easy and fun! Please, flashlight and flameless lanterns only. No flames allowed, ok?

Tuba Christmas

When: Friday, December 21, noon

Where: Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin

2018 is the 45th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building. FREE!

We are offering three different options when it comes to Holiday Brunch Cruises. 

The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf

First we passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then we cruised Lady Bird Lake!

Once again we’ve teamed up with 365 Things Austin, Capital Cruises and many of our other local businesses friends for our second annual season of…
The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf!

Join us for this tradition that makes us smile, smiling’s our favorite!


During this two hour, all inclusive, boat cruise we’ll sip on specialty seasonal cocktails, enjoy food from favorite local restaurants and dance to holiday music spun by our resident DJ on the boat’s upper deck.  In addition you’ll get to…

  • Hang out and take pictures with our Buddy the Elf impersonator, you may even see Jovie, Santa or a Narwhal on Board!
  • Compete in our Elf Challenges
  • Indulge in “Buddy’s Sundae Funday” Station
  • Pose for a Photo at our Mistletoe Photo Booth 
  • Participate in one of our Give Back Opportunities with Austin Pets Alive & other local charities!
  • Join the Costume Contest

We elves try to stick to the SEVEN main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, syrup, VIA 313 Pizza, Breakfast Tacos, Chips & Salsa

All of this for only $49pp (including food & beverage)!  

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggin, get your tickets for The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf before we sell out!


Non-alcoholic Beverages Included

*We cannot accommodate food allergies, but guests are welcome to BYOFood & Beverage (no glass, please) 

Drag Queen Caroling Cruise

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…& that’s exactly what we’ll be doing on the Deep Eddy Vodka Drag Queen Caroling Cruise!

Grab your family and friends, throw on some holiday attire and join us as we “double-deck the halls”!  It’s the perfect way to see our beautiful city with locals and visitors while sharing Holiday cheer with all Austinites!

This two-hour ride on Capital Cruises double decker boat on Lady Bird Lake featuresperformances and sing-a-longs of Holiday favorites with our Drag Queen, the feisty and fabulous Colleen Deforrester.  We’ll have our resident DJ alongside her mixing holiday beats.  Colleen will perform a few numbers on her own and we’ll all join in with her for other holiday favorites.  We’ll have caroling songbooks for those that don’t remember the lyrics!

On Board We’ll Also Feature…

Happy Noon Year Cruise

A Special Golden Oldies theme with retro music spun by our resident DJ and festive decorations on the boat!

  • Champagne Toast at NOON! 
  • Open Bar with Local Favorite Cocktails and Beer
  • Special Three Course VIA 313 Holiday Buffet
  • Non-Alcohlic Beverages from Waterloo Sparkling Water & High Brew Coffee
  • A Photo Booth!
  • Costume Contest!  Festive Gold Attire Encouraged, it can be as casual, funky, festive or fancy as you’d like!  

It’s that time of year again, the holidays are upon us! You’ve been working hard all year, so it’s time to take a break from the office, get your team together, and spread some holiday cheer. We’ve compiled a list of awesome activities around Austin that are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Urban Axes

What could be more fun than sharing a few beers with your coworkers and competing in urban axe throwing competitions? Group events start with safety instructions and one-on-one throwing practice, then get straight into head-to-head and team events. This place is perfect for group events, the experience is designed for groups of 6 to 24 people and lasts about 2.5 hours.

Book online or call 512.887.2937 for more info.

Your Biker Gang

If you’ve ever had dreams of being part of a rough and tough electric minibike biker gang, now is your chance. Your Biker Gang takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime guided tour through some of the city’s most iconic locations in style. No previous experience is needed to ride—they take care of everything make sure you have a safe and memorable experience. They can also organize special requests, food and bar tours. They like to say, “nothing is too weird for Austin, or us.”

Book online or call 512.893.6833 for more info.

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures

Home to one of the fastest and longest ziplines in Texas, this is sure to be a thrilling and memorable experience for the whole team. The excursion also includes access to a private beach where you can relax, eat, swim, or lay out in one of their hammocks. It’s great for smaller events, groups of 50 or more people will require more than three weeks notice.

Book online or call 512.614.1996 for more info.

K1 Speed

With speeds up to 45 miles per hour, K1 will test your competitive edge and possibly bring out some road rage along the way—but all in good fun. They provide everything for your group at the facility: safety lessons, helmets, karts, and even trophies so you can take home all the glory. This is a great space for large corporate events!

Book online or call 855.517.7333 for more info.


Whether you are a seasoned golf pro, or have never swung a club in your life, Topgolf is a great place for people of all skill levels to compete in a fun, casual environment.

Players take turns hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each player’s accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets in the outfield, all while kicking back and enjoying some incredible cocktails and appetizers. There are several tiered event spaces, from the Rooftop Terrace, to smaller private lounges, so Topgolf can host any any group size.

Book online or call 866-867-4653 for more info.

The Escape Game

Looking for the ultimate test of teamwork and critical thinking? Look no further! With five different immersive adventures to choose from—ranging in difficulty—The Escape Game will put your brains to the test and bond the group together. This is perfect for a smaller group outing, around 2-12 people.

Book online or call 512-643-0043 for more info.

Painting With a Twist

Not everyone is going to be the next Picasso, but Painting With a Twist makes  lets you take home a one- of-a-kind piece of art. You don’t need any previous experience to create a masterpiece, just a few drinks, and some real artists who will point you in the right direction.

Click here for more info. They have several locations around town.

Spin Lounge

All those you put in at the office ping pong table are about to pay off. Spin is all about friends, food, drinks, smiles, and good old fashioned competition. Even if you don’t want to play you can still enjoy a cocktail and watch people duke it out on the tables.

Book online or call 512-351-7110 for more info.

Austin Bubble Soccer

Want to take a break from the stressors of the office and show your coworkers how your really feel about those TPS reports? This gladiator style soccer match is fun as heck and the gang will get plenty of laughs while getting in a good work out. Great for parties of any size!

Book online or call 512-579-8231 for more info.

The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf 

First we passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then we cruised Lady Bird Lake!

Once again we’ve teamed up with Austin Tour CompanyCapital Cruises and many of our other local businesses friends for our second annual season of…
The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf!

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:

Winter Wonderland — Marisol G.
Outdoor Voices — Tiffany F. 
One Taco — Alejandro M.
Lake Travis Zipline — Madeline H.
The Escape Game — J Kan
Vintage Market Days — Heidi R.
Springfree Trampoline — Mimi L.
Domain — Madi F.
Zero Gravity Institute — Chelsea T.
Austin Spurs — Ashley B. 
Noah Marion — Nettie T.
PHLUR — Jessica G. 
Olive + M — Melissa R.
Service Menswear — 
Atlas Coffee Club — Tiara B.


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First we passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops, and then we cruised Lady Bird Lake!

Once again we’ve teamed up with Austin Tour CompanyCapital Cruises and many of our other local businesses friends for our second annual season of…
The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf!


Join us for this holiday tradition that makes us smile, smiling’s our favorite! 


During this two hour boat cruise we’ll sip on specialty seasonal cocktails, enjoy food from favorite local restaurants and dance to holiday music spun by our resident DJ on the boat’s upper deck.  In addition you’ll get to…

-Hang out and take pictures with our Buddy the Elf impersonator, you may even see Jovie, Santa or a Narwhal on Board!

-Compete in our Elf Relay Challenges

-Indulge in “Buddy’s Sundae Funday” Station 

-Pose for a Photo at our Mistletoe Photo Booth powered by My Event Is the Bomb

-Participate in one of our Give Back Opportunities with Austin Pets Alive!

-Join the Costume Contest

We elves try to stick to the SEVEN main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, syrup, VIA 313 PizzaBreakfast TacosChips & Salsa

All of this for only $49pp!  

Don’t be a cotton-headed ninny-muggin, get your tickets for The Brunch Boat with Buddy the Elf before we sell out!

Welcome to the new iPic® Austin. Enjoy your experience in ultimate style like never before in the comfort of iPic®’s Premium Plus fully reclining leather seating pods, where you’ll receive courtesy pillow and blanket and complimentary popcorn throughout your film. Designed to provide an intimate experience, this visionary new seating features state-of-the-art design innovation and revolutionary acoustic technology for superior sound. Featuring two plush leather seats encapsulated by an elegant curved wood privacy enclosure with built-in cup holders, each pod is equipped with a personal swivel table and convenient cubby in the corner to tuck away small items.

Bringing Your Experience Full Service

At the touch of a button, summon iPic®’s Ninja servers to deliver signature Dine in the Dark menu items and curated farm to glass cocktails for a full-service experience at every seat, all the time. These culinary offerings by Sherry Yard, an acclaimed three-time James Beard Award Winning Chef, are complemented by a monthly rotating Special Guest Chef Feature which can be previewed on-screen before the start of each film. Sit back, relax and enjoy signature dishes sans-cutlery – every item on the Dine in the Dark menu was created to be eaten in theater without causing any sound or aromatic disruptions.

Watch More Than Movies

In addition to featuring the latest Hollywood blockbusters, iPic® delivers premium live entertainment and performances for you to view from the comfort of their plush theater seating. Enjoy live magic, mentalism and comedy shows, plus gaming competitions and other exclusive ticketed events.

Book Your Holiday at iPic®

When it comes to events, iPic® presents a variety of inspired locales and a team of hospitality professionals to bring any vision to life. Host an in-theater meeting and impress colleagues with a big-screen affair, or plan a celebration with family and friends in the luxurious ground-floor lounge. Enhance any event with a menu of signature culinary items by Chef Yard, or indulge in a custom curation designed specifically for you and your guests. Contact an event sales manager for more information.

Membership Has Its Rewards

Become an Access member and unlock new perks with every visit to iPic® Theaters and Tuck Hospitality Group restaurants nationwide. Customize and build your experience via three levels of Access: Silver, Gold and Platinum. Receive special members-only ticket pricing along with enhanced perks such as the ability to earn and redeem points on qualifying purchases, exclusive access to iPic® member events and 10% off all food and beverage purchases. Join Access iPic Membership Rewards® today at

Plan your experience at iPic® Austin located at The Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin, Tex. 78758. For more information visit or call 512-568-3400.

One of the best holiday experiences in town is back and better than ever! 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. They’ll also have a German Market in the parking lot serving up all kinds of goodies. New this year is a cobalt blue piano that will be played by pianist all season long and a gigantic coffee mug!

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

When: Now–January 1st

Time: 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

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

For the 8th year in a row, the team at Netspend decided to forgo the traditional office holiday party and give back to the local community. The holiday season at this Austin-based company is not about long lunches, over-the-top celebrations or loud music—it’s about the amazing reward, and personal satisfaction, of helping your neighbor and the community. This day of giving they call “Netspend Community Connect” was held yesterday, Thursday, November 15th.

Founded in 1999, Netspend offers prepaid debit cards and innovative payment solutions to consumers who have historically been “underbanked” or choose to be self-banked to deal with their financial needs.  This unique holiday tradition gives employees a chance step away from their daily routines and take a “walk in the shoes” of Netspend customers. Community Connect is designed to highlight the everyday hurdles that so many people face—especially in an expensive city like Austin.

On Thursday, about 650 participants, broken into 72 teams, took to the streets of Austin and gave away more than $30,000. A little kindness goes a long way, and this year’s participants paid it forward to unsuspecting Austinites by paying for their groceries, gas, bills and much more.

On top of this Community Connect event, Netspend and its partners, have also raised $400,000 to fund the Netspend Scholarship Foundation’s awards for 2019 which will include 120+ deserving recipients from across the US.

“Community Connect is a proud Netspend tradition, and every year around the holidays, we’re humbled to continue the initiative alongside our partners, and to give back to our beloved city of Austin,” said Netspend President Kelley Knutson. “If other organizations embrace this concept, and participate in days of giving back to their communities (over and above their normal charity giving), we’ve helped evolve our mission to a greater collective good.  This event is a personally moving, and motivating, experience and we are thrilled to have raised the most money to date for our Community Connect day, and we look forward to continuing our deep-rooted tradition for years to come.”


It is no secret that Austin is a dog loving town. Edible Austin has taken it to the next level and launched the first Annual Dog Restaurant Week! That means today through Sunday you and your pup can head a select group of restaurants and fido can enjoy his own dog friendly meal. The fido-friendly menu will include options like a fall feast with turkey and garden vegetables, beef sliders, pumpkin truffles and a canine cocktail made of frozen bone broth.

While on the patio with your pup, you can enjoy a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail for humans, and a dollar from each drink will benefit pet-related nonprofits. All of this is made possible by Vodka for Dog People, a program of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which works to better the lives of pets and their families, both locally and globally.

Participating Restaurants:
Opal Divine’s
Benefiting nonprofit: Blue Dog Rescue

Opal Divine’s Marina
12709 N. Mopac

Opal Divine’s Austin Grill
2200 S. I-35

Red’s Porch
Benefiting nonprofit: Classic Canines

Red’s Porch South Lamar
3508 S. Lamar Blvd.

Red’s Porch Quarry Lake
4200 B Braker Ln.

Red’s Porch Round Rock
4401 N. I-35 #2005

Habana Restaurant
Benefiting nonprofit: Bully Ranch

2728 S. Congress Ave.