Things to do in Austin in December 2013

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 10:29am.

Trail of Lights at Zilker Park in Austin. Photo courtesy of Aaron.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is upon us and there are plenty of events all around Austin where locals can celebrate this December. From Georgetown to Buda, Christmas festivals, parades and trails of lights promise festive delights for all ages to enjoy. One of Austin's most popular events is undoubtably the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, and this year visitors can enjoy more live music, vendors and twinkling lights than ever before. Austinites can also visit similar trails in Wimberely, Round Rock and Lakeway. Holiday film classics like A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life are being brought to the stage at the Zachary Scott Theater this month, as well as the traditional holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. While most of the activities on our list are holiday-themed, unique events like Eat Drink Local Week are also happening throughout the city this December.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in and around Austin in December 2013:

Event   Location / Time
Website Date
37th Street Christmas Lights   37th Street and Guadalupe in Austin, after dark nightly texaslesstraveled.com All December (no specified date)
Blue Genie Art Bazaar   Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Austin, 10 am - 10 pm daily www.facebook.com/artbazaar December 1 - 24
A Christmas Story   Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Tue - Sat at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm www.zachtheatre.org December 1 - 29 (Tuesday - Sunday only)
This Wonderful Life   Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, Wed - Fri at 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday times vary www.zachtheatre.org December 1 - 29 (Wednesday - Sunday only)
Emily Ann Theatre Holiday Trail of Lights   Emily Ann Theatre in Wimberley, Sun - Thurs from 6 - 9 pm, Fri and Sat from 6 - 10 pm www.emilyann.org December 1 - 31
Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods   Whole Foods Lamar location, 11 am - 9 pm daily www.wholefoodsmarket.com December 1 - January 11
Rock'n Lights Holiday Tour   Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Sun - Thurs from 6 - 9 pm, Fri and Sat from 6 - 10 pm www.roundrocktexas.gov December 2 - 31
Lakeway Lights On! Holiday Celebration and Trail of Lights   Lights On Celebration at Lakeway City Hall at 6:30 pm, Trail of Lights from 6:30 pm to 12 am nightly www.cityoflakeway.com December 6 - January 1
Christmas Stroll   Downtown Georgetown, Friday from 5 - 10 pm and Saturday from 9 am - 8 pm visit.georgetown.org December 6 - 7
Lights of Love 5K   Mueller Hangar in Austin, Friday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm rmhc-austin.kintera.org December 6
John Mayer   Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Friday at 7 pm www.uterwincenter.com December 6
Holiday Tree Lighting   Heritage Oak Park in Cedar Park, Friday from 6:30 pm - 9 pm www.cedarparktexas.gov December 6
Christmas Family Night   Downtown Round Rock, Friday at 6:30 pm www.roundrocktexas.gov December 6
The Nutcracker by Ballet Austin   The Long Center in Austin, Dates and Times Vary thelongcenter.org December 7 - 23
Eat Drink Local Week   Various locations around Austin, All Week Long, Times Vary www.edibleaustin.com December 7 - 14
Budafest   Buda City Park, Saturday from 10 am - dusk (about 5:30 pm) www.budafest.org December 7
A Snow Spectacular   Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park, Saturday from 7 pm - 11 pm www.leanderisd.org December 7
Zilker Trail of Lights 5K   Zilker Park in Austin, Saturday at 6:30 pm austintrailoflights.org December 7
Christmas Parade   City Hall in Leander, Saturday at 5 pm www.leandertx.gov December 7
Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll   Texas State Capitol South Steps in Downtown Austin, Saturday from 6 - 9 pm www.downtownaustin.com December 7
Christmas on Mercer Street   Mercer Street in Dripping Springs, Saturday from 11 am - 6:30 pm www.cityofdrippingsprings.com December 7
Austin Trail of Lights   Zilker Park in Austin, Mon - Thurs from 7 - 10 pm, Fri - Sun from 6:30 - 10 pm austintrailoflights.org December 8 - 22
Austin Symphony Christmas Sing-along   Riverbend Centre in Austin, Tuesday at 8 pm (Doors open at 7 pm) www.austinsymphony.org December 10
Gingerbread House Workshop   The Thinkery (Austin Children's Museum), Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm, Christmas Eve from 10 am - 12 pm thinkeryaustin.org December 14 - 15 and 21 - 24
Luminations   Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Saturday and Sunday from 6 - 9 pm www.wildflower.org December 14 - 15
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar   Palmer Events Center in Austin, 11 am - 11 pm daily www.armadillobazaar.com December 17 - 24
Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee   ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Friday at 8 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm) acl-live.com December 20
Trans-Siberian Orchestra   Frank Erwin Center, Thursday at 3 pm and 8 pm www.uterwincenter.com December 26
Shen Yun   The Long Center in Austin, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2 pm thelongcenter.org December 27 - 29

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