Things to Do in Austin in December 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 at 8:19am.

Things to Do in Austin in December 2016

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December is a special time to call Austin home with tons of holiday events happening throughout the month. Nearly every city in the Austin area has some holiday festivities planned, from the Rock'n Lights Holiday Light Tour in Round Rock to BudaFest in downtown Buda. Don't miss the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park, which has been an Austin tradition for over 50 years. Catch classic holiday performances of The Nutcracker by Ballet Austin and Handel's "Messiah" by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. If you're looking for unique gifts, there are plenty of places to get your holiday shopping done in Austin, including the Blue Genie Art Bazaar and Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. We hope you enjoy celebrating the holidays with your family and friends in the Austin area.

Check out these fun events happening in the Austin area this December:

Event Date Location / Time
Website
A Christmas Carol December 1 - 31 Zachary Scott Theater in Austin / Tuesday - Sunday, Times Vary zachtheatre.org
Blue Genie Art Bazaar December 1 - 24 6100 Airport Boulevard in Austin / Open Daily from 10 am - 10 pm bluegenieartbazaar.com
VSA Holiday Art and Gift Show December 1 - 23 3707 Home Street in Downtown Austin / Mon. - Sat. from 10 am - 4 pm www.vsatx.org
Rock'n Lights Holiday Light Tour December 1 - 26 Old Settlers Park in Round Rock / Sun. - Thurs. from 6 pm - 9 pm, Fri. and Sat. from 6 pm - 10 pm www.roundrocktexas.gov
First Thursday December 1 South Congress Avenue in Austin / Thursday, Most businesses open until at least 10 pm www.firstthursdayaustin.com
Lights On! Trail of Lights December 2 - 31 Lakeway City Hall / Open Daily from 6 pm - midnight www.lakeway-tx.gov
Wild Ideas December 2 - 4 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin / Friday and Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday from noon - 5 pm www.wildflower.org
Lights of Love 5K December 2 Mueller Hangar in Austin / Friday from 6 - 9 pm support.rmhc-ctx.org
Christmas Family Night December 2 Downtown Round Rock / Friday at 6:30 pm www.roundrocktexas.gov
The Nutcracker December 3 - 23 The Long Center in Austin / Dates Vary with Performances at 2 pm and 7:30 pm balletaustin.org
Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll December 3 Downtown Austin / Saturday from 6 - 9 pm www.downtownaustin.com
BudaFest December 3 - 4 Downtown Buda / Saturday and Sunday, Times TBA budafest.org
Christmas Stroll December 3 Downtown Georgetown Square / Saturday from 10 am - 8 pm www.thegeorgetownsquare.com
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting December 3 Downtown Leander / Saturday at 5 pm www.leandertx.gov
Allies Market December 4 Fair Market in Austin / Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm www.austintexas.org
Cinderella December 6 - 11 Bass Concert Hall in Austin / Tuesday - Sunday, Times Vary texasperformingarts.org
Handel's "Messiah" December 6 Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin / Tuesday at 8 pm www.austinsymphony.org
Dolly Parton December 6 Frank Erwin Center in Austin / Tuesday at 7:30 pm www.uterwincenter.com
Buda Trail of Lights December 9 - 10 and 15 - 18 Historic Stagecoach Park in Buda / 6 - 10 pm www.ci.buda.tx.us
Holiday Tree Lighting December 9 Heritage Oak Park in Cedar Park / Friday from 6 - 9 pm cedarparktexas.gov
Day of Tango Festival December 9 - 11 Ben Hur Shrine Auditorium in Austin / Friday from 7 pm - 12 am, Saturday from 12 pm - 2 am, Sunday from 12 pm - 12 am dayoftango.org
Austin Trail of Lights December 10 - 23 Zilker Park in Austin / Open Nightly from 7 - 10 pm austintrailoflights.org
Weihnachten Dinner and Dance December 10 Saengerrunde Hall in Austin / Saturday from 5 - 11 pm www.saengerrunde.org
Cherrywood Art Fair December 10 - 11 Maplewood Elementary in Austin / Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 5 pm cherrywoodartfair.org
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar December 14 - 24 Palmer Events Center in Austin / Open Daily from 10 am - 10 pm www.armadillobazaar.com
Holiday Lights and Ice December 16 - 31 Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin / Dec. 16 from 7 - 1:30 pm, Dec. 17 - 31 from 11 am - 10:30 pm www.omnihotels.com
Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas from the Fam - O - Lee December 20 ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin / Thursday at 8 pm acl-live.com
Harlem Globetrotters December 28 Frank Erwin Center in Austin / Wednesday at 2 pm and 7 pm www.uterwincenter.com
Austin's New Year December 31 Auditorium Shores in Austin / Saturday at 3 pm, Fireworks at 10 pm austintexas.gov

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