Austin is a lively place, and it becomes even more dynamic during the holidays. If you’re lucky enough to own a piece of Austin real estate, you can easily fill up your calendar with these spirited celebrations. Whether you’re young or old, you can share the magic of the season with your neighbors during these events.
Austin Trail of Lights
The Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park is one of the best-known holiday events in the area. Visitors can stroll through 40 displays featuring millions of lights, grab a bite from one of the city’s many food trucks and enjoy nightly entertainment., The trail of lights is open to the public from December 8 to 23, with free general admission on certain nights. Check the website for tickets.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This multi-vendor event is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from December 13 to 24. Purchase gifts from award-winning local artists, or join your friends to have a low-key holiday gathering while you listen to music and grab a drink at one of two full bars. You can buy individual tickets for $10 or a season pass for $50. Kids 12 and under are free.
Gingerbread House Workshops
If you’re interested in Austin real estate, consider making your own sweet gingerbread house for the holidays. Putting one together on your own can be more daunting than sifting through Central Texas homes for sale, though.
Join the Thinkery to build a candy-laden cottage with your friends and family. The workshops range from 1 to 2.5 hours and are designed for people of all ages. Book a private or group session, buy a gingerbread kit or two and surprise yourself with your creativity. This is a great holiday gathering idea for book clubs, businesses and residential communities.
Handel’s “Messiah” Performance
At Brookfield Residential, we recommend that you take a break from the holiday hubbub to be serenaded by the Austin Symphony with Chorus Austin as they present Handel’s “Messiah.” Although this classic was originally intended as an Easter offering, it is now a Christmas tradition. Attending a performance on December 4 or 5 will make you feel like rejoicing and remember what the holiday is all about.
Victorian Candlelight Christmas
If the kids won’t sit through a performance, take them to Pioneer Farms to watch a Christmas village come to life. On December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 23, you can visit from 6 to 10 p.m. and listen to music, take a journey on a hayride and immerse yourself in a winter wonderland that seems like it’s straight out of “A Christmas Carol.”