Things to Do in December in Austin

By Blair Fielder


See Neon Indian and Attend Screenings at the Austin Music Video Festival- December 4th-8th

Celebrate the rich music culture of Austin at this five-day multi-venue event with live performances by Neon Indian and Sorne. The award show at the culmination of the event will award everything from the “Alright Alright Alright Award” to the “Funny or High Award”. Here is a link to their website to check it out.

Photo Courtesy of Winter Wonderland at the Circuit

Photo Courtesy of Winter Wonderland at the Circuit

Explore the Chinese Lantern Festival and Visit Santa at Winter Wonderland at The Circuit of the Americas- December 6th-9th, 13th-30th

Circuit of the Americas decorated for the season, and boy did they go all out. The Winter Wonderland boasts the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Texas with real ice, a Chinese Lantern Festival, The H-E-B Tunnel of Lights, Singing Trees, Santa’s Workshop, a Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, and holiday memories. For more information check out their website.

Meet Santa and Support Caritas of Austin with Santa’s Workshop at Hotel Ella- December 9th and 16th

Hotel Ella will be hosting holiday crafts, pictures with Santa, and a new toy and book drive for Caritas of Austin. Afterwards, guests are invited to stick around for brunch at Goodall’s Kitchen with festive drink specials and kids holiday crafts. To read a little more about the event check out Hotel Ella’s social calendar here.

See 6LACK at ACL Live- December 12th

The alternative R&B artist 6LACK will be performing his hits like “OTW” and other favorites at ACL live. To purchase tickets here is the link to the website.

Photo courtesy of Austin Trail of Lights

Photo courtesy of Austin Trail of Lights

Get in the Holiday Spirit at the Austin Trail of Lights- December 10th-23rd

With over 40 displays and 2 million lights, this event at Zilker Park is sure to wow all ages. To buy tickets and read more about the event here is the website.

Sip and Shop at Hill Country Galleria’s Holiday Wine Walk- December 13th

The Hill Country Galleria is throwing their monthly wine walk with winter flair. The event kicks off at Twin Liquors where guests receive a map of wine tasting stops. The route ends at a restaurant making the perfect date night or way to kick off the holiday season! To read a little more about the info here is the link.

Skate at the Rink on top of Whole Foods- November 23rd through January 21st

It’s that time of year again where the Lamar flagship reminds Austinites that Whole Foods has everything you could ever want. Skate, shop and enjoy the cafe at this one-stop shop. For more info on times, dates and tickets here is the website.

Laugh It Out with Chris D’Elia at ACL Live- December 28th

Chris D’Elia, best known for his comedy specials on Netflix and Comedy Central, will be gracing Austin for a night to remember. Get your tickets here before it sells out!

Get a taste of the holidays at Yuyo’s weekly Peruvian Holiday Feast- Every Sunday in December

Led by Yuyo’s Executive Chef Maribel Rivero, guests will enjoy a three-course holiday dinner of Peruvian specialities including Causa with crabmeat filling, Savory Roast Pork, Lucuma Ice Cream and more, all of which are featured in the November issue of Texas Monthly. To see everything on the menu and to purchase tickets click here!

Celebrate in Style at InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel’s New Years Eve “Putting on the Glitz” Party- December 31st

If you’re looking for a fun event for New Years go all out at the “Putting on the Glitz” party featuring music by DJ Gatsby, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and more! To check out the hotel here is a quick link to their website.

Say hello to 2019 at South Congress Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party- December 31st

South Congress Hotel will be hosting a free New Year’s Eve party with live music and DJs in the courtyard and event space. The event is open to the public. Central Standard will be open late on New Year’s Eve to accommodate the Crowd; Café No Sé will have regular hours. To read more about it, here is the link to the hotel’s website.