Our favorite holiday of the year is only 6 days away - Christmas is in 6 DAYS, y'all! How crazy is that? 2016 has definitely flown by, but there is still plenty of time to spread and soak up holiday cheer here in Austin. We've rounded up a few of the best activities our fair city has to offer this week!
Ice Skating at Whole Foods | Because who can resist this time of the year, especially when it's less than 30 degrees outside (brrr). Whole Foods DT offers ice skating on the plaza and a great view of downtown for only $10, including your skate rental. We like our ice skates with a cup of cocoa and tons of marshmallows.
Armadillo Christmas Market | If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping like us, head over to Palmer Events Center for over 160 vendors, live music, and two full bars. You will find the absolute best, unique, and beautiful gifts plus tons of stocking stuffers for everyone on your list! A one day pass is less than $10 and gives you access to the festivities all day long (10AM - 10PM).
Mozarts Holiday Lights | The best Christmas light show in Austin is back again and even bigger and better than last year. This 15 minute light show is the perfect when paired with a peppermint mocha and your besties :) The show starts at 6:00 PM and happens every hour on the hour until 11:00 PM.
12 Days of Christmas at Hotel Van Zandt | Hotel Van Zandt's 12 Days of Christmas is one of the best new holiday events in Austin, and we're definitely making it a tradition. There are only five days of activities left, so make sure you head into the Living Room for Christmas tunes on vinyl, light snacks, and a Hot Toddy bar every night this week. (P.S. all of the events below are free!)
December 19: Cookie decoration - 5:00-8:00 PM - best cookie gets a 2-night stay at HVZ
December 20: Movie night – Love Actually - 6:30-9:30 PM (OUR FAVORITE!)
December 21: Photos with Santa – 5:00-8:00 PM - photos will be available for purchase and all proceeds go to charity (win, win)
December 22: Ugly sweater party – 6:30-9:30 PM - ugliest sweater gets a 2-night stay at HVZ
December 23: Winter Wonderland on the Pool Deck with Snuggies and Motown Christmas music by The Argyles at Geraldine’s - 5:00-10:30 PM
Trail of Lights | Take a walk in the park during one of the biggest and brightest community events Austin has to offer at Zilker park every evening from now until December 23. Our favorite holiday tradition is grabbing hot apple cider, walking the trail, and spinning under the Zilker tree. Tickets are $3 and parking passes are $15 - but we suggest purchasing them in advance to avoid those killer long lines :)