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Hey Austin! Looking for some FREE fun happening in December? Look no further. Here are some of the best events happening in the Austin area this week!
Monday, December 14, through Friday, December 20
Lakeway Trail of Lights
From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Nightly | Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Lohmans and Sailmaster)
One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! They request that you please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. Friendly reminder, please limit your groups to less than 10 people. Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Lohmans and Sailmaster). Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back. There is no charge to park or to attend. For details regarding this attraction, click here. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.
Various Times | Bass Pro Shop, 200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock & Cabela’s, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Road, Buda
By popular demand they continues the tradition in a safe and responsible way. Advance reservations are required in all locations and can go quickly. Reserving is easy and free. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and bring home free holiday craft activity kits while supplies last. Families can also enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store.
Various Times | Music Lane, 1011 South Congress Avenue
Music Lane and Austin’s iconic South Congress Avenue Shopping District are teaming up to bring holiday cheer to the city with The SoCo Stroll – a month-long event of holiday fun and spectacle designed to safely raise the city’s spirits with a self-guided experiential celebration of all things merry and bright. The SoCo Stroll kicks off on Black Friday, November 27 and runs through Thursday, December 31.
Bastrop River of Lights
Open till 10 P.M. daily | Fisherman’s Park, 1209 Linden Street
Take in the sights at the River of Lights which include numerous displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining Bastrop’s scenic June Hill Pape River Walk.
December in the District
All Week | All Day | Second Street District, Downtown Austin
2ND Street District is excited to celebrate “December in the District” again for its annual month-long celebration. The district will welcome back the tenth annual Holiday Window Walk and introduce a new holiday passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance. Throughout the month of December, help support local businesses by making 2ND Street District your one-stop-shop this holiday season.
Wednesday, December 16 | From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Terrazas Branch
1105 E. César Chávez Street
Visit the Terrazas Branch parking lot for free food, clothes, blankets, vaccinations, personal products, PPE, hand sanitizer, books, bus passes, well checks, and more. Please wear a mask and stay six feet apart from other visitors.
Free Yoga at The Wayback
Wednesday, December 16 | From 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. | The Wayback, 9601 Bee Cave Road
Join ATX Yoga Girl’s founder Cynthia Bernard for a socially-distanced yoga class in the beautiful Hill-Country cabin oasis that is The Wayback. This 45 min class is for all levels. Space is limited so please get your ticket soon + bring your own mat. This complimentary class will be supporting the Central Texas Food Bank. If you feel moved to donate, bring canned goods and/or make a donation on day of class.
Sip & Shop Holiday Market
Wednesday, December 16 | From 12 to 5 p.m. | Anderson Terrace Wedding & Event Venue LLC, 11505 Anderson Mill Road
Get those last minute gifts from our awesome local vendors. Santa will be there for pics with the littles. And there will be WINE!
Driftwood Lights Holiday Trail (Driftwood)
Wednesday through Friday, December 16 through 18 | From 4 to 9 p.m. | Vista Brewing, 13551 FM 150, Driftwood
Reservations and masks required. Family and dog friendly. Celebrate the season with a winter walk in the Hill Country! They’ve created a magical trail around Vista’s 21-acres with Christmas lights, luminaries and holiday photo ops. You and your sweetie will have to find the mistletoe! Bundle up and gather round their several fire pits or propane heaters. Enjoy sweet treats on your walk, including smores and hot apple cider for the kiddos.
Vista Brewing Presents: “Live on the Lawn“
Thursday, December 17 through Sunday, December 20 | Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Join on the lawn in the Central Plaza for an outdoor, open-air and family-friendly songwriter series to help us get through COVID-19 together with live music. Pick up beer, wine, cider, non-alcoholic beverages and farm-fresh snacks from Vista Brewing’s Pop-Up Beer Garden, located right on the Central Plaza. Bring your own chair or blanket and hang out on the lawn.Masks are required when not seated at your table or picnic area. Please maintain social distance from other guests.
Snow Much Fun on Congress
Thursdays and Friday, December 17 and 18 | JW Marriott Edge Rooftop Bar, 110 E 2nd Street
The Edge Rooftop bar at the JW Marriott is all decked out for Christmas. Snowfall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m. Plus, holiday live music, themed craft cocktails, s’mores, and more! Reservations required.
Thursdays and Friday, December 17 and 18 | From 6 to 10 p.m. | Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard
Immerse yourself in the magical medium of art, light and sound for Bee Cave’s first annual BuzzFest. Experience art in a whole new light from nationally acclaimed artists. A FREE community celebration for all ages, BuzzFest will showcase unique art installations and performances for the public.
Very Merry Movies: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Georgetown)
Friday, December 18 | Starting at 4 p.m. | Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 West university Avenue, Georgetown
Grab your crew and some movie snacks, because Wolf Ranch is presenting their monthly drive-in movie series: Very Merry Movies Movies. December’s feature presentation is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Parking and pre-movie activities will begin at 4 p.m., including kids games, make-and-take crafts and meet & greets with both The Grinch and Santa! Our movie presentation will begin at 6pm.
Featured photo via ATX Yoga Girl.