Austin December Events Guide
A magical spirit is in the air in Austin, Texas this December. We’ve prepared a list of wonderful events for you and your family to enjoy as you gather together for the holidays.

11/21/18 – 12/30/18
A Christmas Carol
ZACH Theatre
The most popular show in ZACH Theatre’s history, “A Christmas Carol” is back! The traditional Dickens story is paired with a modern twist of new music and surprises, spanning all genres and eras. Get in the holiday spirit with this family-friendly spectacular running all month long.
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Winter Wonderland
Circuit of the Americas
Enjoy the world famous Chinese Lantern Festival, the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Texas, the H-E-B Tunnel of Lights and many more wondrous holiday festivities at Austin’s brightest holiday tradition. Bring your family and friends to experience the captivating fun for everyone!
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Ice Skating on the Plaza
Whole Foods Market
Ice Skating on the Plaza at the Whole Foods Flagship store is a must-do for Austin locals and visitors. The rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at only $10 per person, including skate rentals. Enjoy skating to fun tunes every Friday from KUTX during the KUTX Music Fridays series.
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Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”
Long Center for the Performing Arts
Presented by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund, Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” is returning for its 56th year! Hundreds of dancers, stunning sets and costumes and intriguing music performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra bring a fresh experience to this beloved holiday tradition.
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54th Annual Trail of Lights
Zilker Park
The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization focusing on community engagement and support for the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration. Experience the magic of the holiday season with the beautifully lit backdrop to memories and fun.
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Austin’s New Year
Auditorium Shores
Presented by the Austin Convention Center, this family-friendly event celebrates diversity and creativity in an alcohol-free environment with festive performances, amazing art installations, delicious food and various fun for kids of all ages.
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