Things to Do in Austin Over Winter Break

Laura Standefer, Senior Holiday Correspondent

December 16, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Seriously. The weather has cooled down and it’s time to gather with our family and friends and participate in all of the winter fun that Austin area has to offer. My son just turned five and I feel like this is the perfect age to do all of the holiday activities. My husband, who often lacks Christmas spirit, doesn’t understand why I insist on attending so many events. I have to remind him that we only really get 18 holiday seasons with our sons while they are still children. Before we know it, they’ll be grown and too old to sit on Santa’s lap. It won’t be long until they prefer to do all the fun stuff with their friends instead of their parents. If you’re like me and are looking to maximize this holiday season with events and activities with your family, here is a list of our top picks for Austin area holiday fun.

December 10-29- Austin Trail of Lights: Believe it or not, I’ve lived in Austin long enough to remember when the Trail of Lights was a chill, not-terribly-crowded, citywide event. Unfortunately, that has changed, but its amazing displays and fun activities still make the Austin Trail of Lights a holiday must-do if you live in the area.

Daily Through January 5th- Mozart’s Light Show: Every year for the past 10 years, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters puts on a spectacular light show for Austinites to enjoy with their loved ones. This event starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Mozart’s Light Show features over a million lights and a show consisting of your favorite tunes to get you into the holiday spirit. 

Wednesdays through Sundays until January 4th- 2019 Holiday Model Train Exhibit: Located in downtown Round Rock, these model trains are a fascinating spectacle for people of all ages to enjoy. The best part is that admission is free! There is no excuse for missing this beautifully intricate holiday exhibit.

December 14 through the New Year- 37th Street Lights: Self-proclaimed as, “The weirdest lights you will see this holiday season.” This one of Austin’s most iconic holiday displays. 

Through December 24th- Santa’s Jingle House: This is the perfect place to take pictures with Santa, decorate crafts or cookies, and even participate in special scavenger hunts. Visit their website for tickets and a full list of activities. 

Through December 29th- A Christmas Carol: Zach Theater is one of my favorite venues in Austin for live performances. The cozy, yet ample establishment is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday play such as A Christmas Carol, so come enjoy the famous works of Charles Dickens this winter with your family. The show is recommended for everyone ages six and up.