Option 5: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
We love our craft beer, we love our craft drinks, and we love to drink local! There are so many local breweries that have taproom tastings and tours. These are just a few of our faves: Hops and Grain, Zilker Brewing Company, Marble Falls’ Save the World Brewing Company (who donate their net profits to charities), the all new Austin Eastciders Tasting Room (located at 979 Springdale Road, Suite 130), and Jester King in Dripping Springs. And, speaking of Dripping Springs, you don’t have to go all the way to Fredericksburg for wine tasting. Just about 30 miles from downtown you can choose from a variety of wineries in Dripping Springs and Driftwood, including Bell Springs, Solaro Estate, Driftwood Estate, and Duchman Family Winery. Distilleries from Treaty Oak, Deep Eddy and Dripping Springs Vodka are out that way as well so there’s definitely something for everyone, no matter what your family’s favorite spirit. And of course, Austin’s food has become world class in the past decade. We’ve got plenty of James Beard Award winners, barbecue to die for, and really, a little bit of something for everyone.
Option 6: Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes
When visitors think of a trip to Texas, a tried and true honky-tonk surely comes to mind. And lucky for them, the Broken Spoke is still alive and kicking! Nestled in between new construction, the Spoke retains its old Austin charm, from its chicken fried steak to its dance floor filled with two-steppers to its “museum” stocked with photos of the owner, James White, with classic country music stars. Get there around 8 p.m. from Wednesday to Saturday for free two-step and swing dancing lessons. Situated closer to the downtown scene, Donn’s Depot is another awesome option. There’s always a cover, but it’s definitely worth it for this lesser mentioned, just as authentically Austin joint.
Option 7: Light it Up
Starting November 16 at 6 p.m., Mozart’s annual lights display takes place every hour on the hour until midnight (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). The show lasts fifteen minutes, but there’s plenty of time before and afterwards to enjoy a hot chocolate or seasonal coffee drink. The Zilker Tree will be lit up in all its glory from November 25 – December 31, starting at 6 p.m. nightly. And, of course, Austin’s biggest light spectacle is the Trail of Lights, which runs December 10-23.
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Option 8: Shop Local
Option 9: Do the Domain
Option 10: Take a Celebtastic Tour
Looking for more specific holiday events and activities? You’re in luck! We’ve got a list of over 100 parades, light displays, festivals, fair and more ways to celebrate in Austin right here. Happy holidays, y’all!