Step into Christmas with these happy holiday date ideas! Of course, you can plan a shopping date to take care of that last minute shopping at Blue Genie or the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. And many other of the month’s Christmas events will still be going on (check out our massive holiday list here), but here are some of the other best FREE date night ideas happening this weekend in Austin.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Thursday, December 21
Christmas at Hope 2017
Amphion Choir presents their third annual performance of Christmas at Hope where they explore the hope and joy of the Christmas season with music ranging from traditional carols to contemporary arrangements and spirituals. FREE and fun for all!
Hope Presbyterian Church, 11512 Olson Dr., Austin
Rockin’ Holiday Extravaganza ~ Panoramic Voices + Special Guests
Panoramic Voices with The Invincible Czars returns to the Blanton, featuring special guests Nakia, Andy Bianculli (of Star Parks) & Leslie Sisson (of Moving Panoramas) for a rocking holiday extravaganza! This performance is part of the monthly “Beat the Rush” series of FREE gallery concerts in which musicians perform in response to the paintings, drawings, and sculptures on display. Museum admission is always FREE on Thursdays.
Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin
Guerrilla Queer Bar: Homo For the Holidays
#GQB is back! And this time they’re taking over The Common Interest on Burnet Road. This will be their first KARAOKE outing so get those vocal chords warmed up. Most importantly they’re having a TOY DRIVE for the Helping Hand Home for Children, accepting UNWRAPPED toys for kids 4-13 (no used toys and no weapons of any kind, please!) to give to the kids over at HHH. Happy hour specials (cheap cheap!) run until 8 p,m. Wear your ugliest sweater for the photobooth. Get more info here.
Friday, December 22
200 tuba players will be performing Christmas carols at the Texas Capitol from noon – 1 p.m. FREE!
Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., Austin
Lost Pines Christmas Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Downtown restaurateurs have teamed up to bring the next installment of Downtown Bastrop Pub Crawls. The Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl is slated to take place on Friday, December 22nd , from 6 to 9 p.m. The 2017 Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl participants are: Old Town Restaurant & Bar, Neighbor’s Kitchen & Yard, The 602 on Main, Viejo’s Tacos & Tequila, Grace Miller’s, and Copper Shot Distillery. Though this event is not free, your $25 ticket includes a donation to Operation Santa Cop. More info here.
Downtown Bastrop, 919 Main St., Bastrop
Tacos, Tequila and Trap ft. LAZY K
Plush will host a Tacos, Tequila and Trap event featuring LAZY K, Dough Boy, Madhatter, NVGS and more! FREE tequila for the first 20 people and FREE tacos for the first 50 people. Register to attend here.
Plush, 617 Red River St., Austin
Francois’ Naughty Little Christmas Adult Game Night!
Enjoy this raunchy, despicable, inappropriate, Naughty Little Christmas Adult Game Night with our favorite Frenchman, François Le Foutre! You may recognize Francois from Blunt Force Drama (at the Texas Renaissance Festival and Sherwood Forest Faire), or from any number of comic cons where he peddles his gay pirate literature. He gives “playing games” a whole new meaning! This FREE event is rated “R” and BYOB (that means 21+ only! Alcoholic drinks only please. Other drinks and snacks may be purchased at the store! Also, There is NO nudity. There will be an ugly sweater contest at midnight! Extra points may be awarded for naughty sweaters and there will be prizes.
Childs’ Play: Games & Geekery, 540 South Castell Ave., New Braunfels
Saturday, December 23
Austin Symphony Orchestra Christmas in the Community Concert
Christmas in the Community is a series of FREE concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. The final performance happens this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the new central library location with a big band setup.
Austin Public Library Central, 710 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin
Holidays at Domain NORTHSIDE
On Saturday, shoppers can enjoy FREE carriage rides, as well as carolers and other live music one last time at Domain Northside. There are also multiple photo ops along the way so you and your sweetie can snap away. More info here.
Domain NORTHSIDE, 11721 Rock Rose, Austin
Winterbear Onesie Party
Come comfy in your favorite Onesie and get ready to party! Prize giveaways from Tapelenders Package and Sir Rat leather wear. No cover, ages 21+ welcome.
The Iron Bear, 121 W. 8th St., Austin
Christmas In Georgetown
An outdoor Christmas service hosted by Cross and Crown on the East Side of the Court House. This 45-min service with familiar and upbeat songs and inspirational message starts at 5 p.m. Seating provided (court house asks to not have chairs on the lawn) and all are welcome. Enjoy a drink and a candy cane treat on site. FREE!
Georgetown Square, 701 Main St., Georgetown
Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve 80’s Nite
Every Sunday is 80’s Nite at Elysium (yes even Christmas Eve). From 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., you and your fellow 80’s fans can debate whether or not Die Hard is the best 80’s flick while you dance the night away to the best tunes ever.
Elysium, 705 Red River St., Austin
Sunday is the final night to experience J’oy Vey. Even the world’s great religions are not exempt from the barbs of these outspoken grandmas in this Christmas/Chanukah comedy that will entertain the whole family without breaking your holiday budget. Gammy Leigh has big plans for a holiday overnighter with her grandbabies, including a surprise visit from Santa. But she isn’t alone with her twin grandbabies for five minutes when Bubbie Arlene unexpectedly arrives armed with Chanukah gifts galore and a know-it-all attitude that even the most mellow Gammy can’t abide. Thus begins a fierce competition for the title of World’s Best Grandma and a battle of wills that leads the ladies to debate everything from breastfeeding to the merits of Arlene’s ex-husband. Tickets are FREE, but donations are accepted!
Trinity Street Players Black Box Theatre, 4th Floor of First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St., Austin