Bundle up and wrangle your loved ones! Central Texas is cooling down fast and event planners are already organizing festive yuletide fun for you and your family.
Here are some of the standout holiday events and activities we’re anticipating this year, in Austin and San Antonio:
Holiday Lights on the River Walk
San Antonio November 29, 2019 to January 13, 2020
Even though the annual River Parade to kickoff the holiday lighting on the River Walk has already taken place, the River Walk will continue to be lit up with lights and decorations throughout December and early January. There are over 100,000 lights that cover the trees along the River Walk to marvel at.
Feeling a little more serious about your holiday love? Community groups and workplaces may be interested in reserving a river boat to spread the holiday cheer though song! Each dedicated boat accommodates 15-20 people and costs between $125 and $150 to reserve for the evening.
If you’re in the mood to roast s’mores, ride camels, and watch a fantastic lightshow, the San Antonio Zoo puts the majority of their animals inside at night during the holiday season and powers up a winter wonderland! Santa’s there of course – along with games, activities, and festive eats. $40 will get you in free via an annual zoo membership, while single day tickets run around $25.
For 55 years, Austin has entertained residents and visitors with its extensive lights display. And just when you think last year’s display can’t be topped, they go and do it again! The trail is open from 7pm to 10pm nightly and general admission tickets are $5, with select free admission dates.
Looking for something a little less crowded and more informal? Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Lake Austin continues their tradition of holiday decorations and musical acts on their patio deck each night, with a “Trans-Siberian Orchestra” style musical lightshow happening every hour on the hour.
For a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, bring the kids to Auditorium for music, art, food trucks, and fireworks. Official details have yet to be released by the City of Austin, but expect this alcohol-free event to go from 3pm to 10pm with free admission and a dozen local musical acts scheduled to perform.