38. ‘Tis the Season…to check out a Holiday event!
Austin area folks can always find a reason to get out and have fun. But, when the holiday season rolls around, there are even more reasons than ever to venture out and get in the spirit of things! There are so many Craft Markets, Fun Runs, Light Shows, and Christmas Strolls that I can’t cover them all here. So, I’ve included a few that I’ve enjoyed and some of the more popular ones that folks around here rave about!Recently, I attended the Round Rock Reindeer Run with some pals. We decided ahead of time that we wanted to walk it so we could take in the pretty lights (it is at night). Apparently, that’s what everybody else decided to do as well! LOL
We had a great time and got our steps in…it was a 5k. The lights were pretty and the weather was mild. Gotta love Texas this time of year!
The stroll takes place in Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock and you can park your car in the Dell Diamond parking lot. My favorite thing about the night was the proximity of a Salt Lick BBQ place adjacent to the parking lot. We were starving when we finished up the walk!! 😛
My girlfriends and I also hit several Christmas Markets in the last few weeks. They were spread out all over Austin and the ‘burbs in November and December. We hit the Mistletoe Market in Leander and the Farmhouse Holiday Market in Georgetown.
The markets were adorable and the vendors carried so many clever crafts and gift items to peruse…jewelry, funny cards, clothing, and on and on.
Some of the markets have food trucks, live music, and other special surprises to make the event even more fun! One of the biggest and most popular holiday markets in Austin is the Armadillo Bazaar. It is held downtown at the Palmer Events Center and runs for two weeks each December. I went last year and it was great! There were a zillion booths with folks selling beautiful arts and crafts and one of a kind gift items. Tickets are $8 but worth the price! The smaller markets we attended were free of charge.
If you like Christmas lights…and who doesn’t???…you will want to head downtown to the Austin Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. This attraction started in 1965 as a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department. It has now expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, and lots of holiday activities. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three biggest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a cherished local tradition. The Trail of Lights runs from Dec 9 to Dec 23 and admission is $3 (but free on certain nights-check their website).
Another wonderful festival at this time of year is the Georgetown Christmas Stroll. I wrote about that event in one of my first blog posts. You can read that one here…Georgetown Christmas Stroll
There’s a new event that I am dying to check out soon. It’s down at the Circuit of the Americas racetrack and it’s called Winter Wonderland at the Circuit.
Here’s the Facebook description…’Welcome to a bright new Holiday Festival in Central Texas featuring a .8 mile Circuit of Lights, Skating Rink, Santa Village, Petting Zoo with Camel Rides, Human Snow Globe, Singing Trees, Movie Lawn, Carnival Rides, Tunnel of Lights, Trips to the top of the North Pole, Musical Stages and much, much more!’ Sounds promising…
It runs from December 8 through December 30th from 6 to 10pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $16 each and kids 5 and under are free. There is Free Parking in lots A and F, just fyi.
These are just a few of the zillion things to do around these parts during the holidays. The weather is mild and time is flying by. So, there’s no excuse not to head out and take in the good holiday vibes in the greater Austin, TX area!