Austin, Texas loves to get lively and festive during the holiday season. With activities like the Trail of Lights, Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, and Lake Travis Boat Parade, we make sure to bring on the merriment each year. However, Austin is also about keeping it 100% weird, especially around the holidays. So, in true Austin fashion, here are a few lesser-known holiday activities. These are unique to Austin, and some on the weirder side of the Christmas cookie.
Tucked away on 37th street near Amy’s Ice Cream on Guadalupe, you’ll find a not so typical neighborhood light display that’s been a holiday destination since the ’80s. Dim your lights and proceed slowly to see a creative and unusual take on Christmas lights. More info can be found on the FB page: 37th Street Lights.
Gather the family and head over to the Whole Foods Flagship downtown for some ice skating on the rooftop rink. On select Mondays from 6 to 8:00 pm, 50% of ticket sales will go to various local charities. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Ice Skating on the Plaza.
Head over to the I Love You So Much wall at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress for a pic with jolly St. Nick himself. The iconic Austin wall has become the city’s most recognizable photo op locale. Now you can get the perfect shot for your uniquely Austin Christmas cards. Jo’s Coffee is finalizing the dates that Santa will be in the house and will update them here soon: Jo’s Coffee Events.
Lala’s Little Nugget, the Austin bar that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year, throws a Christmas Bash on December 21. The dive is decorated with lights and tinsel year-round, but their annual Christmas Bash kicks up the Christmas spirit more than a notch. There’s an ugly sweater contest with prizes and Christmas themed cocktails. Find out more here: Lala’s Events.
Austin’s kitschiest shopping bazaar is back year after year with unique and handmade gifts, sure to please your loved ones. There are over 200 local artisans offering up truly imaginative gifts like James Dean heartthrob pillows perfect for hugging or steam-punk inspired jewelry made from old watch parts. View their hours and vendors here, Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
And with that, from the APPSPIRE.me Team, we wish you a happy holiday!