40+ Christmas Events & Holiday Things to Do in Austin

Looking for the best Christmas events & holiday things to do in Austin in 2023? With all there is to do in Austin, there’s no doubt you’ll find some amount of Christmas spirit this year.

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Table of Contents

Holiday Blog Posts Across Texas

Fun Christmas Things to Do in Boerne

How to Spend Christmas in Fredericksburg

Fun Christmas Things to Do in Houston

Fun Christmas Things to Do in San Antonio

Dallas Holiday Blog Posts

Best Things to Do this Holiday Season

Holiday Christmas Bars & Restaurants

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in DFW

Plan a Holiday Staycation at the Adolphus Hotel

Find Festive Food & Drinks

Mozart’s Holiday Light Show (Nov. 9 – Jan 6, 2024)

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is beautiful year-round and the perfect place for enjoying a warm cup of coffee right on the lake.

This year, Mozart’s is hosting its 14th annual Christmas Light Show. You can register to attend on their website. Standing groups are free, or you can reserve 4-person tables for $40 and 6-person tables for $60. Don’t miss out on their hot cocoa bombs and other signature Christmas drinks! 6pm to 11pm. 

Mozart’s will also celebrate a Celtic Christmas Dec. 15 – 17, 2023 at 7:30pm, featuring an Irish band and themed goodies like spiked Irish coffee! Get your tickets here, starting at $59.

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Wonder Bar (Nov. 10 – Dec. 2023)

Wonder Bar is like Austin’s own slice of holiday heaven, decking the halls to the max for the holiday season. This spot is where Instagram-worthy meets holiday spirit, with every corner turned into an over-the-top photo opportunity.

The whole bar becomes a playful, colorful tribute to all things merry and bright. The menu also features an array of sweet and savory treats, perfect for complementing your festive beverages.

Miracle on 5th Street (Nov. 16 – Dec. 27, 2023)

Every year, the Miracle Bar pops up around the US, including in our beloved Austin! Miracle on 5th St is a Christmas-themed, pop-up cocktail bar that serves Christmas themed cocktails in the cutest cups. You can even purchase their glassware or take their cocktails to-go!

The Eleanor will be decorated in wall-to-wall Christmas decor, with multiple bars and festive photo ops! Tickets can be purchased online.

The Sippin’ Santa Pop-up (Nov. 20 – Dec. 27, 2023)

With the way bars in Austin go all out with their Christmas events and holiday decorations, Happy Hour just got a whole lot merrier! Nickel City is a Central East Austin favorite that transforms for the holidays. They decorate what becomes the Sippin’ Santa, a tiki spin-off of the Austin pop-up, “Miracle on 5th Street.” The pop-up will be open daily during the holiday season from 12pm to 2am.

Tiki style holiday drink

Otopia Rooftop Bar: Wintersol (Nov. 20 – Dec. 2023)

For a high-up holiday escape in Austin, make your way to Otopia Rooftop Bar. Their Wintersol event is all about giving you those cool, winter feels with a twist. It’s not just any bar; it’s a winter-themed wonderland perched above the city.

Think cozy vibes with a view, complete with a menu of drinks that’ll warm you right up. And for something extra special, you can even rent a private igloo. Yes, you heard that right—your own little snow dome where you can laugh and cheer the night away.

It’s a fun, frosty experience without the freezing temperatures, perfect for those looking to add a little ice to their holiday season.

Fairmont Hotel: The Ugly Sweater Holiday Pop-up Bar (Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2023)

The Ugly Sweater Holiday Bar is a festive pop-up event taking place at the Fairmont Austin Hotel’s on-site bar, Rules & Regs. It’s located on the 7th floor of the hotel, offering stunning skyline views to complement the holiday cheer. This unique bar is an annual tradition that runs from November 24 to December 31, making it a perfect spot to celebrate the season of giving!

The bar features an array of holiday bites like chocolate fondue and baked brie, specialty cocktails in novelty mugs, and a happy hour offering of 50% off from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm daily. You’re encouraged to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater.

The atmosphere is lively and merry, with dazzling lights synced to music, wrapped presents hanging from the ceiling, a digital Christmas tree, and even the infamous lamp from A Christmas Story!

It has proved to be a popular venue so make sure to make your reservation ASAP!

Gibson’s Street Bar Wonderland (Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2023)

Wander into a boozy winter paradise at Gibson Street Bar’s Wonderland, a must-visit pop-up bar in the heart of Austin this holiday season. The exterior of this Austin bar and its iconic Gibson sleigh will be the perfect festive addition to your Instagram feed. You can also grab a bite at Jewboy Sliders, which shares the property with Gibson’s.

As you step inside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a merry and bright atmosphere where every inch is dripping with festive decor. The bar transforms into a jolly playground for adults, complete with twinkling lights and ornaments hanging from every surface. It’s the ideal spot for those looking to unwind with friends and toast to the joy of the season.