Special Holiday Events

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We are so lucky that Austin offers so many events for families to choose from during the holiday season! Check out our list below and get in the holiday spirit!


Events


Jingle Bell Jamboree

December 11th

Join The Domain as we celebrate all things merry at the Jingle Bell Jamboree. Families can enjoy live music, take part in holiday craft activities, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting, amazing stilt walkers, a holiday photo opportunity and more! It’s a holiday event you won’t want to miss.

Snow Day

December 11th

​Sled riding in Badu Park the second Saturday in December will be fun for the entire family.
Wristband required, sled riding will be from 1 to 9pm.

Christmas Events at Splashway Waterpark & Campground

December 3rd – 19th

Christmas Manger Walk
Join us on a biblical walk as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We’ll have live animals and actors to immerse your family in this magical moment.

Magical Christmas Tree Farm & Decorating
Plant one of our magical seeds in Ray’s Magical Christmas Tree Farm and come back in just a few hours to pick up your own mini Christmas tree! Then, head over to decorate your tree as a family and display outside your campsite.

Photos with Santa
What Christmas celebration is complete without a photo with Santa? Book your family’s photo session with Santa online and take home a printout of your favorite photo.

Family Christmas Caroling
Help us spread Christmas cheer throughout the campgrounds with some merry caroling. Hot chocolate and caroling song books will be provided.

Elves vs. Grinch Laser Tag
Don your pointy ears and get ready to take on The Grinch in a heart-pumping round of laser tag!

Petting Zoo
Animals celebrate Christmas, too! Come feed and pet local animals at our petting zoo.

Give Back & Spread Cheer
Stop by the Activity Center to create a Christmas card! Ray will be delivering these handmade cards to local senior living communities the week of Christmas to help spread some holiday cheer in our local community.

Sunday Scripture & Raycation Bible School
Join us Sunday morning as we congregate for a bible reading and spiritual message. The kids can participate in a Christian activity following the service.

You can also expect other holiday fun like Ray’s Polar Express, candy bar bingo, ornament decorating, movies under the stars, and more! For the most up-to-date Activity Schedule, click below.


Holiday Shopping


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Austin Holiday Mini Market

December 5th

Join us for our 10th Austin Mini Market on Sunday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm at Distribution Hall.

Join us for our biggest Mini Market to date! Austin Mini Market will take place on Sunday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm at Distribution Hall. This is a new venue for us! We are doubling in size and excited to introduce you to our biggest line up of small business vendors to date!

In addition to our 65 vendors, guests can enjoy free drinks including wine from Bev, Ranch Riders, Mayawell and Rambler, tunes from local DJ Lilith, free gift bags for the first 30 guests through the doors, brand activations by Woom Bikes and Earlybird CBD, and more. Mini Market is always free to attend and open to the public. Garage parking is available across the street and free street parking is nearby.


A Christmas Affair 2021

November 17th – November 21st

A Christmas Affair is a five-day holiday market benefiting The Junior League of Austin’s signature programs and community non-profit partners.  The annual event hosts over 200 retail merchants from across the country and attracts over 25,000 patrons.  The 2021 A Christmas Affair presented by Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships dates are November 17-21st.


Blue Genie Art Bazaar

November 19th – December 24th 

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an annual holiday art show held in Nov/Dec. FREE admission! Shop for gifts from 200+ talented artists. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday shopping season. Open from late November to Christmas Eve. The Bazaar features unique work from over 200 local & regional artists – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish®. Parking & admission are always FREE of charge.


Holiday Shop at Shop at the Contemporary

December 4th

Give with purpose this holiday season and mark your calendars for a holiday sale at Shop at The Contemporary!

Shop our curated selection of design-forward gifts, crafted by local makers and creative designers from around the world. You’ll enjoy 20% off all merchandise, plus museum members will receive an additional 10% off.

The Front Market Holiday Series

November 20, 21,27, 28 December 4, 5, 11 & 12

In collaboration with our friends at Ani’s Day and Night, we’re hosting four outdoor markets for The Front’s holiday season. We’ll open each weekend with a new lineup of vendors from 11 AM to 5 PM CT.  Rotating brunch menus, surprise collaborations and immaculate DJ sets to be expected. 100% open-air, outdoors and free the public.

The Front Market is free or by donation. When you RSVP, you have the option to donate to our work. Every pledge made with your ticket will directly benefit the administration of our Creative Future of Texas Fund, a micro-grants program for emerging creatives and small business owners in Texas.

OUR LINEUPS: ✰ Head to thefrontmarket.com to meet our lineup for each weekend. ✰

Vintage Market Days® of Greater Austin presents “A Splendid Christmas”

December 3rd

Join us as we host interior designers, decorators, and over 100 dealers with unique vintage & antique goods, handmade treasures, clothing & jewelry, LIVE plants, and so much more!

Hungry?! Enjoy a great mix of food options including custom and vegan menus! Snag anything from a delicious wood-fired pizza to a delectable deep fried treat! Caramel apples, gourmet fudge and chocolates, delicious treats, and it doesn’t stop there!

Participate in one-of-a-kind shopping, giveaways, and so much more! Children 12 and under admitted free of charge!

The market is indoors, so weather is not a factor! Come shop in comfort the most unique, one-of-a-kind shopping experience!


Virtual Holiday Market

November 28th – December 12th

Shop unique collections of original, handmade art and crafts by local artists.


Bee Cave


The Holiday Market at Hill Country Galleria

November 26th – December 24th

Hill Country Galleria has transformed the Central Plaza into a holiday market open to the public November 26th thru December 24th.  Located within one of the most beautiful places for holiday shopping, visitors will experience shopping local at artisan vendors of art, jewelry, home goods, and holiday fare. Experience the outdoor ambiance filled with holiday cheer and an abundance of family photo opts.

In addition to the Hill Country Galleria’s 100 shops & restaurants, the holiday market is a must-visit holiday destination with unique gifts, holiday performances, glittering holiday lights, and an abundance of family fun.  Admission is free.

The Lone Star Farmers Market 

December 5th, 12th & 19th

The Lone Star Farmers Market has gone HOLIDAY!  Don’t worry, all your favorite farmers market vendors will be in the Central Plaza – with the addition of some new holiday-themed vendors.  Visitors can shop local holiday gifts, arts, and fare.  Holiday programming will take place under the Central Plaza Pavilion, and the market is running extended hours just for the holiday season: 10am-4pm. Admission is free.


Dripping Springs


The 17th Annual Christmas on Mercer

December 4th

Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and Dripping Springs Lions Club, visitors once again will see the downtown area transformed into a winter wonderland of brilliant illumination, holiday sales, and Christmas cheer.

Celebrate the magic of the holidays on Mercer Street in historic downtown Dripping Springs. Holiday festival with live entertainment & activities for kids.


Lakeway

Holiday at the Oaks 2021

November 17th
Come celebrate the holiday season with Oaks at Lakeway — Holiday at the Oaks is back!
Join us on Wednesday, November 17th from 5 – 7 PM for the Oaks at Lakeway’s third annual FREE evening with Santa, live music, food and beverage tastings, retail specials, giveaways and much more..
Stay tuned for giveaway announcements and all the details about the amazing Oaks at Lakeway tenants participating details closer to date.
We can’t wait to see you there!