Winter Festivals in Austin


From little to big, Austin is the place to be to celebrate the holidays. Check out the festivals we found!


Holiday Stroll & Sing-Along

December 2

Join KUT, KUTX & the Downtown Austin Alliance for our 29th Annual Tree Lighting, Sing-Along and Stroll. Let’s ring in the holidays together. This free family-friendly event is on Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets. Featuring artisan vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa and more, the Holiday Stroll is the perfect way to kick of your holiday season.

Dripping Springs

Christmas on Mercer

December 2

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.


2023 Christmas Festival | Santa & Live Reindeer

November 24 – December 24

Santa and his real-life reindeer are coming to Sweet Eats Adventure Farm! We will have a Santa every weekend & REAL-LIFE reindeer every single day! You can take your own photos with Santa just by having a General Admission ticket which also grants you FULL ACCESS to over 30 different activities that are included. Apple Cannons, Pig races, pony rides, giant petting zoo, hay maze, jump pads, treasure mountain, pipe races, and so much more!


2023 Old Town Christmas Festival

December 2

Old Town Leander comes alive to spread Christmas joy throughout the community. This free event includes the Old Town Rudolph Run 5K, parade, activities for the kids, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more.


Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade

December 2

The Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade returns on December 2, 2023 with a 6:30 parade, tree lighting and Santa!

San Marcos

Sights and Sounds of Christmas Festival 

November 30, December 1-2 & 7-9

San Marcos, Texas turns into a winter wonderland for Sights & Sounds of Christmas. Journey through time to the Town of Bethlehem where costumed actors and live animals set the atmosphere. Enjoy local children caroling, holiday concerts and a special visit from Santa every night when he arrives in unsuspecting ways. Make furry friends at the petting zoo, ice skate and enjoy “snow” falling in Central Texas, get a thrill on carnival rides, indulge in really good food and so much more. You’re sure to kick off your holiday season on a very merry note in San Marcos.

Wells Branch

Luminary Festival

December 8

Stroll through the magical glow of KF Park at day one of the Luminary Festival! As the sunsets, more than 1500 luminarias are lit along the trail which can be enjoyed at anyone’s leisure. Once you’re done admiring the lights, there’s a handful of other free activities at your disposal. Hop on our haybale ride and journey through the neighborhood while singing carols as you pass your neighbors dazzling decorations. Take shelter from the cool night air in the Community Center, where free kids activities and crafts are taking place. Snag a cup of hot cocoa and sugar cookies, and venture out to the homestead, where Santa himself is waiting to hear all of your holiday wishes! This festive two-night event has a little bit of holiday joy for everyone.