Winter Festivals


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


Downtown Holiday Stroll 2020

November 28th – December 31st.

Austin. We are thrilled to announce the Downtown Holiday Stroll is returning in a COVID-conscious fashion for its 26th year!

Instead of just one night, this year’s Stroll will be a month-long celebration with free activities taking place throughout downtown, reimagined to make it fun and easy for the whole family to explore downtown while staying safe.
We invite the community to mask up and come back downtown to celebrate the holiday season with safe, socially-distanced festivities beginning November 28 through December 31!

Aldrich Street Hosts 15th Annual Tower Lighting on Small Business Saturday

November 28th

Austin. Due to the pandemic, we are unable to host our Tower Lighting event, but we still plan to kick off the holiday season with a festive day at Mueller on Small Business Saturday!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 28 and come out for a day of shopping on Aldrich Street. Enjoy holiday music and festive specials at our local businesses.
Stay until dusk and drive by to see the Tower lit for the holiday season. A virtual countdown will be on our Facebook page at 6 p.m.

Bee Caves

Bee Cave BuzzFest

December 17th – 19th

Bee Caves. The Bee Cave Arts Foundation will host the inaugural BuzzFest, a winter light festival, at the Hill Country Galleria. This outdoor display of light art installations will take guests on a deep dive into the ocean of bioluminescence and immersive sound, created by nationally acclaimed artists. Guests can stroll the streets of the Galleria and experience art in a whole new light. In addition, The League, opening soon at Hill Country Galleria, will host a pop-up bar during BuzzFest, offering a menu of signature cocktails along with gift cards and merchandise for purchase.

Dripping Springs

The 16th Annual Christmas on Mercer

December 5th

Dripping Springs. 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.

The Organizers know that now, more than ever, the City needs to feel the spirit of the season. They also know it needs to be SAFE for all those visiting. So, it will be a simpler and safer Christmas on Mercer, but still just as festive:

  • Christmas on Mercer will be held in downtown Dripping Springs on Saturday, December 5, 2020, 10am to 5pm. Admission is free!
  • The all-day celebration will have arts/crafts and business vendor booths spaced out to make shopping safe and ensure that CDC and State guidelines will be followed.
  • You’ll feel the full spirit of the season with holiday music filling the air. While there will be no live music, there will be plenty of holiday music and Christmas carols piped in throughout the area!
  • Santa will not be there due to social distancing at the North Pole so he’s healthy for Christmas. But we’ll have a special mail box to Santa available for letters to Santa and tykes will receive a letter from Santa in return. There will also be a photo-op-wall, where your family can take a fun snapshot!
  • The old time favorite trackless train and pony rides will be on hand!
  • Local downtown businesses will create a festive atmosphere with added fun for all!
  • After the day festivities, Join us for our Virtual Tree Lighting at dusk! The annual tree lighting will be a virtual version of the beloved event. It takes place at dusk with caroling and more. Virtually, every Dripping Springs resident will be able to watch the festivities with their family, sipping hot cocoa from their comfy home. Just go to our Christmas on Mercer Facebook page and watch it live!


2020 Christmas Festival | Santa & Live Reindeer

Saturdays and Sundays, November 27th – December 20th

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 (FREE) just by having a General Admission ticket which also grants you FULL ACCESS to over 30 different activities that are included. Pig races, pony rides, giant petting zoo, hay maze, jump pads, treasure mountain, apple slingshots, pipe races, and so much more!
Our pumpkin house from Fall Fest is being turned into a Gingerbread House which is a magical place for children to visit and great place for your holiday photos!


Holidays in Hutto


Holidays in Hutto, a community event with the City of Hutto and the Hutto Community Development Corporation, is coming to Brushy Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, November 28!
Join us for family friendly activities and live music in a safe, socially distanced environment. Doors open at 5 p.m. with live music from LC Rocks scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a live stream of the City of Hutto’s annual Downtown Tree Lighting, performances by Hutto ISD dance team, snow sledding, hay and train rides, photos with Santa and his other Christmas friends, balloon artists, caricatures, live music performances, all outdoors in a controlled and safe environment.
Kids 12 and under will get a free hot dog with ticket purchase. VIP tickets are available with premium seating for the live music performance and access to the premium bar.