Now that Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas decorations are going up, it’s time for the Austin holiday festivities to begin! Here is our guide to the top 2018 Holiday events in Austin during December and January.

the santaland diaries

David Sedaris’ ever-irreverent and cynical Crumpet is back! Enjoy this show in the intimate setting at the Whisenhunt at Zach Theatre with friends or family. In this holiday cult-classic, Crumpet sarcastically expounds on the talent it takes to juggle tinsel, tearful tots, and not-so-sober Santas during what is hailed as the most wonderful time of the year. This 75-minute tale will leave you laughing your socks off with the perfect festive evening of holiday cheer! The Santaland Diaries runs from Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 to Sunday, December 30th, 2018.

zilker trail of lights

Everybody’s favorite night out, Zilker Trail of Lights has been around for 50+ years and has grown to become one of the top 2018 holiday events in Austin. With over 40 displays, 2 million lights and numerous holiday activities, you can’t miss this holiday tradition. Zilker Trail of Lights has become one of the three largest events in Austin, so you know it’s popular! The Trail of Lights runs from Monday, December 10th, 2018 to Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 and is held in Zilker Park each year.

ballet austin’s the nutcracker

A true Austin classic, the Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is back for its 56th annual production. This performance features hundreds of dancers, sets and costumes and the Austin Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s magical score. Gather up your family, and enjoy a perfect day at The Nutcracker! This production runs from Friday, December 7th, 2018 to Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 at the Long Center.

mozart’s coffee holiday light show

This annual holiday light show is a must-do for all Austinites! With a ton of LED Christmas lights synced up to a show of the best holiday tunes, you’ll want to grab a hot chocolate, curl up with a loved one, and never leave. Admission is free and there is no assigned seating, so bring the whole family and enjoy! The Mozart’s Coffee Holiday Light Show runs from Friday, November 16th, 2018 to Tuesday, January 1st, 2018 and is on the outdoor patio at Mozart’s.

ice skating on the whole foods roof

Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods is a must-do holiday event in Austin. What better way to get in the spirit of winter than skating around on ice with a loved one? Whether it’s a date night, family night or friend outing, don’t miss out on this holiday tradition! The Plaza offers hot chocolate, coffee, beer and snacks for purchase as well! Ice Skating on the Whole Foods roof is available from Friday, November 23rd, 2018 to Monday, January 14th, 2018 on select dates at the North Lamar location.

Happy Holidays from ABC Blind & Drapery! We hope you have a great time exploring all the top 2018 holiday events in Austin.