The holiday season is already almost here and with it comes our favorite time of year in Austin: Christmas! You will not find a more cherished holiday to celebrate with family. For this year’s festivities, come join us here in Austin for a new and exciting family tradition. Our vacation rentals will keep you comfortable during every day of your stay. There are plenty of exciting holiday events and activities taking place in the city too. Here are the top reasons to spend your Christmas in Austin this year:

Austin Trail of Lights

One of the longest traditions here in Austin for Christmas is the annual Austin Trail of Lights. This is not your run-of-the-mill Christmas light sightseeing but instead, a wonderful adventure that brings out the spirit of the holidays. The Trail of Lights takes over Zilker Park for a holiday experience like no other. The park will be decorated with over two million Christmas lights that will light up the park. Additional displays include 90 lighted Christmas trees with other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. The 2023 Austin Trail of Lights will be the 59th year for it to take place making it a tradition for all generations. This year’s Trail of Lights will be open December 8 through the 23rd and tickets are on sale now. Come experience the holiday magic for yourself this year!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

We all have plenty of holiday shopping to do when it comes to Christmas. You can still get all of your shopping done when you are visiting Austin for the holidays especially when you stop by the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This is not your typical shopping experience as the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an immersive and vibrant music and fine art festival that lets you enjoy a bit of shopping too. This event has grown year to year and is the top destination in the city for those looking for high-quality artwork. Live music and artisan gifts will also be available with the bazaar. The event will once again be held at the Palmer Events Center in Austin and is open December 15th through the 23rd from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM each day. Come check out this Austin-exclusive event just before Christmas!

Peppermint Parkway

Austin is also the home of the Circuit of the Americas, a premier racing circuit that hosts some of the biggest racing events in the world. This year the Circuit of the Americas will be bringing back Peppermint Parkway for another festive event. Peppermint Parkway is a drive-thru holiday experience where you drive by a mile full of holiday displays lights and dancing characters. Austin Monthly has rated the event as the top holiday event in the city in past years. Tickets will be on sale soon for this immersive event so don’t miss out on Peppermint Parkway!

Shop at Kwanzaa Ujamaa Marketplace

For those celebrating Kwanzaa during the holiday season, you will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the Kwanzaa Ujamaa Marketplace located at the George Washington Carver Museum. A variety of family-friendly and educational activities will be on hand. This year’s details have yet to be announced but expect the opportunity to shop with small business owners and local artists to find the perfect holiday gift for a loved one.

Ventana Ballet’s The Watchmaker’s Song

One of the most timeless traditions for the holidays is seeing ballet at the local theatre for a holiday performance. Austin is home to the Neill-Cochran House Museum which will be featuring the Ventana Ballet’s The Watchmaker’s Song this holiday season. This unique performance is a jazz-centric rendition of The Nutcracker, one of the most popular Christmas performances. The Watchmaker’s Song will be an immersive experience that you will want a seat for. The performances are scheduled for December 7th through the 10th and the 14th through the 16th. Tickets are on sale now so make sure to purchase yours before this event sells out!

The Very Best Vacation Rentals for Christmas in Austin

Of course, no holiday stay would ever be complete with feeling like royalty and our vacation rentals will do just that. You will find some of the finest Christmas rentals in Austin that include resort-like amenities such as gourmet kitchens, private hot tubs, fire pits, and much more. Each of our homes is absolutely unique from one another so you can find something perfect for you. These properties will even keep you close to the exciting attractions in the area. If this sounds like something that you and your family will enjoy make sure to reserve your favorite property today before it is taken. Come see why Christmas in Austin is an incredible experience for all.