Welcome to Part 2 of our special end-of-the-year series celebrating the warm holiday glow of far NW Austin District 6. In this post, we hope to help you get in the holiday mood with our list of nearby December holiday events – some to help you plan your gift list and some to just relax with friends and fam and stoke that merry holiday spirit!
Holiday Events in D6
Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline
Our district farmers market features lots of great vendors with the perfect gifts for everyone on your list and special holiday activities at the market for all to enjoy, Saturdays at Lakeline.
North Pole Flyer & Austin Steam Train
Slots on Santa’s favorite choo-choo fill fast! This two-hour excursion on a real train, running weekends, only through Dec. 15, features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and Christmas cookie. Guests may enjoy the seasonally decorated train cars while they listen to a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book – the railroad’s own Christmas Story!
Temple Beth Shalom hosts a community Hanukkah party Dec. 7, 5-8pm, complete with a menorah lighting, live music by KlezAustin, cookie decorating, dinner, and more. Free for everyone.
Festa Di Natale
The Italian Cultural Center of Austin and Austin Arthur Murray Dance Studio present this night of Italian cuisine and dance for the holidays, Dec. 8, 6pm.
Lake Austin Boat Trail of Lights
Aye matey, join a parade of illuminated Lake Austin boats Dec. 8, 5-9pm, and travel down Lake Austin for an unforgettable holiday experience. The parade starts at dusk under the 360 Bridge and ends by Hula Hut, Mozart’s and Abel’s on the Lake!
Christmas at 4 Points by Austin Baptist Church
Celebrate the season Dec. 8, 3pm or Dec. 9, 6pm with live nativity, hot chocolate, cookies, jazz brass ensemble, handbells, strolling carolers, make and take crafts stations, singers, dancers, and photo shoot. Free for all.
Breakfast with Santa at Hope Presbyterian Church
Join Santa in Fellowship Hall on Dec. 8 for a homemade pancake breakfast, holiday crafts for the kids, viewing of a Polar Express model railroad layout, and bring your cameras.
Hanukkah Party With Sweet Israeli Treats
Congregation Beth El hosts a family-friendly community Hanukkah party Dec. 9, 4-6pm, complete with a menorah lighting, live music, face painting and food, including sufganiot, aka Israeli doughnuts. Free for everyone.
Chanukah Latke Dinner
The Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Isreal hosts this feast Dec. 9, 5:30pm. Come enjoy some fabulous latkes for a good cause! (Every year, CBI’s Brotherhood raises money to send youth to Israel.) BYO menorah and dreidels.
Holiday Model Trains at ArtSpace
Model trains will be choo-choo-ch’boogie-in’ all across the Round Rock ArtSpace this holiday season. All are welcome to stop by and see the miniature landscapes and cityscapes come to life. Free, Now through December 31, Wednesdays through Sundays, 12pm-5pm.
Lakeline Mall Santa
Welcome to Santa Central. Check the events listings at Lakeline for detail on Santa’s general schedule (for your naughty but nicers), Pet Photos With Santa, People Photos With Santa of course (LOL), and more.
West Austin Business Holiday Luncheon
Join WACC Dec. 13 for this festive networking luncheon featuring a nonprofit showcase, wreath auction, networking activities, live music provided by Musicians Woodshed and that warm feeling that comes from local networking.
Christmas Towne 2018
This Round Rock tradition at Old Settlers/Dell Diamond parking lot runs Dec. 13-23 and features amazing light displays including a walking tunnel of lights, full-scale carnival rides, holiday refreshments, and more. Fun for all ages!
Selfies With Santa
Santa’s hip with the internet at Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church in Cedar Park. And he also knows that sometimes the same sort of experience at a mall can be a sensory overload. So come on down to this chill Santa visit on Dec. 15, sign-in, relax with a craft, or sit for an elf story time. Then the staff will come get you when it’s your family’s turn.
Holiday Decor Making
The Dec. 15 edition of the Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline features free holiday swag using local wreath materials like yaupon, rosemary, juniper, pinecones, pine, ribbons, and all the equipment needed to make a beautiful door decoration for the festive month ahead.
Festival of Carols at Hope Presbyterian Church
Hope PC presents their children’s, youth, and adult choirs combined in a service of lessons and carols in two shows on Dec. 16, 8:30am and 11am, accompanied by orchestra – and the audience is invited to sing along! The more than 100 musicians will be joined by the Unity Dancers for two of the carols. The orchestra is comprised of outstanding professional musicians who join with the church’s own Hope musicians.
Nearby ArtBarnATX offers classes and sessions to explore that creative itch. Make a personalized gift at Handmade with Love for the Holidays on Dec. 16. Each person may create three gifts: a suminagashi pot (your color choice), ceramic ornament, and bath bombs per handmade gift set.
Austin Symphony: Christmas in the Community
Our city symphony brings this string quartet event to Macy’s at Lakeline Mall on Dec 16, 5:30pm. Free for everyone.
Merry Mix Party: Backstreet Boys
The HEB Center brings the boys from the street to the park, Cedar Park, that is. It all happens Dec. 16. Michael Franti opens.
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street, Dec. 19, 3:30pm! All-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood.
Moviehouse & Eatery
Holiday fiasco flicks are on tap at this NW movie house with a full service kitchen and bar. While you’re at it, don’t forget the giftcards.
Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline
The Alamo’s December calendar is packed with family friendly (and a few leave-the-kids-at-home) events to revel in, celebrate, and sometimes send-up the holidays. Giftcards make great stocking stuffers.
Laugh-A-Lot Mobile Art Events
Sure, those strip mall painting parties can be fun, but Laugh-A-Lot brings the painting (and other art) party to you. Hurry to book your party now and come away with some handmade gifts; December slots are filling fast.
There’s still time to book your school lock-in, neighborhood bowl-a-thon, or team-building holiday hullabaloo at NW Austin’s house o’ fun. Also: Giftcards.
Head out to the ‘tank on New Year’s Eve for a Lip Sync Battle with a $500 prize. Props and costumes encouraged. RSVP now to enter the contest or just come on out to cheer and ring in the New Year.
More Events Across the City
Asian-American Resource Center Events
From fun frolics like “This Asian American Life” from Hot Pot Comedy and “A People of Color Christmas” to Tai Chi, yoga, ESL and more, our AARC brings people together and invites all neighbors to come in and enjoy the coziness of community.
Visit Austin Event Calendar
Our city’s visitors’ bureau has one of the best events calendars around. The staff does a great job of highlighting a diverse array of Austin’s cultural assets and landmarks. And it’s not just for tourists!
The City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department event calendar highlights Austin happenings celebrating many cultural traditions at rec and cultural facilities all over the city.
Community Impact offers a list of places in NW Austin to direct your charitable heart.
Be sure to check Part 1 of this series, our Thanksgiving round-up!
Keep an eye our for our third post coming soon, where we’ll share our full list of food gifts, meal prep, restaurants, hot retail outlets, and gift experiences to take care of the rest of all your holiday needs. Feel free to send your favorites – great locally owned District 6 food and gift options on your list – so we can expand this list to share with neighbors and encourage everyone to buy local, right in our own District 6 backyard!