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SantaCon and More Events in Austin This Weekend

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Hello December! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone the holiday season is officially a go.

There are so many awesome things to do in Austin this weekend to help kick off the festivities. Luckily you have come to the perfect place to find the inside scoop on each of them!

You’re going to need your Santa suit, running shoes, and a whole bunch of holiday spirit to tackle this weekend. Are you ready?

Calling all Santas! SantaCon is taking over Rainey Street this Saturday and you do not want to be the only Santa not present.

This Santa-themed pub crawl includes drink specials, games, team competitions, prizes, and more. Participating bars are Lustre Pearl Rainey (starting point), Bungalow, Container Bar, Clive Bar, and Parlour Room. 

Put your Santa suit on and round up your reindeer pals it’s sure to be a jolly good time. To top it off, all proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas–so in a way, you’re fully embracing what it means to be Santa.

All this fun for a good cause is just another reason the holiday season is the best time of the year!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 7 | 2PM–4PM
📍 Rainey Street

Holiday markets are a personal favorite of mine. I’m not sure exactly what it is that draws me to them, but I do know I love them.

I discovered Christmas on Mercer seven years ago and thank goodness I did. Mercer Street runs through Dripping Spring’s old downtown area and for the market they will be closing down the street for the day.

You can find local vendors selling all sorts of items. Whether you’re looking for something personalized or a good homemade jam, you’re going to find it and more. Businesses located on Mercer Street open up their doors and welcome guests in.

Some of my favorite businesses you will find this weekend is Vintage Soul, an adorable boutique, Hudson’s on Mercer, an awesome music venue serving up light bites and drinks, plus stop by the Barber Shop and Acopon for a beer.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 7 | 10AM–5PM
📍 Mercer Street

Thinkery21 Jingle Booze Santacon And More Events In Austin This Weekend 2022

3. Thinkery21 Jingle Booze | 21+

The Thinkery might be for kids but on Friday night they’re turning it into an adults-only holiday wonderland. Grab your ugly sweater and enjoy a night of fun activities and tasty drinks!

Food and drink activities include whiskey tastings from Still Austin Whiskey Co., baking holiday pies with Tiny Pies, make and sample tamales, and so much more. Check out the complete list of activities on Thinkery’s page

Holiday’s are meant for awkward family photos so round up your crew and hop into the awkward family photo booth or stop in the s-elfie room.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 5 | 7PM–10PM
📍 Thinkery

Want to be one of the first to check out the 2019 Trail of Lights display? Well, this is your chance!

Each year the Trail of Lights hosts the Fun Run to kick-off the year. They invite people from all over to participate (run, walk, or stroll) in the 5k in their best holiday costume. The course begins at the famous Zilker tree and navigates runners through the light displays.

Following the run, hang around for the ultimate post-race after-party. Participants will receive one drink coupon that can be redeemed for a beer or a cup of hot cocoa. There will be activities such as a dance party, costume contest, and more waiting for you at the finish line. 

New this year, the fun run is introducing waves to allow more runners and less chaos. There will be four start times for you to choose from when you are registering for the run, 6PM, 6:30PM, 7PM, and 7:30PM.

If running just isn’t your thing but you still want to get a sneak peek, I have just the thing. The Trail of Lights Preview Night is Friday and is complete with gourmet bites, cocktails, exclusive VIP access to the trail, and more. Tickets will go fast so grab yours before it’s too late. 

Event Details
🗓 DEC 7 | 6PM–10PM
📍 Zilker Park

Downtown Holiday Stroll 25Th Anniversary Santacon And More Events In Austin This Weekend 2022

5. Downtown Holiday Stroll: 25th Anniversary

There are lots of holiday tree lightings each year but only one is celebrating 25 years of lighting up downtown Austin. The downtown tree lighting will be taking place Saturday night and is the perfect family-friendly event. 

In addition to the tree lighting, there will be lots of activities to keep everyone happy and entertained. They will have live music to set the tone for the evening. You can shop from vendors at the pop-up market, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, let the kids run crazy in the kid’s play area, and then take them to get a photo with Santa!

In honor of the silver anniversary, there will be special photo ops and plenty of surprises so you don’t want to miss out on this Austin holiday tradition. Not to mention it’s free!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 7 | 5PM–10PM
📍 Downtown Austin

Holiday Events

This is just the start of all the Holiday events. There are many more to come and Stuff to Do in Austin is here to keep you up to date and in the loop on all things merry and bright.

Be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages and if you really want to know the inside scoop on events, join our party (aka our Facebook Group). 

If you want to get a head start on what to expect this year take a look at our 2019 Holiday guide for our recommendations. 

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi Hendrix

Lexi is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Austin City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Austin area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAustin on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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