Trail of Lights and More Events in Austin This Weekend

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The holiday season is in full swing and with so many things to do in Austin each weekend, it can be overwhelming to make the decision of WHAT to do. Luckily you have found the one-stop-shop for all the best events you won’t want to miss.

The beloved Austin Trail of Lights officially opens up this week and I’ve got the complete schedule for you. Not to mention Austin’s only cocktail festival is going down this weekend and you still have a chance to grab tickets. 

Read more about the events I mentioned above plus more awesome things happening this weekend right here. 

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The most popular light display in all of Austin is back and brighter than ever. The 2019 Trail of Lights will feature a number of light displays and interactive spaces for you to stroll through.

In addition to all the awesome visual aspects of the Trail of Lights, you can find local merchants and live music! Be sure to check out the new wine bar located in Zilker Village where you can also make s’mores and roast your marshmallows.  

While some nights you are required to have tickets, there are also some nights with free admission, including the grand opening night. Additionally, there are themed nights featuring special activities or honoring heroes. Check out the schedule below to see what night is best for you!

December 10: Grand Opening – Free Admission
December 11: Heroes Night – Free Admission
December 12: Movie Night – Free Admission
December 13: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 14: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 15: UT Night – Free Admission
December 16: Regular Night – Free Admission
December 17: Regular Night – Free Admission
December 18: Regular Night – Free Admission
December 19: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 20: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 21: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 22: Regular Night – Ticket Required
December 23: Closing Night – Ticket Required

Event Details
🗓 DEC 10–23 | 7PM–10PM
📍 Zilker Park

This 12-day holiday market is an annual tradition here in Austin. It takes over the Palmer Events Center the final 12 days leading up to Christmas. 

You can find all sorts of goods to gift your loved ones for the holidays. Not to mention there are two bars serving drinks and food as well as live music every day of the market. 

Event Details
🗓 DEC 13–23 | 10AM–10PM
🗓 DEC 24 | 11AM–8PM
📍 Palmer Events Center

It’s no secret that Austin’s cocktail scene is unique. This Saturday night you have the opportunity to experience the Austin cocktail experience all in one place.

The festival will feature 20 different cocktails from some of Austin’s best mixologists. Guests will enjoy live music and delicious food made from chefs right here in the city! 

There are two ticket levels, socialite and VIP. The socialite includes access to select drinks throughout the night, bites made by local chefs from 7PM–9PM, fun activations, and more.

The VIP experience is for you cocktail connoisseurs. It includes entertaining service from award-winning mixologists, gourmet food made by local chefs, festival gifts, private lounge seating, exclusive tasting of select liquors, plus early and express entrance.

Event Details
🗓 DEC 14 | 6PM–11PM
📍 Austin American-Statesman

Hey you! Yeah, you. Do you love Instagram? Do you love the holiday season? Well, I have just the event for you and it is happening this weekend and this weekend ONLY!

Have you ever seen those pop-up museums where people go and take pictures? They’re usually themed, like tacos and margs, or valentines. Well, this one is holiday-themed, which instantly makes it 10 times better than all the others.

If you haven’t taken photos for your holiday cards then I hate to break it to you, but you are already behind. But luckily you can snag them this weekend at Sleigh. Select the time you want to check it out, purchase your tickets, and you are good to take all the photos you desire!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 14 & 15 | 9AM–8PM
📍 Victoria’s House & Garden

Are you ready fur the best but ugliest howliday pawty of the season? Also, can you tell what I am referring to with all of the puns? It’s time for BYOD’s (Bring Your Own Dog) Ugly Sweater Pawty!

That ugly sweater you bought for your pup that you have been holding onto all year is finally going to come in handy. It could even win you and your pup the ugly sweater contest. The three categories for the contest are funniest, most creative, and best couple. 

There will be raffle prizes throughout the afternoon. Prizes include a Tito’s Vodka gift basket, a $50 gift card to Upstairs at Caroline, Bravado Dog Grooming gift basket, Dog on Fleek human and dog swag, and a Trader Joe’s dog treat basket.

All pups will leave with a goody bag packed full of freebies and discounts. Humans will find freebies such as class cards to ToddPilates & Barre South Austin, an exclusive play day pass to Little Kahunas Pet Resort, Chippin treats, and professional puparazzi downloads from the day.

Discounts include 50% off Dirty Dog Self-Serve Bath, 20% off Big Man Dog Sitting, and 20% off Dog on Fleek. Talk about sweet goody bag your pups won’t be able to stop barking about.

Tickets are free for BYOD members and $15 for non-members–if you’re a member, you’ll receive 10% off drink purchases at the pawty.

If you aren’t already a member, now is the perfect time to join. For only $36 a year, you get access to so many awesome meetups and sweet perks! You can learn more about membership here

Event Details
🗓 DEC 14 | 1PM–3PM
📍 Lustre Pearl East

The holiday season is a busy season and for that reason,​ we have even more events for you to check out!

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.