Light path, nutcracker, zilk tree

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It’s not Christmas yet. Here are a few cherished Austin vacation traditions that you can still enjoy.

37th street

An eclectic showcase of Austin pride and the Christmas cheer, neighbors and supporters of the tradition unite each year to line up multi-colored lights and bold decorations on almost every tree, roof and fence in this strip of 37th Street. Walk through this two-decade local tradition starting at Guadalupe and 37th Street.

More information: Free, runs until January 1st.

– Gang Ayers

More:A 2021 guide to Christmas lights in and around central Texas

Outdoor Armadillo Bazaar in the Palmer Events Center

The 45 year old Austin Christmas music and shopping event is moving outside this year to create “a safe, family-friendly arts scene”. Over 100 artists will be there. With its duration compressed to three days, the musical part of the events will include two acts each day, each of which will play two sets. Latin Grammy-nominated pop artist Gina Chavez and blues sensation Jackie Venson will perform on Friday. On Saturday, Grammy-nominated blues and Americana artist Ruthie Foster as well as soul dynamos Tomar and the FCs will serenade your shopping. And on Sunday the powerhouse singers Carolyn Wonderland and Shelley King as well as the country soul kings Shinyribs will close the event.

More information: $ 10, open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily December 17-19, armadillobazaar.com.

– Deborah Sengupta Stith

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Austin Trail of Lights

This iconic Christmas is returning for the 57th and second year as a drive-through event to illuminate Zilker Park with over two million lights. Stay warm in your car and cruise through light displays of all shapes and sizes. Open every evening until December 31st (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), with some fun themed evenings. You need to reserve a time-trial pass online to be able to set off.

More information: $ 30- $ 40 for general admission, open through December 31st (closed December 24th and 25th, closed to the public December 28th and 29th), austintrailoflights.org.

– AA

More:This is what the Austin Trail of Lights thoroughfare looks like

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”

Ballet Austin stages an opulent rendition of the classic Christmas show in the Long Center, which attracts tens of thousands, many of them very young, every year. More than 20 full-time dancers are accompanied on stage by dozens of members of the Ballet Austin Academy and some celebrated local guests.

More information: $ 20- $ 99, runs on select dates through December 23, balletaustin.org.

– Michael Barnes

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Christmas movies

As usual, Austin cinemas show vacation classics. You can still see “White Christmas” (December 19th) and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (December 19th) at the Paramount Theater. AFS Cinemas has Christmas deep cuts like “Remember the Night” (December 20th and 23rd), “The Thin Man” (December 21st and 25th) and “Fanny and Alexander” (December 22nd and 26th) as well as regular ones -Low cut “It’s a Wonderful Life” (December 24th and 25th).

More information:Ticket prices vary, austintheatre.org and austinfilm.org.

– Eric Webb

More:Where to see Austin Christmas Movies, from “Elf” to “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Mozart’s Christmas light show

On the edge of Lake Austin, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters is known for its musical and lighted holiday nightly shows. Grab a coffee and dessert and enjoy the reflections of lights on the water and a Bavarian market square. Parking is limited so plan accordingly. Mozart’s is bringing back the table reservation created for pandemic security reasons in 2020 together with the option “standing room only” for general admission.

More information: General tickets are free and reserved tables start at $ 20, running through Jan 6, mozartscoffee.com/pages/annual-christmas-light-show.

– AA

“A Christmas Story” from the Zach Theater

Charles Dickens’ novella about stingy Scrooge and the loving Cratchit family has been adapted in thousands of ways. None of them resemble director Dave Steakley’s glamorous, ethnically diverse theatrical rework. He has added songs from a variety of traditions and attracted top talent while ignoring some staid casting customs.

More information: $ 25- $ 95, runs on select dates through January 2nd, zachtheatre.org.

– MB

More:What we know about the traditional lighting of Austin’s Zilker Holiday Tree this year

Zilker Christmas tree

The Zilker Tree is one of Austin’s few remaining moonlight towers, originally purchased by the City of Detroit in 1894 to illuminate the streets of Austin with bright carbon-arc lamps. Every year the city installs a garland of electric light on the 55 meter high Zilker Moonlight Tower to create the familiar conical shape of a pine tree. The work teams set up a total of 3,309 lights, including 39 streamers with 81 multi-colored 25-watt LED lamps each.

More information: Free, open until New Years, austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree.

– Roberto Villalpando

Hannah Contreras (left) and Charles Dye turn under the Zilker Holiday Tree during its first lighting in Zilker Park on November 27th.


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