A Christmas Story– November 27-December 29th at the Topfer Theatre
Based on the classic holiday film, young Ralphie and his quest for the Red Ryder B.B. Gun comes to delightful life on stage! Visions of pink bunny suits, tongues stuck on flagpoles, turkey-loving dogs and Pop’s beloved fishnet leg lamp will make all your family’s sugar-plum Christmas wishes come true.
Rock’N Light Holiday Tour– December 2-31, Old Settler Park, 6-10pm
Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour is back and bigger and brighter than ever! Come and experience the second annual Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour featuring all new displays and the new Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season.
Handel’s Messiah– December 3, Riverbend Centre, 8pm
The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family! Both a holiday classic and a city favorite, this night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing! For more information visit
Follow the Star– December 5-7, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 6:30-9:30pm
Follow The Star is an outdoor drive-through and walkthrough production featuring ten critical scenes of the life of Jesus Christ. Professional sound, lighting and nearly 250 cast and crew members make this a spectacular event.This production is distinct from other outdoor Christmas productions because it features, not only the Nativity scene of Jesus, but His death and resurrection as well.
Ballet Magnificat– December 7, at Life Church, 6:30pm
Ballet Magnificat! is an arts organization dedicated to presenting the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. Professional touring companies have performed nationally and internationally, ministering to audiences in the United States and around the world.
The Austin Symphony, Christmas Sing-Along– December 10, Riverbend Centre, 8pm
Families gather each year to get into the spirit of the season by joyfully singing along with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and chorus. Scheduled guests also include Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the big man himself, Santa Claus. It’s an evening of fun for everyone in the family. This event is free but you must have a ticket.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra– December 26, Frank Erwin Center, 3pm & 8pm
A Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday concert is a multi-sensory Christmas rock extravaganza, with a jaw-dropping combination of soaring vocals, ribcage-rattling guitars, booming percussion, sparkling lasers and fiery flash pots. “The Lost Christmas Eve” includes several Trans-Siberian hits such as “Wizards in Winter,” “What Child Is This,” “Christmas Nights in Blue” and “Christmas Canon Rock.”
Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker – Saturday, December 7-23 – Whether first-timer or seasoned fan, you’re in for a fabulous treat with the 51st annual production of Austin’s holiday tradition. This year, Artistic Director Stephen Mills brings you the beloved tale and his acclaimed choreography enhanced by the World Premiere of spectacular new sets and costume designs.
Blue Genie Bazaar – November 29 – December 24, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) features thousands of handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. In addition to shopping, there will be a number of special art and music events throughout the nearly four-week show. BGAB is a FREE, family-friendly event, organized as an open shopping experience where shoppers can browse in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Light foods, beverages and full bar also available. BGAB will again support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas via ‘Make-A-Wish Mondays’ where the bazaar donates 10% of profits Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd to the charity. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin.
Renegade Craft Fair – November 30 and December 1, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. It will be a handmade holiday weekend at the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Austin. Hundreds of today’s best and brightest indie makers will be on hand with their handmade goods. Expect a vibrant and festive atmosphere at the fair; attendees can skip the Black Friday crowds and bring the whole family to buy handmade and support local artists from their community. Local DJs from Waterloo Records will be spinning jams all weekend to keep the atmosphere lively as shoppers peruse each booth. Palmer Events Center will be festively decorated with installations from Rachael Currie. Kick back and check things off your gift list while relaxing in the vintage lounge area, created for Renegade shoppers by Loot Vintage Rentals. Renegade visitors are invited to take a photo to commemorate their indie shopping experience in the FREE photo booth provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co. FREE to attend. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
Cherrywood Art Fair – Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Don’t miss this holiday shopping mecca! Vendors, live music, interactive family activities, and more. Cherrywood Art Fair is FREE to the public! Maplewood Elementary, 3808 Maplewood Ave, Austin.
Weihnachtsmarkt, a German Christmas Market – Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The German Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice and gingerbread cookies and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day. Historic German Free School, 507 E. 10th St. at Red River St., Austin.
A Sami Show – Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Holiday arts & crafts market. Adults $6; kids 12 and under FREE. $1 off coupon. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar – December 17 – 24, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Hot music, fine art and cold beer have made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: a fusion of an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from more than 160 artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience. Admission is $7 per adult; children 12 and under are FREE. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church – Just in time for the holidays! Come out to enjoy great holiday shopping at this family-friendly event to be held in Benish Center on November 9 & 10 from 9am to 3pm. You’ll be sure to find something to surprise and delight all those on your Christmas shopping list. Vendors from all over central Texas will be here to feature unique crafts, home décor and lots of other goodies! Admission is free and concessions will be available. St. Margaret Mary, 1101 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park.
FBC Children’s Weekday Christmas Spectacular – Thursday, November 7, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, November 8, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Christmas Spectacular is a 3-day shopping event that benefits the FBC Children’s Weekday Education Program. FREE admission, door prizes, themed gift basket drawing. Over 70 vendors selling children’s items, home and garden, jewelry, gourmet foods, and more. First Baptist Church, 1333 W University Ave, Georgetown.
Hutto Hometown Holiday Christmas Fair – Saturday, December 14, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artisans, craft booths, festival foods, handmade items, live entertainment, children’s area, meet Santa, and snow! Downtown Hutto.
Manchaca United Methodist Church Craft Show – Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All crafts are handmade. Find gifts for all ages. FREE admission. 1011 FM 1626, at the southeast corner of FM 1626 & Manchaca Road.
Pfall Pfest Craft Show – Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. It’s the best place in town to start your holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a special friend. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shop right through lunch as food proceeds benefit the Senior Activity Center. Admission is FREE! Pflugerville Rec Center, 400 Immanuel Rd, Pflugerville.
Holiday Bazaar – Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A variety of vendors will be present for you to start shopping for unique and handcrafted items. Admission is FREE, but shoppers are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for the Round Rock Food Pantry. Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock.
Cinnamon Bear Show – Thursday, November 7 – Saturday, November 9. Community Christian Church, 4300 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock.
A Sami Show – Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 17, from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Holiday arts & crafts market. Adults $5; kids 12 and under FREE. $1 off coupon. Dell Diamond, Round Rock.
Market of Hope – Saturday, November 23, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Come get a jump start on socially responsible Christmas shopping at this community market day, where you will find unique handmade products from all over the world. The non-profits and organizations featured at Market of Hope empower families and communities by providing education, training, finances, and restoration ministry to victims of human trafficking and economic slavery. 100% of Market of Hope purchases will go directly back into the featured non-profits and organizations. Main Street Plaza, Round Rock.