ZACH Theatre – A Christmas Carol
Dec. 9 – Jan. 2
After two years, Austin’s hottest holiday tradition is BACK, with all-new music and surprises to ring in the season. ZACH’s singular adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras.
This family-friendly spectacular creates an infectious spirit that has everyone dancing in the aisles. Celebrate the season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.
Ballet Austin – The Nutcracker
From the scrumptious sets and costumes to the colorful characters you adore, Ballet Austin’s annual production of THE NUTCRACKER is Austin’s favorite holiday tradition! Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Share this sweet treat with your favorite people and celebrate the season with Ballet Austin.
Palmer Events Center – Armadillo Bazaar Outside
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (The Armadillo), an Austin holiday shopping icon
for over 45 seasons, announces a new rendition of an Austin tradition, Armadillo Bazaar
Outside is still the place for locals and visitors to buy art and artful gifts while enjoying live
Pivoting from an earlier announcement of an indoor festival, Armadillo Bazaar Outside will offer
a three-day in-person event December 17-19. To create a safe, family friendly fine-art scene,
Armadillo Bazaar Outside will take place outdoors on the grounds of the Palmer Events Center,
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Nov. 19 – Dec. 24
The first Blue Genie Art Bazaar was held in 2001 at the BGA shop, where we sold items made by Blue Genie employees. Without putting much thought into it, we built a few walls, hung up some clip lights, swept the floor — and then opened the doors. It was soon apparent that we had something exciting on our hands. Now, the Bazaar features the handmade, unique work of over 200 artists, whom we select from a talented pool of more than 400 applicants each year. In 2020, we launched our online shop which provides a piece of the Bazaar experience all year round.
Ladybird Wildflower Center – Luminations
Dec. 2 – Jan. 30
Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in our gardens and natural areas every December and January. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.