Holiday Guide

Dec. 19-20:A 17th Century Venetian Christmas 
(Courtesy Ensemble VIII)
Dec. 19-20:A 17th Century Venetian Christmas (Courtesy Ensemble VIII)

Dec. 19-20:A 17th Century Venetian Christmas (Courtesy Ensemble VIII)

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Dec. 8: Westlake Wonderfest (Courtesy Westlake Chamber of Commerce)
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Nov. 23-Dec. 24: Hill Country Galleria Holiday Village (Courtesy Hill Country Galleria)
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Dec. 7: Breakfast with Santa (Courtesy Lakeway Activity Center)
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Dec. 7: Holiday in the park & Craft Fair (Courtesy Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District)
Christmas Sip & Shop

Nov. 16

Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery will host its annual Sip & Shop event this holiday season. The celebration will feature 20 different vendors, barbecue and live music performances. Free. Noon-5 p.m.

Iron Wolf Ranch and Distillery, 101 CR 409, Spicewood


Holiday at the Oaks

Nov. 20

The Oaks at Lakeway will host the second annual Holiday at the Oaks event, featuring a tree lighting, photos, retail specials, Santa Claus and live music. Free. 5-7 p.m.

The Oaks at Lakeway, 1900 S. RR 620, Lakeway


Hill Country Galleria Holiday Village

Nov. 23-Dec. 24

The Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave will host its annual Holiday Village, featuring 20 local vendors, from November through December. Guests can shop for custom gifts throughout the galleria, listen to carolers, enjoy cider and visit Santa, who will arrive on the village’s opening day. Families can have their photos taken with Santa and his reindeer. Free. Nov. 24. Thu.-Sun. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave


Winter Wonderland Holiday Expo

Nov. 30

The second annual Winter Wonderland will be hosted by All Tied Up Marketing and Promotions and feature local vendors, including Pampered Chef and Mary Kay. Free. Noon-6 p.m.

Berry Creek Country Club, 30500 Berry Creek Drive, Georgetown


Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 7

The Lakeway Activity Center will host its annual Breakfast With Santa event that features toys, photos and breakfast catered by Santana’s Catering. Registration for the family-friendly event will begin Nov. 15 for Lakeway Activity Center members and Nov. 16 for the general public. $20. 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek Road, Lakeway


Holiday in the Park and Craft Fair

Dec. 7

Join the Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District for the annual holiday event at Cat Hollow Park. The holiday festival and craft fair will feature Santa, a bounce house, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, carolers and local artisans. Free. Noon-3 p.m.

Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock


Lake Travis lighted boat parade

Dec. 7

The Crosswater Yacht Club will host the sixth annual Lake Travis lighted boat parade. Club members are encouraged to decorate their boats and participate in the parade. Guests can watch the parade lights from Dink Pearson Park. Free. 6-10 p.m.

Crosswater Yacht Club, 1505 Hurst Creek Road, Austin


Jingle Bell Run

Dec. 7

The Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce will host the Jingle Bell Run 5K beginning at the Hill Country Galleria. The event will also feature a children’s run for kids 5-8 years old and a costume contest for people and pets. $15 (kids), $29.99 (adults). 8-10 a.m.

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave


Westlake Wonderfest

Dec. 8

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce will host Westlake Wonderfest at Westlake High School. The annual free event will feature food, entertainment and games. Wonderfest will take place in Westlake’s Chapparal Stadium parking lot. Free. 2-4 p.m.

Westlake High School, 4100 Westbank Drive, Austin


A 17th-Century Venetian Christmas


Ensemble VIII, a baroque voice ensemble, will perform an arrangement of 17th-century Venetian-style music from composers such as Gabrieli and Monteverdi. $10-$45. 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin


Cirque Musica

Dec. 24

The Cirque Musica cast will present holiday wishes at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. A full symphony orchestra will perform an arrangement of holiday hits accompanied by acrobats and aerialists. $25-$75. 2 p.m.

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park


New Year’s Eve celebration

Dec. 31

Guests are invited to celebrate the new year at the Oasis on Lake Travis. The event will feature a performance from Dysfunkshun Junkshun. Registration is required. $165. 7 p.m.

The Oasis on Lake Travis, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin512-266-2442
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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