Choral concerts, light shows and more: 10 holiday events to check out in and around Northwest Austin

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From choral concerts to tree lighting ceremonies, here are holiday events for the whole family in Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

From choral concerts to tree lighting ceremonies, here are holiday events for the whole family in Northwest Austin. (Iain Oldman/Community Impact Newspaper)

NOVEMBER

NOW THROUGH JAN. 1

Armadillo Art Concierge

The annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is going virtual due to concerns over the coronavirus. This year’s event features hundreds of local artists, crafters and vendors accessible through an online shopping guide. www.artconcierge.armadillobazaar.com

NOV. 25-JAN. 3


Pop A Rockin’ Holiday Concert

The Zach Theatre presents performances of holiday songs and pop hits. The theater will have social distancing guidelines in place. Performance times vary by date. Starting at $25. 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-476-0594. www.zachtheatre.org/pop

NOV. 27-DEC. 24

Santa Land at the Hill Country Galleria

Explore a decorated Santa Land display and meet Santa Claus for a photo opportunity. Free. Reservations are required at www.whereissanta.com. Times vary from Nov. 27-Dec. 24. Professional photography available for $40-$50. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. www.hillcountrygalleria.com

NOV. 27-JAN. 3

Peppermint Parkway

Circuit of The Americas provides a new drive-thru experience along 1 mile of its course. The Peppermint Parkway will include light sculptures, a Santa Claus display, elves, and a drive-up concession stand with holiday drinks and snacks. 6-10 p.m. (weekdays), 6-11 p.m. (weekends and all of Christmas week). Price $35-$90. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. www.circuitoftheamericas.com/peppermint

NOV. 29-JAN. 3

Drive-thru trail of lights

Austin’s annual holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays located through Zilker Park. The trail is open nightly, but it will be closed to private events Dec. 2, 6, 29-30 and is closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan 1. 7 p.m. $25-$35 (general admission), other packages available. Zilker Park, 2207 Lou Neff Road, Austin. www.austintrailoflights.org

NOV. 29

Holiday tree lighting ceremony

Held virtually this year, the annual lighting of the Zilker Holiday Tree will be streamed on the Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube page, Facebook and local Channel 6. The event will include speakers and entertainment by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and Barton Hills Choir. The tree itself will be lit at Zilker Park each night Nov. 29-Jan. 1 and can be seen at the Trail of Lights or from afar. 6 p.m. Free. www.austintexas.gov/department/zilker-holiday-tree

DECEMBER

DEC. 5

Snow Ball: Project Transitions Runway

Local nonprofit Project Transitions is hosting an online fundraising event inspired by high fashion, featuring designers from “Project Runway,” with local entertainment and auctions. Proceeds from this event will go to help people in the Austin community living with HIV and AIDS. Virtual events begin at 6 p.m. Free to attend. 512-454-8646. www.projecttransitions.org/snowball

Dec. 6

Drummer Boy Live at H-E-B Center

Australian pop duo For King & Country is putting on a live production of its “A Drummer Boy” show in the H-E-B Center’s north parking lots. Two shows are scheduled on Dec. 6, with the earlier show beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the late show scheduled for 8:30 p.m. $99-$350 (per car). 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Dec. 19-31

Chorus Austin Holiday Concert

For its 56th year, local nonprofit music organization Chorus Austin is holding its annual holiday concert online. Admission to the virtual show is free, and donations will be accepted throughout the show. This holiday concert will feature new and previous recordings from Chorus Austin, according to the organization’s website. Concert begins online at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 and runs through Dec. 31. Free. 512-719-3300. www.chorusaustin.org

WORTH THE TRIP

Nov. 27-Jan. 3

Johnson City Lights Spectacular

Johnson City will host its 31st annual light display across the city’s downtown and town square. Some events are canceled due to COVID-19, but guests can tour the light displays with social-distancing measures enforced. Lights begin nightly at dusk. Free. 201 S. Avenue F, Johnson City. www.lightsspectacular.com

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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