Here are 10 ongoing holiday activities to enjoy over winter break in the Austin-area

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents its winter light event, Luminations, through Jan. 3. (Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents its winter light event, Luminations, through Jan. 3. (Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents its winter light event, Luminations, through Jan. 3. (Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center)

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Music Lane and the South Congress Avenue Shopping District have been decorated for the holidays since Black Friday. (Courtesy Music Lane)
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Austin's holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)
Christmas may be fast approaching, but with local school districts beginning their winter breaks, there is still a chance to see holiday lights, take seasonal strolls or attend a virtual winter event over the next two weeks. This list is not comprehensive.

Browse the Lone Star Holiday Market (through Dec. 20)

The Hill Country Galleria kicked off the Lone Star Holiday Market in November. The holiday market is located on the west end of the shopping center. In addition to the galleria’s 100 storefronts, the Lone Star Holiday Market features gifts, holiday drinks, gift-wrapping services and holiday music. The collection of pop-up shops will be located next to the Milk + Honey Spa. 2-8 p.m. Free. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com/holidaymarket

Visit Santa’s Wonderland at the Hill Country Galleria (through Dec. 24)

Guests can explore a decorated Santa’s Wonderland display and meet Santa Claus for a photo opportunity. The event will be located next to the James Avery storefront. Times vary through Christmas Eve. Free. Reservations are required at www.whereissanta.com. Professional photography available for $40-$50. 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-263-0001. www.hillcountrygalleria.com


Watch Chorus Austin's holiday concert (Dec. 19-31)

For its 56th year, local nonprofit music organization Chorus Austin is holding its annual holiday concert, but this time 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. The live concert stream begins online at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 and is available to watch online through Dec. 31. Free. 512-719-3300. www.chorusaustin.org

Take a stroll along South Congress Ave. (through Dec. 31)

Music Lane and the South Congress Avenue Shopping District have been decorated for the holidays since Black Friday, and nightly holiday-themed activities and live music take place through Dec. 31. Masks are strongly encouraged at all times. Hours for individual activities vary and can be found online. Free. South Congress Avenue between West Johanna Street and East Riverside Drive. www.musiclaneatx.com/socostroll

Shop at the Armadillo Art Concierge (through Jan. 1)

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

Drive the Peppermint Parkway (through Jan. 3)

The Circuit of The Americas provides a new drive-thru experience along 1 mile of its course this winter. The Peppermint Parkway includes 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). Prices start at $35 per car. 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-301-6600. www.circuitoftheamericas.com/peppermint

Enjoy A Rockin’ Holiday Concert (through Jan. 3)

The Zach Theatre presents outdoor 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

Drive down Austin’s trail of lights (through Jan. 3)

Austin’s annual holiday lights display is being hosted as a drive-thru event in this winter, and continues through Jan. 3 and is open nightly for vehicles except for nights in which it is closed for private events. $25-$35 general admission can be purchased in advance. Zilker Park, 2208 Lou Neff Road, Austin. www.austintrailoflights.org

View Luminations at the wildflower center (through Jan. 3)

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents its winter light event, Luminations, through Jan. 3. Visitors walk a one-way path to view audio and visual art installations through the Texas Arboretum. 6-9 p.m. daily; closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1. Free (ages 4 and under), $10 (ages 5-17), $18 (ages 18 and up) with discounts for members. 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. www.wildflower.org

Visit the Maywald House’s lights display (through Jan. 3)

The Southwest Austin home is decorated each year with holiday lights and displays. Visitors park and walk to the property, which is open nightly through Jan. 3 except when raining. Free, but visitors are asked to make a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 6-10 p.m. 10505 Twilight Vista, Austin. https://maywaldchristmasdisplay.weebly.com
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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