With its clear crisp evenings and pleasant daytime temperatures, visitors may not think of Austin as a winter wonderland. But what the Texas capital lacks in snow, it more than makes up for in things to see and do. Locals and businesses embrace the season with a variety of holiday events in Austin; at the Hotel, larger-than-life decor and our spectacular new Ice Rodeo event invite you to reconnect with friends and family in a meaningful way.
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Austin Holiday Experiences

  • Two dancers performing ballet with back up dancers behind them in a red and blue scene.
    Ballet Austin’s "The Nutcracker"

    From festive sets to colourful costumes, Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker is one of Austin’s favourite holiday traditions, featuring hundreds of dancers and live accompaniment by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

  • A shining sign that reads "Trail of Lights".
    Trail of Lights

    Started in 1965 as a small gathering known as "Yule Fest," Trail of Lights has grown into a holiday extravaganza with more than 40 displays, two million lights and family-friendly activities that create countless memories.

  • A blue lit Christmas tree in front of a capital building at night.
    Capitol Tree and Holiday Stroll

    Celebrate the season with free, family-friendly activities, ranging from a holiday shopping passport and downtown window and light displays to festive pop-ups and the signature 45-foot Capitol Christmas tree.

  • Shelves of cowboy boots of varying colours including black, brown and beige.
    Holiday Shopping

    From SoCo’s quirky boutiques to 2nd Street’s upscale options, Austin’s distinctive shopping districts make it easy to find "uniquely Austin" gifts and souvenirs for those you love.

  • Two guests run together along a tree-lined path
    Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail

    Take advantage of sunny days and cooler temperatures to explore the Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail behind the Hotel. Complimentary trail maps are available in The Spa.

  • A white sign with a large tree and the sun behind it that reads "Barton Springs"
    Barton Springs Pool

    This spring-fed swimming hole maintains an average water temperature of 68 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 – 21 degrees Celsius), making it a year-round spot for aquatic adventures. Don’t miss the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day, a tradition for nearly four decades.

On-Property Activities

A small girl in winter clothes ice skating.

Ice Rodeo

Saddle up for Ice Rodeo, one of Austin’s newest and most luxurious holiday traditions. Ice Rodeo features an open-air skating rink overlooking Lady Bird Lake, luxe "cabins" for gathering with friends and family and over-the-top holiday decor, from a 30-foot Christmas tree to a life-size gingerbread Airstream trailer in the Hotel’s lobby.
A small girl in a red dress sitting with a large teddy bear at a table with tea and small desserts.

Teddy Bear Brunch

If you liked our Teddy Bear Teas of old, you’ll love this upgraded holiday event. Taking place December 10 and 17, each brunch will feature a lavish spread of festive food and drink, visits with Santa and whimsical teddy bear decor that will delight the imaginations of kids of all ages. Guests are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear or children’s toy as a donation to a local non-profit. For reservations, please call +1 (512) 478-4500. USD 85 per adult and USD 50 per child.
A large bone in pork chop on herbs next to a glass of wine.

Holiday Dining

Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends in Ciclo and our elegant Four Seasons Ballroom, complete with expansive buffets of traditional favourites and holiday-inspired dishes.
A woman lies on a spa table with four hot stones laid on her back

Festive Spa Treatments

Embrace the best of winter with a results-oriented Snow’s Kiss Facial or an invigorating Fire + Ice Massage. Or, give a festive twist to any 50- or 80-minute massage or body treatment by adding on a relaxing Peppermint Scalp Enhancement.
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Ice Rodeo Package

Experience one of Austin’s biggest winter events with admission for two and a s’mores kit.

A small girl in winter clothes ice skating.
  • Valid for Selected Dates Between Dec 5 2022 – Jan 8 2023
    Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.


  • Admission to Ice Rodeo and a s’mores kit for up to two guests
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