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, cozy nooks and creative activities invite you to reconnect with friends and family in a meaningful way.
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Austin Holiday Experiences

  • Large sculptures made out of metal and glowing Christmas lights including ornaments and presents.
    Peppermint Parkway

    Visitors can "race" into the holiday spirit with this magical drive-thru experience at Circuit of the Americas, featuring millions of holiday lights, 30-foot-tall decor and dancing entertainers.

  • 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 pathway with many lights leading to a large blue light next to small building.

    Held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this annual event showcases the natural wonder of winter in Austin with thousands of luminarias and festive lighting throughout the outdoor botanical oasis.

  • 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

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Gingerbread Village

Inspired by the magic of the North Pole, this year’s Gingerbread Village features 11 edible “houses,” from Santa’s Workshop and an Elf Dormitory to a bustling Town Square, complete with a live countdown to Christmas. The Village will be on display in the lobby from November 29 to December 28.
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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.
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Gourmet S’mores

Spend a winter evening around the Hotel’s cozy firepits, where kids and adults alike can roast their own gourmet s’mores. Made in-house, mint and cinnamon marshmallows are paired with Texas-shaped Vahlrona 68% dark chocolate and rich Caramelia milk chocolate, respectively, along with house-made graham cracker cookies. Roasting kits are available free of charge to guests (USD 10 for non-guests) every Thursday through Saturday night starting November 26. Please inquire at the Ciclo host stand.
A man in a suit holding a glass of Champagne.

Champagne Saturdays

Toast the season and learn more about the fascinating world of sparkling wines during complimentary side-by-side tastings with Ciclo sommelier Joe Pena, held each Saturday afternoon from November 27 to December 18.
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Holiday Parties in The Spa

Whether as a unique party venue or an experiential gift for the person who has everything, After-Hours at The Spa offers an exclusive evening complete with one 80-minute treatment per guest, a visit from our mobile margarita cart and private use of the entire Spa.
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Festive Spa Treatments

Indulge in a winter-inspired treatment, from a repairing Peppermint Facial to a Fire & Ice Massage, which uses cooling wintergreen and hot stone therapy to harness the healing benefits of cold and heat.
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