Our top choices for things to do in Austin this Week of December 5, 2022, include How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Christmas at the Caverns, 58th Annual Austin Trail of Lights, and more! Austin is now among the fastest-growing metroplexes in the US! Keeping up with the growth, luckily, there’s plenty going on in Austin all days of the week.
There are things to do on Monday in Austin, of course, things to do in Austin on Saturday night, and everything in between! Some of you may be looking for things to do in Austin with family, while others may be focused on free things to do in Austin this week. Either way, you can be sure that we have you covered in our list below.
Deal Alert – Get the highly-rated Live Music Austin Crawl tour for just $85 for 2 adults!
Experience Austin’s live music scene on a tour led by a guide. Visit as many as three iconic clubs and up-and-coming venues and enjoy hearing live music with a group of fun fellow travelers. Don’t get caught listening to cover bands, listen to authentic music in one of the world’s music capitals.
- Live music tour in Austin Provides a great overview for first-time visitors
- Listen to a variety of live music at several venues
- Learn about the history of the Texas state capital
Get more information and book your Live Music Austin Crawl tour TODAY!!!
Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Monday
Christmas at the Natural Bridge Caverns is nothing but extra special! And this year, they’ll be kicking up the festivities a notch.
One of the things you can’t miss here is the carols that will echo throughout Texas’ largest underground cavern. They won’t sound like anything you’ve heard before. In addition to that, you can also visit Santa “Spelunker” Claus, join Mrs. Claus for story time, and help Santa round up his reindeer in the 5000 sq. ft. maze.
As the sun sets, their trail of lights will also light up the place and if you’re filling a little chilly, you can roast some s’mores by the campfire. There will also be bbq, music, and shopping.
When: Monday, December 5 – 23, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
How much: $17.99 – $46.99
Get ready for a magical skating experience at the Long Center because Geoji will be bringing the famous Rockefeller Center experience here to Austin!
Come by and skate under the beautiful lights with the best views of the city. You can also cozy up with a hot cup of cocoa, fresh popcorn, and Hot Toddy and Christmas cookies.
Your ticket includes a skate rental and an hour on the ice. However, make sure to reserve a spot now or tickets might get sold out on the day you arrive. Also, children under 12 would need adult supervision and younger kids under 5 would require an accompanying adult skater to get on the rink.
When: Monday, December 5, 2022 – January 1, 2023
How much: $15
Fun Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Tuesday
If you loved the animated special of the Grinch, then you’ll surely love this one too!
Narrated by Max the dog, the story revolves around the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small” who decides to steal Christmas from the Whos.
The sets and costumes of the musical are all inspired by the illustrations in the Dr. Seuss original which will help transport you to the whimsical world of Whoville. The musical will also feature hit songs like “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” Grab your tickets now!
When: Tuesday, December 6 – 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
How Much: $30 – $130
Holiday tree light shows really help put everybody in the holiday spirit and you can enjoy some of that every Tuesday at Domain NORTHSIDE.
They’ll be lighting up their wonderful tree every hour on the hour on Tuesdays so make sure you head on over a little earlier to get a good spot to take your holiday photos.
The holiday tree is located right next to The Lawn across the street from Apple.
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 12 p.m.
How Much: Free
Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Wednesday
If you’re looking for a proper Christmas light display to enjoy this season in Austin, look no further than the Marywald Christmas Light Display. Hailed as one of the best traditional displays in Austin, you’re sure to have fun here with your friends or family. There will be plenty of displays to see and also plenty of photo opportunities you should take so take it all in!
When: Wednesday, December 7 – 28, 2022 | 7 p.m.
How much: Free
Hear your favorite classic holiday tunes in a whole other way in this rock opera!
Progressive rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra is coming to Austin as part of their 2022 Winter Tour to present “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More” where they’ll play a completely updated presentation of old classics.
You’ll hear tunes like “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises To Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” They’ll also be performing more of TSO’s greatest hits like “Wizards In Winter,” “A Mad Russian’s Christmas,” and more in a second set.
When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Where: Moody Center, 2001 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712
How much: Starts at $49
Deal Alert – Check out the Austin Ghost and Bat Segway Tour for just $69.99 for 2 adults!
Discover another side of Austin on a 2.5-hour Segway tour that features bats and ghosts. Offered from March to October, this nighttime ride through downtown Austin visits haunted hotels and buildings, famous landmarks, and the world’s largest urban bat colony. See the Texas State Capitol Building, Lady Bird Lake, Austin Convention Center, the 6th Street Entertainment district, Moonlight Towers, and more
- Learn to ride a Segway in a few easy steps
- Hear the ghostly tales behind Austin’s historic buildings
- Look for bats from the huge bat colony at the Congress Avenue Bridge
- See landmarks including the Texas State Capitol building and Austin Convention Center
Get more information and book your Austin Ghost and Bat Segway tour TODAY!!!
Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Thursday
The Annual Austin Trail of Lights is back! The longest-running holiday tradition of its kind is ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of guests again who are looking to make cherished memories in a one-of-a-kind winter wonderland in Austin.
The trail features more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels. Here, you’ll be able to feel the Christmas spirit in every corner so book a schedule with your loved ones now!
When: Thursday, December 8 – 23, 2022 | 5:45 p.m.
How much: Free – $20 per individual
Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Friday
Believe it or not, Christmas also has a dark and scary side to it, especially for naughty people who aren’t on Santa’s nice list. That side is called Krampus.
Instead of Santa, the elves, and his reindeer, you’ll see all sorts of frightening Christmas characters in their horror versions in the House of Torment’s festival. Instead of gifts, you’ll be given frights and screams. And here, you’ll be able to celebrate the holidays like never before and maybe discover your deepest Christmas fears. So make sure to come with a friend if you don’t want to suffer or get embarrassed all alone.
When: Friday, December 9 – 10, 2022 | 7 p.m.
How much: $29.99 – $79.99
Deal Alert – Food Tour of Downtown Austin – 2 adults for just $87
Stroll through the streets of downtown Austin on a guided urban gastronomy experience. Explore the city’s central and historic area and sample numerous foods—from BBQ brisket to Austin=style breakfast tacos. Along the way, you’ll discover some of the city’s popular sights and attractions. This tour is ideal for foodies and hungry visitors. The tour departs from a convenient location in the middle of Austin. What’s Included
Austin-style breakfast taco
Central Texas pit-style BBQ brisket
Authentic Italian cannoli with a twist
Chicken and potato tamales with black bean dip
Our delicious Secret Dish
Get more information and book your Food Tour of Downtown Austin TODAY!!!
Things to do in Austin on Saturday – December 10, 2022
Enjoy plenty of holiday shopping for your loved ones along with holiday cocktails, bites, and sounds of Texas country at the Holiday Hill Country Hoedown! The American Field has invited a variety of outdoor brands for the event. With that, you’ll surely be able to find plenty of unique items that you or your loved ones might love. It’s time to get your shopping shoes on!
When: Saturday, December 10 – 11, 2022, 11 a.m.
How Much: Free – $10
Things to do in Austin this week of December 5, 2022 – Sunday
Dance like no one’s watching at the Rainey Street Silent Disco!
The event will feature three live DJs who will spin three different genres of music. DJ 1 will play Top 40 Dance Hits, DJ 2 will play ’80s, ’90s & 2K Throwbacks, and DJ 3: Hip Hop, R&B.
Once you arrive at the event, organizers will give you headphones and glow-in-the-dark gear. And as long as you’re comfy, you can wear whatever you want. Once you’re all set, you can dance to your heart’s content with no care in the world.
When: Sunday, December 11, 2022, 10 p.m.
How Much: $10 – $25
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