If there’s one thing about this city, it’s that there is always something going on. So, if you’re looking for fun things to do in Austin with kids this weekend of November 25, 2022, there’s plenty of fun to be had, including Peppermint Parkway, The Annual Lighting of the Square, Holiday Art on the Lawn at Neil-Cochran House Museum, and more!
Things to do in Austin with kids this Weekend of November 25, 2022 – Friday
Get your skating boots on! Skate beneath the stars overlooking beautiful Lady Bird Lake at Four Season’s Ice Rodeo! It features an outdoor ice rink, firepits to roast yummy s’mores, and cozy “cabins” where you can chill out with friends and family with festive food and drinks. Set dates now!
When: Friday, November 24 – January 8, 2022 | 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
How much: Prices vary per package
The Circuit of the America’s will come to life this holiday season with a one-mile drive-thru display of lights as well as a plaza full of music, food, and magic on select nights.
You can interact with live characters at The Parkway including dancing gingerbread men, roller-skating snowflakes, and everyone’s favorite holiday grump, the Grinch. Then, you can climb up the COTA Candy Cane, COTA’s 251-ft tall observation tower where you can enjoy views of the Parkway and illuminated Austin skyline.
This year, a new addition to the event is the opportunity to pick up your own Christmas tree from Wonder Woods. If you’re up for some food and shopping, you can visit the new Holiday Market where you can get homemade sweet treats, gifts, and holiday swag for the kids.
If you’re a race fan, you can also join the Candy Cane Cruise where you can take your own car for an exclusive parade lap on COTA’s famous 3.41 mile FIA–grade Formula 1 track.
When: Friday, November 25 – December 30, 2022 | 6 p.m.
How much: $35
Experience magic in Georgetown in its annual Lighting of the Square!
The event is usually held the next Friday after Thanksgiving and it’s one that will surely wake up the holiday cheer in you. The entire square will be filled with beautiful lights. You can take some gorgeous photos or sing along to uptown carolers under the lights. The downtown shops will be open late, so plan to get in some unique holiday shopping.
When: Friday, November 25, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Georgetown, TX
How much: Free
Do your kids love trains or at least trains decked out in holiday decor? Then head out to the Tom Foolery Arcade at the Kalahari resorts!
They’ll be holding their annual holiday model train exhibit. Here, the kids can participate in scavenger hunts, become junior engineers, and enter a raffle for a Lionel Thomas the Tank engine set.
When: Friday, November 25 – December 31, 2022 | 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
How much: Free
Things to do in Austin with kids this Weekend – Saturday, November 26, 2022
Home Alone is just one of those films that will never get old. No matter your age, this film will still delight you to no end.
This weekend, get to watch it under the stars with your friends, date, or family. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs as well as your snacks. You can also purchase an assortment of seasonal concession specials from popcorn and cotton candy to $4 happy hour drinks.
When: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 6 p.m.
How Much: Free
Watch the classic holiday film “The Polar Express” with the family this weekend at the pasture of Jester King Brewery from the comfort of your car seats!
The movie is about a young boy who boards a magical train headed to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. During this ride, he goes on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Please take note that the driver plus all the passengers must purchase a ticket. Also, outside food or beverage is not allowed. If you do get hungry, the venue has a food truck available. Please remember to also keep your headlights off. You can run your vehicle if it’s quiet and has clean exhaust but otherwise, no headlights.
When: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Interesting Events this Weekend – Sunday, November 27, 2022
Just because Halloween is over doesn’t mean the scares stop even with the holidays coming up, especially with the 8th annual Horror for the Holidays event, the biggest horror-themed Christmas market in Austin. It’s back in the city to spread some holiday fear with wickedly fun events.
Enjoy killer fun with friends at all the attractions and the Krampus parade. And grab some photos with the hoards of creatures walking throughout the venue. And, of course, don’t forget to check out all the dark vendors offering T-shirts, apparel, collectibles, vinyl, art, gifts, and so much more!
The holidays have never been more deliciously scary.
When: Sunday, November 27, 2022, 5 p.m.
How Much: $10
This Charles Dickens classic is one that will never get old. This musical will take you through a musical sleigh ride that will infect you with the holiday spirit and get you dancing in the aisles.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the loving Cratchit family and three soulful ghosts as they take Ebenezer Scrooge on a joyride to rediscover his heart and love for human kindness.
Reserve your tickets now!
When: Wednesday, November 16 – December 31, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
How much: $25 – $95
Get ready to feel the holiday spirit with the largest man-made holiday tree in Austin!
Standing at 155 feet tall, the tree is made of over 3000 lights and built on one of Austin’s 17 historic moontowers. Access to the holiday tree is free and separate from the Trail of Lights admission.
Aside from the spectacular lighting of the tree, there will be food vendors and other merchants at the site to make sure you really feel the cheer of the holiday season.
When: Sunday, November 27, 2022 | 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
How much: Free
Kick off the holidays with a little bit of art at the Holiday Art on the Lawn of the Neil-Cochran House Museum.
Enjoy free access to the Museum’s lawn and shop for unique gifts and art pieces from Austin-based artists. While you shop, the kids can enjoy a fun plate painting activity. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit the Neil-Cochran House Museum.
When: Sunday, November 27, 2022 | 11 a.m.
How much: Free
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