Guide to Holiday Fun from an Austin Independent Living Community

The Ultimate Guide to Getting in the Holiday Spirit with Austin Happenings

Guide to Holiday Fun from an Austin Independent Living Community

It’s the most wonderful time of the year–the holiday season! Luckily, there are many ways to get in the holiday spirit in and around Austin. Grab your friends and family and make the most of these extraordinary ways to spend some quality time together. Who knows, maybe you’ll start a new tradition, whether it be attending a tree lighting or buying a gift from a local holiday market. Keep reading for awesome activity ideas in and around Austin, put together by the friendly team at The Continental, an independent senior living community in Austin! Please note, if you’re looking to attend any of these events, check for any cancellations or changes before you head to your destination.

Lights Displays

Is it really the holiday season without twinkling, magical lights? There’s just something about holiday lights that brings joy inside and lets us feel like a kid again. There are so many incredible light displays to see throughout Austin to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. Here are a few:

  • Trail of lights in Zilker Park: stroll through the beautiful lights
  • Zilker Tree Lighting: watch the 150-foot-tall tree light up with 3,300+ lights
  • Peppermint Parkway: a drive-through holiday event with ziplining and go-karting as well
  • Santa’s Ranch Light show: drive by 100 displays and over one million lights
  • Luminations: stroll through a botanical oasis covered in lights at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower

Holiday Markets

Sit back and enjoy a holiday show or movie for a relaxing holiday activity idea. Watch twists on classics and beautiful performances. Holiday shows are an excellent idea for family fun! Here are a few shows to consider:

  • Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker
  • ZACH Theater’s A Christmas Carol
  • ZACH Theatere’s Rockin’ Holiday Concert
  • Paramount Theater Holiday Movie Showings


Get excited for these fantastic events! There’s nothing like enjoying and engaging in holiday activities with friends and family.

  • Ice-Skating on the Plaza: on the roof of Whole Foods Market on South Lamar
  • Teddy Bear Teas and Gingerbread Village: donate a teddy bear for nonprofits and enjoy caroling, tea and storytime with Santa
  • Tuba Christmas: enjoy tuba players’ serenade on the steps of the state capitol

There are endless opportunities to make the most of the holiday season in Austin this year, and these are just a few! At The Continental, a top assisted living community in Austin, we encourage residents to take full advantage of our provided transportation and soak in these fun holiday activities.

To learn more about residency or schedule a tour of The Continental, contact our friendly team today.

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