Our Favorite 12 Events
for December & January
Words by Savannah Whitmer
December 9-10, 10am-5pm
The Cherrywood Art Fair is back for its 16th year! Check out artists featuring their jewelry, pottery, prints, and other goodies just in time for the holiday season. The proceeds for this event will support Maplewood Elementary and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST mentorship program that pairs established Austin artists with East Austin elementary school students.
3808 Maplewood Ave. | cherrywoodartfair.org
December 9-23, 7-10pm
Keep Austin bright this holiday season! This cherished local tradition features a fun run, live music, dozens of food & drink vendors, and over 2 million lights, all under the stars at Zilker Park. The event is free and open to the public through December 14, and from December 15-23, cost is $3 which benefits the Trail of Lights Foundation. Get a ZiP Fast Pass for priority access to the park one hour before it opens to the public.
Zilker Park | austintrailoflights.org
December 15, 6pm-10pm
Head over to REVELRY for a holiday shopping experience! Locally sourced music, makers, and more to embellish the holiday spirit while snagging some gifts. This market will feature all of your favorite local vendors and their wares. Free and open to the public.
3414 Lyons Rd. | thisisrevelry.com
‘Tis the season to build a gingerbread house! Bring out the creativity in kids of all ages with the Thinkery’s gingerbread workshops. Tickets include kits full of decorations and fresh gingerbread from La Mexicana Bakery. While you wait for the icing to dry, explore the museum and document the day at the Thinkery’s photo booth. Register online.
1830 Simond Ave. | thinkeryaustin.org
December 16, 11am-5pm
Austin School of Film is hosting a twist on traditional holiday shopping at a market full of goods from community businesses and artisans. Bring the whole family to celebrate creative vendors while you choose from locally hand-made gifts. Free and open to the public.
2200 Tillery St. | keepaustincreating.com
December 16, 3pm-12am
The Worthwich School of Witchcraft & Wizardry hosts their annual Harry Potter holiday ball at the Sterling Events Center. Come in your best dress robes for a magical night of intoxicating potions, spellbinding music, and charming people. From 3pm to 6pm the ball is family friendly, and from 7pm to midnight the ball is 18+. Tickets from $15 to $20.
6134 U.S. 290 Frontage Rd. | keepaustincreating.com
December 24, 4:30 & 6:00pm
Redeemer Presbyterian Church is featuring the Christmas story, carol singing, and classic music of the season by the Redeemer Choir. This event is patterned after the service held since 1918 at King’s College in Cambridge, England. Free and open to the public!
2111 Alexander Avenue | redeemerpres.org
January 11, 7-8:30pm
Get your DIY on at Austin’s “all-you-can-make” creative hub, CRAFT. Try your hand at woodworking under the expertise of artist Celina Muire as she teaches pyrography for adult artists at any level. You’ll get to bring home your own woodburned works of art. Tickets are $37.89.
4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. | madeatcraft.com
January 12-13, 3pm-2am
Warm up with Desert Entertainment’s superhero-themed bar crawl. The bar lineup announced on website December 1. Tickets ($15 pre-sale and $20 for walk ups) include a raffle ticket, discounts on food and drinks, and entry to the after-party.
Various locations | universe.com/austinbarcrawl
January 15, 9am-3pm
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the annual march and festival! The walk kicks off at the MLK statue on the University of Texas campus and heads towards Huston-Tillotson University, with a stop at the south steps of the Capitol. Enjoy festival-style fare and live music by local artists to celebrate community diversity. Marchers are invited to bring nonperishable foods, which will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.
900 Chicon St. | mlkcelebration.com
January 15-Feb 15
Catch PrintAustin’s annual showcase of local artists’ work in various museums, art centers, and studios around the city starting January 15. Canopy, Flatbed Press + Gallery, and the Visual Arts Center will feature the community’s contemporary art. Free and open to the public.
Various locations | printaustin.org
January 20, 9pm
Watch Jessica Lea Mayfield perform hits off her new EP, Sorry Is Gone at Barracuda. Margin Walker presents the country-rock artist paired with the opening band, Sun Seeker. Doors open at 9pm, and tickets are $15.
611 E. 7th St. | barracudaaustin.com