Our Favorite 12 Events
for December & January
Words by Samantha Lauron
Nothing says holidays like making gingerbread houses. Kids of all ages can enjoy building and decorating gingerbread houses with kits provided by the Thinkery, and afterwards can enjoy the museum while waiting for their houses to dry. Don’t forget to register for your spot online!
1830 Simond Ave. | thinkeryaustin.org
The Fine Goods Pop-Up
December 7, 6:30-9:30pm
Kick off your holiday shopping at The Fine Goods Pop-Up Holiday Edition, hosted by The Distillery Market and Paper + Craft Pantry. Shop local designers at this free event while sipping on drinks from Mighty Swell Cocktails and enjoying bites from Baked by Amy’s.
2511 E. 6th St. | thefinegoodspopup.com
December 9, 7:30pm
RedeemerArtes presents a celebration of classical and sacred music in December as you’ve never heard it. Handel’s complete Water Music performed by period-instrument orchestra on Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Mark Dupere of the Lawrence University Conservatory. Tickets are $25; $10 for students and seniors. Click to buy tickets.
December 10-11, 10am-5pm
A holiday favorite among Austinites and East-siders alike, the annual Cherrywood Art Fair returns for its 15th year. The shopping event will feature 88 artisans and their work ranging from jewelry, home décor and one-of-a-kind gifts. Proceeds from the fair will benefit Maplewood Elementary and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST mentoring program.
3808 Maplewood Ave. | cherrywoodartfair.org
December 10-23, 7-10pm
Join in the Austin tradition of the Trail of Lights! From December 10-16, the Trail of Lights is free for anyone to attend. From December 17-23, there is a small gate fee of $3 per person for ages 12+ to support the Foundation’s operations. Trail general admission hours are nightly from 7pm to 10pm. ZiP Fast Pass admission is available and allows priority entry to the Trail at 6pm nightly, one hour before the public.
Zilker Park | austintrailoflights.org
December 16, 8pm
Looking for laughs this holiday season? Local production company, Heckle Her, brings us Hoot! For the Holidays—a late night musical comedy featuring musicians and comedians singing holiday-themed covers and originals. In charitable spirit, 15% of ticket sales will benefit LifeWorks. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door at Spiderhouse Ballroom, for audiences 21+.
2908 Fruth St. | adriennedawes.com
December 17, 10am-5pm
Founded by local artists Son of a Sailor, Rhyno Clayworks, Little Minnow, and Fail Jewelry, Origin Designer Market aims to bring handmade artists and makers together into one unique shopping event. The inaugural event is a holiday marketplace at Mueller Browning Hangar.
4550 Mueller Blvd. | origindesignermarket.com
You can always visit Boggy Creek Farms for market days to find fresh produce, dairy, and meat, but from December 3-17, you can also find art. Paintings, photos, and woodwork are among the pieces on display that make for great holiday gifts.
3414 Lyons Rd. | boggycreekfarm.com
January 7, 8pm
Head to Emo’s to watch Mutemath with Keeper—presented by RTX, a three-day gaming and internet culture event hosted by Rooster Teeth. Doors open at 8pm, and tickets are $22 advanced and $25 day of show.
2015 E. Riverside Dr. | emosaustin.com
January 15-Feb 15
The annual art event showcasing fine art prints, PrintAustin is back for another year. Visit one of the many venues, including Flatbed Press + Gallery, Big Medium, and Blanton Museum to view the work of 20+ artists. Free and open to the public.
various locations | printaustin.org
January 16, 9am
The annual MLK march and festival to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy will take place at Huston-Tillotson University. The march begins at the MLK statue on the UT campus, continues on to the steps of the State Capitol and ends at Huston-Tillotson University. Donations for the Capital Area Food Bank will be collected.
900 Chicon St. | mlkcelebration.com
January 29, 1-4pm
Eight will battle for a cause and only one will prevail. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to winner’s choice of charity. Presented by Bikram Yoga East Austin, Open Yoga II, USA Yoga and We Are Yoga. Practice yoga all weekend long: classes, workshops, and competition held Jan. 27-30.