ATX made it in the Top 20 Best Cities for Christmas! Find out where & why!

Keepin' the Holiday Spirit HO! HO! HO! Happy! 

December 19, 2019
TOLs 2018

Trail of Lights Fun 2018 / HR photo

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Happy Holidays! There are so many thingies going on in ATX and the surrounding areas. It's hard to pick 10 Thingies. A recent update shows why ATX is a Great City to get your Holiday Spirit On! ATX made the Top 20 of the 100 Best Cities for Christmas! You'll find tons of Holiday Cheer for the entire family, even the furbabies. See where ATX landed on the list.  I can't forget to mention that according to this list ATX is the #1 city in Texas for  being the Best Cities for Christmas. Keepin' the Holidays HO! HO! HO! Happy in ATX!

Update 12/18/19:

Wallet Hub's Top 100 Best Cities for Christmas has ATX included in the TOP 20!!! Look where ATX falls based on Traditions / Fun, Observance, Generosity, Shopping and Costs of Thingies to do!

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. New York, NY
  4. Pittsburgh, PA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Las Vegas, NV
  7. Los Angeles, CA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Portland, OR
  11. Washington, DC
  12. Denver, CO
  13. Austin, TX - ATX beat Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and several other Texas cities to be #1 in Texas as the Best City for Christmas
  14. St. Louis, MO
  15. Birmingham, AL
  16. Minneapolis, MN
  17. Miami, FL
  18. Dallas, TX
  19. Cincinnati, OH
  20. Honolulu, HI

13 is a Lucky Texas # in this list, since 13 Texas cities total made the Top 100 Best Cities for Christmas. Everything is Bigger in Texas, even the Christmas Spirit! 
23 Houston   25 San Antonio   49 Fort Worth   59 Plano   82 El Paso   85 Arlington   86 Lubbock   87 Irving   90 Corpus Christi   93 Garland   97 Laredo   

Here are many reasons WHY ATX is ONE OF THE BEST cities to celebrate CHRISTMAS! One week to go w/ lots to do below. May your Christmas / Holidays be filled w/ tons of Happy Times! #HoHoHo
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THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY PARTY IN ATX WAS THE MERRY MIX SHOW! BIG YOU ROCKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT TO GET THEIR HOLIDAY PARTY ON. TICKET SALES HELPED THE CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK TOO. YOUR MMS FUN HELPED OTHERS FILL THEIR TUMMIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! HOLIDAY WIN FOR ALL! 
(CLICK PHOTO TO SEE PHOTOS)

Update: 12/12/19 

Where to See Santa in Austin / Kiddo Photos w/ Santa
Thanks to D0512 Family

Pet Photos w/ Santa

Free Fun in Austin Best Places to Snap Christmas Photos in ATX

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Update: 12/5/19 Thanks to Free Fun in Austin!

Some of the Best Holiday Light Displays in Central Texas:
(Some are Free) 

  1. Austin Trail of Lights  12/10 -12/23 / 7p-10p nightly / 2019 Zilker Park 
  2. Bastrop River of Lights until 12/28 / dusk to 10p / Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St., Bastrop
  3. Buda Trail of Lights 12/6-12/8, 12/13-12/15 & 12/20 -12/22 / 6p-10p / Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main Street, Buda
  4. Georgetown Shady Oak Christmas Display until 12/31 / times vary / 107 Shady Oak Drive, Georgetown
  5. (Marble Falls) Walkway of Lights until 1/1/20 / 6p-10p/  Lakeside Park, Buena Vista, Marble Falls
  6. Mozart’s Annual Light Show until 1/5/20 / 6p-11p / 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard
  7. New Braunfels Santa's Ranch until 1/5/20 / Sun - Thurs 6p-10p & Fri - Sat 6p-11p / 9561 I-35N New Braunfels, TX 78130
  8. Rhodes Family Christmas until 12/31 / 2410 Sharon Drive, Cedar Park
  9. (Round Rock) Christmas Towne 2019 various times / Entrance address is 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
  10. Zilkerpark Holiday Tree (ATX) until 1/1/20 / Lit-up each night from 6p-12a 

Bonus: Austin Christmas Lights  Austin ChristmasGuide  DO512: How To Do The Holidays in Austin 

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Heather's Hard to Pick Just 10 ATX Holiday Thingies to Do! 

  1. Hill Country Galleria Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting w/ Ingrid Michaelson. Bee Cave Saturday 11/23  6p-8p
  2. Fairmont 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Sunday 12/1  5p-7p Helping Dell Children's Medical Center
  3. Austin Steam Train's North Pole Flyer  Train Ride with Santa now thru 12/8
  4. Zilkerpark Holiday Tree Lighting Sunday 12/1 5:30pm event start. Lit-up each night from 6pm - Midnight until January 1st 
  5. Sights & Sonds of Christmas San Marcos 12/4 - 12/7  & 12/11-12/14  5p-11p
  6. Austin Trail of Lights 2019 Zilker Park 12/10 - 12/23  7p-10p nightly
  7. Armadillo Bazaar Palmers Event Center 12/13 - 12/23  11a-10p & 12/24 Christmas Eve 11a-8p
  8. Texas Christmas Trees  Christmas Tree Farm adventure for your perfect Tree
  9. Austin Christmas Lights  thanks Austin Christmas Guide w/ tons of Holiday Spirit to Enjoy in and around and the ATX area! 
  10. DO512  Best Holiday Family Events in Austin   DO512 How to Do The Holidays in ATX Holiday Guide

I told you I couldn't stick to technically 10 Holiday Thingies ... Way to Much HO! HO! HO! HOLIDAY FUN!  #KeepAustinHolidayHappy 

Merry Mix Show 2018 - Sean Heather Sara Booker Alex w/ Mix 94.7


A Holiday reflection sidenote: I'm bummed about this, but Happy to hear it will be even bigger than last year / 2018. honey Ted and I had a great time. You could go all the way up their lit - up tower to see an Awesome view of ATX. It was $5! I hope they do that again in 2020! It Rocked!  

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit lit up Tower 2018

DO512 Update, Nov. 2019: There is no Winter Wonderland at the Circuit for 2019 but it will be back in 2020. Notes from the COTA staff: With the popularity of Winter Wonderland growing each season, we decided it was best to reimagine the experience to make it bigger and brighter than ever before. Preparations for a new Winter Wonderland are currently underway, which prevent us from providing the experience holiday goers have come to expect this season. In 2020, guests can look forward to an entirely new way to celebrate in a new world full of thousands of lights, holiday cheer and unforgettable experiences.