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We have finally made it, it's Christmas Eve!

After 12 days of reading about socially-distanced events, holiday-themed desserts, ways to give back and more, you are probably feeling the Christmas spirit by now.


Although the city entered a Stage 5 level of the COVID-19 risk yesterday and many Austin residents are facing a Christmas unlike any other, we can all agree that Christmas in Austin is special. So much so that Conde Nast Traveler named Austin one of the best cities to spend Christmas in the U.S.

Austinites come together during the holiday season and help give back to the community in so many ways, local artists get to shine in the spotlight as markets and bazaars open up, lights are placed all around town and although we don't experience a white Christmas, the festive mood is definitely felt.

This year, Austin businesses stepped up their game in the new socially-distanced culture to provide the holiday spirit when the city needed it the most. So, even without snow, Austin's love for the holidays is celebrated Texas-style: bigger and better.

Whether you want to cozy up in your favorite sweatpants and curl up on the couch or get dressed up and have a family gathering at home, Austinites know how to celebrate the holiday season.

Thank you for joining us during these last 12 days before Christmas, and Austonia wishes all its readers a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season (we hope you like our Christmas card posted on the site).

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(Tito's Handmade Vodka)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/12 oz sweet pepper-infused Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 3 oz soda water
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
Directions: Add all ingredients, except soda water, to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.

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