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Countdown to Christmas: Austin does Christmas better
(Isabella Lopes/Austonia)

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 releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway