Let Austin Arts Events Enrich Your Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and Austin is alive with opportunities to enjoy cultural treats, from visual art, to music, to theater and dance. In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded up ways to bring the arts into your plans—including some free events!

Celebrate with Visual Art

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Holiday Family Day

Blanton Museum of Art
Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Children 12 and under FREE

Celebrate the holidays at the Blanton. Explore Warhol By the Book while playing ANDY bingo in the galleries and collecting our seasonal Blanton Pin as your prize. In the WorkLAB studio, create festive cards and ornaments.

Año de Noche Navideña

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
Dec. 10, 6-9 p.m.
FREE

This holiday party features art activities for the family, plus Latin food and music.

Hyde Park Holidays Party

Elizabet Ney Museum
Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.
FREE

Enjoy drinks and desserts. Please bring gifts for Helping Hands children of need.

Celebrate with Music

Austin Symphony ‘Christmas in the Community’

December 6-23
Locations and times vary; see website
FREE

Various ensembles from the Austin Symphony will perform free holiday concerts around town, from the State Capitol, to city recreation centers, to the Trail of Lights, culminating with the Stardust Big Band show on December 23 at Symphony Square.

A Holiday to Remember

Klett Center for the Performing Arts (Georgetown)
December 8-10, 7 p.m.
Tickets $5

The Georgetown High School Show Choir presents a Broadway-style musical revue. 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Paramount Theater
December 10, 3:30 and 7:30
Tickets $22-$37

Michelle Schumann, Utah Hmick and David Sierra of Austin Chamber Music Center perform Vince Guaraldi’s classic music from the TV special.

Holiday Classical Guitar

Faulk Central Library
December 11 and December 18, 2 p.m
FREE

The Austin Public Library presents the Central Concert Series, featuring classical guitarist Steve Kostelnik. 

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Conspirare Holiday Big Sing

Blanton Museum of Art
December 15, 5:30pm
FREE

Sing-along led by Conspirare director Craig Hella Johnson and featuring the Conspirare Symphonic Choir and percussion ensemble Line upon Line. Following the Big Sing, enjoy a performance by Austin’s Panoramic Voices. 

Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral

St. Mary’s Cathedral
December 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $30

This annual event produced by the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas features Irish and Scottish traditional music.

Celebrate with Dance

The Nutcracker

The Long Center
December 3-23
Tickets $35 – $89

Ballet Austin performs the Christmas classic to the music of Tchaikovsky. Choreographed by Stephen Mills.

Of Mice & Music — A Jazz Tap Nutcracker

The Long Center
December 8-18
Tickets $11.50 – $29

Tapestry Dance Company performs their annual take on a holiday classic, with music by Great Austin Jazz Quartet.

Celebrate with Theater

Zach Theater Holiday Shows

The Zach Theater
Showtimes throughout December
Ticket prices vary

Enjoy the family musical “A Christmas Carol” adapted from the Charles Dickens story (Nov. 23-Dec. 31) or the hilarious “Santaland Diaries,” (Nov. 23-Dec. 25) adapted from David Sedaris’ autobiographical Holidays on Ice. The family program “Holiday Heroes” takes place Dec. 17.

Abuelita’s Christmas Carol

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
December 16, 8 p.m.
FREE

Alex Garza performs his Tex-Mex holiday classic about his family and beloved grandmother Rosita.

 

Events complied by Rebecca Johnson, editor of McDonald Observatory’s StarDate magazine and volunteer blogger for the Blanton.

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