Winter Activities in the City
Things To Do this Winter Season
Published on: December 12, 2023
Christmas globe filled with music notes
Photo By: Ryan Johns

Austin offers a vibrant winter season with fun activities for everyone, whether you prefer outdoor adventures, festive celebrations, or cozy indoor experiences. Here are some of the best winter activities to attend:


  • Hiking and Biking: With milder temperatures, winter is an ideal time to explore Austin’s numerous trails and green spaces. Check out Zilker Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt, or Lady Bird Lake for scenic hikes or bike rides.
  • Kayaking and Canoeing: Lady Bird Lake is also a great spot for kayaking and canoeing. Enjoy the serene waters and city views during the colder months.
  • Rock Climbing and Bouldering: Escape the cold and test your skills at indoor climbing gyms like Austin Bouldering Project, Crux Climbing Center, or Mesa Rim Austin.
  • Zilker Botanical Garden: Stroll through the beautiful Zilker Botanical Garden, featuring diverse plants and winter blooms.
  • Mozart’s Coffee on Lake Travis: Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a delicious meal with stunning lake views at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters on Lake Travis.


  • Downtown Holiday Stroll & Sing Along: Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with this festive stroll featuring carolers, live music, and decorated shops.
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: Find unique gifts and handmade crafts from local artisans at this iconic holiday market.
  • Trail of Lights: Drive through Zilker Park and experience a magical wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday displays.
  • Mueller Holiday Lights: Stroll through the Mueller neighborhood and admire dazzling holiday decorations and light installations.
  • Dickens on 6th Street: Travel back in time to Victorian England at this festive event with period costumes, street performers, and carolers.


  • Museums: Explore Austin’s diverse museums like the Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, or The Contemporary Austin.
  • Live Music: Austin’s live music scene thrives year-round. Catch a show at a renowned venue like Stubb’s BBQ or The Mohawk, or discover up-and-coming artists at smaller clubs.
  • Escape Rooms: Challenge your mind and teamwork skills at one of Austin’s many escape rooms, like Escape The Room Austin or The Escape Game.
  • Indoor Movie Theaters: Catch the latest blockbusters or independent films at a cozy movie theater like The Alamo Drafthouse or The Paramount Theatre.
  • Bowling: Enjoy a fun and competitive outing at one of Austin’s bowling alleys like The Little Darlings or Pinballz.

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Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list, and many other winter activities and events are happening in Austin. Be sure to check online calendars and event listings for the most up-to-date information.

Enjoy your winter in Austin!