5 Best Austin Holiday Things to Do When You Hate the Cold
It’s that time of year again where it seems as if it has become a requirement to wear eight layers before being able to step out and spend quality time with your friends. Sure, the Zilker tree lighting sounds great, but how great is it if I’m too cold to feel my hands? Let’s be honest, the hot chocolate doesn’t really do that much to heat you up (though I’ll admit is a classic holiday staple). Although Austin’s “cold” weather is a mild low 50-60, if that’s still too cold for you, don’t fret! There are still plenty of fun holiday activities to experience from the comfort of your light H&M sweater.
1) Ginger Bread Village at Four Seasons
This fancy downtown Austin hotel will be hosting a “White Christmas” themed Gingerbread Village in the comfort of the indoors. The gingerbread houses (which, yes are completely edible), will be centered around a house that resembles the architecture Austin’s very own City Hall. All the houses are decorated with the classic white icing we all know and love. To make this event even better, the sale of the houses and accessories benefits the People’s Community Clinic, a non-profit health clinic for people in need. This activity is free and will be open to the public 24 hours a day until Christmas day!
2) A Christmas Carol
Probably the only thing more of a Christmas-must than seeing lights is rewatching (or watching, no shame) Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Luckily, ZACH Theatre’s live-action musical adaptation of the book will be sure to raise your spirits and teach how not to be a Scrooge. The best part is, it’s all in the comfort of an internal heating system! This musical will host several shows a week up until December 30th.
3) Chaparral Ice
An indoor ice skating rink is perfect for those who love to skate but just can't stand the cold outside! Although this activity won’t keep you completely warm, a light sweater will suffice. Either grab some friends and go ice skating or, if balancing on blades isn’t your thing, check out their ice skating show called This is Christmas. This year’s show is a spin on Tim Burton’s classic, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The show will be running on December 15th and 16th, so be sure to get your tickets!
4) The North Pole Flyer
If you’re in need of somewhere to take your younger siblings this time of year, be sure to check out The North Pole Flyer. This two-hour holiday train ride features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot chocolate and a locally baked holiday cookie. Each passenger gets to sit in the holiday decorated train and listen to a live reading The North Pole Flyer’s own Christmas story. Although this is better suited for children, who doesn’t love all-you-can-drink hot chocolate?
5) Get Yourself a Coat!
Even though the cold can be miserable, it’s no lie that a majority of the best holiday events are outdoors. So in preparation of your friends dragging you out in the cold, get yourself a nice warm coat at a shopping center! The Domain is one of the nicest shopping centers in Austin, but if you look hard enough you might be able to get a coat with a price tag that isn’t in the triple digits. The mall is also decorated up for the holidays, and if you’re lucky you might be able to run into Santa!