A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Calling all Texans:  If you're looking for a weekend getaway with plenty of holiday fun, Austin is ready to welcome you with open arms.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

What to do:  Chill out. Austin is low-key over the holidays. If you wanted to visit big tourist attractions, you should have headed to D.C.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Where to stay:  Downtown or the South Congress area will keep you near lots of shops, food, music and more, but every neighborhood has its own unique flair.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Stay in Austin's oldest operating hotel, The Driskill,  which is decorated for the holidays each year and includes a 16-foot tree in the lobby.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

On a budget or bringing a big group?  Go for a short-term rental like this townhome in Barton Hills, which still keeps you close to all the action.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Stroll through the annual Trail of Lights in Zilker Park until Dec. 23. Get your general admission tickets online.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

 You're in the live music capital of the world, baby! Dance at the Continental Club on Dec. 25 during Dale Watson's annual Christmas show.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Watch the sunset at Mount Bonnell, one of the highest points in Austin, or dodge the peacocks at Mayfield Park.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Nothing says happy holidays in Texas like a big ol' slice of brisket.  There's Franklin Barbecue — of course — or skip the long line and head to la Barbecue or Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Finding lights: You'll find lights all over Austin — from the Capitol to Zilker Park and pop-up bars.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

Pro tip: Check out lights on 37th Street, off Guadalupe, where neighboring bungalows aim to outdo one another with whimsical Christmas setups.

A travel guide to holiday fun in Austin

The bottom line: Whether you're traveling with kids, trying to save money or looking for a hipster night out with spiffy cocktails, Austin has you covered.

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