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Where to Indulge in Austin’s Best Holiday Dining Experiences

Seek out eggnog, light shows, gingerbread houses, and Christmas trees

The light show at Mozart’s
The light show at Mozart’s

Austin’s in the midst of holiday preparations, which usually means shopping and eating, and the city’s restaurants and bars are getting into the spirit with a variety of festive offerings. This season, take advantage of boozy eggnogs, gingerbread house dining, holiday lights at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, holiday-themed cocktail pop-up Miracle, and plenty more.

Are we missing any holiday specials, dinners, treats, drinks, etc. below? Let Eater know over the tipline or within the comments. This guide will be updated throughout the end of the year.

Ongoing Festive Experiences

Holiday Cocktail Pop-Ups
There’s plenty of holiday-themed cocktail bar pop-ups throughout Austin during the reason, from Miracle at The Eleanor to the tiki-esque Sippin’ Santa at Nickel City to the year-round Christmas vibes at Lala’s Little Nugget.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
3825 Lake Austin Boulevard, West Austin
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters’s annual holiday light show is back for the 10th year with major changes to the format. Festival holiday light exhibits (the lit-up piano) are spread throughout the patio space. It runs through Sunday, January 5 (excluding Christmas Day).

Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Boulevard, Downtown
The downtown hotel already erected its annual massive gingerbread village: the Austin skyline, with shout-outs to Franklin Barbecue, Torchy’s Tacos, Barton Springs Pool, Capitol, etc., along with the skylines of sister cities (Angers, France; Oita, Japan; Koblenz, Germany; Saltillo, Mexico; and Adelaide, Australia). The gingerbread village is on display through Christmas day on Wednesday, December 25.

Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street, Downtown
The historic hotel’s Christmas tree will be lit on Tuesday, December 3.

The Westin Austin Downtown
310 East 5th Street, Downtown
The hotel and its restaurant Stella San Jac created a giant life-size gingerbread house (made with actual gingerbread and icing). Guests are allowed to book reservations to dine inside of the sweet structure, themed after holiday film Christmas Vacation. The hotel even sought out unused Halloween candy to deck out the house. A portion of all proceeds will be given to local nonprofit Back on our Feet. It’s up through Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Lucky Robot
1303 South Congress Avenue, Travis Heights
The Japanese restaurant is showcasing over 2,200 origami cranes and trees for its holiday display, visible through Friday, January 10, 2020. The restaurant will also offer a special holiday menu in conjunction to the installation.

3235 East Cesar Chavez Street, Govalle
The ranch-inspired restaurant will put up its holiday tree on Wednesday, December 4, to help with those festive vibes while dining on Texas comfort foods.

Hotel Granduca
320 Capital Of Texas Highway
The luxury hotel’s tree lighting ceremony takes place on Tuesday, December 3.

Food & Meals

1900 Manor Road, Cherrywood
For a Peruvian take on the holidays, Yuyp is hosting a series of holiday feasts. The seven-dish meal include braised duck legs, steelhead trout causa, and citrus cake. Tickets are $60.

Holiday Drinks (Boozy and Non-Boozy)

208 West 4th Street, Downtown
The downtown French-inspired restaurant will embark on six weeks of boozy eggnog specials, concocted by the bar’s staff. It began on Monday, November 17 and runs through Saturday, December 28.

1816 East 6th Street, East Austin
Through Christmas Eve on Tuesday, December 24, the East Austin bar is offering a special cocktail menu where partial proceeds will be given to Toys to Tots. Drinks are a boozy hot chocolate, an eggnog cocktail, and a hot toddy.

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