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Six Central Texas Holiday Traditions

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The AW staff shares our favorite Central Texas holiday traditions during the most wonderful time of the year.

Photos courtesy of respective events 

Chantal Rice, Managing Editor, Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas

“Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas has become our new holiday tradition. Sipping hot cocoa while extending season’s greetings to Santa and checking out the singing trees, tunnel of lights, live music and petting zoo is truly magical. I’m particularly looking forward to Winter Wonderland’s new Chinese lantern festival this season.”


Melinda Garvey, Austin Woman Founder, Trail of Lights

“My family goes to the Trail of Lights every year! It’s the perfect holiday activity since it transcends age; both my son and parents enjoy it. I love how all generations of Austinites come together to see the lights at the trail!”

Courtney Runn, Assistant Editor, Mozart’s Coffee Light Show

“Every year, I go to the Mozart’s Coffee light show. I love sipping on hot chocolate and watching the light show every year. The couple that owns Mozart’s plans the show months in advance and sees it as their gift to the community. They mix up the songs and light configurations so it’s new each year!”

Poonam Patel, Operations Manager, Mozart’s Coffee Light Show

“Going to Mozart’s Coffee at least once every winter is becoming my Austin holiday tradition. I enjoy sitting on the back porch and watching the holiday light show while sipping a yummy hot beverage. I love Christmastime and am looking forward to gifting a bag of Mozart’s annual holiday roast, which has special holiday-lights packaging this year.”

Madilyn Biscoe, Marketing and Events Manager, Ice Skating at Whole Foods

“My tradition is ice skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods. I try to go every year with my family. We have a lot of littles in the fam and it is fun for them and us. It almost makes you forget it’s 80 degrees outside!”

Niki Jones, Creative Director, Johnson City Lights

“We love to take The Floof Crew (our gaggle of four Pyrenees dogs) to Johnson City, where the Pedernales Electric Cooperative illuminates the giant oak trees on their campus with 1.3 million white lights, creating the most spectacular canopy.”

Cynthia Guajardo Shafer, Publisher, A Christmas Affair

“I love attending A Christmas Affair. I usually attend with my mother. It’s a time to meet up with old and new friends while finding unique Christmas gifts. This event, put on by the Junior League of Austin, gives thousands and thousands of dollars to local charities.”

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