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The Complete Guide to Austin Christmas Bars 2022

Heading to Austin Christmas bars is one of our favorite December activities!

Over the past few years, Austin has really embraced the holiday pop-up spirit.

When it comes to Austin Christmas Bars in 2022, there are some favorite spots returning for another year, changes to some mainstays, and even more brand new Austin Christmas bar pop ups.

Zilker Park has been keeping Austin festive with the Trail of Lights for many years, but last year holiday-themed pop-up bars packed in guests thirsty for some holiday spirits.

This year, the trend has grown with additional festive options which will hopefully meet the demand of last year’s holiday-bar demand.

Grab your ugly Christmas sweaters, read through this complete guide to Austin Christmas bars, and plan our weekends accordingly!

Ice Rodeo Austin Christmas Bar.

Ice Rodeo at the Four Seasons

Head to the Four Seasons Austin for a decked out holiday experience!

Featuring an ice skating rink with real ice on top of the hotel’s pool, chic cabins, and even a life-sized gingerbread airstream!

Ice Skating in Austin at the Ice Rodeo Pop Up.

Pull up to a fire to roast house-made s’mores, including Executive Pastry Chef Amanda Pallagi-Naim’s Hennessy-infused marshmallows for adults.

Enjoy festive cocktails and snacks in between your triple axels, tickets are $35 and include a skate rental and skating session. Get your Ice Rodeo tickets ahead of time before you arrive.

November 19, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

  Photo: Mario Andrade Photography

Photo: Mario Andrade Photography

Gibson Street Bar:

Head to Lamar to Gibson Street Bar for bountiful over-the-top decor plus an instaworthy sleigh photo-op.

We tasted specialty themed cocktails like the Ho-Ho-Ho Hot Toddy and Santa’s Little Cider made with Flor de Cana 7-year rum.

Reservations are not accepted, first come first served.

December 1-31, 2022

1109 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Tinseltown

“Hidden Austin” curates interesting pop-ups all year long, and the holidays are no exception! 

Snag your tickets to Tinseltown head of time and head to Wanderlust Wine Company for the holiday event. 

Tickets include access to the festively decorated event as well as a welcome cocktail. Additional holiday drinks are available for purchase.

November 17-December 30, 2022

Wanderlust Wine Co., 610 N. I-35, Austin, TX

Donn’s Depot:

Donn’s Depot is an Austin honky-tonk destination on West 5th street that is filled with patrons from young to old. 

Their owner loves the holiday Christmas season so much the bar turns from old school country casual, to a holiday tinsel town. 

40+ people come to decorate Donn’s Depot every single year.

Enjoy the decorations with a festive libation.

Don’t stress though, you can still get your two-step on while taking on the holiday cheer. 

November 25 2022 – Mid-January 2023

1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703

 Photo: W Hotel

Photo: W Hotel

W Hotel:

Head downtown to the W hotel to see it transformed into the Grinch-themed Who-tel.

The hotel’s downstairs red room will be decorated for the holiday and will be serving up holiday cocktails.

The fun starts on December 6th through the 31st starting at 5pm each night.

Hang around and you just might see the Grinch and get some free treats from 10pm-midnight.

200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/auswh-w-austin/

Fairmont Hotel Holiday Light Show and Holiday Lounge

The Fairmont Austin is transforming their 7th floor to a holiday experience. 

The apres-ski-themed pop up will feature fire pits, igloos, cabanas, and a light show.

Of course they’re also offering festive cocktails and snacks. 

Pop by or reserve a cabana for your group.

Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10pm, December 2-30, 2022

Fairmont Austin, 101 Red River St. Austin, TX

Nickle City Austin Christmas Bar Popup.

Nickel City:

Nickel City is an East-Side bar that recently received national fame by dressing up as Moe’s Bar for Halloween.

They’ve also won numerous awards for their craft cocktails in a welcoming dive-bar atmosphere.

Now they are gearing up for a holiday celebration with decorations, novelty drinkware, and craft cocktails fit for the season. 

Their cocktail menu is part of the national holiday pop-up circuit from Beachbum Barry and features festive drinks like the Sippin’ Santa.

You can even buy cool holiday tiki mugs to take home!

November 21- December 31

1133 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

austin christmas bars

Hotel Van Zandt:

Geraldine’s at the Hotel Van Zandt off of Rainey street is transforming their pool deck into a giant snow globe once again.

This is a limited time pop-up, so you won’t want to miss it.

Order some appetizers, a cheery cocktail and get festive prior to a night out on Rainey Street. 

The snow globes are outfitted with record players and games.

Weekends in December.

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701

Peppermint Parkway

Circuit of the Americas is back with their Peppermint Parkway experience. 

While this drive through light show event is more of an interactive outing than a traditional bar, know that they do offer the Peppermint Pub bar in the Peppermint Plaza. 

You’ll find cocktails alongside amusement rides, snacks and even a mistletoe kissing booth. 

Talk about a cute date night idea. 

You can even bring your dog along if they stay in your vehicle for the drive through light show. Get your Peppermint Parkway tickets ahead of time.

November 25-December 30, 2022

Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd, Austin, TX

 Photo: Monica Payne

Photo: Monica Payne

Lala’s Little Nugget:

For Lala’s Little Nugget, this holiday bar craze isn’t a trend, it’s a way of life.

Lala’s is a year-round holiday bar, adorned with glowing lights and Christmas decor.

This is a cash-only bar so bring some bills for drinks and coins for the old school jukebox.

All year long!

2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

austin christmas bars

Miracle on 5th:

Returning for a yet another year, Miracle on 5th Street will open in the event space next to The Roosevelt Room, one of our top cocktail bars in town.

You can expect twinkling decorations and holiday drinks from some of the best mixologists in Austin.

Their drinkware is also so fabulously festive that they have extra holidays cups that you can buy to take home with you. 

November 17 – December 27th.

307 W 5th St Unit A, Austin, TX 78701

Mozart’s:

An Austin tradition, Mozart’s on Lady Bird Lake brings lots of cheer with an expansive holiday light show on their patio.

Maybe after all those cocktails you’ve guzzled from the Christmas bars all across town, you need to head to a coffee bar.

Grab a hot cocoa or a latte and head to the patio to take in over 1 MILLION twinkling lights.

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Best Austin Christmas Bars.

Austin’s Christmas Bars will keep you jolly all December long.

Plan a double date, a girl’s night or even get a festive libation before cooking up a warm and comforting holiday meal at home.

Or, if you want to transform your OWN home into a holiday cocktail wonderland, try whipping up our Apple Cider Sangria Recipe, A Christmas Tree Old Fashioned Recipe (it uses a simple syrup infused with pine!), Easy Mulled Wine, or a better-for-you Apple Hot Buttered Rum.

Hope this guide helps to make your holidays more spirited!

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