4 Unique Spring Break Vacation Ideas

Thinking about getting away for Spring break this year? Are you tired of doing the same thing or do you want some new ideas? Here are some fun and unique ideas you may not have heard about before!

  1. SCAVENGER HUNT VACATION: Do you love scavenger hunts? Cluventure is a company that organizing custom scavenger hunt vacations. Trips last up to 10 days and vary based on the wants and needs of the travelers!
  2. RAIL VACATION TOUR: Another unique idea is taking a spring break adventure by rail! There are a variety of different itineraries to explore and you can experience some of the beautiful scenery the US has to offer! Vacations by Rail is a great company to explore if considering this type of trip.
  3. VISIT A GUEST/DUDE RANCH: This is a fun idea that has something for everyone! You can visit places such as Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, and spend a week or several days exploring the beautiful landscape, enjoying outdoor activities, star gazing at night and so much more. Two fun options are Tanque Verde Ranch in Arizona and Mayan Dude Ranch in Texas.Available for Vacation
  4. VISIT A TINY HOUSE VILLAGE: Have you been curious about what it’s like to live in a Tiny House? Why not escape and stay in one for a week! There are different places across the country that offers a variety of tiny house rental options. Some options include Community First! Village in Austin, Texas, Mt. Hood Tiny House Village near Portland, Oregon or Petite Retreats which has options all over the US.

 

Source:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/10-under-the-radar-family-spring-break-vacations-,” Travel Channel.

6 Unique January Austin Activites

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is here! Fortunately, there are lots of activities to jump start your new year. Check out some of our favorites.

  1. ICE SKATING ON THE PLAZAWhole Foods Market – January 1 – January 21, 2019
  • Located at 525 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703. Check the website for hours and availability. Cost is $10, including skates!

 

  1. AUSTIN FREE WEEK – January 1 – January 8, 2019
  • Happening at various locations, come enjoy free live music! Hundreds of bands are participating. You can check out the schedule at http://freeweek.do512.com/.

 

  1. THE SWOON EVENTSpringdale Station – January 19, 2019
  • Planning a wedding? This event is for you! This event brings local vendors and businesses all in one place for couples planning a wedding to gain ideas and inspiration. Visit http://www.theswoonevent.com/ for more information.

 

  1. MARTIN LUTHER KING MARCH, FESTIVAL AND FOOD DRIVEThe University of Texas – January 21, 2019
  • Come join the Annual Community March and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King. The event starts at the MLS statue at the University of Texas and ends at Huston-Tillotson University. The celebration continues with live music and vendors! You can also bring canned goods to donate to the Capitol Area Food Bank.

 

  1. PRINT AUSTIN – January 15, 2019 – February 15, 2019
  • Happening at various locations throughout Austin, the Austin visual arts community comes together in this annual event to showcase fine art prints. Visit https://printaustin.org/about-2/ for more information.

 

  1. 3M HALF MARATHON – January 20, 2019
  • This event is fun whether you participate as a runner or just come to cheer the runners on! This event showcases the amazing city of Austin. At the finish line, enjoy live music and fantastic foods trucks!

 

Source:

https://do512.com/iceskatingontheplaza2018,” Do512.

http://freeweek.do512.com/,” Do512.

http://www.theswoonevent.com/,” The Swoon Event.

http://www.mlkcelebration.com/celebration-events/march-and-festival/ ,” MLK Celebration.

https://printaustin.org/about-2/,” Print Austin.

http://3mhalfmarathon.com/,” 3M Half Marathon.

16 Places to Ring In 2019 In Austin

If you’re looking to celebrate in style for New Year’s Eve this year in Austin or do something different, we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of some of the top parties, celebrations and concerts happening on December 31, 2018 into January 1, 2019. Have fun, be safe, and welcome 2019!

  1. Experience Austin: NYE 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018, 7:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 3:00am.

NYE Industry Mixer

801 N. Commons Ford Rd.

Austin, TX 78733

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experience-austin-nye-2019-tickets-50974235310?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

  1. 2nd Annual Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Moonfire Lounge

310 Colorado St. Unit B

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-fire-ice-new-years-eve-party-tickets-52342153791?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

  1. Willie Nelson & Family New Year

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

The Moody Theatre

310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd. #1B

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: http://acl-live.com/calendar/willie-nelson-family-2

 

  1. Gatsby’s House – Austin New Year’s Eve 2019

Monday, December 31, 2019, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

700 San Jacinto Blvd.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gatsbys-house-austin-new-years-eve-2019-tickets-48751161035?aff=erelexpmlt

 

  1. The Black Puma’s

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00am.

Antone’s

305 E. 5th Street

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1787341?utm_medium=bks

 

  1. The Black Angels – New Year’s Eve at Mohawk

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Mohawk

912 Red River St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-black-angels-new-years-eve-mohawk-tickets-51560569050

 

  1. Austin’s New Year Celebration 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018 from 3:00pm – 11:00pm.

Mohawk

912 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78701

More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/885686331621836/

 

  1. Keep It Quiet Presents: The NYE Party

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

Fair Market

1100 East 5th Street

Austin, TX 78702

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-it-quiet-presents-the-nye-party-2019-tickets-52905062466

 

  1. New Year’s Eve: A Labyrinth Themed Masquerade Ball

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019 1:55am.

Indian Roller

1322, 10026 Manchaca Rd.

Austin, TX 78748

More Information: https://m.facebook.com/events/420218478513918

 

  1. The Nightowls

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors at 9:00pm.

Stubb’s Indoors

801 Red River

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://stubbsindoor.frontgatetickets.com/event/csau2pyn8czbow8t?utm_campaign=artist&utm_source=the_nightowls&utm_medium=web&utm_content=20181231_the_nightowls

 

  1. Happy Noon Year Cruise

Monday, December 31, 2018, 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Lone Star Riverboat

208 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin, TX 78704

Tickets: https://austintourcompany.rezdy.com/279494/happy-noon-year-cruise

 

  1. A Very Austin NYE on the Downtown Library Rooftop

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 1:00am.

Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-very-austin-nye-on-the-downtown-library-rooftop-tickets-52878651470

 

  1. Fire & Ice – New Year’s Eve at Fairmont Austin

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:30pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

Fairmont Austin

101 Red River St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fire-ice-new-years-at-fairmont-austin-tickets-52730130239?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3y73nz-k8md-TzUvb03TR_lXeMdNNy2I61XgOst1mKR4qAJhG1ywzy3So

 

  1. Bob Schneider’s New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018. Doors open at 8:00pm.

The Paramount Theatre

713 Congress Ave.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://tickets.austintheatre.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=4391

 

  1. New Year’s Eve at Rose Room & 77 Degrees

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

The Rose Room

11500 Rock Rose

Austin, TX 78758

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-at-rose-room-77-degrees-tickets-53031879780?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR1Dty3reFX55MtJJnDJuVdNrgZ1HmLtKue5Vp382GWc-ax-GXimFeIlZmc

 

  1. The Capitol Countdown at the Belmont – New Year’s Eve

Monday, December 31, 2018, 8:00pm – Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 2:00pm.

The Belmont

305 W. 6th St.

Austin, TX 78701

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-capitol-countdown-at-the-belmont-new-years-eve-party-2019-tickets-52720280779?aff=Amber50&fbclid=IwAR1_X_PIz6eLKpo1ycqgJSneWhdkUkdFuncpe5ibpKa0nOiObbG7lO3nbRE

 

Source:

http://365thingsaustin.com/best-new-years-eve-parties-austin-2018 ,” 365 Things Austin.

7 December Austin Activities

December is a wonderful time of year to experience some of Austin’s most memorable events and traditions. The Holiday Season offers lots of great shopping experiences, theater productions, light displays and more. Check out some of our favorites below!

  1. ZACH Theatre Presents: “A Christmas Carol”. Performances are at ZACH Theatre now through December 30, 2018. For tickets or more information, visit zachtheatre.org.
  2. Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Great for crossing off some of your holiday shopping list! Now through December 24, 2018. Visit bluegenieartbazaar.com for more information!
  3. Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll. This event is happening on December 1, 2018 at the Texas State Capitol. Watch the tree in front of the Capitol be lit while singing carols and then head down to Congress Avenue for shopping, food and more. Visit downtownaustin.com for all of the details.
  4. Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker”. Austin’s beloved Holiday tradition runs at the Long Center for the Performing Arts from December 7, 2018 – December 23, 2018. Tickets and more information can be found at balletaustin.org.
  5. 54th Annual Trail of Lights. Come enjoy this magical experience at Zilker Park December 10, 2018 – December 31, 2018. Visit austintrailoflights.org for tickets, parking info, and more.
  6. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. This is an awesome shopping experience, complete with live music! Held at the Palmer Events Center, this event runs from December 13, 2018 – December 24, 2018. You can find all of the details at armadillobazaar.com.
  7. Winter Wonderland at The Circuit. Only in its second year, come for an amazing experience at Circuit of The Americas on November 23-25, 2018, November 29-December 2, 2018, December 6-9, 2018, and December 13-30, 2018. This event features a Tunnel of Lights, Petting Zoo, Chinese Lantern Festival and so much more. Visit thecircuit.com/winter-wonderland for tickets and more information!

 

Source:

https://www.austintexas.org/events/december-and-january/,” Visit Austin.

http://www.thecircuit.com/winter-wonderland,” Winter Wonderland at The Circuit.

Best Christmas Lights Near Austin

Christmas lights and displays are one of the special and unique things to experience this time of year. We have listed a variety of places you can explore to see some of the best Christmas lights near Austin! Locations are listed alphabetically. Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to visit all of the places listed below?

ANNA COURT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Anna Ct. Cedar Park, TX 78613

Come experience this amazing cul-de-sac all decked out with incredible Christmas lights and displays! They also collect toy and cash donations for Safe Place, an Austin-area shelter for women and families and donations for Blue Santa. http://annacourt.com/

AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 2100 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704

Located in Zilker Park in the heart of downtown Austin, experience the trail with thousands of lights and displays, holiday treats, the Zilker Tree and more! https://austintrailoflights.org/

BASTROP RIVER OF LIGHTS – 1200 Willow St. Bastrop, TX 78602

This beautiful light trail started in 2002 and continues for about a half mile! http://bastroptx.usachamber.com/virDirEditorAssets/BastropTX/chamberAccess/images/Christmas/Christmas.htm

BUDAFEST – 880 Main St. Buda, TX 78610

This two-day event features Santa Claus, lights and a variety of vendors selling a variety of crafts and other items! https://www.budafest.org/

CHINATI COURT CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Chinati Ct. Cedar Park, TX 78613

This cul-de-sac is full of holiday cheer and collects toys and funds for Brown Santa, a program that helps children, families and seniors in Travis County! https://www.facebook.com/chinati.court

DONN’S DEPOT HOLIDAY DISPLAY – 1600 W. 5th St. Austin, TX 78703

Donn’s Depot is a piano bar featuring interior Christmas lights year round! During the holidays, they offer specialty drinks, holiday songs, a one-night event and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/2210254362597158/

FROZEN MEDLEY SHOW BY DENNINGTON DÉCOR – 3802 Prairie Ln. Austin, TX 78728

The owner of Dennington Décor decks out their own home in a spectacular customized lights show! https://www.denningtondecor.com/

HARLIEN FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – 400 Liscio Cv. Georgetown, TX 78628

This family has decorated their home for 24 years and raises money for Make-A-Wish to sponsor trips for local kids and their families! https://harlienfamilychristmas.weebly.com/

HERITAGE PARK NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – 875 Qwest Pkwy. Cedar Park, TX 78613

This one-night event features the tree lighting, live music, Santa’s Workshop, games, and so much more! https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events-day-camps/tree-lighting-santa-s-workshop-december-7

LAKEWAY TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 105 Cross Creek Lakeway, TX 78734

A favorite Lakeway tradition, come experience all the lights and sounds of the holiday! https://www.lakeway-tx.gov/721/Trail-of-Lights

LAKE AUSTIN’S BOAT TRAIL OF LIGHTS – 5300 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78730

Although there are only limited tickets/tables available for this event, it features a decorating contest among boat owners and a prize for the best light display! https://www.facebook.com/events/1948505268695557/

LALA’S LITTLE NUGGET CHRISTMAS BAR – 2207 Justin Ln, Austin, TX 78757

Lala’s keeps Christmas lights and decorations up year-round and throws a Christmas party each year with a white elephant gift exchange and more! https://www.lalasaustintexas.com/events

LIGHTS OF TEJAS – 1038 PR 2191 Giddings, TX 78942

Experience over a million lights, fun activities and so much more! https://camptejas.org/lights-of-tejas/lightsoftejas/

LIGHTS SPECTACULAR – 101 W. Pecan Dr. Johnson City, TX 78636

This event has been taking place since the late 1970’s and is the largest light display in Texas! https://www.johnsoncitytexas.info/lights-spectacular.html

MOZART’S CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX 78703

Come check out this incredible light display and show at one of Austin’s favorite coffee shops! http://mozartscoffee.com/events/

RHODES FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – 2410 Sharon Dr. Cedar Park, TX 78613

This home was featured on ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight”! They also collect food items for the Cedar Park Area Food Bank. https://www.facebook.com/RhodesFamilyChristmas/

ROUND ROCK CHRISTMAS TOWNE – 4111 E. Old Settler’s Blvd. Round Rock, TX 78665

Come experience awesome light displays, carnival rides, holiday treats and more! https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/christmas-towne/

SANTA’S RANCH – 9561 IH 35 North, New  Braunfels, TX 78130

Drive through over a mile of country roads featuring beautiful Christmas displays! http://santasranch.net/

SHADY OAKS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY – 107 Shady Oak Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628

This home has been putting on an incredible holiday display since 2011! https://www.facebook.com/ShadyOakChristmas/

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS – 401 E. Hopkins St. San Marcos, TX 78666

This is a great family-friendly event to experience lights throughout the park, Santa, carnival rides and food, and more! https://sights-n-sounds.org/

THE CAPITOL HOLIDAY STROLL – 1100 Congress Ave. Austin, TX 78701

Join in for a stroll, the lighting of the downtown tree, carols and more! http://www.downtownaustin.com/holidaystroll

THE DOMAIN HOLIDAY DISPLAY – 11410 Century Oaks Terrace Austin, TX 78758

Come meet Santa Claus while enjoying the Christmas tree light show with accompanying music! https://www.simon.com/mall/the-domain/news-and-events

THE DRISKILL HOTEL CHRISTMAS TREE – 604 Brazos St. Austin, TX 78701

Come check out the lighting of the Driskill Hotel’s Christmas Tree and join in for carols! The hotel also hosts a variety of other holiday functions as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/2035162370037851/

TOUNGATE KLUB KRINGLE – 13500 FM 2769 Austin, TX 78726

This is an awesome LED light show that is synchronized to music! https://www.facebook.com/KlubKringle/

WALKWAY OF LIGHTS – 305 Buena Vista Dr. Marble Falls, TX 78654

Millions of lights, Santa, sculptures and more await you in beautiful Lakeside Park! https://www.marblefalls.org/events/2018/walkway-of-lights

WILLIS LITTLEFIELD’S HOUSE – W 12th Austin, TX 78703

Willis Littlefield has been hosting an amazing display at his home since 1998!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willis-Littlefields-House/1573672439531952

WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS – 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. Austin, TX 78617

This event has it all! In addition to an abundance of lights, this event features a Chinese Lantern Festival, outdoor ice skating rink, petting zoo, carnival rides, live music, Tunnel of Lights and more! http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland

 

Source:

https://www.austinlocal.com/austin-christmas-lights.html,” Austin Local.