Holiday help: Where to take visitors this season

Have friends or family in town this year? We’re here to help plan their visit.

Two people and a dog walking along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, with buildings in the background.

Who said you can’t find nature in the big city?

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If you’re hosting out-of-town guests for the holidays, it’s time to step into the role of official Austin tour guide. We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors.


Is it even a trip to ATX without seeing the Texas State Capitol or the Congress Avenue Bridge? You can also take your visitors to the Trail of Lights for the perfect seasonal family photo or check out these other local landmarks.

A hand holding a mug shaped like Santa's face, with the Frost Bank Tower and the Austin skyline in the background.

Try a Ho Ho Holiday Buttered Rum at Yule at Azul.

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Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, Café Crème, and Jo’s Coffee all offer a range of seasonal drinks. If you’re looking for more, check out one of these 18 other local spots.

As for holiday spirits? Keep them high at one of these 21 holiday pop-up bars.

Prepare to get your grub on, because we’ve got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. Some of our personal picks include brunch at Better Half Coffee & Cocktails and dinner at Loro.

Kids standing in front of a table at the Thinkery.

Kids can learn hands-on at the Thinkery.


Let the kids — or grandkids — run around and explore Thinkery or see a show at ZACH Theatre where “A Christmas Carol” is currently playing. You could also take the family for a round of putt putt at Peter Pan Mini-Golf, or try one of these other kid-friendly activities.

If your visitors are ready for some holiday fun, grab hot cocoa from Houndstooth and go on the hunt for some holiday light displays. Hint: taking a walk on a popular local hike or strolling the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail is another great way to take in ATX during wintertime.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.

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