Hanukkah and Christmas in Austin
Hanukkah begins soon in Austin, from Sunday, December 2 through Monday, December 10. There are a few Austin restaurants and organizations partaking in in holiday celebrations, parties, and dinners. Relatedly, Eater also explored the city’s best Jewish foods.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — You did Thanksgiving, braved the crowds for Black Friday and furiously moved your fingers across the keyboard for Cyber Monday. It’s now time to get into the Christmas spirit.
And you’re in luck. Holiday lights, decorated trees, music and joy abound in Austin this time of year. Basically, what we’re saying here, is that if the events below don’t get you in the spirit, then nothing will and you may have to legally change your surname to Scrooge.
Speaking of Jiménez, don’t miss the chance to spend Christmas night with the living legend. The 80-year-old veteran musician will present the second edition of the Flaco Jiménez Blue Christmas Dance Party with Conjunto Los Pinkys at Antone’s.
By the time he turned 7 years old, the future Grammy Lifetime Achievement awardee could already be found on stage performing with another musical giant, his father Santiago Jiménez.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and $15 tickets are available online at antonesnightclub.com.
Austin’s Hottest Winter Date Ideas
Ah, winter in Austin. Beanies are broken out, Bevo goes into hibernation, and groundless hopes of snow reside in our hearts. Forget February – this is when romance fills the air. Here are a few ways to get cozy with someone this season.
Cool Eats and Drinks
Fun year-round but especially when the temperature makes you naturally gravitate towards fire, roasting s’mores at Halcyon is a jolly good time. With Halcyon’s sleek, hangout-friendly bar and lounge, you don’t need the chilly outdoors to enjoy the taste of a melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow sandwich. Itching to fully embrace the holiday spirit? Head to the Miracle on 5th Street pop-up bar, hosted at The Eleanor downtown. Sip one of their festive cocktails (the Yippie Ki Yay Mother F****r! seems very romantic) amongst the kitschy, Christmas-themed decor. If you’re really trying to flex with this date, share a late-night dinner of escargots and steak frites on Justine’s heated patio, covered by an elaborate tent that creates quite the intimate atmosphere.
City Players Austin Presents A TUNA CHRISTMAS, The Hit Holiday Comedy
Keep your 2018 holiday season going strong with lots of la – la – la – laughter as City Theatre Austin brings you the hit southern comedy A Tuna Christmas, the show with two actors, twenty-two characters and so much holiday small-town fun you don’t want to miss.
Trinity Street Playhouse. 901 Trinity Street. Austin, TX 78701. General Seating $15. Center Row Reserved $20-25. Thursday all seats $10. Tickets at the door $20. Group and student discounts. Reservations 512-524-2870 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.citytheatreaustin.org.
One local restaurant has created a life-size gingerbread house that up to a dozen people can dine within this holiday season. Two Austin bars house Christmas-themed pop-ups. Just when you thought our dining scene couldn’t get any more festive, now a restaurant on Rainey Street will transform into a snow globe.