Winter in Austin: How to Enjoy Winter Texas Style!

Winter in Austin is calm, cool, and collected! Well, at least a little bit! Winter is defined by temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the low-60s. So, you’ll be comfy and ready to explore the city. We have found the top activities to enjoy as the temperatures cool down and spirits start to warm up. Let’s explore the top things to do in Austin, Texas! For even more ideas for a Texas getaway, request our Vacation Guide! This guide is the key to a fantastic vacation. Discover restaurants, shopping, outdoor adventures, trendy local hotspots, and more. Now get cozy and find your next must-do! 

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Things to do in the Winter in Austin, TX 

Trail of Lights – Downtown Austin  Trail of lights

The holidays wouldn’t be the same without admiring the dazzling lights! Every year, Zilker Park is transformed into a winter wonderland known as the Trail of Lights. This 2-mile walking trail has over 50 light displays and 2 million holiday lights. The event benefits the Trail of Lights Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving this Austin celebration for years to come! 

Explore the Coffee Shops 

There’s nothing quite like stopping in a coffee shop and taking the first sip of a warm and delicious coffee! Here in Austin, there are plenty of coffee shops to explore. All areas of the city have something to discover. Houndstooth CoffeeJo’s Coffee, and Better Half Coffee & Cocktails are just a few options among the many, many more! 

Catch a Performance at the Zach Theater 

The Zach Theater is a professional theater in Austin, Texas. Home to live performances ranging from musicals and ballets to Shakespearean plays, this theater has something for everyone! This winter, catch a showing of The Sound of Music, A Charlie Brown Christmas, or The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue. 

Visit a Local Brewery Friends at brewery

Sipping on a new brew is the perfect way to enjoy a cold winter’s night! Austin has some great options to choose from. Some local favorites include Lazarus Brewing CompanyAustin Beer Works, and Zilker Brewing Company. Try a local craft beer and cozy up for good times and conversation! 

Explore Lady Bird Lake 

In the heart of downtown Austin, you’ll find Lady Bird Lake. This man-made lake was created in 1960 as a cooling pond for a nearby power plant. Now, it’s a hotspot for outdoor activities! Take a walk or run along the 10-mile Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail surrounding the lake. You can also rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard from one of the many local companies and explore the lake at your own pace! 


Stay at a 512 Retreat Home and Experience the Best of Austin! ATX Hideaway

Our homes are perfect for a winter retreat! Our Hill Country rentals have many amenities. Enjoy spacious and cozy living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Our homes also feature large backyards and even firepits! Enjoy the best of Austin in Style with us! 

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