Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas


COVID-19 might have changed how families are celebrating the holidays, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Christmas 2020.

By Amy Simon, Reporter

Christmas time: a time of cheer, joy, and laughter. Festive Christmas lights are hung around the city, malls bustle with people hoping to snag the best deals and Christmas presents, and Santas are found on every block, bringing a sense of seasonal comfort. This year brings many changes, including ways to celebrate. The usual long lines and big crowds have diminished in hopes of staying safe and healthy. However, the joy of this season is not long gone. Here are the top five ways to celebrate Christmas.


Austin Trail of Lights

Probably the most infamous way to celebrate the holiday season is to visit the Austin Trail of Lights. This year, the spectacular trail has returned as a drive-thru event. There is still time to purchase tickets as the event is running through Sunday, Jan. 3. Ticket prices range from $30 to $65 depending on what time you arrive and what bundles you select. For more information, visit this website.


Arboretum Luminations

This one mile path located at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center showcases illuminated oak trees and a collection of custom designed forts created by local architects, designers, and artists. As a way to follow social distancing procedures, all guests are required to to stay six feet away from each other and wear a mask over the nose and mouth areas at all times. For more information and tickets, visit this website.


The Nutcracker

The yearly production of The Nutcracker by Ballet Austin has been moved to a virtual setting. Viewers can purchase tickets without worrying about them selling out. Besides the production, Ballet Austin has created exclusive access passes including extended time to watch the film, a personalized holiday video greeting, a Ballet Austin face mask, and an additional goodie bag. All proceeds go to the cast and crew members. For more information and tickets, visit this website.


Peppermint Parkway

Located at the Circuit of the Americas, this one mile drive-thru event includes millions of synchronized holiday lights, giant light sculptures, and a 60-foot tree. Drive-up concessions will serve hot cocoa and other holiday treats. Tickets are $35 per vehicle. For more information and tickets, visit this website.


Mozart’s Coffee Annual Christmas Lights

This event is another annual crowd pleaser. Unlike years past where visitors could view the Christmas lights and live Christmas music from anywhere around the premises, this year includes many social distancing protocols. Visitors can reserve a table for a one-hour time slot. Reservations are available between 6 to 11 p.m. Depending on the location of the table chosen, visitors can stand or sit. Masks must be worn at all times unless visitors choose to enjoy pastries and drinks. For more information and tickets, visit this website.


This year brings a lot of uncertainty. However, that doesn’t mean that the Christmas season needs to be looked over. There are many fun and socially distanced activities to try this season. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy yourself and have a great time.

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