Hill Country Galleria
Hill Country Galleria, a 1.3-million-square-foot lifestyle center, is located west of downtown Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Join us as we kick off the second annual outdoor ice-skating rink, Bee Cave on Ice—open Nov. 10 – Jan. 15. After Thanksgiving, we’ll start the holiday season out right with our grand tree lighting and special performance by country music artist, Kaitlin Butts, on Friday, Nov. 25, from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy other festive offerings throughout the month of December, such as the holiday artisan market every Friday and Saturday, photos with Santa daily, a wide variety of unique photo opportunities, and numerous holiday performances-all located in the Central Plaza. Visit hillcountrygalleria.com for more information on all our upcoming events and offerings. Follow our social media channels to stay up to date on exclusive promotions and new stores for the best holiday shopping in town.
La Cantera Resort & Spa
Nestled in the heart of San Antonio’s picturesque Hill Country, the Conde Nast Traveler #1 rated Resort in Texas and the Southwest, La Cantera Resort & Spa offers the perfect oasis for a festive holiday getaway. Enjoy inventive dining experiences at one of our 10 renowned venues, and sip on handcrafted cocktails under the stars as you unwind by an outdoor fireplace and soak in the holiday spirit. You’ll be surrounded by luxury in our spacious accommodations, featuring breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re looking to relax by one of the resort’s five pools, play a round of golf on our championship course, or rejuvenate at our award-winning Loma de Vida Spa & Wellness, we have something for everyone. Create cherished memories and experience the magic of the holidays at La Cantera Resort & Spa. Book your stay now and unwrap the gift of relaxation and indulgence.
Ice Rodeo at Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Saddle up for the return of Austin’s favorite winter tradition. Beginning mid-November, the hotel will be transformed into a winter wonderland full of holiday enchantment. Locals and hotel guests of all ages are invited to skate under the stars on the ice-skating rink built atop the hotel pool. After taking a spin on the rink, guests can enjoy music, savor a festive menu served from the quirky food trailers, or roast s’mores on the communal fire pits. For those looking for an air of exclusivity, rinkside lodge-chic “cabins” can be rented to enjoy a specialty menu of elevated bites and cocktails. There is no shortage of holiday spirit as the entire property is adorned with festive lights and art installations representing the winter season and nods to Austin’s culture. This includes the 30-foot Christmas tree and a Texas-sized gingerbread display in the lobby for added photo-ops throughout the season.
JEWELRY INSPIRED BY NATURE From butterflies and bees to flowers and fallen leaves, these unique designs from Simon G. are born from the beauty of the world around us. Explore this collection of lovely pieces and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift (or gifts) this holiday season. The distinctive nature-inspired theme is woven throughout pendant necklaces, rings, and earrings, so you can create a custom look that is just right for your style. The jewelry is meticulously handcrafted with 18k gold and set with sparkling diamonds that highlight intricate details like a butterfly’s wings and a bee’s eyes. You will also find options with color gemstones like rubies and emeralds, as well as gray and black gold. Styles pictured: LP4815, DP274. Visit simongjewelry.com/nature for more information.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe’s holiday season is a mesmerizing blend of tradition and artistry. The SWAIA Winter Indian Market spotlights the brilliance of Native American creations showcasing jewelry, pottery, textiles, and more that speak to the heart of indigenous talent and imagination. While the Winter Spanish Market delves deep into centuries of craftsmanship, with artisans presenting meticulously crafted works that echo Spain’s influence on the region. On Christmas Eve, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk transforms the city with its radiant lights, inviting all to partake in the warmth and splendor while the sound of carolers fills the air. Then, as the year draws to a close, New Year’s Eve on the Plaza emerges as the pinnacle of celebrations complete with fireworks. Santa Fe’s holiday season is a captivating journey through time and culture. It’s a celebration that evokes a profound sense of wonder and appreciation for the traditions that define The City Different.