Christmas is right around the corner and there's no better way to get in the holiday spirit than going to walk the beautiful Trail of Lights in downtown Austin! This family friendly event goes from December 10th - 23rd so be sure to grab your tickets and loved ones to enjoy a magical night filled with holiday cheer!
"The AUSTIN TRAIL OF LIGHTS is Austin’s largest holiday tradition and 2nd largest event in the city. Run by the Trail of Lights Foundation, the annual event in Zilker Park celebrates the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home.
The Austin Trail of Lights is a community event that invites 400,000 people every year to come celebrate the holidays in the heart of Austin, Texas during the month of December. The event showcases everything that we love about Austin—from music and food to creativity and family fun. Thanks to the Trail of Lights Foundation, we are able to keep it free for at least ½ of the nights to make sure that anyone who wants to be part of the experience has a way to do so."
"The Austin Trail of Lights began in 1965 as a small gathering known as the “Yule Fest.” What began as a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now gown to be a community-wide celebration of the spirit and people that make Austin unique. In the 53 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 65 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Each new display, community performance and lighted tunnel has added a new layer to the holiday tradition and brought us together more as a community. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition. Learn more about the Trail of Lights Foundation."
Chris and I try to make it to the trail every year and we usually prefer to go on a week night to try and skip the major crowds that you will experience on a Friday or Saturday night but it's still totally worth it! I hope you all make it out and have a wonderful time at this local Austin tradition!
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Happy Friday everyone! It's hard to believe we are at the end of November already and tomorrow starts December! Before we know it Christmas will be here and then we'll be ringing in 2019!! What is everyone doing for the holidays this year? Taking a trip, visiting family, or just laying low at home? We will be in Virginia for a dear friends wedding on NYE and I can't wait to see all of my family and friends! Anyways, our event this month was hosted at the Sonesta Hotel in Bee Cave on their roof top level! It's always a great time there with the nicest space, free cocktails and amazing food, not to mention our awesome and generous vendors! If you missed it or came and missed a vendor or two, please read on below and reach out to any of them personally if they can help you in any way! If you're looking for Christmas gifts, helping support these local business owners is a great option!
A special thanks for our lovely photographer Karissa of HorseFeathers Art & Photography!
As some of you may know, I am finally pregnant with my first baby and I am so so excited!! It was a rather hard and long journey for us but we've made it to the pregnancy and it's been such a blessing. I definitely fell into the whole gender reveal surprise extravaganza and I'm so glad because it was such a fun day with friends where we found out that we're having a baby girl! We went to North Carolina for my bestie's birthday, our 5 year wedding anniversary and to have the gender reveal party! A lot of amazing celebrations all in one trip! We started in the mountains in Boone, NC for the birthday party and gender reveal, then made it to Asheville for our anniversary celebration and then back to Charlotte to hang out with family and friends! It was an amazing trip and I've included some photos and our reveal video below for you to check out!
Hi friends! Who can believe it's already Thanksgiving tomorrow? This month has flown by for us with so many friends and family visits, work and getting the nursery ready for our baby girl who is arriving in May! Luckily our family is awesome and will help me with all of the 11 dishes I'm making tomorrow, yes you read that right and that number doesn't include dessert! We're going to have a nice and light breakfast, then start the cooking extravaganza! Afterwards we'll eat dinner way too fast and then play some games before we all pass out from a food coma! Friday we will go get our Christmas tree and start all of the decorating! These are just a few little traditions we have in our family, what traditions do you all have? I'd love to hear them! I've included my Thanksgiving menu below incase you all want some ideas or just want to see how crazy I am! I hope everyone has a wonderful day spending time with family and friends!
Thanksgiving Dinner Menu:
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Gruyere, mushroom and onion bites
Cous cous w/ cranberries, feta & pecans
Honey glazed carrots
Mac n Cheese
Lemon green beans
Garlic mashed potatoes
Cream corn casserole
Pumpkin pie w/ vanilla ice cream
Chocolate cheesecake pie
It's that time of year again and my goodness did it come up super fast this year! I can't believe Thanksgiving is in a week! We have a lot of my husband's family coming into town and I always do the cooking, although this year I'm preggo so I may have to ask for some help! Once Thanksgiving is over I get into full on Christmas mode. We always get our tree on Black Friday and decorate the house with all of our holiday decorations. It's one of my favorite days of the year! For those of you who are like me and like to skip all of the black Friday drama & lines, I've put together a shop local guide for you to check out! These are awesome local businesses, most of which you can place an order online or through the phone and you never have to leave the comfort of your home! Now that's my kind of shopping! Please reach out directly to the following businesses for all of your holiday gift giving needs! Let's support local businesses this holiday season and let one another know we appreciate them!
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Happy Halloween everyone!! This is one of my favorite holidays and I love that Halloween kicks off the holiday season! I wanted to put together a short list for all of you fellow Halloween lovers out there so incase you don't have plans trick or treating around the neighborhood, you can have something fun to do!
Halloween screening of Hocus Pocus at the Paramount Theater
Wednesday, October 31, 7 p.m.
Enjoy this free screening as part of the Austin Film Festival. First come, first serve seating.
Pumpkin Parade with Staci Gray at Lake Travis Community Library
Wednesday, October 31, 4:30pm
Wear your costume and parade around the library at this event with children’s musician Staci Gray!
Center wide Trick or Treating at San Marcos Premium Outlets
Wednesday, October 31, 4pm
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Costumed children under 12 are invited to join San Marcos Premium Outlets for a Center-wide Trick-or-Treating event from 4 – 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Families can enjoy collecting treats from participating retailers throughout the center for a safe and fun event*. Participating stores will be listed at Guest Services in the food court and will be denoted by a special pumpkin flyer on their front doors.
Happy Monday friends! As always, it's time for our monthly edition of our featured vendors and locals we love here in Austin! Our October event was amazing, perfect weather for a patio party, the best vendors with awesome products and services as well at over 150 of you ladies who came out to show your support! Thanks to all of you, it means so much! Below are all of our incredible vendors who were there, please reach out to them directly with any questions or interest in their businesses! They'd love to connect!
A very special thank you to our awesome photographer Eric of Forever Made Photography!
Austin HITC was so honored to spotlight the local organization The Refuge at our October 10th Girls Night Out at Yardhouse in the Domain! We collected donations for the girls at the facility and their lovely rep Loren chatted with so many of you ladies about all of the good that their organization does! Check out some of the info below about The Refuge and reach out to them directly to get involved! They are always looking for volunteers!
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Hi friends and happy Wednesday! I wanted to get on here to feature our amazing vendors that we had at our September Girl's Night Out a few weeks back! This event was so much fun, awesome vendors and swag, over 120 guests came up and the atmosphere was just perfect at Manuel's! Below you will find our featured vendors for September, please reach out to them directly if they can help you in any way or answer questions about their businesses!
A special thanks to our photographer Eric with Forever Made Photography!!
It's the final day of September and tomorrow will be the beginning of my favorite month! October hold a special place in my heart for numerous reasons one of them being my wedding anniversary. If you love October as much as I do, check out this list of fun events/places to check out throughout the month!
Happy Fall Y'all!
Hi all! My name is Kacey and I am a realtor, a wife and a dog mom of 3 dachshunds in the wonderful city of Austin! I'm also a yoga & food lover, pretty good cook, wanna be crafter, hot tea drinker, movie watcher and most importantly I am the gal behind Austin Housewives in the City! I hope to see you at one of our Girl's Night Out events soon!!