December in the District
2nd Street is in full swing for the holiday season
Locally-owned boutiques, award-winning dining and fantastic entertainment make 2ND Street District a top destination for holiday shopping and activities. From al fresco dining and shopping to live music and craft bars, 2ND Street is jam-packed with the homegrown community vibe that makes Austin so special. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or others, make sure and peruse items like handmade jewelry and accessories, designer threads, music-inspired apparel and home goods. Once you’ve had your dose of retail therapy, refuel with coffee at Jo’s, a snack at Royal Blue Grocery or enjoy a cocktail at La Condesa.
Through December 8, visitors can peruse the festive windows and storefronts of 2ND Street as they transform into holiday scenes during the eighth annual Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will put their design skills to the test for the chance to win $6,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2ND Street District. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store and Luxe Apothetique. Whether you’re visiting for delicious eats or holiday shopping, visitors can enjoy the festive installations, all while supporting the Austin community. And don’t forget to cast your vote on the 2ND Street District Facebook page though December 7 for whose holiday window display deserves a scholarship. First place will receive a $3,000 scholarship, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for first place and $500 for the public vote. The Holiday Window Walk winners will be announced at the Santa Lounge and Market event on Saturday, December 8 at W Austin. Plus each voter will also be entered to win a W Austin prize pack, which includes bottle service at the Living Room Bar for 10 and a massage from AWAY Spa at The W!
On Saturday, December 8 from 1 – 5 p.m. visitors can enjoy photos with Santa and holiday music from KP and The Boom Boom Trio and Drew Davis at W Austin, all while sipping cocktails and browsing the local pop-up shops. This event will offer guests exclusive retail options for all their shopping needs. Participating stores include Sikara & Co., ESPEROS, Austin General Store, Luxe Apothetique, ModCloth, Nina Berenato Jewelry, Sara Reichardt Designs, Tina Reddy Jewelry, Toy Joy Kid’s Zone, UAL and Upstairs Circus. Arrive early if you want to receive your complimentary wintry and merry cocktail.