Holiday Themed Offerings in Your Favorite Texas City

As the holiday season blankets Texas in a festive spirit, the state’s vibrant cities are serving up a delightful array of holiday-themed offerings to warm hearts and tantalize taste buds. From the cultural hub of Austin to the diverse landscapes of Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and San Antonio, establishments are rolling out seasonal delights that capture the essence of celebration. Join us on a journey through some of the Lone Star State’s most beloved establishments, where unique cocktails, delectable menus, and enchanting experiences promise to make this holiday season truly memorable.

Austin

Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar

Chocolate and peppermint is the epitome of the holidays.  Mixing the two classic ingredients, Loro Asian Smokehouse and Bar will offer their Frozen Hot Chocolate ($7) and boozy Frozen Bourbon Hot Chocolate ($9.50) slushees, topped with whipped cream and peppermint candy cane crumble, now through January 15, 2023 at all locations. 

Meanwhile Brewing Co. 

Alongside Meanwhile’s holiday interior/exterior makeover showcasing hundreds of lights , Meanwhile brews it up with more than a dozen holiday offerings that are available now. Try unique offerings like Amaro Hot Toddy, Cranberry Spritz, and Holidays in Portugal. 

TLC

TLC’s Best in Snow Christmas Takeover – This holiday season, TLC is transforming into a Christmas wonderland, and they are going all out to celebrate the spirit of family and good times! From November 29th through New Year’s Day, TLC will be THE destination for festive fun, offering a Christmas extravaganza that’s nothing short of magical. Get ready for a Christmas experience OUT THE WAZOO! From Christmas drinks to holiday food specials, a snow machine, cookie decorating, a holiday arcade, cocoa bombs, classic Christmas movies, a dazzling light show, ugly sweaters, visits from Santa, and Christmas carol karaoke. Reservations are not required, but highly recommended, to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the festive magic. 

Aviary Wine and Kitchen 

Christmas Eve Brunch at Aviary Wine and Kitchen – Aviary will be open from 10:30am – 3:30pm on this special day, serving up their brand new brunch menu that includes rotating fresh baked selection of pastries, pancakes, mushroom toast and pork shoulder hash. 

Tito’s Handmade Vodka 

Cheers to giving back this holiday season! Tito’s Handmade Vodka is helping Austinites get in the festive spirit by hosting a holiday gift-wrapping station at the Love, Tito’s retail store located downtown on select days in mid-December. When consumers shop in-store on these special days, their gifts will be decked out in dazzling, Tito’s-themed wrapping paper, which the brand dropped last month as a part of its ‘Tito’s Kinda Ugly Holiday Collection’, a seven-piece merchandise collection inspired by the brand’s Vodka for Dog People Program.

Most importantly, donations are encouraged, with all proceeds from the gift-wrapping initiative going towards various incredible local non-profit organizations including Austin German Shepherd RescueDivine CaninesAustin Dog Rescue, and Paddles with A Purpose.

Daiboku Ramen 

Christmas Eve at Daiboku Ramen – Daiboku, your go-to spot for authentic and delicious ramen in West Campus will be open from 11:30 am to 9 pm on this special day, serving up their regular menu of signature Miso Style Ramen, cocktails, beer and wine. 

Wu Chow

For those looking to dine out for the holidays, both Wu Chow locations will be offering their regular dinner menu available in addition to seasonal specials (exclusive to each location). Downtown: Beijing Duck, “Inside-Out” Duck, and Sweet & Sour Fish. North Lamar: Crispy Whole Red Snapper. 

If you are interested in staying cozy indoors this season, Wu Chow is also offering a great selection of to-go offerings including small plates, entrees, fried rice, noodles, and and extras. A few favorites include the Spicy Sichuan Deep-Fried Chicken (GF), Honey Pecan Gulf Prawns (GF), Wu Chow Fried Rice (GF), and Dan Dan Noodles. 

Diner Bar 

Noche Buena Pig Roast at Diner Bar – Diner Bar is excited to host a special Noche Buena Pig Roast, Austin-style, on December 24th at 4 pm, offering a departure from the traditional dining experience. Guests can anticipate an intimate gathering, each with assigned tables yet encouraged to mingle. James Beard Award Winning Chef Mashama Bailey presents a delightful menu featuring Cuban classics, oysters, salads, seasonal vegetables, and the highlight – Lechon, a whole pig cooked in their Caja China. The $90 ticket covers the evening’s culinary extravaganza, with additional beverages available a la carte. 

Soupleaf Hot Pot 

Christmas Day at Soupleaf Hot Pot – Soupleaf is a locally and family owned hot pot restaurant in north central Austin. Soupleaf will be open 11am to 10pm on Christmas Day and is accepting reservations as well as walk-ins.

Cookie Rich 

Sweet Treats from Cookie Rich – From former French Laundry chef Lorin Peters, bring home the sweetest treats for the holidays with Cookie Rich holiday 12 packs and nationwide shipping. They also offer smaller 4-pack mix and match packs ideal for stocking stuffers. Cookie Rich can be ordered online and is available for local pickup/delivery and nationwide shipping, or you can stop by their location at 2401 Winsted Ln, Austin, TX 78703.   

Tacodeli 

Tacodeli Holiday Party Packs – As the holiday season approaches, Tacodeli is thrilled to announce the launch of their Holiday Party Packs, available for order starting December 1st until December 24th. These holiday packs are perfect for both corporate gatherings and personal celebrations. You can order your Holiday Party Packs by calling at 512-535-0474 or email catering@tacodeli.com. 

El Cockfight 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… at El Cockfight. Their winter menu will offer three new cocktails available now through the end of February: Mexican Hot Cocoa, Spiced Cider, and Warm Coquito. 

Mama Dearest 

Keeping guests cozy during the cooler days, Mama Dearest will offer three hot boozy cocktails (also available non-alcoholic) now through the end of February. They include: The Cocoa, The Cider, and The Toddy. 

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center – The Carillon & Gabriel’s Cafe

Introducing two delightful holiday cocktails, AT&T Hotel and Conference Center’s dining concepts, The Carillon and Gabriel’s Cafe will offer Awkward Conversation and Friendsgiving. 

Houston 

Doris Metropolitan

Doris Metropolitan always has exciting cocktails to mix with their festive parties. The restaurant will be hosting events for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years Eve, but the cocktails are always flowing. Two highlights from the winter menu include the French Velvet which consists of absinthe, cold brew liqueur, espresso, dark chocolate for $18 and the Milk Punch which consists of Heaven’s Door Double Barrel, lemon,anise, cinnamon, clove and cereal infusion for $19.

The Warwick

The Warwick’s winter cocktails are sure to keep spirits high. Their Mistletoe Martini is already a best seller, consisting of Ketel One, Daphne Raspberry Lemonchello, Agave, Cranberry, and Lime Juice for $18. When the temperatures dip, warm up with Sweater Weather – A flavorful blend of our house made Hot Cider and Whiskey with hints of Cinnamon and Nutmeg for $12.

Heights & Co.

Heights & Co. has decked their halls, rolled out Christmas drinks and will be offering tableside s’mores and playing Christmas movies throughout the month of December. Two stand out drinks that are extra jolly include the Spiced Cranberry Cosmo with vodka, christmas spiced cranberry syrup, orange liqueur, lime and the Gingerbread Negroni with house-spiced gin, cardamaro, red vermouth, bitters.

Hamsa

Hamsa’s December cocktail menu offers warm and cold libations. A must try is the Apple Pie Tom & Jerry, made of rum egg batter topped with cognac and milk. Need to warm up? Try the Chai Hot Buttered Rum: butter batter topped with rum and housemade chai. They will also have mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate. 

Citizen’s of Montrose 

Citizen’s of Montrose is known for the popular 99 cent espresso martinis during happy hour. The special is being revamped for the month of December to feature Peppermint Espresso Martinis. They are available daily during all business hours, but the 99 cent deal is available from 3pm to 6pm on weekdays. They will also be offering a Mistletoe Matcha for the holidays, which is served in festive red and green coloring. 

FM Kitchen

FM Kitchen is known for their potent drinks, laidback patio, buzzing brunch and delicious comfort food. Wash down your burger with a special cocktail like the Rebel Without A Clause (a take on a holiday old fashioned) – Dough Ball Whiskey, Tenfold Nitro Cold Brew, Orange Bitters, or try the Cran Spice & Everything Nice- Vodka, Spiced Cranberry, Lime, Ginger Ale. They will also be offering 3 boozy coffee cocktails and a variety of seasonal draft beers. 

Slowpokes 

Having a booze free holiday? No problem! Slowpokes winter specials are always a treat. They are bringing back their popular Campfire Latte: A toasty marshmallow and mocha latte, topped with milk chocolate drizzle, crushed graham crackers and fresh roasted marshmallows. It can also be made as hot cocoa. Other festive options include a Candy Cane Latte, Candy Cane Cocoa, Dulce de Leche Latte and a Marshmellow Cold Foam, which can be added to any drink.

Dallas/Ft. Worth 

City Works Eatery & Pour House

City Works Eatery & Pour House in Fort Worth & Frisco is offering a special cocktail for the month of December, the Peppermint Nutcracker Martini. Made with Grey Goose, Owen’s Espresso Mix, Frangelico, Dorda Chocolate Liqueur, Baileys and a splash of crème de menthe, it’s the perfect balance of mint and chocolate to enjoy the holidays. 

San Antonio 

Bakery Lorraine

Bakery Lorraine offers delectable holiday pies and traditional Bûche De Noël for pre-order from Monday, Dec. 11 to Sunday, Dec. 24. Items need to be pre-ordered with 72 hours notice to the desired pickup date through the custom order request page on their site HERE. The traditional Bûche De Noël is made with tart cherries, vanilla mousse, and chocolate sponge cake soaked in a spiced kirsch syrup. Each of Bakery Lorraine’s nine inch holiday pies serve between 8 – 10 people and can be ordered for pick up at all Bakery Lorraine locations. 

In the heart of Texas, the holiday spirit comes alive through the creativity and hospitality of its renowned establishments. From the Asian-inspired Frozen Hot Chocolates of Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar in Austin to the winter cocktails at Houston’s Doris Metropolitan and the festive offerings at Bakery Lorraine in San Antonio, each city offers a unique and enticing experience. As we raise our glasses and savor the flavors of the season, these culinary and cocktail celebrations remind us that the joy of the holidays is not just about the destination but the delicious journey that unfolds in the company of friends, family, and the rich traditions that make Texas a winter wonderland for all. Cheers to a Texas-sized celebration!

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