Come winter, Austin is alive with Christmas spirit and the spirits that fill your glass! This guide to Austin Christmas events details the best things to do in the city during the festive period including music, parades, shows, lights and bar events.
This 155 ft string of lights shaped tree is free to visit. There is sometimes music and there is always scalding hot chocolate and kettle corn.
3. Minor Mishaps Winter Solstice Lantern Parade
‘Bourbon Street meets Budapest’!
Join this 25 piece renegade brass band as they put on a fun mobile brass band show along the banks of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (where I married Gemma and Craig, Two Scots Abroad!)
Guests of the Minor Mishaps Marching Band are encouraged to bring lanterns…. And to rock out! It’s free but you need to RSVP.
4. KRAMPUS – Dead Music Capitol Marching Band
Austin at Christmas is all about the marching bands, it is the town that hosts HONK! Festival after all!
KRAMPUS are like the naughty step-sister band of Minor Mishap who also host a holiday parade on the streets of Austin, goth-tastic no less!
5. Chuy’s Holiday Parade Downtown
Chuy’s Holiday Parade harkens back to America’s traditional small town celebrations: lots of school marching bands, veterans, etc, giving it that warm and fuzzy old school feel.
Pro tip: The best vantage point is from above.
Head to the balcony of Stephen F. Austin Hotel Bar and enjoy a drink and some truffle oil popcorn while you watch.
Chuy’s Tex Mex features in this guide on where to eat in Austin.
6. 37th Street Lights
After a few years of being closed, Austin’s favorite holiday neighborhood is back!
Crank up your tunes, roll down your windows, and soak up some genuine “old Austin” holiday spirit on 37th Street.
7. Boat Trail of Lights
Prefer to see some lights on water?
No problem! Check out the Boat Trail of Lights on Lake Austin.
This is where locals decorate their own boats and sail down the lake.
If you don’t have a boat, you can book a spot on Austin’s Party Barge, or a table at Lakeway Resort and Spa.
8. German Christmas Market
The German-Texan Heritage Society hosts a Christmas market (507 East 10th St) in Austin featuring decorations as they are imported from the Erzgebirge, an East-German region which known for it’s Christmas customs.
Glühwein and a visit from St Nick is also on the schedule!
9. Christmas Light Show at Mozarts
Mozart’s Coffee has been in action since the 90s and its light show has become quite an institution.
Expect piano playing on the lit up piano, choirs and of course, coffee!
10. Peppermint Parkway
Drive through millions of lights of the Peppermint Parkways, Circuit of Americas (9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd).
Share some love at the kissing booth, hop aboard the Peppermint Express at Peppermint Plaza, and pick a fresh Christmas tree from the Winter Woods at this lit Austin Christmas event.
Have you even been to Austin if you’ve not stayed in an airstream? We did this back in 2015 and it was cool overnight stay. Click here for full details.
If you prefer an apartment, this modern one has a heated swimming pool is in walking distance to the hip SoCo. Want more? Here’s our list.
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Christmas in Austin is a fun time for locals and visitors alike. There are lots of festivities and festivals going on in the streets, parks, bars and restaurants. It’s a great time to support local businesses too. So whether you are looking for live music, Christmas cocktails or light festivals there’s something for everyone in this things to do in Austin in winter guide. Looking for somewhere hotter in the US this December? Here’s our guide to the best places to visit in winter.
About the authorSarah Greene Reed wasn’t born in Texas, but she got there as soon as she could. The host of the infamous “Cheetos, Tito’s & Speedos Party”, this artist/mom/venue owner can’t sit still and is usually dreaming up her next adventure. You’ll most likely find her with big hair, a cold drink, and a belly laugh.
Machu Picchu in Peru features high on many traveller’s bucket lists and rightfully so. One of the new seven wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is hailed as an archaeologist’s dream.
Believed to be built in the 15th century by Peru’s Inca civilisation (by hand!) this South American icon is hard to miss although often mistakenly referred to as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ (which is really Vilcabamba).
The gateway to this mesmerising abandoned city in the south-eastern city of Cusco/Cuzco and there are many ways to get to Machu Picchu from there.
So whether you are looking to go independently or via Machu Picchu tours, have ample time or are restricted, have holiday cash to burn or are on a tight budget; this guide will advise you how to get to Machu Picchu in 14 different ways.
Planning a trip to Machu Picchu just got easier! We’ll also discuss the new rules and Machu Picchu prices for 2023.
Due to the bizarre desire for tourists to get their chebs out and the mass demand to see this wonder, visiting Machu Picchu is now restricted by the Peruvian government. Changes will be implemented from 2017 and they are pretty strict.
Firstly, rules state you can not visit the Inca Citadel without an official guide but the goods news is that you can hire a guide at the gates.
Our friends did bypass having a guide so it is not impossible.
Please tell us what the situation is for you in the comments below.
Secondly, there will be increased set routes for you to follow.
Finally, time limits may be set at certain points to help with the flow of traffic which is probably a benefit to all.
There are also changes to the opening times which I will explain below. Your ticket will have your time on it.
From 2020, the number of entrants per day has been further cut to ensure the safety of visitors. You will also be asked to wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others.
2022 tickets are available through GetYourGuide, see table, for most options in 2023. Let’s take a look at the Machu Picchu prices.
Machu Picchu Entrance Fees 2023
The following Machu Picchu price list is the official fees for 2022. There are several options, some of which you can choose a time slot.
Machupicchu + Horario Vespertino: 1-5pm for those with mountain hike ticket (doesn’t appear to be available on site)
*Warning: some online services advertise the advanced online ticket for cheaper but when you click through the ticket is for the Andean community nations, not foreigners.
How to get to Machu Picchu
The highlight of any backpacking trip across South America is the hike to Machu Picchu.
There are many ways to get to the site – rightly accounted as one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world.
Most people opt for the classic way to Machu Picchu: train ride until Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) and then an early morning bus all the way to the entrance.
Others, though, dream of actually walking along the sacred way of the Incas and thus seeing the sunrise over Machu Picchu.
The only way that guarantees this – regardless of the season and the sunrise time – is via the official Inca Trail.
All other hikes finish in Aguas Calientes, and then require to either walk or take the bus to the entrance of the site, which opens at 6:00, and – provided the sun hasn’t risen already – rush all the way to the Inti Punku sun gate. This is not necessary with the traditional Inca Trail trek.
However, the Inca Trail has to be booked well in advance so your visit to Machu Picchu has to be planned well.
The Peruvian government issues the passes/permits (only 180-200 persons per day are allowed on the trail) at the beginning of January and they are usually sold out for the year within a couple of weeks.
Hiking the Inca Trail is an incredible, exhilarating and exhausting experience.
During the hike, it is possible to visit some otherwise inaccessible sites. The trek’s landscape is breath-taking – and not just caused by the altitude (make sure you are properly insured, see below for what we mean by ‘properly’!)
The trekking consists of long hikes, cold temperatures during the night, rain during the day, and meals in the kitchen tent.
The companionship with the rest of the group, the disgusting toilets in the base camps, the fact that it is virtually impossible to shower for the 4 days of the hike all add to this unforgettable experience.
And then, the cherry on the cake: a 3:00 wake up call to start walking in the dark and reach the Inti Punku in time for sunrise.
At that stage of the night, there is still the uncertainty that the day’s weather will have mercy on you and that the sun shows up, but then it happens, it’s there; Machu Picchu in all its glory.
Walking Distance: 43km/26 miles
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Highlights: Machu Picchu Inca Trail is the most famous Peruvian trail
Getting to Machu Picchu via the one-day Inca Trail consists for a beautiful train journey. To access the one-day Inca Trail hike, you take the Peru Rail Vistadome train (see below) from Cusco heading towards Aguas Calientes, the town that Machu Picchu is located in.
However, you will disembark the train around 30 minutes before Aguas Calientes at what will appear to be the middle of nowhere, the stop KM 104.
The Vistadome train has windows that scale to the roof of the train, allowing you to fully absorb the beauty of it curving through the crevices of the Andes Mountains. Don’t get too lost in the beauty of the landscape as you’ll have to hop off of the train at this no man’s land, KM 104.
From KM 104, the hike will take you into the Andes Mountains and scale you up, down, and around this mind-blowing mountain range. It is an intermediate hike that can take anywhere from 5-8 hours. There are plenty of steep climbs and tight curves, but they are all worth the stunning views from the top of the world in Peru.
Make sure to take at least 2 litres of water per person for this hike and plenty of snacks. There will be a few overhangs and places to stop and enjoy a rest and refuel. Also, make sure to pack a poncho in case you encounter rain on the trail.
Once you’ve finished the hike and explored the magnificent Machu Picchu, you can take the bus down to Aguas Calientes town where you can spend the night or take the Peru Rail train back to Cusco.
Walking Distance: 15km / 9 miles
Duration: 1 or 2 days (2 days more realistic)
Train from Sacred Valley: 1.5 hours/Train from Cusco: 3 hours
Trek: 5-8 hours
Tip: 1-day hike – take the earliest train (before 9am) as the gates close at stages
Tip: The Inca Trail closes for the month of February
Highlights: Train views, quick
Downside: Inca Trail requires a pre-booked permit (6 months in advance)
The Inca Trail is closed but I want to hike to Machu Picchu!
The Lares Trek to Machu Picchu is a 4 day/3 night trek which involves camping for 2 nights and a hotel stay on the night before Machu Picchu. The Lares Trek starts with a bus journey then breakfast at Lares Hot Springs where you can take a dip in the warm waters.
The day 1 hike ends at Cuncani where hikers meet with local children before dining then an early bedtime.
Day 2 kicks off with a 5:00 wake up call, breakfast then a day of hiking.
This is the hardest day as the trek involves a climb to 4650m (15255ft) above sea level at Condor’s Pass.
Day 3 is relatively easy, hiking to Pumahuacuanca for lunch, a bus ride to Ollantaytambo then the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (also called Aguas Calientes).
Dinner is in a restaurant tonight and hikers have the chance to shower and sleep in a hotel bed.
Day 4 is another early rise for Machu Picchu day, remember your passport or you will not gain entry.
Buses leave from Aguas Calientes all day (see below for more details), the earlier you can take the bus the better to avoid the crowds at Machu Picchu.
Be warned, there are hidden costs of trekking to Machu Picchu – the tips.
This will differ depending on who is in the trek team but averages out at around 65 soles (£14) per person.
We trekked to Machu Picchu with Alpaca Expeditions which is regarded as the best Machu Picchu company online and by word of mouth, hence the expense of the trip.
They promote ethical working conditions for their staff which is an important factor of sustainable travel (many companies say they do this but do not). Choose your company wisely.
» Check competitive prices and reviews of Lares Trek here «
Inca Jungle Trek
From all of the possible ways to get to Machu Picchu in Peru, the most adventurous option is the Inca Jungle Trek, which includes a big variety of different adrenaline-filled activities.
The most usual form of the Inca Jungle Trek has a 4 day/3 night itinerary, but it is also possible to do so in this shorter version, which takes only 3 days/2 nights.
During these 4 days, travellers have the chance to test themselves in downhill mountain biking, river rafting, and even zip-lining.
Hostels are the main form of accommodation used during the Inca Jungle Trek but like the Lares Trek, the last night before the visit to Machu Picchu you stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
On day 1 the trek starts with a 3-hour drive to Abra Malaga Pass at 4,316 m altitude from where you will descend by bicycle to 1,196m in less than 60 km.
The downhill is very steep at certain points, so you have to be careful. In the afternoon there is optional rafting in Santa Maria (grade 3 and 4). On day 2 it is time for hiking in the jungle from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa.
The trek takes around 7 hours and you will have the chance to enjoy the beauties of the jungle in the Cusco region.
On day 3, those who are not tired of adventure can try the tallest zip-lining in South America, and the day is finished with a 3-hour trek from “Hidroelectrica” to Aguas Calientes. Day 4 is fully dedicated to visiting Machu Picchu.
Duration: 3 days/2 nights or 4 days/3 nights
Highlights: Adrenaline rush/hostels, no 6-month pre-booking required
Trek for 3, 4, or 5 days through remote mountain passes and verdant tropical Andean forest.
Optional activities along the Salkantay Trek include hot springs (pack mosquito repellent), zip-lining, a train ride, and horseback riding up to the steepest point of the trek. On the final day, you visit Machu Picchu. The amazing Salkantay Trek is a lifetime experience.
Walking Distance: 60km/37 miles
Duration: 5 days
Highlights: No six-month pre-booking required, excellent scenery
» » Check availability and rates of Salkantay here
The Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu is an adventure in the truest sense. While the end goal of this 8-9 day trek may be Machu Picchu, the true highlight is hiking in solitude and passing through the expansive-yet-vacant Choquequirao ruins along the way.
The Incan complex of Choquequirao may very well be the next Machu Picchu sprawling more than 18km. Now is really the chance to go before they build a teleferico lift.
The Choquequirao Trek begins from just outside of Cachora. Days 1-2 are tough, as hikers make a steep descent into the Apurimac Canyon and an even sharper ascent up the other side.
The difficult dip is worth all the effort as the Choquequirao ruins soon come into view! Days 3-5 are spent passing over high altitude ridges, retired Inca Trails, and challenging switchbacks in near isolation.
Finally, on day 6-8, hikers will join up with the better travelled Salkantay Trail and finish on their way to Hydroelectrica.
From there, it’s just a train ride to Aguas Calientes and a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
The Choquequirao trek is rugged and tough at times, but truly worth the experience.
Vilcabamba Trail/Trek is very much one of the lesser-known hikes to Machu Picchu. It is common for hikers not to see any other tourists until they reach Santa Theresa. The route takes you along the royal roads that the Incas used and past snow-capped mountains. It is very remote.
Distance: 48 km/30 miles
Duration: 5 days/4 nights (8-hour bus journey to start)
Downside: Physically hard / not available December to March
The Lodge Trek
Hey, flashpackers! The Lodge Trek to Machu Picchu is for you. Like some high-class monkey swinging from tree to tree, you bounce from hotel to hotel each night taking in the highlights of the journey to Machu Picchu, including a trip to the Sacred Valley (below), without having to touch a sleeping bag. The Lodge Trek does include short hikes (3-4 hours) but often ends the day at the Jacuzzi!
Duration: 9 days/8 nights (Cusco included)
Downside: Expensive / Length
The Chaski (or Cachicata) Trail
One of the newest treks to hit the Peru scene is the Chaski Trail which is also known as the Cachicata Trail. It is less demanding than other treks so an ideal trail for less experienced trekkers.
The bus from Cusco takes you through the Sacred Valley to the town of Socma (near Ollantaytambo, below) where you hike past waterfalls and meet with the local community to learn about traditional Andean life. The second day is the longest hike which lasts around four hours and ends at Cachicata.
Day 3 the group makes their way to Ollantaytambo to take the Machu Picchu train to Aguas Calientes. Like the Lares Trek, day four is spent at Machu Picchu.
Walking Distance: 25 km / 15.5 miles
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Highlights: Perfect for new hikers
Downside: Fewer companies offer this new trek
Huchuy Qosqo (Small/Little Cusco) Trek
The shortest of all the treks, Huchuy Qosqo Trek is a mere 3 day/2 night trip which involves camping for one night and a stay at a hotel in Aguas Calientes (below) the night before visiting Machu Picchu.
The hike, which can be completed without a tour of Machu Picchu too, starts just 15 minutes outside of Cusco which keeps costs down.
Walking Distance: 18km/11 miles
Duration: 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 night (with Machu Picchu extension)
Highlights: Budget-friendly / starts close to Cusco
Downside: Fewer companies offer this trek
How to see Machu Picchu on the Cheap
Warning, these two options are not for everyone and may involve skill to avoid walking into the train guards around Ollantaytambo (at the start follow the tracks but not on the tracks) and/or lying (say you have lost your hiking group) to execute. Intrigued? You should be…
DIY Machu Picchu Trek
If you want to spend less but get the same experience, you don’t have to sign up with a tour agency to get to Machu Picchu.
Here’s how you can do-it-yourself.
From Cusco, take a shared Colectivo found at Plaza de Armas to Ollantaytambo.
You will also have the opportunity to stay in this town for a while, take some pictures and enjoy the view.
From Ollantaytambo, hop in another shared taxi/van ride to KM 82.
Nope, you are not going to take the $80 train ride but you will be walking its tracks to go up.
Depending on your speed, the 28km walk duration is 7-8 hours.
I was with a group of Argentines who walked really fast so we did it for 5 hours but I was dead by the time we reached Aguas Calientes!
It was so hard to keep up with a fast group so make sure you are physically fit if you are to do this.
You will probably have to spend the night in Aguas Calientes to prepare for the hike the following day.
There are numerous hostels in this town but please do not expect for a super good one as this is a ‘come and go’ area where people only sleep and carry on the hike.
The next day, start the hike up around 3:30 to see the sunrise.
If you do not want to wake up early or are too tired to hike up, you can buy a bus ticket for $9.50/£7.65 that will take you all the way up to Machu Picchu.
Walking Distance: 28km + 390 metres/1280 feet
Duration: 2 days
Highlights: Budget-friendly, cheapest way to Machu Picchu
Downside: Level of fitness required / safety / have to avoid train guards
Warning, this following option is not for everyone and may involve skill to avoid walking into the train guards around Ollantaytambo (at the start follow the tracks but not on the tracks) and/or lying (say you have lost your hiking group) to execute. Intrigued? You should be…
Walking from Ollantaytambo
To travel to Machu Picchu on a tight budget, take a local bus (from Plaza de Armas) hitchhike from Cusco then take a minivan taxi to Ollantaytambo.
This should be a two-hour trip.
At Ollantaytambo, you can visit ruins and then the market which is a good place to buy some snacks for the trip.
From Ollantaytambo walk to Aguas Calientes by the railway path area (being mindful of the train guards).
The walk is 32km and well signposted.
It is very easy to navigate!
Locals and other tourists can be seen walking the railway path too.
This walk can be a little hardcore, 7 hours in total.
Part of the route is an amazing walk next to the river where you can hear the sounds of the river flowing, with a picturesque view.
Be aware of your surroundings; sometimes there is a need to move away from the noisy yet slow oncoming trains.
This walk is one of the cheapest ways to go to Machu Picchu and one of the best, especially for those who love trekking and hiking.
It is highly recommended to take food and water, a flashlight for when it starts to get dark and to wear decent trekking shoes. From here, hike to Machu Picchu (see above) or take the bus (see below).
This route can be hiked to Aguas Calientes and back to Ollantaytambo.
Walking Distance: 32km
Duration: 9-10 hours one-way
Highlights: Hike, meet locals, budget-friendly, cheapest way to Machu Picchu
Downside: Hitchhiking, intense hike, safety / have to avoid train guards
There are many companies who will create tailor-made tours to Machu Picchu and of course that comes with a heftier price tag than organising a trip independently.
However, you have the satisfaction that all aspects of the trip to Machu Picchu will be covered from transports to entrance fees with the added bonus of knowledgeable tour guides who can discuss Machu Picchu history with you.
Hikes at Machu Picchu Huayna Picchu/Wayna Picchu
Due to popularity, only 250 climbers per day allocated slot are allowed to climb Wayna Picchu ‘Young Mountain’ (Huayna Picchu).
The ascent takes around one hour and involves some scrambling using hands and feet.
The path may be wet to hike, carefully creating a good distance from the climbers in front is recommended.
The first gate opens at 7-8am but the morning fog usually lies until 10-11am.
The descent should take around 45 minutes. The second entrance time is 10-11am. Climbers should exit by 1pm.
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins (although some sites claim 3-4 hours)/ final ascent 2 hours before closing time
Machu Picchu Mountain (Cerro Machu Picchu) Peru’s ‘Old Mountain’ is less touched by tourists so easier to buy tickets for.
The mountain trek is open from 7-8am and then 9-10am but an early start is advisable to avoid the midday heat.
This may mean that you are tackling the thousands of steps through the morning mist but appears to be worth it to watch the Machu Picchu ruins appear through the clouds.
Climbers must exit by 3pm.
Duration: 1.5-2.5 hours (although some sites say the average is 4 hours)
Maximum 400 climbers per day
Highlights: Seeing Machu Picchu ruins from another angle
Downside: Often misty first thing
Overall Tips – Machu Picchu Information
Machu Picchu Tickets 2023
You must pre-pay for your tickets to Machu Picchu before you arrive and you must take your passport with you to Machu Picchu do not do as Craig did and leave it in the hotel!
Remember to collect your cool Machu Picchu stamp at the entrance.
Booking Machu Picchu tickets (and above hikes) can be done online at the official government website (price quoted in Peruvian Sol). It is not the most straightforward though so please read the next paragraph.
Machu Picchu Entrance Fees 2023
The following Machu Picchu price list is the official fees for 2022. There are several options, some of which you can choose a time slot.
The lodge has stunning views of Huayna Picchu Mountain and located in a serene setting. Rooms are fully equipped and some have private patios. The Tampu Restaurant boasts panoramic views of the jungle. Rooms start at £900 but sell out very fast.
» » Check the best deals on Machu Picchu hotels here
Altitude sickness is a thing and it can hit anyone hard.
You must acclimatise before setting off on your desired Machu Picchu hike or trip. Spend a couple of days in Cusco, especially if you are arriving straight from the capital, Lima.
However, two members of our trek were hit badly by the altitude.
One rode by donkey for most the trek and the other required gas. It is also worth purchasing coca leaves before your trek.
This local energy boost remedy is placed inside the cheeks and sucked. Make sure you have acceptable travel insurance coverage. What do you mean by acceptable?
Check if your insurer covers you at high altitudes like ours, True Traveller, does.
I shopped around extensively and many do not cover you at this height.
Two members of our party were very sick, take your health seriously before you fly. Check out if True Traveller is right for you by clicking here.
North American readers should look into the most popular travel insurer, World Nomads.
Best Time to visit Machu Picchu
May through to September, Peruvian winter (dry season) is the best time to visit Machu Picchu with May being held as the optimum month.
However, we hiked in April and were told that our weather (drizzle) was not ‘normal’ for that time of year with El Niño being blamed by locals in Cusco.
October to April is the wet season. February is the rainiest month and also when the Inca trail is closed so consider one of the other Machu Picchu tours (or Machu Picchu tour packages) during this month.
How to Get to Machu Picchu from Lima
So now that you have all of the Machu Picchu information that you need and you are buzzing about your trip to one of South America’s most popular tourist attractions you probably should work out how to get from Peru’s capital to Lima to the Cusco/Cuzco.
The most efficient yet expensive way is by internal flight.
There are several airlines such as Star Peru and Aviana, which make this trip and prices start around $157/£127 (return) for the 1.5-hour journey.
Lima to Machu Picchu is a common journey but please read or guidance on altitude sickness before you book the trip.
Many backpackers who are travelling around Peru use the safe and fun hop on/off bus service, Peru Hop.
This was how we backpacked around Peru, you can read our honest review of the tour.
We loved it so much we used the sister company, Bolivia Hop to get us out of Peru and over to La Paz.
The alternative is to use public buses from Lima to Cusco which is the cheapest option but is also a long at 20+ hour journey.
I’d recommend splitting up the journey by stopping at Arequipa or one of the other smaller towns mentioned above on the way.
Inca Trail Packing List (+ Other hikes)
Trekking to Machu Picchu can mean hiking in all four seasons. We experienced rain, shine, and even snow!
The number one priority for your Machu Picchu packing list must by footwear.
It is recommended that you have well-worn in trekking boots or shoes as well as a good raincoat or strong poncho (the latter often provided by the trekking company).
Your Machu Picchu trek company will most likely provide a small bag for you to store clothes and toiletries in which is carried by the porters and donkeys who trek with you (leaving your rucksack stored in your Cusco hostel, this is common).
They say Paris is always a good idea but is Paris in December really worth it? If you like crisp mornings, fewer crowds at attractions and a cup of warm vin chaud with your Christmas shopping then yes, Paris in winter is highly recommended. Locals, keep reading for festive advice, visitors here are the best things to do in Paris in December.
I’ve (Gemma) been to Paris three times, once in January, the second time during a glorious May weekend and most recently in December and I have to say, December gets my vote.
Speaking of democratic rights, I was in Paris during a strike! You can read more about my tips on how to navigate the city when it is protesting here.
Let’s take a look at the reasons for visiting Paris during Noël and things to do there. I’m really excited about writing this guide. I have to be honest, it has taken me years to warm to Paris and ironically I melted the freeze during my coldest visit and I can’t wait to go back!
While Paris is no Berlin when it comes to Christmas markets there is a handful located around the city worth spending a penny for a Chocolat chaud or crêpe with Nutella.
As to be expected as this is France, vin chaud (mulled spiced wine) is served at each market too. While the markets are open in the afternoon, they are at their best when night falls and lights fire up.
A cup of mulled wine ranges from 3 to 5 euros and simple crepes are around 3 euros.
2. Jardin Des Tuileries Christmas Market
The Tuileries Garden is one of Paris’s most famous public gardens sandwiched between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement (area/district).
Note: If this is your first time visiting Paris, read the full guide for advice on how the city is laid out. During summer, these gardens are awash with locals sunbathing and the flowers, plants and trees in bloom.
Come winter, trees are leafless and lifeless and most of the park is quieter bar one section, the Christmas market.
You will still have to wait in line if you want a picture of the Mona Lisa though. She’s one popular bird!
Metro: Louvre Rivoli
15. An Empty Les Deux Plateaux
Usually, a popular photography spot in summer, the black and white art installation was empty when I visited on a rainy day in December.
Does Les Deux Plateaux (2 Rue de Montpensier, 75001), also known as Colonnes de Bure, remind anyone else of sticks of rock or is it just me?
This modern art piece belongs to the 17th-century Palais Royal.
Metro: Palais Royal Musée du Louvre or within walking distance from Louvre
16. Dine Among The Pine Needles At Le Nemours
Try a plate of dense French quiche and an espresso at the cafe next to Palais-Royale (2 à 7 Galerie de Nemours, 2 Place Colette, 75001).
I always suspect that eateries next to touristy sites are just for visitors but I sat next to a local who was reading her newspaper and she conversed with another native in front of us. We had a pleasant lunch talking together. Every Parisian I met was truly friendly.
A female local even walked me to my hotel when I couldn’t get a taxi late at night and I couldn’t get my bearings.
I know what you are thinking, Parisians are not renowned for their softer side but honestly, this trip has changed my perception.
That’s what travel is all about.
At Le Nemours, expect crammed tables and coats on stands.
A really charming cultural experience.
For a winter experience, dine outside next to the trees, under the heater.
Metro: The bejazzled, Palais-Royale metro
17. Enjoy Montmartre, To Yourself
Avoid elbowing the Instagram crew on the pretty streets of Montmartre, which you will inevitably have to do during high season.
Have the winding streets from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica to Le Refuge bar to yourself.
Remember to start at the small Christmas market to fuel up on hot chocolate before tackling the hills and I can personally recommend the crepe shop next to the Sacré-Cœur if you are looking for a sugar fix.
Wait, did you have a hot chocolate or rum-infused mulled wine at the market because this building looks drunk?!
It’s just an illusion of course!
Unravel the trickery. Walk to the bottom of the Sacré-Cœur stairs, face back at the basilica and then look to your right.
See the peach house?
Now take the same image and trick your pals by moving your camera at an angle. Get the grass in line and leave out, or crop out using edit, any trees for the perfect photography lie.
Look at the walls for the subtle and not-so-subtle street art around Montmartre.
Expect to see murals, stickers and a man trying to escape a wall!
Stick around until it is dark so you can see the Montmartre Village decorations but more importantly, the Moulin Rogue flashing in all of her glory.
18. Visit Sacre-Coeur at Christmas
On Christmas Day, there are a number of masses at the Sacre-Coeur (35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018) in Montmartre and Christmas Eve enjoys an organ show and midnight mass.
Not into mass? You can visit any other day for incredible views of the city, a glimpse of the inside, underneath in the crypt and for an additional fee, up on the roof.
A cable car, which looks more like a train, connects Montmartre with the Sacre-Coeur.
Metro: there are many. Jules Joffrin or Abbesses + cable car as an example
19. Church of Saint-Pierre de Montmartre
A simple nativity scene at 2 Rue du Mont-Cenis, protected from the elements, can be found at one of the longest standing churches in Paris.
20. Warm Up With French Onion Soup
Pile into Le Pain Quotidien (31 Rue Lepic, 75018) for a hot bowl of traditional onion soup topped with thick garlic bread.
21. Attend a Moulin Rouge Show
Lights, feathers, action! The Moulin Rouge Christmas show (82 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018) serves up a course of seasonal meals, Christmas Yule log and lots of bubbles.
Well, if you like cakes? You’ll love Rue Montorgueil.
With patisseries on both sides of the street you are literally sandwiched by desserts.
Check out Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris, open since 1730 for classic cakes, moose and macaroons. Cakes come in fancy boxes, naturally.
There’s plenty of choice for dining and drinking under the festive lights in this pedestrianised area.
29. Champs-Élysées Christmas Lights
Visit the famous shopping street the Champs-Élysées to see its Christmas lights shine from November until January.
With shops such as Sephora and Zara on either side, the lights lead the way to the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most visited spots in Paris.
30. Arc de Triomphe
See one of Paris’s top attractions with fewer people, the Arc de Triomphe (Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008) offers some of the best 360 views of the city for a small fee.
While the crowds are not as busy as those in June to September, I still bought a line skip ticket online before I arrived and I’m glad I did because there was a long line to buy on the spot before going through security.
You have to go through security at every popular attraction in Paris for safety reasons. Water bottles are accepted.
Don’t eat cake before visiting, as I did, the spiral stairs are quite the challenge!
31. Disneyland Paris in December
Kick-off Christmas at the happiest place on earth.
Fake snow, Mickey’s Christmas Big Band and mulled wine. Yes, Disneyland Paris in winter is a fun trip for adults as well as kids.
Ride Big Thunder Mountain, experience the 4D Ratatouille and lose your stomach at the Tower of Terror, without the need of the FastPass.
Fewer crowds mean more time for rides! You can get around two parks in one day at Disney in December.
No need to spend money on a FastPass if you don’t mind doing single rider.
Good luck trying to get an Insta-shot at Sleeping Beauty Castle though!
Save money, pack your own lunch and buy your Minnie ears before you arrive.
Expect to go through airport-style security at every attraction. To save time have your bag ready. You can take water bottles through so pack one to reduce waste.
Things to do in Paris at Christmas
Christmas Day in Paris
The 25th (Christmas) of December and 1st (New Year’s Day) are official public holidays in Paris which means there will be reduced activity around the city.
On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the metro, RER and public buses run on a reduced timetable.
On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day the main things that are open will be:
Hotels that serve Christmas lunch/dinner – reserve while booking stay
Ethnic restaurants who do not celebrate Christmas
Local convenience stores who do not celebrate Christmas
Paris attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Sacre-Coeur for mass, Seine cruises.
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Arc de Triomphe
If staying in an apartment, get your grocery shopping done before Christmas Day and enjoy the city to yourself!
New Year’s Eve
So now Paris at Christmas time is over, let’s look at the next big celebration, 31st of December.
On the water, up the tower, at the church, in a bar, how will you spend New Year’s Eve in Paris?
The official New Year’s party explodes around the Arc de Triomphe, with a family-friendly animation and firework display.
Naturally, restaurants should be booked in advance and club nights will have an additional charge.
Getting to Paris
There are two airports in Paris, Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG) and Orly (ORY).
Both have public transport links connecting them to the city.
The frequent RER B train goes from CDG to central city stations in 30-40 minutes for under 11 euro.
There is no direct train from Orly to Paris. Visitors use the OrlyVal train to the RER station at Antony. This journey takes around 40 minutes.
It is likely you will then use the Metro to get to your accommodation.
Paris’s areas are called arrondissements which just means neighbourhoods or districts.
1st arrondissement is in the middle then the next arrondissements wind round forming the shape of an animal the French like to eat. A snail!
1st arrondissement for the Louvre, Palais Royal, Tuileries Gardin.
2nd arrondissement is where you will find my favourite street, Rue Montorgueil and its bars.
4th arrondissement is home to jumping Marais with its falafel, shops and LBGT+ scene.
5th arrondissement aka the Latin Quarter is where you will find Shakespeare & Company.
6th arrondissement is home to Hemingway and Boulevard Saint-Germain.
7th arrondissement is where you will find the Eiffel Tower and Rue Cler (foodie street, on my list for next time).
8th arrondissement for Arc de Triomphe.
9th arrondissement awaits the shoppers at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores.
14th arrondissement for Montparnasse and Paris Catacombs.
18th arrondissement for the gorgeous Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur.
Paris has a well connected public transport system utilising the metro, RER trains, trams, buses, taxis, Uber (more expensive), e-scooter and boat tour rides on the Seine!
Passlib is the official tourism pass which lets you access public transport, a Seine cruise and Paris museums. You can choose your preferred number of days here.
Metro tickets can be bought in packs of ten (un carnet).
Things to do in Paris in Winter Map
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A city so easy on the eye, like Paris, is a good idea any time of year. Whether you are visiting Paris for a vin chaud or choosing the city as your annual December trip, there are so many things to do during the Paris winter festival.
When you first arrive you definitely want to check out the Portland points of interest in the centre of the city and the waterfront.
Take in the unusual looking buildings, the cherry blossoms at Waterfront Park (Spring, approx March/April), how many bridges can count over the Willamette (rhymes with ‘dammit’)? There are 12 in total.
Pioneer Courthouse Square is home to the weekly farmers’ market (Mondays in Summer) and holiday-tree lighting party if you are visiting Portland for the Christmas holidays.
If you are keen on art, or if it is raining (it does that come Autumn/Fall, a lot), you might want to swing by Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave) or the Oregon Historical Society (1200 S.W. Park Ave) to see local and historical artifacts.
You will also find the very instagrammable 65 foot Portland sign ‘the Schnitz’ in Downtown Portland, outside of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Not to be confused with old-school candelabras, there are 52 bronze fountains dotted around the city named after the businessman Simon Benson who donated money to the project.
For elevenses, grab a Frankenstein style pastry from the original Voodoo Doughnut store (22 SW 3rd Ave). Expect anything and everything from marshmallows to bacon!
Strange story but…
I was using my Travel Portland tote bag on an island in Nicaragua (Ometepe) and a rad (or radge as we would say in Scotland) looking guy was like ‘hey, are you from Portland?’ as he sipped a drink on the wall of a restaurant. We started chatting and it turns out that this rad was actually the owner of Voodoo Doughnut.
Mind is blown.
An island in Nicaragua.
What are the odds I’d be using the tote bag and he would notice?
Anyway, we took a celebratory photo of me holding my phone displaying a picture of me eating a Voodoo doughnut in Portland.
I love travelling. Any strange travel stories to share?
Tell me in the comments below.
Can’t agree on what to eat for lunch?
That really is not an issue in Portland because this city is home to food carts.
Alder Street Food Cart Pod (S.W. 10th Ave. & Alder St) is the biggest selection of food carts in downtown Portland and offers Thai, Indian, Mexican, yup pretty much every food genre is covered.
This works a treat for us because we are not food compatible.
Day 1 – Afternoon – Pearl/River District
This is one of the ‘most hipster neighbourhoods in the world’ Head to ‘City of Book’s aka Powell’s Bookstore to see the world’s largest independent bookstore to kick off the feel of Portland.
There are five stores in Portland, 1005 W Burnside S is the flagship store.
Powell’s Bookstores boasts of over 500 author events per year.
Small businesses and free-from chain store status is definitely the vibe of this city.
If you visit during the weekend, be sure to check out the Portland Saturday Market to pick up food, crafts, art and jewellery (Saturday/Sunday, March-Christmas Eve).
You don’t have to miss out, browse and purchase local Oregon gear at Made Here PDX (40 NW 10th Ave).
Next, for an afternoon pick me up, pop into Stumptown Coffee Roasters for a brew – they’ve been taking coffee very seriously from source to sip since the lates 90s.
This fair trade coffee shop (five stores across the city) offers a variety of coffees, hot or cold and also teas.
If it is a dry day, take out and drink while people watching and totem pole exploring at Jamieson Square.
See what the Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Tuesday – Saturday/417 NW 9th Ave) and the photography gallery Blue Sky (Tuesday – Sunday122 NW 8th Ave) are exhibiting.
Catch a show at the Portland Center Stage at The Armory which is known as the “crown jewel” of the Brewery Blocks redevelopment.
There are two options for this morning depending on your city travel style.
Option one, do as Portlanders and bike! Join a bike tour around the city to stretch the legs and to explore what is on the other side of those bridges (we did this with Cycle Portland Bike Tours in January and it was very pleasant weather wise)!
Biking is big and it’s not just one of the many hipster things to do in Portland!
There are cycle paths, bike traffic lights, and left-hand turns (although some are blighted by the tram tracks – don’t get stuck in them)!
7.2% of people commute by bike in Portland. To put this in perspective, the national average is a mere 0.5%. Cyclists have the same rights as cars when it comes to lanes.
Although the passion for the pedal is respected by most, Portlanders still like to show that they are vulnerable by staging a naked cycle protest once a year! Being naked in public is actually lawful, it falls under artistic license – keeping Portland weird.
Option two, make your way to Washington Park to discover over 650 rose varieties in 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares) of parkland at the Rose International Test Garden.
This feels like Alice in Wonderland territory.
If you only had 2 days in Portland I would suggest doing a tour a day one (I like to get my bearings through tours) as this will most likely cover downtown and the riverfront then visit Washington Park in the morning of the second day and Nob Hill in the afternoon/evening.
Day 2 – Afternoon – Self-Guided Food Tour or Nob Hill
If you are a foodie you’ll want to sample the food trucks in Portland.
There are approximately 848 food units in the city, with clusters around 3rd and 5th Avenue.
Alternatively, head to the city’s first food market, Pine Street Market (126 SW 2nd Ave) which is located in the cool historic Carriage and Baggage Building (every day).
If you like Korean food, check out Kim Jong Smokehouse, we tried one of the chef collective’s food from at the Kim Jong Grillin’ food truck.
Tasty and photogenic.
Another option is to make your way to the Nob Hill neighbourhood.
Nob Hill is the area Northwest of the Portland and is affectionately known as ‘The Alphabet District’ because of its naming of the streets in alphabetical order.
This is the more affluent neighbourhood in the city and you can expect upmarket shopping and eateries. There are cultural activities too though, for example, Pittock Mansion, an impressive 100-year old family home which is situated 1,000 feet above the city.
Yes, that means spectacular views of the Portland and Mount Hood.
Forest Park can be found in the Nob Hill area too.
There are 70 miles of trails which are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. An easy access point can be found adjacent to Macleay Park (Lower Macleay Trail).
Starting to feel like Portland has gone all normal on you at Nob Hill?
Think again with Freakybuttrue (spell it out) Peculiarium, museum/gallery/interactive weird sh*t with ice cream as the cherry on top.
Day 2 – Evening – Nob Hill
After dinner at one of the many Nob Hill restaurants (American, Italian, Steakhouses, Spanish, Korean) it is time to ‘brew ‘n’ view’ at one of Nob Hill’s cinemas (Cinema 21).
Look out for film festivals and sing-alongs or McMenamins Mission Theater – showing throwbacks like Clueless and The Craft, dining options available), which serve local craft beers.
Don’t go wild tonight because tomorrow you are day tripping but I do have to add, Nob Hill has karaoke rooms at Voicebox Karaoke Lounge.
Many of the cool places in Portland can be found at the upper-market Nob Hill area.
Day 3 – Portland Day Trips
Nature in Portland
One of the things to do near Portland (Oregon) is visit Multnomah Falls (45 min drive) which is Oregon’s tallest waterfall.
Visiting the fall isn’t just a Summer activity, we went in January when there was a bit of frost and it was just lovely, making it one of the best day trips from Portland.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood in the background during the journey.
The hike can be as easy or intermediate as you like. We saw families there so a safe bet for things to do in Portland with kids.
If you don’t have a car you can join this 4 hour guided tour which picks you up from your hotel and takes you not only to Multnomah Falls but also Wahkeena Falls and Horse Tail Falls as part of its Columbia River Highway tour.
Nate explained Portland’s transport system into four T’s – trail, tram, trolley, and train!
Like Seattle and Vancouver, TriMet tickets are valid for 90 minutes which means you can commute between two, three modes of transport.
Uniquely, Portland has an aerial tram! It was purpose built for students to get between campuses but tourists can also try it out.
Yes, it rains in Portland hence the lushness of its surroundings. Portlanders are cool with it, they’ve even named it the cute ‘Portland mist’.
However, Portland doesn’t even make it into American’s top 10 rainiest cities for rainfall so don’t fret! If you don’t like rain then the best times to visit are summer, July, August and often September.
May and June are drier than April and March. Mid October sees the rain appear again.
Things to do in Portland When it Rains
There are heaps of things to in Portland when it rains. There are a variety of museums to suit every interest from Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels to the Art Museum.
Portland has lots of brewery tours where companies take you on a sampling trip by foot, bike, or bus.
Obviously, there are lots of shopping opportunities in Portland when ducking from the mist, the city has mainstream big named shops, small businesses, Portland’s Saturday market and the institution itself, Powell’s Book Shop.
Christmas in Portland
North America really knows how to make Christmas sparkle and one of the benefits of visiting Portland, Oregon in December is that the weather is not as harsh as the East Coast (sorry, New York!)
Here’s a list of festive activities that make Portland a well-worth Christmas trip.
Christmas tree lighting (Pioneer Courthouse Square)
Christmas Ship Parade (50 boats cruising)
Santa pub crawl (he’s merry!)
Christmas at Pittock Mansion
ZooLights (1.5 million LED lights to transform the Oregon Zoo)
What’s a good itinerary for 1 week in Seattle and Portland?
I would follow our guide for things to do in Portland then check out Seattle’s Pike Place Market food tour, Museum of Pop Culture and of course, the views of the city from the Space Needle. Check out our Seattle itinerary too.
Portland is Happening Now
This Portland 3 day itinerary only touches upon some of the factors which I feel back up that Portland is happening now.
I know I’m not alone in my views because according to the census, in terms of population growth, Portland was the 15th fastest among America’s fifty largest metro areas.
Unfortunately with popularity comes competition and many young people can’t afford the property.
Hover over image to pin to your Portland inspiration board
Disclaimer: With thanks to Travel Portland, Cycle Portland Bike Tours, Kim Jong Grillin’ for hosting us and our family – Erin and Ian for letting us do a wash! I really did love this city, check out more cool things to do in Portland via our fellow blogger, Taylor.
The main areas you are most likely to spend time in during your trip to Austin are the Downtown, Red River, Sixth Street, Rainey Street, East 6th, South Congress and Zilker.
While some of these Austin activities are not unique in Austin they are definitely unique to Austin.
Where else in the world can you eat Tex Mex and drink craft beer while listening to any genre of music possible?
Unusual Things to do in Austin
1. Eat Breakfast at Juan in a Million
The first thing to do in Austin is to grab a Tex Mex breakfast and Juan in a Million (2300 E Cesar Chavez St) is the legend you get to meet.
Not only does the ex-high school teacher, Juan Meza’s sell no frills, great homemade food, he also greets every single customer at the door with his signature handshake! Now that is a personal welcome.
Our taxi driver said one day he drove past and couldn’t believe the size of the line, Juan had just made it to the big screen.
Casey Webb from the notorious hit TV show Man v Food had taken on the challenge to eat eight Don Juan tacos stuffed full of eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese.
Think you can make it on the ‘Juan of Fame’? Webb managed four and a quarter…
Tell us how many you manage in the comments below!
2. Mimosas + Tacos at Ciscos
You are not hard-pressed to find breakfast tacos in Austin but Cisco’s (1511 E 6th St) is an iconic diner on East 6th Street.
As soon as you sit down next to the cute tiled wall, a friendly server will hit your table with glasses of water, salsa and delicious taco chips.
Breakfast tacos with eggs, cheese and meat for under $5 and a liquor licence are just what to the doctor ordered after a night of partying in Austin.
Lots of visitors also hit up the popular chain, Torchy’s Tacos. Check out Torchy’s secret menu recipe.
Guys! You can buy my t-shirt (below) here. ‘Guid’ means good in Scottish.
3. Stroll Along Lady Bird Lake
Austin’s hike and bike trail is bustling come spring/summer.
What better way to blow the city cobwebs away than to hire a bike and pedal along the Colorado River?
Barton Springs (2201 Barton Springs Rd) is a natural spring for the public to sunbathe around, kayak, and swim in. Or sunbathe on your kayak as I saw some girls do.
Located in Zilker Park, there are two options for the pool. The first is to pay to use the swimming pool style spring which has a nice grassy hill to sunbathe on. The sun can get pretty powerful so remember your factor 30.
I’ve died and woke up in social media photography heaven.
Cute Nail Studio (1211 E 7th St) actively encourages you to come to see their bright and awesome salon!
This unique rainbow building just off East 6th is a wonder to behold.
Clever marketing by the Cute team and they are kick ass on Insta too.
If you’re quite into unique architecture, check out our guide on treehouses in Texas you can book!
10. Up For Swinging?
There are two spots that you can climb into a hammock while you drink an alcoholic beverage or coffee (hot not recommended).
First up is the area outside of Revival Coffee Shop (1405 E 7th St) which is shared with a food truck.
The next hammock stop can be found at the food trucks on East 6th, across from 1660 food trucks.
11. Food Trucks
You can’t go to Austin and not eat from a food truck.
What do you want? Colombian? Brazilian? Tacos? Burgers? Pizza? Poke Bowls?
You name it, there’s a truck that does it.
We even saw Peruvian desserts being sold near Barton Springs.
Now that’s niche!
12. Sinful Desserts by Nuhas
The seven deadly sins definitely result in diabetes at this food truck located next to Terry Black’s BBQ on Barton Springs Rd.
The brownie is to die for.
13. BBQ, Austin Texas Style!
Do it as Texans do! Some of the most popular Austin attractions are the BBQ houses.
Franklin BBQ, on the east side, is the most talked about BBQ joint. Therefore, you have to get there fast (11 am opening) and expect to wait in line. It closes when the food is gone.
During our trip, a taxi driver recommended Blacks (Guadalupe St), on our way there, we stopped for directions and a local pointed out Green Mesquite so we settled for there.
No need to settle, Green Mesquite serves up a decent plate of two types of meat and two sides! This Austin restaurant is very close to Barton Springs so you can bathe and then BBQ, just don’t burn baby.
We’ve now dined at Blacks and the Copper Pit and have to say that we prefer Mesquite.
We’re not really a fan of cold food and by the time you wait in line to choose your sides, your meat and then pay your food, your plate cold.
I also hate the amount of single-use plastic. There’s no need at a sit-down restaurant.
Do your bit of the environment, purchase Bamboo cutlery set US / UK. Super cheap at under $10 and helps save the plastic tide while you dine.
If you have time, head out to Lockhart to try Kreuz BBQ. Best green beans I’ve tasted.
Dirty 6th is a cool, messy street full of filthy bars and definitely one of your first stops for things to in Austin at night but if you are looking for a street that is laden with seriously gorgeous looking people (everyone has fully committed tattoos, even saw a girl with a leg sleeve), see SoCo.
South Congress is lined with lots of vintage shops and delicious eateries.
On Saturdays, a pop-up market sells artwork and jewellery. Look out for the topless cowboy on a horse. Yes, that happens.
Can’t say much for the front of house service. I’m assuming the chick who served us our drinks was hungover.
Positively, the waiting servers were super friendly and the biscuits melt in your mouth.
South Congress Cafe (1600 S Congress Ave) made it to our best restaurants post. Find out who else managed to take a spot on our Austin foodie bucket list.
16. Shop for Treats at Big Top Candy Shop
Aka heaven for me! This circus-themed candy shop also sells ice cream and floats on South Congress (yes, I adore this area).
Not just one of the things to do in Austin with kids, it’s for big kids too right? Their stock will fill you with nostalgia as well as sugar.
You can even buy seasoned bugs! We took some home for my eleven-year-old cousin to try.
17. Get Snap Happy – Street Art in Austin
There is a lot of street art in Austin but unfortunately, much of it is spread quite far apart. Close to downtown, you can catch:
The I Love You So Much Wall on So Co (see below).
I Hate You So Much Wall on Rainy Street (see below).
Let’s Band Together heart on East 6th Street.
Historic 6th Mural at 5582 N Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, 78701.
Ninja Style graffiti on Lamar Boulevard Bridge.
Pop Art Girl at Colorado St. and W 5th Street (is she still there, didn’t see her this year)?
Tau Ceti triangle at Brazos and Second.
A little further afield is the famous:
Jeremiah the Innocent at 21st and Guadalupe.
You’re My Butter Half at 2000 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (Alamo St.)
We were really disappointed to see that Hope Outdoor Gallery at Castle Hill has now be closed down. This is where we got our wedding photos taken.
Rumour has it that Hope will be reopening at a spot near the airport. If you like street art why not visit us in Fife, Scotland! This lesser-known area of our home country has an emerging scene worth checking out.
We never made it to the Cathedral of Junk but if you like art and trash it might be worth a quick visit if passing by (it’s smaller than most people imagine).