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Ring in The Holidays With The Driskill

Boasting everything from an evening choir performances, high teas in 1886 Café & Bakery, sweet treats & apple cider in the Driskill Lobby, to festive libations in The Driskill Bar that give guests a chance to warm up with a kick, The Driskill is the place to be.

The Driskill Hotel opened on December 20, 1886 to great fanfare and applause from Austin's 20,000 residents. The Austin Daily Statesman put out an eight-page special edition of the newspaper in a seven-tiered headline to announce that "...The building presents an imposing and inviting appearance, as it looms up like a palace above all the surrounding buildings."

Since that time, the "grande dame" of Texas hotels has remained a magnificent gathering place for locals, Texans and others to celebrate the holidays and other special moments of their lives in Col. Jesse Driskill's splendid Romanesque masterpiece.

We invite you to recapture a nostalgic memory from a holiday season long past and to create new memories for your family and friends during our holiday celebrations.



Tree Lighting

 Tuesday, December 1   |  6:00 pm
Enjoy seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet in celebration
of the annual lighting of The Driskill Tree followed by a perfomance of 
holiday carols by a double quartet of singers from Austin Opera.


Holiday Music

 Evenings in December  |  5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
December 2 - 3 | December 9 - 10 | December 16 - 17
Seasonal music from a live string quartet.


Afternoon Tea

Weekends in December  |  3:00 pm
December 4 - 6 |  December 11 – 13 | December 18 - 20
Delight in traditional tea and seasonal celebrations
served with tea sandwiches, desserts and scones.
 Reservations required. Please call 512-391-7073 to reserve your seat.
$46 per adult plus tax | $26 per child plus tax


Cookies for Caring

Sunday, December 13  |  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Create your own holiday cookie collection.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to
The Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring charity drive.
$25 per cookie tin
Click here to register and purchase your tin!


Afternoon with Santa

Sunday, December 13  |  3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Meet Santa & capture photos at this family event while
enjoying cookie decorating, crafts and hors d’ourvres.
 Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call 512-439-1234.
$25 per person plus tax.


 Christmas Day in The Driskill Grill

December 25 | 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Enjoy a Christmas five-course prix fixe dinner menu in The Driskill Grill.
Additional Information and Menu Choices Here.
Reservations required.  To reserve your seat, please call us at 512-391-7162.
$125 per adult plus tax | $65 per child plus tax


New Year's Eve at The Driskill

Experience New Year's Eve in True Texas Style!
Driskill Bar
Driskill Grill




Enjoy holidays at The Driskill throughout December with festive music and specialty cocktails in The Driskill Bar, beautiful décor throughout the historic building and seasonal cookies available for purchase in the 1886 Cafe & Bakery.


We invite you to share your holiday experiences at The Driskill on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #DriskillTraditions!





Celebrate Thanksgiving at The Driskill

Family Brunch

Thanksgiving Brunch on the Mezzanine

Seating Times: 10:00 AM through 3:00 PM
Adults $79   |   Children $38
Reservations Required

Celebrate the season by gathering with loved ones over an elaborate brunch buffet. Feast on traditional Thanksgiving fare such as slow-cooked turkey with pan gravy, house-made artisanal ham, butter whipped potatoes and Texas corn bread stuffing. Delight in non-traditional, chef-inspired creations that include roasted acorn squash with marsala and roasted cipollinis, ricotta cheese blintz with orange-thyme marmalade, wild mushroom soup with candied bacon, butternut squash bisque with smoked pepitas and an array of salads derived from the “fall harvest.” Plus, Chef Tony Sansalone will present a lineup of artfully assembled French pastries, petite fours, cakes, pies, torts, cookies, strudels and other holiday-inspired sweets. Whether you plan to return to continue this Driskill tradition with us, or this is your first time to join us for this special event, we’ll take care to ensure every detail is meticulously planned with your enjoyment in mind.  Join us to eat, drink and be merry at The Driskill this Thanksgiving.

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The Driskill Grill

An intimate culinary experience in the legendary Driskill Grill

Seating Times: 1:00 PM through 5:00 PM
Adults $89 | Children $42
Reservations Required
512-391-7178 or visiting opentable.com.

This Thanksgiving Day, The Driskill Grill offers an exclusive, five-course family-style menu brimming with seasonal flavors and chef-inspired fare. Our holiday meal includes your choice of free-range heritage turkey served ballottine style with Armagnac pan sauce, roasted sweet potato gnocchi, wagyu beef short rib wellington or cast iron seared diver scallops. Accompaniments include traditional brioche sage stuffing, port wine cranberry relish, balsamic brussels sprouts with bacon and butter whipped potatoes with sea salt. To end the meal on a sweet note, savor our decadent creamy pumpkin custard with orange amaretti, caramelia chocolate cremeaux and rum raisins.  

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