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Happy Holidays from Austin Housemates!

December 7th, 2014, Posted By Austin Housemates

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we still have two huge days approaching. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in the New Year are always better spent with a crowd of our favorite people, or at least those few special someones that you only see once or twice a year. But while friends, family, and feasts are on the agenda in the coming months, don’t let accommodating all these guests in a shared living space put a damper on holiday plans. Here are a few ways you can entertain your guests in Austin during their holiday visit.

When it comes to the holidays, we’re lucky to live in Texas. Our winters are fairly temperate, meaning you can explore the city, the night life, and some of our historical landmarks here in Austin without bundling up and fighting the cold and snow. Take advantage of the warmth and avoid overcrowding in your living space by taking your guests out and about. If the weather is going to be particularly nasty, choose a venue with both indoor and outdoor accommodations – because you know the weather often changes its mind halfway through the day! And because there are a slew of events going on this holiday season, finding one to entertain everyone in your group won’t be too hard.

This Christmas, Zilker Park will be hosting its annual Trail of Lights, a mile-long walk through the park complete with hot cocoa. But if you’re looking for something a little more off the grid, check out the light show on 37th Street. These quirky and outrageous neighbors design their own light décor, making for interesting and festive displays. For the New Year, Austin’s annual New Year celebration ANY

is in Barton Park on New Year’s Eve with live music, famous food trucks, and local vendors and artists selling their wares. It’s a must-see for visitors to get a showcase of local food, art, and music. And since the festivities end at 10pm, you’ll have your pick of parties downtown.

Accommodating visiting guests over the holidays should not be stressful, whether you live alone or with roommates. If you share your living space, don’t hesitate to let your holiday plans be known. If you are inviting friends and family over for dinner or to stay with you for a few days, discussing this with your roommates is very important. They live there too, and if the shared space is going to be utilized by your guests, communicating with one another can help you avoid any holiday drama. Inviting them along is a nice, friendly gesture, but just simply giving people a heads up can work wonders. They can help you cook, clean, and they may even have furniture you can borrow for that big dinner party.