The Holidays: How will they be adapted to be COVID-19 safe?


Shruti Patel

The Dispatch reports holiday activities to do amidst a pandemic.

Ella Waltuck, Reporter

The holidays are here, how can we have fun during the holidays while being safe and stop the spread of Covid-19?

Looking at Christmas lights is something fun for everyone. But the thought of walking on the Trail of Lights with people surrounding you, most likely not social distancing is scary. This year the Austin Trail of Lights is hosting a drive through event. You can purchase vehicle passes starting at $35. During the drive you can tune in your radio to experience the magic. More than two million lights will light up the way as you drive through the trail.

If you or your family is looking for a Christmas tree, Papa Noel’s in Austin has the best trees for you. You get to go pick out a Christmas tree with your family without people surrounding you. Papa Noel’s is located outside and all employees wear masks for your safety. Papa Noel’s is known for being high quality; they will get your tree, wrap it for you, and you will be in and out in five minutes. You will be in contact with a small number of people wearing masks and social distancing.

Taking a stroll in Downtown Austin is a fun option this year. Enjoy carols, live entertainment, and free food and you walk down Austin’s Congress Avenue. You will walk by Galleries, stores and restaurants.

Lots of families will not be able to celebrate the holidays together because of the risk of getting Covid-19, but there are other ways for families to connect over the holidays. Families can host a virtual gathering over ZOOM so friends and families can celebrate the holidays safely.

All of these Holiday options will allow you to enjoy yourself during the season but also keeps you and Austinites safe from Covid-19.