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Boozy bus tour will take you to 3 of Austin’s most festive bars this weekend

Arianna Auber
Revelry on the Boulevard offers holiday drinks such as the Red Velvet Peppermint 'Tini, left, that you can enjoy as part of the Santa's Sleigh Ride bus tour on Friday. [Arianna Auber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

The weekend before Christmas, enjoy cups of cheer at three Austin bars that went all out decking their halls with holiday decorations.

The sibling concepts of Corner Bar, Revelry Kitchen + Bar and Revelry on the Boulevard host Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a party bus tour that will take participants to each of the three hangouts on Friday.

For $40, you’ll get transportation on the bus to each spot and, once at each one, a complimentary holiday drink. The festive night begins at Revelry on the Boulevard, the newest of the venues and the most family-friendly. There, enjoy appetizers and dinner until 9 p.m. “One of Santa’s artsiest elves” will also provide custom holiday face paint jobs to accompany your holiday attire, according to the Facebook event post.

From there, the bus travels to Corner Bar on South Lamar Boulevard, where DJ music and more holiday cocktails await.

The final stop of the night is Revelry Kitchen + Bar on East Sixth Street. Passengers of the Santa Sleigh Ride bus will be greeted by an uplifting New Orleans-style brass band before enjoying the vibes along one of Austin’s most bustling entertainment districts. Make arrangements to go home from this point, as it’s the final stop on the bus tour.

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Here’s a look at some of the festive fare you can order free of charge as part of the Santa’s Sleigh Ride ticket.

From Revelry on the Boulevard:

• Red Velvet Peppermint ’Tini: Smirnoff Peppermint Vodka, Bailey’s Red Velvet Cream

• Caramel Apple Cider ’Tini: Salted Caramel Crown Royal, homemade apple cider

From Corner Bar Austin:

• Blitzen Martini: Bailey’s Red Velvet Cream, Ketel One Vodka, coconut rum

From Revelry Kitchen + Bar:

• Pourchata: Johnnie Walker Black, house rice milk, cinnamon simple syrup and allspice dram

• Santa Gets Sloshed: Maker’s Mark, Cruzan Diamond Estate Rum, housemade egg nog

Santa’s Sleigh Ride begins at Revelry on the Boulevard, 6215 N. Lamar Blvd., at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20. Purchase tickets at this Eventbrite link.