Welcome to the weekend! It’s going to be a chilly one. Be sure to double check that any outdoor events are still happening before leaving home. Please leave a comment if you discover that an event has been canceled.
Here are our picks for the Top 10 FREE Events happening this weekend:
Snow Days – North or South, take your pick! There is a Snow Day planned for every day this weekend. North Pole in the South will be at The Rise School of Austin (5206 Balcones Drive) on Friday, December 6 from 3-6 p.m. Hill Country Galleria Snow Days will kick off on Saturday, December 7, from noon- 4 p.m. right across from the Bee Cave Library (12700 Hill Country Blvd.). Winter Wonderland will be held in Leander on Sunday, December 8, from 1-3 p.m. Play in 20,000 pounds of real snow and an ice slide, take family photos with Santa, and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats from Hey Cupcake! Taylor Morrison Homes at Crystal Falls (2701 Highland Trail, Leander).
Hancock Holiday Candle Stroll – Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, from 6 – 9 p.m. Join your neighbors and family to walk the trails of thousands of luminaries on and around Hancock Recreation Center and Golf Course. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday carols, and a visit from a special guest. FREE for the family. Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St., Austin.
Make a Tic Tac Toe Board at The Home Depot – Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon. Stop by your local Home Depot for a FREE hands-on workshop. These workshops, designed for kids age 5 to 12, teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin. To register, visit The Home Depot website.
The Thinkery Grand Opening – Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain, sleet, or snow, the Thinkery Grand Opening will go on! This weekend the Central Texas community is invited to celebrate Austin’s new children’s museum by exploring the innovative exhibits, participating in hands-on activities and enjoying other festivities within the museum. Timed tickets are entirely sold out. However, The Thinkery will offer a limited number of tickets for walk-up visitors. Entry is subject to capacity, and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the Timed Ticket FAQ for more information. The Thinkery offers FREE parking at the Mueller Town Center garage, and for the Grand Opening there will be additional parking on Mueller Blvd, near Aldrich St., in Austin.
Alamo Kids’ Camp – Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8. FREE movies for children age 3 and up. Times vary by location. This weekend you can see Hugo (Alamo Drafthouse Village), Kung Fu Panda 2 (Alamo Lakeline), or The Adventures of Tintin (Alamo Slaughter Lane).
Weihnachtsmarkt, a German Christmas Market – Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The German Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice, and gingerbread cookies. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day. Historic German Free School, 507 E. 10th St. at Red River St., Austin.
Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll – Saturday, December 7, from 6 – 9 p.m. The evening starts at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing the songs of the season during KUTX 98.9 “Eklektikos” host John Aielli’s Holiday Sing-Along. As the clock strikes 7 p.m., the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree begins, featuring a programmed light show at the top and bottom of every hour, set to holiday songs of local Austin musicians. From 7 to 9 p.m. Congress Avenue will be abuzz with holiday cheer during the Downtown Stroll. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late and will feature special activities and offers. The highlight of this year’s event is an aerial dance performance by Blue Lapis Light at 816 Congress, “Love’s Prayer.” Additional Stroll activities include classic holiday cartoons at the Paramount Theatre, Santa in an airstream photo booth, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with Sustainable Food Center, and more. All events are FREE and open to the public. Support fellow members of the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations to the Capitol Christmas tree for the Capital Area Food Bank.
St. David’s Downtown Posada – Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. The Posada commemorates Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem in search of shelter prior to the birth of Jesus. The 3rd Annual St. David’s Downtown Posada will include a procession led by children, followed by adults and a Mariachi band. The procession will make its way through St. David’s Church, ending at Eden Center. Everyone is welcomed to then feast on food and refreshment, sing Christmas carols and join in traditional activities such as the breaking of the piñata for treats. Though admission is FREE, contributions for Trinity Center are encouraged. 301 E 8th Street, Austin.
Cherrywood Art Fair – Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Art Fair is embracing the cold weather and will be open for business – rain, sleet or shine! Get ready to shop and have fun! Click here for a printable Cherrywood Art Fair Booth Map, with a guide to artists and food vendors as well as the music lineup and family activities. Admission is FREE. Maplewood Elementary, E. 38 1/2 St. & Maplewood Ave, Austin.
Austin Trail of Lights – Sunday, December 8, from 7 – 10 p.m. The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park. For two weeks in December, over 50 custom displays light up the night, bringing Austinites together to celebrate the season. The festival runs December 8 – 22, 2013. The trail will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. nightly. Disability and Special Needs Access begins at 6:15. Admission is FREE. Parking in Zilker Park is $15 and must be purchased in advance online. Shuttles are available for $3 per person. View transportation options. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
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- Live Nativity Events
- Snow and Ice Skating in Austin
- Central Texas Holiday Lights Displays
- Austin Public Library Holiday Events
- Where to See Santa for Free
- Craft Fairs and Holiday Bazaars
- Christmas Tree Lightings and Parades
- Free Fun Calendar
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.livemom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Picture-2.png[/author_image] [author_info]Heidi Gollub loves exploring Austin and beyond with her 5 kids. For more local adventures for families, visit FreeFuninAustin.com. [/author_info] [/author]