Holiday Weekender: December 18-20, 2015

Happening All Weekend

40th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar  – Opening December 15 and running through December 24, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. On exhibit will be everything from statement-making collectible pieces to modestly priced stocking stuffers. While Texas artists predominate, there are a select few carefully chosen from around the country. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s favorite musical talent, with live, intimate performances at least three times a day. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars to local legends, to Grammy winners. Admission: $8. Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Austin Trail of Lights – Through December 22, from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Visit the Austin Trail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. Zilker Tree on display nightly.  General admission is FREE from December 8-15, and only $3 for ages 12+ from December 16-22. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road.

Whole Foods Ice Skating on the Plaza - 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tickets are $10 and include skate rental. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Mozart’s Light Show – 6 p.m., Gather friends and family to watch one of the best light shows in Austin. The 12-minute long celebration happens on the deck and has holiday music to get everyone into the festive spirit. FREE! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Jedi Training Camp: Tatooine Droid Recovery Camp - 4 p.m., Recommended for ages 5 and up. Join us for crafts and activities as we celebrate the epic saga of Star Wars. FREE!  Austin Public Library, Howson Branch.

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa Holiday Lights and Ice - December 18- January 6, various times (Grand Opening on December 18, 6:30 p.m.). Join us for our 6th Annual Holiday Lights & Ice event benefiting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. Get in the holiday spirit with skating on our indoor ice rink that overlooks the scenic hill country that is accompanied by a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in Santa’s Workshop. Christmas comes to life at the Grand Opening of our Holiday Lights & Ice season on December 18 at 6:30 pm with a special Winter Wonderland on Ice production by Ice Couture, featuring international dancers Kristen Nardozzi and Nick Traxler and Austin’s very own Chaparral Ice skaters. Enjoy a very special opportunity to take the ice with Santa Claus during our first skating session beginning at 7:00 pm. The ice rink is open to the public. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre 7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Round Rock) – 7:30 p.m.,  “‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse IS stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say, “Merry Chirstmas!” you’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! Tickets: $13. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 7:30 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Baked by Amy’s Holiday Cookie Decoratingvarious times available. Baked by Amy’s is offering Gingerbread (or Shortbread if desired) Holiday Cookie Decorating classes! Cost: $20 per person and includes all supplies. Call (512) 918-2253 or email info@bakedbyamys.com to reserve a spot. Baked by Amy’s, 13265 US-183.

Dutch Oven Cooking (Lockhart) – Come warm yourself by our fire, cook, eat, and be merry in this mouth-watering holiday program! Come celebrate the holiday season by joining us for a primer in outdoor cooking with a dutch oven! In the chill of our winter season, there is nothing better than a hot meal being prepared over an open fire!  In this exciting hands-on program, you will learn how to use a dutch oven to create a delicious meal over an open flame, and of course, sample your handiwork!!  You’ll explore dutch ovens, learn how to build a campfire, practice the best techniques for outdoor cooking, take home recipes, and more!  Come hungry because free samples will be provided! Fees: Regular park entrance fees apply ($3/adult, free for children 12 & under). Lockhart State Park, 2012 State Park Road.

How to Catch Santa Storytime – 11 a.m., Join us for Storytime and activities featuring How to Catch Santa. FREE! Barnes and Noble, La Frontera, 2701 Parker Road Bldg A Suite 700; 10000 Research Blvd.; Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183.

A Long Winter’s Night11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Laura Freeman’s original musical is a distinctively Texas tale with echoes of Dickens. Suzi longs for snow in Texas until the night of the Winter Solstice when she gets more than she bargained for. Featuring live music and outrageous performances by Laura Freeman, Robert Deike, Megan Ortiz, and Robert King in Austin’s oldest and dearest theater! Scottish Rite Theater, 2017 W. 18th Street.

Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things (Round Rock)11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Austin-area families can enjoy “Real Snow” Activities, slides and trains, live music, inflatables and more! Don’t miss a visit with Santa – he’ll be there until 2 p.m. FREE! Chasco Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street, Round Rock.Advertisement
Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Kids can enjoy making a Cheerful Card Holder this weekend for FREE! Ages 3 and up. Lakeshore Learning, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Holiday Storytime – 11:30 a.m., This will be the last Saturday storytime before the big holiday! Join us for one of the most classic stories of all time – The Polar Express! Join us for special stickers and maybe a giveaway or two. FREE!  BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Holiday Open House – 1-3 p.m., Come celebrate the holidays with APL! Enjoy refreshments, crafts for the kids and a visit by Santa Claus. FREE! Austin Public Library, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Art in the Park – 2-3 p.m., Make nature-themed holiday crafts and ornaments! Get in the holiday spirit by making nature-themed crafts and ornaments with a ranger! All materials will be provided. Appropriate for all ages. Stay all day! At 7 p.m., join a ranger for stories and carols around a fire! Get in the holiday spirit with stories and carols around a campfire! Bring chairs and dress warmly. Don’t forget the roasting sticks and marshmallows. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway.

Geocaching Basics: Winter in the Park – 2-4 p.m., Join us for a winter holiday treasure hunt for children and adults! Program will cover the basics of geocaching and all materials are provided, including winter holiday themed caches. Normal park entry fees apply. Pedernales Falls State Park,  2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre2:30 & 7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2:00 & 7:30 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Round Rock) – 7:30 p.m.,  “‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse IS stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say, “Merry Chirstmas!” you’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! Tickets: $13. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Baked by Amy’s Holiday Cookie Decoratingvarious times available. Baked by Amy’s is offering Gingerbread (or Shortbread if desired) Holiday Cookie Decorating classes! Cost: $20 per person and includes all supplies. Call (512) 918-2253 or email info@bakedbyamys.com to reserve a spot. Baked by Amy’s, 13265 US-183.

Winter Solstice Celebration – 1-3 p.m., Celebrate the start of winter! Celebrate the start of winter at McKinney Falls State Park! Join a ranger for a lunchtime campfire, followed by winter stories and the burning of a yule log. Bring your picnic lunch and anything you’d like to cook over a fire. Chairs are recommended. McKinney Falls State Park, 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy.

Central Concerts: Holiday Classical Guitar – 1-2 p.m., Come celebrate the holidays with APL! Two marvelous young players, Colin Fullerton Ian Tuski, prepare this special program together just for us. Mozart & Brahms, Debussy & Bartok and even a few Christmas arrangements will make for a perfect program. FREE! Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Round Rock) – 2 p.m.,  “‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse IS stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say, “Merry Chirstmas!” you’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season! Tickets: $13. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2:00 p.m., From the scrumptious sets and costumes to all of the colorful characters and Divertissements you love, Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker is the longest-running production of the seasonal classic in Texas. Stephen Mills’ take on this timeless tale features a cast of hundreds of dancers, including the charming and talented students from the prestigious Ballet Austin Academy who share the spotlight with our professional company of artists. Celebrate the magic of the holidays by experiencing this sweet treat with your family and friends. Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra. Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

Wassail 2015   2:30 (kid’s show) 5:30 p.m. (evening show).  Please join us for Wassail 2015, our 13th Solstice Christmas celebration. Expect a feast of seasonal entertainment from our troupe of intrepid actors, magicians, dancers, musicians, poets and puppeteers. This year a special focus will be on the traditions of Sweden. All funds raised from this event benefit the kids in the Darfur region of the Sudan – via the Kids for Kids charity. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre2:30 & 7:30 p.m., The most popular show in ZACH’s history returns to rock in the holidays! ZACH’s fresh take on A Christmas Carol features three soulful Ghosts making a joyful noise, while moving our hearts with the Cratchit family’s love and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous transformation. New hit songs and reimagined carols create an infectious spirit that has you dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes a traditional Victorian setting and gorgeous period costumes, with a modern musical score that spans genres and eras. Come celebrate the season in true ZACH style with this new Austin holiday tradition! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

46th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting – 6-9:30 p.m., Join the Texas Hill Country Community in this special tradition started 46 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson.  Enjoy carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and of course, the spectacular tree lighting.  Then revisit the past at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. LBJ State Park and Historic Site, P.O. Box 238, Stonewall.

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Catherine Prystup founded LiveMom.com out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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