Special Edition Weekender: December 11-13, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Invincible Czars 6:30-9 p.m., The band plays The Nutcracker and more. FREE! Central Market, 4001 North Lamar Blvd.

Ebenezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story – 7–10 p.m., This special interactive program based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event, “Ebenezer’s Journey.” Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms. Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will come to life as you witness the joys the sorrows and the chills of the unforgettable experience. Of course, you have an important role to play as well, for you are Ebenezer Scrooge! Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

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.

Metamorphisis Dance Presents “The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams”7:30 p.m., This is the third season the company has performed Suite Dreams, and we never tire of making our story fresh and irresistible to our audience. Come see what has made this ballet a family favorite, but with a new twist on the story. Woven together through its’ characters, this story has something for everyone. Come see how Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble is changing the shape of dance one dancer at a time. Cost: $20/ ticket pre-sale, $25 at the door. George W. Carver Museum Theater, 1165 Angelina Street.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre7:30 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. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. –> Read Nicole’s review here.

A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast (Round Rock) – 8 p.m., After putting their signature spin on holiday stories from the golden age of film, the players of the fictional KPNF radio station are reaching further back in time for Dickens’s much cherished masterpiece, “A Christmas Carol”. Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchet, the Spirits and dozens of others are brought to life by a small company of virtuosic voice actors and live foley sound effects reminiscent of “A Prairie Home Companion”. Together, they tell the heartwarming story of an ice-hearted miser who is given a last shot at redemption one miraculous Christmas Eve night! Ages 5 and up. Tickets: $25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Saturday, December 12, 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.

Kids’ Christmas at Kaleidoscope Toys (Round Rock) – 9 a.m. – noon. Kids’ Shopping Time – find a gift for a sibling, teacher, or friend, decorate a Christmas Cookie – free holiday fun, Make a (Mess-free) Glitter Ornament – free craft activity, Stealth Shopping – let us help you shop on the sly while your kids enjoy the other activities! From 11:30am-noon, Sing-A-Long and storytime with Clay Rice. From 10 am – 2 pm, Silhouette sittings (MUST be booked and prepaid — book your appointment time today by calling 512-388-5048. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 N. I-35, Round Rock.

Cherrywood Art Fair – 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s even live music, an art corner for the kids and more! Visit LiveMom on Sunday, December 13, in the art corner where kids can decorate their own snowman or gingerbread person! FREE! Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood.

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.

Second Saturdays Are for Families: Gingerbread Villas – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Be the ART-chitect of your very own candy home! We’re whipping up edible abodes like you’ve never seen before, inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays are recommended for ages 2-11.  Admission is $10 per family ($5 for member families). The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street.

Holiday Family Days at the Blanton Museum of Art 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Celebrate the holidays with the Blanton. Enjoy musical performances in the spirit of the season, explore the galleries while engaging in fun conversation, and search for creative inspiration in our special exhibitions to make festive art that you can keep for yourself or give to your loved ones as a gift. Children 12 and under are free; program included with museum admission. The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Capitol Christmas Concert & Community Sing-a-long – Noon. Ring in the Christmas holiday season with A Cappella Texas at the State Capitol Rotunda. Gather all your family and friends, and especially the children, for an afternoon of great singing and Christmas cheer. Join A Cappella Texas, Austin’s premier men’s chorus, for a delightful free all-ages concert and community sing-a-long in beautiful four part Barbershop Harmony. FREE! Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair1-5 p.m. – Shop the stores, enjoy a meal at the downtown restaurants, shop vendors featuring: handmade items, unique gifts, home decor, jewelry, toys and delicious fair food and drinks! The YMCA Children’s Area will include crafts, games, inflatables, train rides and… SNOW! Admission to Children’s Area is $5 per child and includes all activities.  East St., Hutto

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2 & 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.

Metamorphisis Dance Presents “The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams”2:30 & 7:30 p.m., This is the third season the company has performed Suite Dreams, and we never tire of making our story fresh and irresistible to our audience. Come see what has made this ballet a family favorite, but with a new twist on the story. Woven together through its’ characters, this story has something for everyone. Come see how Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble is changing the shape of dance one dancer at a time. Cost: $20/ ticket pre-sale, $25 at the door. George W. Carver Museum Theater, 1165 Angelina Street.
Advertisement(Rain or Shine!) Luminations – 6–9 p.m., Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations, an Austin holiday tradition. Admission is FREE with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. (Find their most requested items here.) Activities include live music, children’s activities, visit with Frosty the Snowman and more! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Ebenezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story – 7–10 p.m., This special interactive program based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event, “Ebenezer’s Journey.” Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms. Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will come to life as you witness the joys the sorrows and the chills of the unforgettable experience. Of course, you have an important role to play as well, for you are Ebenezer Scrooge! Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre7:30 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. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. –> Read Nicole’s review here.

A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast (Round Rock) – 8 p.m., After putting their signature spin on holiday stories from the golden age of film, the players of the fictional KPNF radio station are reaching further back in time for Dickens’s much cherished masterpiece, “A Christmas Carol”. Ebeneezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchet, the Spirits and dozens of others are brought to life by a small company of virtuosic voice actors and live foley sound effects reminiscent of “A Prairie Home Companion”. Together, they tell the heartwarming story of an ice-hearted miser who is given a last shot at redemption one miraculous Christmas Eve night! Ages 5 and up. Tickets: $25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Sunday, December 13, 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.

Cherrywood Art Fair – 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s even live music, an art corner for the kids and more! Visit LiveMom on Sunday, December 13, in the art corner where kids can decorate their own snowman or gingerbread person! FREE! Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood.

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.

Children in History – 1-4 p.m., It’s December, the time of the shortest days of the year and the St. Lucia celebration, a winter solstice tradition practiced commonly in Scandinavia. Make a wreath out of grapevines and other natural materials for you or your doll to wear as a headdress and to spruce up your door. Craft pleated hearts to adorn your Christmas tree and to use as gift bags. Tour the Swedish Cabin & explore the Pioneer Village. Admission: $3 nonresident adults/$2 adults/$1 children/seniors. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Rd.

Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker – 2 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.

Metamorphisis Dance Presents “The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams” 2:30 p.m., This is the third season the company has performed Suite Dreams, and we never tire of making our story fresh and irresistible to our audience. Come see what has made this ballet a family favorite, but with a new twist on the story. Woven together through its’ characters, this story has something for everyone. Come see how Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble is changing the shape of dance one dancer at a time. Cost: $20/ ticket pre-sale, $25 at the door. George W. Carver Museum Theater, 1165 Angelina Street.

A Christmas Carol at ZACH Theatre – 2:30 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. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. –> Read Nicole’s review here.

Afternoon with Santa – 3-6 p.m., Meet Santa & capture photos at this family event while enjoying cookie decorating, crafts and hors d’ourvres. RSVP required. To make a reservation, please call 512-439-1234. $25 per person plus tax. The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street.

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Gustafer Yellowgold at Scottish Rite Theater – 4 p.m., Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. Gustafer the character is a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun and is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods. Joining Morgan and Gustafer for the show will be John Wesley Coleman, a prolific Austin-based garage pop singer-songwriter whose interactive, kid-friendly tracks touch on topics from the surreal to the mundane, and who frequently looks to his (almost) two year old daughter Zoe for inspiration. Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at the door. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.

Luminations – 6–9 p.m., Thousands of luminaries and twinkling lights turn the center into a holiday wonderland during Luminations, an Austin holiday tradition. Admission is FREE with two canned food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. (Find their most requested items here.) Activities include live music, children’s activities, visit with Frosty the Snowman and more! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue.

Chaparral Ice Holiday Ice Show: A Hollywood Christmas6:30-8 p.m., This year, Chaparral Ice’s annual holiday ice show features your favorite Christmas movies! Figure skaters will bring holiday classics to the frozen stage, from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” to “Home Alone.” We invite the general public to see characters like Jack Skellington and Buddy The Elf perform their amazing skating tricks! All audience members will need a hard ticket to enter Chaparral Ice for the show. Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane.

Christmas Around the World 7:30 p.m., Want to take a holiday trip around the world? No bags or passports necessary! Celebrate the season’s manifold musical melodies, and explore “Christmas Around the World” with the Austin Handbell Ensemble at one (or all) of our concert events Thursday, December 10th through Monday, December 14th. Enjoy holiday handbell concerts full of cross-continental carols & classics! Cost: $5/child, $10/adult. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 11819 S IH-35.

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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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