Special Holiday Edition Weekend Events: December 4-6, 2015

Wondering what’s happening this weekend in Austin, Texas? Check out the events below to plan your weekend fun for the family.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Lakeway’s Lights On! – A Holiday Celebration - 6-8 p.m.,  Happy Holidays from the City of Lakeway! The Lights On! event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. We invite you to join us for fun in the parking lot at City Hall (at the corner of Sailmaster and Lohmans). Enjoy some hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting! We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries. Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be nearby to “plug in” the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. No dogs, please. No bicycles, scooters, skateboards or motorized vehicles on the trail, please. Parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Trail of Lights may be accessed by the stairway at the bottom of the parking lot. Parking is also available at Village Plaza, 100 Lakeway Drive (near Café Lago). Take the walkway between the buildings. Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohman’s Crossing Road.

35th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll –  5–9 p.m., The Magic of the Stroll is real and will bring memories on this 35th Annual Celebration. The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights , old fashioned lamp poles, Santa in the Christmas tree farm waiting to hear from both naughty & nice. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village. You can also find the Grinch and his characters in Whoo-Village. FREE! Downtown Georgetown.

Lights of Love 5k – 6-9 p.m., Set against a backdrop of twinkling lights, the 8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run kicks off the holiday season. The fun begins in the Mueller Hangar with holiday festivities for everyone — family, friends, organizations, schools and even four-legged friends. Strollers, walkers, joggers and runners don their best holiday outfit and enjoy a holiday inspired course in the Mueller neighborhood. Kids’ crafts, photos with Santa Claus, festive music, hot chocolate and more round out an evening of fun for everyone! FREE! Mueller Hangar, 4550 Mueller Drive.

Cedar Park’s Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop6:30-9 p.m., On this magical night, join us in the tradition of lighting the tree. Over 65,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park. Santa’s Workshop will kickoff immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Bring the whole family for what promises to be a festive evening. FREE! Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park.

Christmas Family Night (Round Rock) – 6:30-10 p.m., The City of Round Rock rings in the season with the annual FREE Christmas Family Night celebrationDuring Christmas Family Night, the Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot is decorated with small wooden houses which host various games and activities. The event kicks off with a welcome from Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, followed by the illumination of holiday lights. Then Santa makes his grand entrance. Activities include: live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, full-scale Carnival rides, light maze, pedal go kart rides, holiday food, photos with Santa Claus and more. Children should bring their “wish lists” for Santa Claus and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities and snacks. Enjoy performances throughout the evening.  Old Settlers Association and the Dell Diamond parking lot at Christmas Towne at the exit to Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.

Polar Express Storytime (Round Rock) – 7 p.m., In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Polar Express, we will be hosting a pajama party. FREE! Barnes & Noble, 2701 Parker Road, Bldg A Suite 700, Round Rock.

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.

‘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: $18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

35th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll –  9 a.m. – 8 p.m., The Magic of the Stroll is real and will bring memories on this 35th Annual Celebration. The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights , old fashioned lamp poles, Santa in the Christmas tree farm waiting to hear from both naughty & nice. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village. You can also find the Grinch and his characters in Whoo-Village. FREE! Downtown Georgetown.

Breakfast with Santa at The Domain – 9 a.m. – noon. The festive morning will be filled with FREE live music, holiday activities, balloon twisting, games, giveaways and more. After enjoying breakfast of fruit, muffins and juice with Saint Nick, families are encouraged to stay and get into the holiday spirit. The sights and sounds of the Domain II will be transformed with holiday entertainment, featuring music by Joe McDermott and special performances by ZACH Theatre’s Pre-Professional Company. Santa will be available to pose for pictures and listen to wishes in his workshop.  Other festive fun throughout the morning will include crafts, balloon twisters, holiday games, prize giveaways and more! The Domain II, between Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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.

German Christmas Market – 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 and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day. German Free School of Austin, 507 E. 10th St.

Brainstorm: Thinkery Outside the Box – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Thinkery is close for a private event so they are taking the fun outside on the lawn (between the parking garage and museum) for a special day of hands on activities, live music, dancing, face painting and more! Activities include: storytime, Dance It Yourself Nutcracker with the Invincible Czars, live music by Staci Gray, Groundwork Music Orchestra and more. FREE! The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Violet Crown Arts Festival  – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Expect to find unique artwork from talented sculptors, potters, and fiber artists, painters, jewelers, glass artists, woodworkers and metal smiths. Shop for hand made gifts and great quality art, and support local cottage businesses. It’s always FREE admission for the whole family! Brentwood Elementary School, West Parking Lot at 6700 Yates.

Pflugerville’s Holiday Stroll, Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., At 10 a.m., shop downtown Pecan Street for special holiday items on sale, until 5 p.m. Then stick around for the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade and the city’s Pfestival of Lights, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Downtown Pflugerville.

Winnie the Pooh at ZACH Theatre - 11 a.m., Winnie-the-Pooh finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him into trouble. Come see A.A. Milne’s beloved characters in this charming musical adaptation. Tickets: starting at $15. ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

A Long Winter’s Night – 11 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.
Giving Tree Storytime – 11:30 a.m., Women’s Storybook Project is a non-profit organization that helps children connect with their incarcerated mothers through books. Mothers read a short story or a chapter of a book, and volunteers record the mothers as they read. The books and recordings are then mailed to the children. Representatives from Women’s Storybook Project will be here to read stories and share with us how we can help with this project this holiday season through our Giving Tree Program. FREE! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

2nd Street District 5th Annual Deck the District Window Walk 1-7 p.m., It’s that time of year again! Join us for the 5th Annual Deck the District Holiday Window Walk! Enjoy the best shopping and dining in the heart of downtown Austin while viewing dazzling window displays by The University of Texas at Austin and St. Edward’s University students competing to win scholarship prizes.  There will be in-store specials and as well music featuring Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies. Two hour parking validation will be available in the AMLI garages from 10am -5pm. 2nd Street District, Downtown Austin.

Univision Noche Navidena – 3 p.m., Univision and ESB-MACC present a Christmas event featuring Posada, Ornament making, musical acts with Latin American music traditions, folkloric ballet and Mariachis. This event will be videotaped and portions will be aired on Christmas Eve on Univision TV. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.Advertisement
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.

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Holiday Stroll – 6 p.m., The annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll is a FREE, family-friendly event that celebrates the arrival of the holiday season and the joy it brings. 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 Christmas 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 Ave. 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. Additional Stroll activities include classic holiday cartoons, photos with Santa, live music, a special holiday Farmers’ Market with the Sustainable Food Center, and much more. 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.Advertisement Downtown Austin.

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.

‘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: $18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

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.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

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.

Violet Crown Arts Festival  – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Expect to find unique artwork from talented sculptors, potters, and fiber artists, painters, jewelers, glass artists, woodworkers and metal smiths. Shop for hand made gifts and great quality art, and support local cottage businesses. It’s always FREE admission for the whole family! Brentwood Elementary School, West Parking Lot at 6700 Yates.

A Long Winter’s Night – 11 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.

DeSTEMber Fest at Bullock Museum – Noon – 3 p.m., Join Girlstart for a FREE, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza! Explore winter constellations in our portable planetarium, connect the circuit to make fun holiday stickers, and learn how seal pups stay warm in cold weather. The whole family will discover the mysteries behind this magical time of year with snowflake chemistry, train construction, fluffy snow and more hands-on fun! Enjoy FREE exhibit admission all day during Free First Sundays, held the first Sunday of every month. Families can explore the Story of Texas through three floors of exhibits that showcase artifacts from around the state. Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue.

Latkepalooza: A Community Chanukah Celebration - Noon-3 p.m., Enjoy food and drink from over a dozen local food sources as well as fun and entertainment for the entire family! Activities and entertainment will include: Austin Jewish Academy Choir & Rock Band, Amplified, Balloon Twisters, Capture Photo Booth, Chanukah Crafts, DJ Rich, Face Painters, Henna Artists and more! FREE! Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane.

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.

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.

‘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: $18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee Street, Round Rock.

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Mark your calendars: Jumping Into the Holidays is happening on Tuesday, December 8th at the all new Springfree Trampoline Store! All in attendance have a chance to win a trampoline!

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Looking for some festive music? Check out this massive list of music events in our Austin Music Mama Special Holiday Edition that will have your toes a tappin’ to the best holiday tunes around!

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