Weekday Events Holiday Edition

LiveMom is taking some time off this holiday season to spend time with family and friends. We’ve rounded up some fun events that will be happening over the next couple of weeks. If there are any events that you would like to add to this list, please feel free to share in the comments. We will return to our regular posting schedule on January 9, 2014. Happy Holidays!


  • Alamo Kids Camp- Various dates and times. Bring the kids out to Alamo Drafthouse for FREE screenings of their favorite movies! Now playing: The Adventures of Tin Tin, Hugo, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Locations: Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter (5701 W. Slaughter Lane), Lakeline (14028 N. Hwy 183, Bldg. F) and Villlage (2700 W. Anderson Lane).
  • Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Daily until December 24, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All items at the bazaar have been handmade by local and regional artists that are selected through a rigorous jury process. The bazaar features the work of more than 130 artists that offer a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful gifts. You can expect to find paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more. FREE admission and FREE parking! The Marchesa Hall & Theatre at Lincoln Village, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin.
  • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar- Runs through December 24th, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the 38th Annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar will delight you with music, entertainment, food and drinks, all while shopping for Christmas presents handmade by over 160 artists. It’s a shopping experience and music festival that is not to be missed! Cost: $7, children 12 and under are free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.
  • 4th Annual Holiday Lights and Ice at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa-  Through January 6, times vary. Get in the spirit with s’mores, games, twinkling light and so much more! Twinkling Lights…twirling on ice! This year, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink is twinkling even brighter. Our 4,100 square foot ice rink will be located on our lighted tennis courts, and will be accompanied by a display of 200,000 lights as a part of our 4th Annual “Holiday Lights & Ice” event. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas, benefitting local children in need. Guests can enjoy the skating rink with individual skate session tickets or season passes. Cost: monday- Thursday, $23 adult, $17 child; Friday- Sunday, $26 adult, $19 child; Season Pass, $155 adult/ child. Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.
  • Ice Skating on the Plaza – Daily, through January 11, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Skate on the rooftop plaza of Whole Foods downtown! Cost: $10 per person, which includes skate rental. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar, Austin.
  • Mozart’s Holiday Light Show – Every night, through January 5, 2014. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters offers a FREE 12-minute light show set to music each evening, excluding Christmas. Shows start at the top of each hour: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., and midnight. 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin.
  • Zilker Holiday Tree – Through December 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Take a spin under the tree and buy some treats from one of the onsite vendors. FREE. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin.
  • Tuba Christmas- Monday, December 23 at Noon. Gather at the Texas State Capitol building to hear Christmas music played  by tubas. FREE!! Texas State Capitol Building, South Steps, 1100 Congress Ave.
  • Rock ‘N Lights (Round Rock)- Runs through December 31st. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, Saturday from 5-10p.m. Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour is back and bigger and brighter than ever! Come and experience the second annual Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour featuring all new displays and the new Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association. Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park from Dec. 2 to Dec. 31. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season. The 2013 show features all new displays and a longer light tunnel.
  • Kitchen Lab Workshop Pretzel Making at Thinkery-  Friday, December 27, 2013 1 pm – 3 pm. Ages 5 & up. Learn what gives rise to pretzel dough and practice your kneading technique. Then, whip up a tasty and healthy dip for your baked snack. Pricing: $20 per parent and child, NOT including admission; $18 per MEMBER parent and child; $12 for every extra child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.


  • Holiday Family Days at the Blanton- Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Celebrate the holidays by traveling to Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Discover the process of printmaking by creating your own set of greeting cards and enjoy family-friendly gallery games that will take you on a hands-on journey through the special exhibition Imperial Augsburg and the permanent collection. FREE with museum admission ($5 – $9 for age 13 and up).  Children 12 and under are free. Blanton Museum of Art,  The University of Texas at Austin,  200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Shen Yun at Long Center- Friday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 28 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 29 at 2:00 p.m. Experience a journey into a long-lost world you cannot see anywhere else—from ancient legends to heavenly palaces to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. For thousands of years, Chinese artists cultivated virtue, believing that to create true art worthy of the heavens, there must first be inner purity. Today, Shen Yun’s artists follow this noble tradition. The result is a performance of consummate beauty, purity, and goodness. It is a show that nourishes the soul.Children under 4 not admitted. Tickets: Starting at $50. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party at Round Rock Library- Tuesday, December 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Round Rock Public Library will host a New Year’s party with crafts, a short movie based on a book, and celebrations as we countdown to Noon. Ages 3 and above are welcome to join us to enjoy a New Year’s party. FREE!! Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.
  • Wildcard Storytime at BookPeople- Tuesday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m. To close out an amazing year of new books, our storyteller will choose a selection of personal favorites to share. Prepare for anything. Who doesn’t love a surprise? FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Bvd.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party at Pinballz Arcade-  Tuesday, December 31 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon. Attention Parents and Kids age 12 and under.  Don’t miss out on the fun of celebrating the New Year just because its past your bedtime. Join us for a special “Noon Years Eve” event for fun, games and more! We will have a crafting table set up for children to make and decorate their own projects to take home.  Pinballz will provide supplies*, snacks*, along with $5 in Pinballz Arcade Tokens.  The event will cap off with a noon time balloon drop in the arcade lobby complete with secret surprises in each balloon.  Everyone is invited to stay and play as long as they like.  Sign up today at the cafe, or for more information contact us at (512) 420-TILT. Cost: $7 per child. Pinballz Arcade, 8940 Research Blvd., Suite 100.
  • New Year’s Eve Party at Austin’s Park- Celebrate New Years Eve early with the kids all day at Austin’s.  All day Tuesday, December 31st from 11am – 9pm bring the family out for free party favors, face painting and balloon drops with great prizes at 2pm and 6pm. Kids can ride the new Fiesta Express Roller Coaster, Samba Balloons, Swings in the Park and Crazy Fire Chief PLUS all other attractions and Unlimited Buffet for Only $10 per person. Valid for children 36″ to 44″. $19.95 for anyone taller than 44″. Price does not include tax. Buffet closes at 8pm. Height limits and park safety guidelines will apply. Party favors available while supplies last.  Austin’s Park and Pizza, 16231 N. IH-35, Pflugerville.
  • Austin’s New Year (ANY) - Tuesday, December 31, from 5 – 10:30 p.m.  Austin’s New Year is a FREE, family friendly community event celebrating Austin’s diverse and talented creative community through art, films, and live music. Don’t forget to stick around for the fireworks finale starting at 10 p.m! Auditorium Shores, 800 W Riverside Dr, Austin.
  • New Year’s Eve at Main Event – Tuesday, December 31. Choose from two all you can play packages: Family Fun Celebration, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $17.95; Ultimate Celebration, 4 p.m. – close, $21.95. Enjoy bowling, billiards, laser tag, and other activities where available. Laser Jam bowling and free party favors. No reservation required. Main Event, 13301 N US Hwy 183, Austin.
  • Tiny Tails to You Petting Zoo at Toybrary- Thursday, January 2 from 10- 11 a.m. Experience an educational animal morning with Tiny Tails to You! Our playgroups start with an interactive animal-themed story time followed by 15-20 minutes of petting and holding our adorable animal friends (including bunnies, hedgehogs, baby chicks, chinchillas, tortoises and more!) and then 15-20 minutes exploratory toy time. We close with balloons. Please note: these events are by RSVP ONLY. Cost: $10 per child. Toybrary Austin, 7817 Rockwood.
  • Lego Lab- Thursday, January 2 at 5:30 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!! Ruiz Branch Public Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.
  • Lego Lab- Friday, January 3 at 4:00 p.m. With Legos, you can build anything you can imagine and tell any story you can dream up. Come to the Lego Lab to hear, see, make, and create different stories, all while building with Legos provided by the Library! Recommended for ages 5 and up. FREE!! North Village Branch Public Library, 2505 Steck  Ave.
  • Kids Club: Knicknack Keychain- Saturday, January 4 from 10 a.m. to Noon. Kids, make a cool keychain that reflects your creative personality. Ages 3 and up are welcome to this event. Cost:  $2. All participating Michael’s Locations.
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