Happening All Weekend
Baked by Amy’s Gingerbread Person Decorating Classes- Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $20 per person and includes all supplies. Call (512) 918-2253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Lights Display – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs every hour until midnight. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but there is plenty of time before and afterwards to enjoy a hot chocolate or something from the dessert case. Here is a video from last year, although the display changes from year to year. Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks. Mozart’s 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.
Whole Foods Downtown – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Skate on top of the world…well, at least on top of Whole Foods downtown. Cost: $10 per person, includes skate rental. 525 N Lamar, Austin.
Santa’s Workshop at Millie & Mox- Saturday and Sunday, (Monday and Tuesday, too!) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Come visit with Santa at the 3rd Annual Santa’s Workshop. The cost is $10 per photo, sold at on location. Millie & Mox, 5145 North FM 620 Suite B110.
Kids of the Magi- Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Kids of the Magi is a heartwarming Scottish Rite Theater holiday original based on a classic favorite! The Scottish Rite stage is graced with a haunting by William Sydney Porter (a.k.a. O. Henry) who guides the audience through the lesson of the Magi. The play includes a play-within-the-play, a dramatized version of the original Victorian story, “The Gift of the Magi,” which is echoed in the lives of school children Jamie and Dale. The one is an accomplished athlete; the other is an outstanding musician whose prized possessions are a foil and a ukulele. All ages. Tickets available online and at the door one hour before showtime. Cost: $8 kids, $12 adults. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street.
Zilker Trail of Lights – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7-10 p.m. Visit the Trail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! It’s the 50th year and all of the stops have been pulled. Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more. With the purchase of a ZiP Pass, trail-goers can enter the Trail starting at 6:15 p.m. Zilker Tree on display nightly. Be sure to check the Insider’s Guide for tips on getting there and parking. Cost: Free Monday–Thursday; $3 Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Zilker Park.
14th Annual Austin Children’s Nutcracker – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, various times. Share Clara’s adventures she as she battles a giant Rat King and transforms her Nutcracker doll into a Prince. Together, Clara and the Prince visit the magical Land of Snow and travel to the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh. First-timers and seasoned fans alike will be delighted by the magic of our 13th annual production of this timeless classic. Cost: $15 for children 3–11 years old; $25 for ages 12 and up. Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar- Daily until December 24, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 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-drive
Fifth Annual Holiday Lights & Ice – December 19 – January 5, 9 a.m.–10:30 p.m. daily Get in the holiday spirit with ice skating, s’mores, twinkling lights and more. Lace up your skates, our rink is just steps away with a breathtaking Hill Country backdrop. Tickets and passes are sold in the lobby Coffee Market Shop. Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Little Elves Craft Day –3–5 p.m. Get some holiday shopping done without the kids! Drop your child off to join us for a fun afternoon full of holiday themed crafts, games, story time and snacks/drinks. Cost: $25 per child, ages 3–10 (must be potty trained). Register at www.cpparks.net or by calling (512) 401-5500. Community Rooms in the Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St.
The Scrooge Live Presentation- 7:30 p.m. Join us for a live theatrical performance of the classic Christmas tale, “The Scrooge”! All seats are FREE; Donations will be accepted at the door and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa. Holiday refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Potter’s House Christian Church, 13461 Pond Springs Road.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Holiday Heroes- 10 a.m. Now in its 15th year due to popular demand! In this hilariously fun holiday sing-along, students get into the holiday spirit with Ernie and Rufus. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter and holiday cheer for all. Recommended for kids ages 3 and up. Cost: $20. ZACH Topher Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.
Hill Country Galleria Snow Days (Bee Cave) – Noon to 4:00 p.m. Real snow will be delivered to the Hill Country Galleria! Toss a snowball, build a snowman, make a snow angel, and take fun family photos. Enjoy live holiday music, holiday carolers, and more every day that it snows. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, located right outside the Bee Cave Library, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.
Holiday Celebration ¡Felices Fiestas!- 2:30-4:30 PM/Sábado, 20 de Diciembre, 2:30-4:30. The event will feature a visit from Santa Claus and a Ballet Folklorico dance performance. Light refreshments and a holiday themed craft will also be offered. ¡Están todos invitados a compartir un tiempo con Santa Claus y disfrutar un desempeño de Ballet Folclórico! Además, tendremos galletitas y haremos decoraciones en observación de esta temporada llena de sentimiento y felicidad. Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.,
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Dreidel Tournament –1:00 p.m. Head to Recycled Reads for the second annual Dreidel tournament! Players of all ages are welcome to participate. We will also have a craft station available where you can make your own repurposed dreidel out of an egg carton. Recycled Read, 5335 Burnet Road.
Winter Solstice Lantern Parade- Gather at 5:30 with the parade beginning at 6 p.m. Minor Mishap Marching Band invites you to join us under the dark Solstice sky in a PARADE OF LIGHT! Let’s gather on the shortest day of the year to celebrate light, darkness, music, community, nature and each other. Please make lanterns! You are the main source of beauty and creativity for this event. We’re hoping a whole bunch of folks will make lanterns (be creative, there are a million ways to approach this) and carry their own light with them in the parade. Won’t that be beautiful? Due to the drought, there is a burn ban in effect, so let’s make beautiful diffusers for flashlights! It’s safer, easy, and kid friendly. (Yes, you can come without a lantern, if you ran out of time to make one). FREE! Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Park on S. Lakeshore Blvd. and we will begin at the Eastern-most part of the new Boardwalk.
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