The Weekenders: Events for Austin Families, November 23-25, 2012

Georgetown’s Lighting of the Square- Come experience the magic as we kick-off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of the Square, traditionally held at dusk on the Friday after Thanksgiving! This years event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on November 23, 2012. Sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes and warm your tummy with cookies and hot chocolate! FREE!! Downtown Georgetown.

Free Movie: Chicken Run – Kids age 3 and up are invited to attend this FREE screening at Alamo South Lamar.  No infants however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave.  Be sure to double check the show times before heading out as they frequently change. Friday, November 23 and Sunday, November 25 at 10 a.m. 1120 South Lamar, Austin.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at The Domain I and II – Complimentary horse drawn carriage rides (tips accepted) on Fridays and Saturdays through the holiday season. Go to Macy’s or Dillard’s for pickup.. FREE!! The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin.

Meet Santa at the Hill Country Galleria- Meet Santa and take your own photos for FREE! Friday and Saturday from Noon to 8:00pm and Sunday from Noon to 6:00pm. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Fall Festival & Corn Maze- Get lost at the first annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze at Barton Hill Farms! Set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Barton Hill Farms integrates live Texas Country music, Texas heritage, and traditional fall fun to create an experience the whole family can enjoy. Featuring a 5-acre corn maze, the Fall Festival & Corn Maze offers a dynamic outdoor experience for all ages. Moms and dads can kick back with a brew and listen to the music while the little ones explore The Lively, a 50 foot pirate ship wrecked on the banks of the river, play frontier games in a replica of the ol’ Wilbarger fort, and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 3 – 12, and FREE for 2 and under Weekends through November 24th from 9:00am- 9:00pm. Barton Hills Farm, 1115 Farm to Market 969, Bastrop.

Whole Foods Ice Skating on the Plaza- Join us for ice skating on the Plaza from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm daily at the Lamar store location on the Plaza. The cost per person is $10. Listen to music, sip cocoa, or buy a cup of soup. Enjoy the season with us. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Central Market North LamarLive music and dancing, oh my!  This is a great spot for parents to enjoy music while letting their kids burn some energy on the playground.  There are also ducks to feed in the nearby pond.  Here is the lineup of FREE entertainment.

  • Friday,  6:30 – 9:00pm- Ephraim has become more than a staple in the local music scene. He is truly the cornerstone of the intimate community of jazz artists. The Austin Chronicle ranks Ephraim as the “Best Trumpet player” in Austin.
  • Saturday, 6:30-9:00pm- Alice Spencer and Her Rubberband- Swing dance music.

3rd Annual Holiday Lights and Ice- Get in the spirit with skating, s’mores, games, twinkling lights and more! This year, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink is getting even better. Our new 4,100 square foot ice rink will be located next to our lighted tennis courts, and will be accompanied by a display of 200,000 lights! The ice rink will be open from Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, January 6*, offering local residents, club members and resort guests the opportunity to lace up their skates and enjoy festive holiday cheer and seasonal treats. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas, benefiting local children in need. Find out how much it will cost here. And the hours of operation here. Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Baton Club Drive.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze- The perfect way to catch the holiday spirit! Experience gingerbread men flying through the air, toy soldiers marching on wires, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a holiday wonder. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Friday and Saturday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm,   and Sunday at 2:00pm. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive.
AdvertisementAlamo Kids Club: Message from Space -Kids age 6 and up are invited to attend this FREE screening of Message from Space (PG)(1978) at Alamo South Lamar.  No infants however, and families with loud children will be asked to leave. Saturday, 11:00am.  Be sure to double check the show time before heading out as they frequently change. 1120 South Lamar, Austin.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? Storytime- Join Ms. Monica every Saturday morning for awesome stories and amazing crafts! You do not want to miss out on all the fun! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd #158.

Craft Time for Kids: I’m Sleeping Door Hanger -Children get some peace and quiet with a cute collage they design and hang on their door.. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Center, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Domain Holiday Movie Series- The Domain invites families to watch their favorite holiday movies on the plaza! Saturday, 11/24 A Christmas Story;  12/1 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 12/8 Home Alone; 12/15 Elf, 12/22 Polar Express. FREE!! Saturdays, 6:00 p.m. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace. (Plaza in Domain II, Near The Range Golf Club & Sports Bar)

Food-Free Family Storytime-The Round Rock Public Library presents Food-Free Family Storytime, a reading activity that welcomes families with children of all ages to a fun environment that’s safe for individuals affected by food allergies.This interactive program includes a variety of activities such as books, fingerplays, music, movies, and puppets. FREE!! Saturday, 10:30. The Round Rock Public Library, 216 E. Main Street, Round Rock.

What’s the Story Steve?– Move Your Tale and ColdTowne Theater collaborate to present this fully improvised theatrical journey through a story of the audience’s making. Featuring Steve the improvising poodle, a portion of the show follows Steve through an original tale. Pay what you wish. Appropriate for audiences of all ages. The Saturday following Thanksgiving, Steve and his assistant, Kristin Henn, invite kids and parents to help us bring stories to life.  A return to MYT’s classic event structure, kids will join us on the stage for the entire event, providing sound effects, characters and settings for for every story. This is a chance to create original tales, and to perform them right away! Saturday at 10 a.m. ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.

A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas Storytime- HO HO YARRR! Ahoy mateys — Christmas is coming and even pirates celebrate the holiday! In Phillip Yates’ newest book, a brave cabin boy receives marvelously mysterious gifts for each of the 12 days he is left alone to guard a pirate ship – on the first day of Christmas, a gift was sent to me: a parrot in a palm tree! With impeccable rhythm and a lively sense of fun, Philip Yates and Sesbastia Serra create a delightful world all their own. Wear your candy cane striped eye patches this morning and be ready for the jolliest of all storytimes. Saturday, 11:30am. FREE!! BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Renegade Craft Fair– The second Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Austin will be this weekend at the Palmer Events Center (Exhibit Hall 2)! Look out for a cozy holiday craft village full of today’s brightest + best indie makers from the Lone Star State and beyond, as well as hands-on workshops, music, food, booze, and more! Skip the Black Friday crowds and take the whole family to support handmade artists, or even try your hand at making something. You’ll be able to cross everyone off your holiday shopping list, and find some of the most unique gifts in town.FREE!! Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am- 6:00pm. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Whole Foods Kids’ Club - Hey kids, stop by and check out what’s going on at Kid’s Club. Each week we have an exciting activity that will let you play with your food plus learn a couple things along the way. FREE!! Sunday, 1:00pm. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar.

Kid’s Show- Bring the kids out to see a FREE show by the Hey Lollies! Sunday, 10:30am. Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 381/2 Street.

Sunday Storytime- Enjoy an all-ages, FREE storytime on Sunday at 1:00pm at Faulk Central Library, 800 Guadalupe Street.

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