The Weekenders: Family-Friendly Events in Austin, December 17-19, 2010

Ebeneezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story- A new Christmas tradition is in the making at Pioneer Farms. This year, for the first time, we will offer a special interactive program based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in which actors will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale at our historic sites. Visitors will be able to stroll from one site to another to not only journey back to Christmases Past but, in some cases, to participate in the scenes, as well. It promises to be fun for the whole family.  Friday and Saturday, 7:00- 10:00pm. Admission: $12 per person. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.

Zilker Community Entertainment Stage- Head over to Zilker Park  to take a spin under the tree and then go to the Zilker Hillside Theatre to enjoy FREE performances beginning at 5:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar- Art and music have made the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar a local cultural icon. An art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been Austin’s favorite scene for holiday shopping – Austin, style – in search of imaginative, handcrafted gifts that range from sophisticated to funky. This year, the Armadillo will debut many artists and musicians who represent a new generation of talent. All of the more than 161 artists and artisans will be showing their latest work. Thirty-one live music acts—first timers and longtime favorites—will perform over the course of the 10-day show (December 15-24). Open from 11:00am- 11:00pm daily. Admission: $7 evenings and weekends, $4 weekdays before 7:00pm. Kids 12 and under are free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Live Music at Central Market- Two FREE holiday performances are going on this weekend: Friday from 6:30- 9:00pm Dale Watson will perform songs from his Christmas album, Christmas Time in Texas. The Invincible Czars will perform The Nutcracker Suite on Saturday from 6:30- 9:00pm at Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd.

Keep Austin Bizarre Bazaar- Shop over 60 local artists wares in circus tents while being entertained by tribal dancers, djs, fire spinners, circus acts live music and more. There is a full bar! Admission and parking are FREE!! Friday and Saturday from 11:00am- midnight. Sunday from 11:00am- 10:00pm. Fiesta Gardens.

Zilker Christmas Tree and Flipped on Christmas- Come spin, eat and enjoy over 3000 lights which make up the Zilker Holiday Tree! Enjoy the light and sound experience. Three shows per hour on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 6:00pm and 10:00 pm nightly, first-come first-served See event website for show times, and entrance policies. FREE!! Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road.

Skating on the Plaza- The ice skating rink on the roof of Whole Foods is back for the sixth year! For $10 you get a ice skating rentals and 50 minutes on the ice. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am- 9:00pm.

Children’s German Fairy Tale Hour- Join us for the first ever German Fairy Tale Hour. Wwe will be listening to the story of Hänsel & Gretel by the Brothers’ Grimm. The story will be told in the German language, although some English translations will be given. During this two hour workshop children will be introduced to German fairy tales called “Märchen” and enjoy age appropriate crafts, activities and special Christmas treats. Designed for children ages 3 and up. The cost of the workshop is $10 per student and parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate. Have your child bring his or her favorite pillow for extra comfort. To save your child a spot please prepay by calling Melanie at (512) 482-0927. Saturday, 2:00- 4:00pm. German Free School, 507 East 10th Street.

Scrooge, the Musical- The story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to vibrant life in this stage adaptation of Leslie Bricusse’s 1970 hit TV musical, Scrooge. Don’t miss this rollicking feast of entertainment that is sure to be the highlight of your family’s holiday season. Tickets, $24 adults, $10 children 12 and under. Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm. Sunday at 2:00pm. The Palace Theatre, 810 S Austin Avenue, Georgetown.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides and Fireworks- Horse-drawn carriages return to The Domain this holiday season! Hop on board every Friday and Saturday night from 5:30-9:30pm between November 26th and December 18th. There are also fireworks every Saturday night at 8:00pm!! FREE!! Tips appreciated. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace.

How to Eat Like a Child And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown Up: A Musical Play for Ages 5 and up- Starring Pre-Professional Students in Grade 3-7, How to Eat Like a Child is a family-friendly musical sure to delight all ages. The story offers advice beyond the artful etiquette of dining. It also includes lessons like “How to Laugh Hysterically,” “How to Beg for a Dog” and “How to Torture Your Sister.” Filled with wit, wisdom and love, this musical will make kids laugh at the silliness — and take adults back to their own childhoods, when life was simple and fun! Live On Stage Saturday  at 12:30pm & 2:30pm . Zach Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make a New Year’s Popper. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.

Family Storytime- Come enjoy books, music and crafts with Miss Kit. FREE!! Open to all ages. Saturday, 10:00am. Cedar Park Public Library, 600 N. Bell Blvd., Cedar P

Tinplate Trackers Holiday Model Train Display- The Tinplate Trackers of Austin are setting up their 30′x35′ model train display in the 2nd Street District. The layout is FREE, there is FREE parking in Austin City Hall and it’s fun for the entire family. For $5.00, you can rent one of the trains for 10 minutes and let your kids enjoy themselves. There will be a Lionel Hogwarts “Ready to Run” set raffle. Every Saturday until January 15th at 201 Lavaca Street.
AdvertisementCelebrations at the Library- Join us for a community Holiday celebration. Storyteller Tim Tingle will be joining us, and we’ll have holiday crafts for all. FREE!! Saturday, 1:00- 2:30pm. Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.

Saturday Morning Storytime- Kids can enjoy a FREE storytime on Saturday at 11:00am at Barnes and Noble two locations: The Homestead Lakeline Crossing, 14010 US Hwy. 183 and 701 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.#P860 in Westlake.

Lowe’s Build and Grow- This DIY clinic is the final part to the 3- piece Train! Even if you have missed either of the other two, your child is sure to love this kit! FREE!! Saturday, 10:00- 11:00am. All participating Lowe’s locations.

BookKids All-Star Storytime: All About Sandra Boynton- In the BookKids galaxy of literary all-stars, Sandra Boynton is one of the brightest! We’ll be reading her adorable Amazing Cows. Join us for a delightful celebration of cute books, silly crafts, & a great time! FREE!! Saturday, 10:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Holiday Lights and Ice- For $15 you can skate and enjoy yuletide treats at Austin’s largest outdoor ice skating rink! Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.

Alamo Kids Club: Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas- The Alamo Kids Club tradition returns! Christmas is approaching in Frogtown Hollow, and Emmet Otter and his Ma hope to buy gifts for each other. Unfortunately, Emmet doesn’t make enough from the odd jobs he does, and Ma doesn’t make enough as a laundress. They decide to compete in the Frog Town Hollow Talent Contest in order to win money, but Ma will have to hock Emmet’s tool chest to buy a costume, and Emmet will have to put a hole in Ma’s washtub for his band! Kermit the Frog hosts this classic Muppet musical Christmas tale, based on the book by Russell and Lillian Hoban, with original songs from master tunesmith Paul Williams. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, South Lamar Blvd.

Sign Language Holiday Storytime- Our sign language experts will be here to host a special holiday storytime reading the story aloud and, through the use of American Sign Language, for the Deaf. We’ll get into the spirit of the season with a special holiday story. FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd #158.

Holiday Heroes- Production for Ages 3 and up. The ever-popular Holiday Heroes explores different holiday traditions like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more. As the two bumbling stage hands ready the set of a Big Holiday Show, they discover the trappings of a the different traditions in the prop box and create a musical tribute to the season! Created by Jerome Schoolar and Shaun Wainwright-Branigan. Live on Stage Saturday, 11:00am.Zach Scott Theatre, 1510 Toomey Road.

Family Yoga with Cindy- Enjoy a FREE (with purchase from cafe) yoga session for the entire family! Saturday, 10:00-11:00am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

The Nutcracker- Austin’s holiday tradition returns as Texas’ longest running production of The Nutcracker takes the stage for its 48th year. Follow us into the dream world of Clara, where she’s empowered to slay a giant Rat King and transform her nutcracker doll into a prince. Together, they visit a magical land of dancing snowflakes, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a celebration that takes her around the world in a single night. Choreography by Stephen Mills. Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Musical Accompaniment by The Austin Symphony Orchestra. Saturday, 7:30pm. Sunday, 2:00pm. Tickets starting at $12.00. Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.

Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker- Quickly becoming a holiday tradition for many Austin families, this wonderfully original adaptation of the classic nutcracker story is told with an original jazz score, a live band and an army of tapping mice! Celebrate the Holidays with Tapestry Dance Company! Friday at 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 7:00pm. Tickets beginning at $27. Boyd Vance Theatre, George Washington Carver Center,1165 Angelina Street

Alamo Lake Creek Kid’s Camp- Bring the kids, ages 6 and up, for a FREE showing of Home Alone! Seating is on a first come, first served basis and it’s recommended to get there at least a half an hour early. Saturday at 10:45 and Sunday at 10:30am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 13729 Research Blvd.

Sunday Morning Kids Show: Staci Gray- Staci Gray rocks the house for us with her awesome tunes. 2 cds available for sale at show (parents, you will not mind playing this kids music in your car:) FREE!! Tips for Performers welcome! Sunday, 10:30am. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.

Book Woman’s Winter Solstice Celebration and Open House- Enjoy Holiday treats and eats, local authors, live music with Laura Freeman, Tarot card readings, children’s activities and more! FREE!! Sunday, 2:00- 8:00pm. Book Woman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd.

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