Burnt Orange Storytime- How did Bevo rise to stardom as the cherished mascot of UT’s Longhorns? Here’s a 40-acres fable that will tell us Bevo’s journey and triumph! Join us as author Rick King reads Bodie and The Burnt Orange Sunset, the perfect gift for the tiniest fans. FREE!! Friday, 6:30pm. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd #158 in the Arboretum.
Georgetown 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! Come sing along with the Austin Carolers to your favorite holiday tunes and warm your tummy with cookies and hot chocolate! Watch as the Courthouse and the Downtown Square become a Holiday Wonderland! FREE!! Friday, 5:30pm.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides- 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. FREE!! Tips appreciated. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace.
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.
Cirque Dreams Illumination- Journey with fascination into the depths of a city that ignites with illumination when Cirque Dreams imagination, suspense and theatrical innovation turns EVERYDAY ORDINARY…INTO BRIGHT AND EXTRAORDINARY! Audiences of all ages will marvel as city dwellers reinvent familiar objects, balance on wires, leap tall buildings and redefine the risks of flight in a story filled with astounding occurrences. One of a kind artists populate the streets of this magical metropolis and breathe energy into its landscape with urban acrobatics and never before seen phenomenal thrills of disbelief. Cirque Dreams critically acclaimed dazzling costumes come alive to the sounds of jazz, ballroom, pop and more in this original score. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 and 7:30pm. Tickets starting at $22.00. The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 West Riverside Drive.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade- Bring a toy or two that will be donated and distributed by Austin Blue Santa Program, blankets to cuddle into and a thermos full of hot cocoa to drink as you watch giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, classic cars, marching bands and Santa! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Parade route begins at 11th and Congress and ends at Cesar Chavez.
Paramount Theatre Storytime- Our friends from The Paramount Theatre will be here to kick off the holidays with Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! It will be a fun-filled storytime just in time for the holidays. Don’t miss it! FREE!! Saturday, 11:00am. Barnes and Noble, 10000 Research Blvd #158 in the Arboretum.
BookPeople’s Famously Infamous Puppet Show- Today our brilliant puppeteers will be performing a wonderful rendition of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs for you with some of the cutest most animated puppets you’ve ever seen! Sure to be a good time, you should get here early so you’ll be sure to get a seat up close! FREE!! Saturday, 11:30am. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Ikea Balloon Art- Bring in the kids for FREE balloon art from Maggy the Happy Clown! Saturday, 10:00am- 9:00pm. Ikea, 1 Ikea Way, Round Rock.
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.
Alamo Drafthouse Kids Club- Based on one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, this deeply bizarre ‘70s musical curiosity follows the dreamish non-reality of a small boy who happens to be the ruler of his own teeny-tiny world. He befriends a crashed pilot, and the battwo unravel the secrets of the universe, occasionally being visited by impossible characters and extremely odd humans. One of the most memorable of these wingnut grown-ups is The Fox, played by Gene “Willy Wonka” Wilder at the height of his bug-eyed zaniness. Though THE LITTLE PRINCE befuddled both audiences and critics when initially released, it has since blown up into a secret cult favorite via those who remember its sheer weirdness from their childhoods. Now, it’s time to pass on that head-scratching wonderment to a new generation! FREE!! Kids ages 3 and up. Must be accompanied by an adult. Saturday, 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar Blvd.
Duncan Yo-Yo Exhibition- Duncan Yo Yo will showcase four of their lead Yo-Yo Masters! The Yo-Yo Masters will perform tricks and demonstrations for visitors to see. They will also be teaching tricks to young yo-yo-ers. Saturday, 11:00am- 3:00pm. Regular Museum admission, $6.50- 4.50. The Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Congress Street.
Storytime at Mitchie’s- Enjoy a FREE storytime and sign language featuring African-American folktales from 1:00-2:00pm every Saturday. Kids receive free refreshments, a free book and a 30% discount! Mitchie’s Gallery, 7801 N. Lamar Blvd., Bldg. B, Suite 148.
Crafts for Kids- Bring the kids, ages 3 and up, to make an Autumn Tree. FREE!! Saturday between 11:00am- 3:00pm. Lakeshore Learning Store, 9828 Great Hills Trail.
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.
Alamo Lake Creek Kid’s Camp- Bring the kids, ages 6 and up, for a FREE showing of Ice Age: The Meltdown! Seating is on a first come, first served basis and it’s recommended to get there at least a half an hour early. Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 13729 Research Blvd.
The First Annual Makers and Bakers Holiday Bazaar: A Steampunk Christmas- Featuring music, interactive play areas, and strolling steampunk carolers, models, and performers, this FREE holiday market will highlight and demonstrate the incredible variety… and unique artistry of Austin creatives as well as the phenomenal range of delectable food choices available from local food cart vendors and micro bakers. The neo-Victoriana event will take placeon Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 8:00 pm both days and features ample, free, no-hassle parking. Community Renaissance Market at the corner of Westgate and William Cannon, 6800 Westgate Blvd.
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 say “ba humbug” say “yes” to a great show that is sure to be the highlight of your family’s holiday season. Special weekday shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm. Sunday, 2:00pm. General admission, $24 adults, children under 12 are $10. Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown.
Guitar Lessons with Luis Banuelos- Guitar virtuoso Luis Banuelos whose repertoire includes flamenco, indie rock, soul and hip-hop offers FREE informal guitar lessons for all levels for ages 10 and up. Sunday, 5:00- 7:00pm. Ruta Maya Coffee Shop, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.
Science Sunday with Girlstart- The sky is the limit! Learn about the importance of each layer of our sun and create your own star cootie catcher to help identify the November night sky. Girlstart’s mission is to empower girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on fun and informal programs. Sunday, 3:00- 5:00pm. Admission, $6.50- $4.50 (free from 4:00- 5:00pm.) The Austin Children’s Museum, 201 Colorado Street.
Sunday Morning Kids Show- Enjoy a show with Laura Freeman and The Hey Lollies. FREE!! Sunday, 10:30- 11:30am. Ruta Maya, 3601 S. Congress Avenue.