Looking for fun, family-friendly events this weekend? Check out our weekly roundup of activities to keep your family entertained.
Cherrywood Art Fair – Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s even live music, an art corner for the kids and more! Visit LiveMom on Sunday, December 14, in the art corner! FREE! Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood.
Santa’s Workshop at Millie & Mox- Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Baked by Amy’s Gingerbread Person Decorating Classes-Sunday at 2 p.m. Cost: $20 per person and includes all supplies. Call (512) 918-2253 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot. Baked, 13265 North Highway 183.
Holiday Lights and Ice at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa – Friday– Sunday, hours vary. Get in the holiday spirit with s’mores, games, twinkling lights, and so much more. This year, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink is twinkling even brighter. The 4,100 square foot ice rink will be accompanied by a display of over 200,000 twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Central & South Texas, benefiting local children in need. Guests can enjoy the skating rink with individual skate session tickets or season passes. Open to the public. Cost: $25 adult, $20 child; Season Pass, $150 adult/child. Barton Creek Resort and Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive.
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 Road.
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.
Ebenezer’s Journey: A Dickens’ Christmas Story – Saturday and Sunday, 7–10 p.m. This special interactive program based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic 1843 tale on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event, “Ebenezer’s Journey.” Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms. Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will come to life as you witness the joys the sorrows and the chills of the unforgettable experience. Of course, you have an important role to play as well, for you are Ebenezer Scrooge! Cost: $12 per person. Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive.
Tex-Arts Holiday Extravaganza – Saturday & Sunday, 2 & 6 p.m. The Fourth Annual TexARTS Holiday Extravaganza will put the sparkle in your holiday season! Bring the whole family to experience this holiday spectacular starring the TexARTS Broadway Company. This holiday revue features Rockette-style numbers, classic and current holiday hits, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! This perfectly wonderful showcase is sure to put the happy in your holidays! Tickets start at $15. TexARTS, Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Storytime with Mrs. Claus (Round Rock) - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mrs. Claus arrives to spend an evening at Kaleidoscope Toys to read some of your favorite Christmas stories. The North Pole Bakery has also sent along some treats to share. Don’t forget your camera to capture this special event! Reserve the total number of children and adults attending through Eventbrite. Admission is one non-perishable food item per person for the Round Rock Serving Center. Donations will also be accepted. Kaleidoscope Toys, 110 North IH35, Ste 375, Round Rock.
Holiday Drive-In Double Feature: Rise of the Guardians and Arthur Christmas (Round Rock)- 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a drive-in movie double feature as part of the 12 Days of Main Street. Movies Make a Different Holiday Drive-In begins at 6 p.m. with Rise of the Guardians and continues at 8 p.m. with Arthur Christmas. Cost: $25 per car load or $5 with two unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Concessions available on site. The evening also features a Zip It obstacle run by Specialty Team of Medical Professionals. Downtown Round Rock.
Christmas Towne (Round Rock) – 6-10:00 p.m. Featuring amazing light displays, light maze, Kiddie Express train rides, petting zoo, holiday food, holiday entertainment, and more. FREE! Fees apply for activities. Find carnival fees here. Old Settlers Association, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock 78665
The Elf on the Shelf Storytime – 7:00 p.m. Children will enjoy a storytime, scavenger hunt, and crafts. FREE! Barnes & Noble Arboretum, 10000 Research Blvd #158, Austin and Barnes & Noble Sunset Valley, 5601 Brodie Ln., Ste 300.
Saturday, December 13, 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.
Family Gingerbread Workshop at South Austin Recreation Center – 10 a.m. to noon. Bring the family for the 2014 Family Gingerbread Workshop at the South Austin Recreation Center! Decorate gingerbread men cookies, make holiday crafts, and enjoy light refreshments with your family and friends. FREE! South Austin Rec Center, 1100 Cumberland Road.
Santa in the Garden – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Austin Area Garden Center presents Santa In The Garden 2014 at the Zilker Botanical Garden. There will be yummy treats, Christmas storytelling, and crafts for all to enjoy. Be sure to bring your own camera and Christmas list for your visit with Santa. Mom and Dads can get their last minute shopping done in the Chrysalis gift shop which will be offering a 15% discount on the entire store. Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road.
Cookies with St. Nick – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Frost invites families to avoid the “busy sidewalks” this holiday season and jingle on into four Frost Bank branches for photos with Santa. The lights will brightly shine on the Christmas tree to make guests feel right at home. Guests can enjoy holiday cookies and drinks as they await their chance to cozy up next to jolly St. Nick. Naughty or nice, Santa will present children with candy canes and complimentary framed photos to capture the moment. For locations, check out our post here. FREE!
Christmas Dreams & Snowy Things (Round Rock) – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be real snow activities as part of the fanfare for the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships Christmas Dreams & Snowy Things event. This event will feature snow-filled activities (truckloads of snow are being delivered on-site) as well as giant slides, paintball, tango tower & zip line, horse-drawn wagon rides, Blue Santa donation station, train rides, interactive holiday booths (including decorating your own stockings, Santa hats and cookies, writing letters to Santa), inflatables and rides, concessions, live music (with choirs from eight area elementary schools) and appearances by Santa himself. FREE! Boles Family Sports Complex, 1605 N Mays St, Round Rock.
Second Saturdays Are for Families: Gingerbread Villas - 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Be the ART-chitect of your very own candy home! Your child can whip up edible houses like you’ve never seen before, inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays are recommended for ages 2-11. Admission is $10 per family ($5 for member families). Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th Street, Austin.
Kids of the Magi- 11 a.m. and 1 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.
Home Slice Carnival of Pizza- Noon- 7 p.m. The carnival is at once a celebration of the art of hand tossed pizza, an 9th birthday party for the restaurant and a charitable endeavor intended to give back to the neighborhood and the community that has made Home Slice one of Austin’s favorite eateries. All proceeds benefit this year’s non-profit recipient: Austin Bat Cave. The Carnival-O-Pizza promises fun for all ages with: carnival-style games, kid themed offerings, a huge raffle, entertainment including marching bands, fortune tellers, dancers, mustache painting, hairstyling and more, concessions including beer, Italian wines, beverages and of course pizza! Contests include: box folding, dough tossing, the venerable pizza eating contest and last but not least, hands on an eggplant sub in which contestants vie to be the last person standing with their hand on 3 feet of sandwich; in 2010 the contest went on for an incredible 63 hours! Home Slice patio and parking lot, 1415 and 1421 S. Congress Ave.
3rd Annual Festival of Carols- 1-5 p.m. The holidays are here! Celebrate at the museum with an afternoon of music, crafts, and activities. Admission is FREE! Some crafts and activities may require the purchase of tickets. Concessions will be available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the holiday festivities! French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos Street.
Christmas Parade & Pfestival of Lights – 5:30–8 p.m. The city of Pflugerville’s Parks & Recreation Department will be merging its annual Holidays at Heritage Park event with the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade. Blending the two events will make a larger, more fun holiday celebration for the community. The city will have a stage with live performances from local elementary schools and dancers from the Recreation Center. There will be arts and crafts activities for children, a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, the traditional tree lighting, and photos with Santa Claus at the end of the parade. FREE! Downtown Pflugerville.
Bastrop Lighted Parade – starts at 6 p.m. Join us for the Bastrop “Winter Wonderland” Lighted Christmas Parade! Of course, Christmas needs a Dragon and a merry band of Sherwood marketers! A festival of lights, music and cheer, including decorated floats, fire engines, marching bands, horses and riders, and, of course, Santa Claus and his helpers. Produced by the Downtown Business Alliance, the parade makes its way down Main Street about 6 p.m. FREE!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Whole Foods Kids Club with Silly Angel- Noon. Make holiday greeting cards with one of our local suppliers, Silly Angel. FREE! While you are there, bring items to Stuff the Bus happening all weekend! Whole Foods in the Domain, 11920 Domain Drive.
Santa Skate and Ugly Sweater Party – 1-4:00 p.m. This event features FREE photos with Santa (bring your own camera), Christmas-themed skating exhibitions, holiday tunes, a hot cocoa bar, and festive treats. Cost: Admission is $6 and skate rental is $4 for children and adults. Kids 5 years of age and under skate for only $5 on Saturday and Sunday, including skate rental. Kids 5 and under skate for FREE Monday-Friday with paid adult admission. Chaparral Ice, located inside Northcross Mall, 2525 W Anderson Ln, Austin.
Chanukah in the Hood – 12-3:30 p.m., Celebrate Chanukah at Central Market North with a dreidel spinning contest, arts and crafts, face painting and more. The Yiddish Cowboys will play festive music from noon until 2:00 p.m., and performances by the Temple Beth Shalom Kids’ Choir, Dell Tones, Austin Jewish Academy and the JCC DanStarz will take place from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. Latkes with all the fixings and sufganiot (jelly donuts), a traditional Chanukah treat in Israel, will be available for purchase.
Donn’s Depot Honky-Tonk Christmas Bazaar! – Sunday, December 14, 1-6 p.m., Come join the fun at the first-ever Donn’s Depot Honky-Tonk Christmas Bazaar! Enjoy live music, holiday cocktails and seasonal beers while you shop for one-of-a-kind items for friends and family! Come see why everyone is talking about the most festive bar in town! Free admission, free on-site parking, Santa from 2-4, dozens of vendors, kids allowed! Avoid the holiday stress and spend your Sunday with us!!! See you there! FREE! Donn’s Depot, 1600 West 5th Street.
Wassail 2014 – 5:30 p.m. A Christmas Solstice Celebration with magic, mummers, poetry, song and Bollywood dance at the Scottish Rite Theater. Featured guests include Monsoon Dance, Juliana Murphy and Eliana Salinas. All funds raised go to the charity Kids for Kids, helping children in the Darfur region of the Sudan. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.
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