November 25, 2017
Article by: Nicole Villalpando, Statesman.com
Zilker Tree Lighting. Live music and your first chance to take a spin under the tree this year. 6 p.m. Sunday. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree
Driskill Hotel Tree Lighting. See the grand tree turn on in the lobby. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com.
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Ride a hay ride to the Christmas tree grounds and select your tree. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com
Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Buy Christmas trees through Christmas Eve. Noon to dark daily, except Saturdays, when it opens at 10 a.m. Weekends there’s s’mores making and pinecone painting, too. 242 Monkey Road. evergreen-farms.com
Trail of Lights. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 28. Free. EmilyAnn Theatre 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org
Whole Foods Skating on the Plaza. Go ice skating 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. now through Jan. 15. Closed Christmas Day. $10 per person. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com
Teddy Bear Tea. Tea, carolling and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear to donate to Dell Children’s Medical Center. While you’re there, don’t miss the gingerbread village. $30-$45. Sunday and Saturday. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make reservations by calling 512-685-8300. fourseasons.com/austin
Winter Wonderland at the Circuit of the Americas. See lights, go skating, enter the petting zoo and Santa’s workshop and more. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $16, plus additional fees for some activities. circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland.
Alamo Drafthouse events: Kids Camp: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. drafthouse.com
“Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” Junie B. is ready to take on her nemesis May in this holiday story. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org
Elf Academy. Train to be Santa’s best elf. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Domain. Reserve your spot at simonsanta.com.
Holiday Ornament Workshop. Make ornaments with things found in nature. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. $15-10. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org
Skate with Santa. Yes, Santa ice skates, and you can skate with him. Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Skating and admission is $14 per person. $2 pictures with Santa or bring two non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane. chaparralice.com
Breakfast with Santa. A light breakfast, crafts, a singalong and Santa. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. austintexas.gov
“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s annual Christmas family tradition. 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-24. Topfer Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. Kids ages 4 and up play at the Thinkery while you see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. $40 for first child, $20 each additional child. Little Thinkers Club. Nature as Our Canvas! Make art inspired by nature. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds. Wednesdays through Dec. 13. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Thinkers Club. Amazing Animals. Do art and yoga inspired by animals. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Dec. 15. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Baby Bloomers. Learn all about shapes. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Monday. Learn about winter. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5. Storytelling with Ozobots. Make your own costume. For ages 4 and up. $8. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Toybrary Austin. Enchanted Castle. Milly McSilly will entertain. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Gardening Class. 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
Harry Potter Fest. See all the movies through Dec. 9. This week: “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Prisoner of Azkaban,” 7:15 p.m. Sunday, and “Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Goblet of Fire,” 7:15 p.m. Friday, and “Order of the Phoenix” and “Half Blood Prince,” 7:15 p.m. Saturday. Various prices. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. 12419 Lowden Lane, Manchaca. bluestarlitedrivein.com
Peppa Pig Live! 6 p.m. Wednesday. ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 300 Willie Nelson Blvd. acl-live.com
Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road. zachtheatre.org
Fitting In. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Modern First Library. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble Events: “Polar Express” Story time. 7 p.m. Friday, all locations. 1 1 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
At the Library
Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Thursday, Howson Branch; 3 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.
“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and up. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Ruiz Branch. 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Cepeda Branch.
Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.
NBTween Book Club “Lost in the Sun.” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch.
NaNoWriMo: Writing Workshop for Teens. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Central Library.
Family Craft Night. 7 pm. Thursday, Hampton Branch.
Crafting for a Cause. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Manchaca Road Branch.
Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.
Saturday Movie Matinee: “Rogue One.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!