Many Austin holiday family traditions this week, Dec. 3-9

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Many Austin holiday family traditions this week, Dec. 3-9

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The Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park will be ready for visitors on Saturday. American-Statesman 2016

Holiday events

Austin Trail of Lights. The annual tradition begins. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission Saturday. Zilker Park. austintrailoflights.org

Zilker Tree. The tree will be lighted every night from through Dec. 31. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

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.

Luminations. It’s back. See the Wildflower Center outlined in luminarias. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 10. $15. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

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 pine cone painting, too. 242 Monkey Road. evergreen-farms.com

Trail of Lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 28. Free. EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. 6 to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters at Oyster Landing, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. mozartscoffee.com

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

“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and older. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Spicewood Springs Branch; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Terrazas Branch; 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Friday, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Saturday, Hampton Branch.

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. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make reservations by calling 512-685-8300. fourseasons.com/austin

“A Christmas Carol.” 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 17. $8-$10. EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org/productions

Alamo Drafthouse events: Kids Camp: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 10 a.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. PBS Kids Holiday Mix. 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 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. Sunday, Saturday. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Tea and Story Time With Mrs. Claus. 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday. $10 per child. Peeps Christmas Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Free. Pictures with Santa. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Caring Santa. Meet Santa in an autism-friendly way. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Barton Creek Square; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline Mall. Reserve your spot at simonsanta.com

Neill-Cochran House Museum. H istory Lab: A Historic Holiday. Make pomanders, putz houses and historic board games. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Hideout Theatre Presents: “Monster Holidays.” 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave. hideouttheatre.org

Friday Movie Matinee “Home Alone.” 3 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. This month’s theme: Frosted. Free. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Reservations required. domainnorthside.com

Story time with Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m. Saturday. Hill country Galleria Central Plaza Pavilion. hillcountrygalleria.com

Winter Fest. 10 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Holiday Open House. 11 a.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; noon Saturday, Pleasant Hill Branch; 1 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Thinkery Gingerbread House Workshops. Traditional or Tot (ages 5 and younger) 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $20 house kit. Gingerbread Art and Architecture for ages 7 and older. 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $30 house kit. Candy Chemistry for ages 7 and older. Make candy to go on your house. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $30 house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Gingerbread House Workshop at The Candy Jar. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $50 per house; children younger than 6 must have an adult with them. The Candy Jar, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Suite 110. Register at thecandyjartx.com.

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. $15-$98. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s annual Christmas family tradition. 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-24. Topfer Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Gingerbread Villas. Make your own candy home. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Theater

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

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” See the book come to life. 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 and up. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org

Museums

Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around the museum with the theme “Bundle Up.” Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Living History Days. Re-enactors stroll through the museum. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Blanton Museum of Art. Holiday Family Day. Road trip-inspired activities. Free with admission. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. blantonmuseum.org

Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and learn how the ancient Greeks saw the universe. 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday. Free. Girlstart, 1400 W. Anderson Lane. gi rlstart.org

Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. 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. Make art and do 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 winter. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays, except Christmas Day. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Movies

Harry Potter Fest. “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Deathly Hallows Part 1.” 6 p.m. Saturday. Various prices. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. 12419 Lowden Lane, Manchaca. bluestarlitedrivein.com

Books

BookPeople story times. Milly McSilly, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Carrying Hope, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Donate board books to this organization that helps newly placed children in foster care. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: 1 1 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book.” .

At the library

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch; Mornings with Moxie. 10 a.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Glowing Aliens. For ages 3-5. 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Manchaca Road Branch.

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