Want to know how to find Santa for your children to have that important annual conversation with?
We've looked at his Google calendar to see where he might be popping up in and around Austin.
Here's a list of some of our favorites? Have another? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures With Santa. Through Dec. 24, Barton Creek Square, Domain and Lakeline Mall; Nov. 24-Dec. 24, Round Rock Premium Outlets. Reserve your time slot ahead of time at simon.com.
Trail of Lights at Emily Ann Theatre. Walk through this lighted trail. Free; donations appreciated. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-Dec. 28. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org
Winter Wonderland at Circuit of the Americas. Look for a Chinese Lantern Festival, a tunnel of lights, an outdoor skating rink, the North Pole and Santa's Workshop, singing trees, carnival rides, a petting zoo and live music. Tickets start at $16, with some activities costing extra; ages 5 and younger get in free. 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday — including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day — Nov. 23 to Dec. 30. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland
Austin Trail of Lights. Zilker Park turns into a lighted trail. This year, the trail adds a lighted carriage, 12 lighted guitars and a 25-foot spiral holiday tree. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 10-23 in Zilker Park. Free Dec. 10-13, 17-19; $3 other nights; children younger than 12 are free. austintrailoflights.org
Holiday Stroll. Walk along the downtown streets, see the lighting of the tree downtown, sing-along with John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen and get your pictures taken with Santa. 5-10 p.m. Dec. 1. Downtown on Congress between Ninth and 11th Streets. downtownaustin.com
Santa on the Terrace. Visit with Santa and take a picture with Austin as your backdrop. Free. 9 a.m. Dec. 1. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Hill Country Galleria Tree Lighting. Santa comes to the Galleria at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 followed by the tree lighting and activities for kids. Then every night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Galleria's holiday tree light show will play every half-hour. Santa will be available for photo-ops noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 24-25, and 4-7 p.m. Nov. 26-30. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. hillcountrygalleria.com
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. The parade returns the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Free. 11 a.m. Nov. 24. Bring an unwrapped new toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa while you see the floats go by. chuysparade.com
Santa on the Square. The City of Kyle lights its tree and Santa visits City Square Park and Krug Activity Center. 4:30-9 p.m. Nov. 28. 101 S. Burleson St., Kyle.
Holiday Launch Party. Face painting, balloon twisting, games, Springfree Trampoline jumping and more. 4-6 p.m. Nov. 17. Free. Domain, on the Lawn near iPic Theaters. Plus at 6 p.m. the first light show of the season will be at Dillard's. simon.com
The Carver's Santa Special. Get your free photo with Santa. 1 p.m. Dec. 15. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austin.gov
Visit with Santa. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa brings a Texas-twist to Santa's arrival with a Texas longhorn pulling his sleigh. See him and make holiday crafts. 9-11 a.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 9, Dec. 22, Dec. 25. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines. lostpines.regency.hyatt.com
Pictures With Santa! Get pictures taken in a more low-key setting. $12. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
Caring Santa. Children with sensory, physical or other developmental differences can visit with Santa. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Barton Creek Square; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Lakeline Mall. Reserve a time slot at simon.com.
Teddy Bear Teas. Bring a new teddy bear to donate to Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Hear Santa read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" while enjoying tea and caroling. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 25-Dec. 16. While there, check out the White Christmas Gingerbread Village. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make your reservation, 512-685-8300; fourseasons.com/austin.
Santa in the Garden. Meet Santa and make fun crafts. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1. Zilker Botanical Garden. 2220 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov
Breakfast With Santa. 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. austintexas.gov
Toybrary Austin. Happy Time Holiday Portraits. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15. 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com