Lights

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, through Dec. 28. 1101 RM 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 — through Dec. 30. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. circuitoftheamericas.com/winter-wonderland

Wildflower Center's Luminations. See the Wildflower Center lined with luminarias. 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 9. $10-$15. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Hanukkah

Lighting of the Texas menorah. Gov. Greg Abbott will lead the lighting of the first candle to celebrate Hanukkah. There will also be hot drinks, latkes, doughnuts, dreidels and music. 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Free. Texas Capitol.

City Hall menorah lighting. Join Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Alison Alter for more Hanukkah festivities that will also feature food and music. 4:30 p.m. Monday. Free. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St.

Family Hanukkah Bash. Celebrate the Jewish festival of lights with latkes, doughnuts, arts and crafts, music and dance, and more. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 3808 Spicewood Springs Road.

Santa

Hill Country Galleria Santa Cares. Children with special needs can attend a special Caring Santa event. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. hillcountrygalleria.com

Pictures With Santa. Through Dec. 24, Barton Creek Square, Domain, Lakeline Mall and Round Rock Premium Outlets. Reserve your time slot ahead of time at simon.com.

Pictures With Santa! Get pictures taken in a more low-key setting. $12. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Restore Austin Christmas Bash. Get a free photo with Santa plus decorate cookies, make ornaments and hop in indoor bouncy houses. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Fulmore Middle School, 201 E. Mary St. restoreaustin.org

Caring Santa. Children with sensory, physical or other developmental differences can visit with Santa. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday at Barton Creek Square; 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday 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 through 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.

Breakfast With Santa. 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road. austintexas.gov

Cookies with Santa. Noon Saturday, Little Walnut Creek Branch of the public library.

Tree shopping

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Hayrides, pick-your-own trees, crazy maze, playground and more. Open for the season beginning 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 21. Check Facebook page for tree sales status as it gets closer to Christmas. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own tree and then play old-fashioned games or roast marshmallows. 10 a.m. to dark  through Dec. 24. Check website for tree sales status as it gets closer to Christmas. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. evergreen-farms.com

Theatre

“Tortoise and Hare” at Zach Theatre. The Aesop fable becomes a musical for ages 5 and older. 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-$24. Kleburg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

"A Christmas Carol." For ages 6 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $25. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Emily Ann Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol.” See this classic children’s tale onstage. $8-$10. 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 16. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org

"Pippi Longstocking's After Christmas Party." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 9, Dec. 15. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 14-15, 19-20, 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-16, 21-23. $15-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s annual Christmas family tradition. 11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 15. $18-24. Topfer Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Museum events

Bullock Museum Free First Sunday: Giving. Celebrate the season with activities that focus on giving. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Living History. See history come to life. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Thinkery. STEAM on the Spot: Dreidel Making. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Artly World: Let's Rumba! 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday  Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 learn about winter. 9 a.m. Monday and Saturdays. $5. Gingerbread Workshops. Traditional. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 15-24. $12, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 15-16, 21-23 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. 10:45 a.m. Sunday and Saturday, Dec. 9, 15-16, 21-23, and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Art Start: Sculptors Workshop. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Wednesdays through Dec. 19. $20 per class. Namaste & Play. Explore our senses. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds and 11:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, through Dec. 14, $20 each class. Tinkering Take-Homes: String Art Creations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $6. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Gingerbread Villas. Make art in gingerbread. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Toybrary Austin. Make a holiday ornament. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $7. Let's Pretend It's Winter! Make your own snow, create a snowman and more. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12. Date Night Child Care. 5-8 p.m. $25. 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Books

BookPeople events: Divya Srinivasan reads "Little Owl's Snow." 2 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times: Jennifer Coleman and Wade Dillon, Tuesday. Hanukkah storytime, Wednesday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Pajama Story time and "Polar Express" reading. 7 p.m. Friday, all locations. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: "Broken Ornaments." barnesandnoble.com

Movies

Alamo Drafthouse: "Polar Express Movie Party." 1 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline. Kids Camp: "The Peanuts Movie." 11 a.m. Sunday, Mueller. "March of the Penguins." 11 a.m. Saturday, Mueller.

At the library

"The Nutcracker": A Literature Live! Production.  3:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Pleasant Hill Branch. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 5, North Village Branch. 6 p.m. Dec. 7, Southeast Branch. 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas." 1 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Library Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Monday, Southeast Branch. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Brnach.

Holiday Stories and Crafts. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Pleasant Hill Branch. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village Branch. 6 p.m. Friday, Southeast Branch. 1 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Branch.

Lego Lab. 4:30 p.m. Monday, Carver Branch. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Southeast Branch.

Monday Movies: Ant-Man and the Wasp. 5 p.m. Monday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

Neighborhood Science: Gotta Catch 'Em All: Real Life Pokemon. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Caver Branch.

Science Fun. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Yarborough Branch.

Mesoamerican Celebration. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Millwood Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Thursday Matinee: "The Nightmare Before Christmas." 1 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Friday Old Quarry Branch.

Winterfest. 1 p.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class. 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Helping Hands: A making + giving event for teens. 2 p.m. Saturday, Central Library.

Friday Matinee: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.

Saturday Cinema: "The Star." 2 p.m. Saturday, Southeast Branch.