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. Monday-Dec. 23 in Zilker Park. Free Monday-Thursday, Dec. 17-19; $3 other nights; children younger than 12 are free.

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 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

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.

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


Hill Country Galleria Santa and Winter Wonderland. See Santa in a lighted village. noon-6 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.  Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

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

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;

Carver Museum's Santa Special. 1 p.m. Saturday. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

Cookies with Santa. 9 a.m. Saturday. Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 E. Third St.

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. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. Check Facebook page for tree sales status as it gets closer to Christmas. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

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.


Parents' Night Out at Dittmar Recreation Center. 6 p.m. Friday. Ages 5-10. $10.  Dittmar Recreation Center.

Ice Skating on the Plaza. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.


“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.

"Wake Up, Brother Bear!" at Zach Theatre. Brother Bear meets the seasons. For ages 6 and younger. 2 p.m. Sunday. $12- Zach Theatre North. 12129 RM 620 N.

"The Nutcracker Suite." Ballet Afrique presents this show. 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. Saturday. Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.

"A Christmas Carol." For ages 6 and up. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday except Thanksgiving, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 20. Tickets start at $25. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

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

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

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and Saturday. $15-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

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

Museum events

Bullock Museum Little Texans: Mi Casa Es Tu Casa. 10 a.m. Thursday. Science Thursdays. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Thinkery. 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 $12, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Saturday. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. 10:45 a.m. Sunday and SAturday. $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 Friday, $20 each class. Tinkering Take-Homes: String Art Creations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Thursday and Saturday. $6.Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. DIY Coconut Yogurt with Green Ninja Cooks. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.  $10. Christmas fun with Milly McSilly the Elf! 10:30 a.m. Friday. Happy Time Holiday Portraits. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 2001 Justin Lane.


Hill Country Galleria Movie on the Lawn. See "Polar Express. 6-8 p.m. Friday. Free.  Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Alamo Drafthouse. PBS Kids "Peg and Cat: Holidays." 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. Kids Camp: "March of the Penguins." 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Mueller. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Family Party. 10 a.m. Saturday, Mueller. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. "The Polar Express" Movie Party. 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane.

Flix Brewhouse, Round Rock. "Polar Express." 11 a.m. Sunday and Saturday. 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock.

That's My Face Young Adult Film Series. "Not Black Enough." 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Carver Museum.


BookPeople events: Kids Book Club with Austin Allies. 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times: Heartsong Music, Tuesday. Ms. Staci story time, Wednesday. Author guest storytime with Sonia Panigrahy, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: Meet author September Scott with special guest Margo Coates Huddleston. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Arboretum. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: "Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes."
Little Seedlings Storytime: Western Asia. With crafts and more. 10 a.m. Friday. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road.

At the Library

Austin Ukestra Ukulele Group.  1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Monday, Pleasant Hill Branch. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Yarborough Branch.

Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Monday, Southeast Branch. 4:30 p.m. Monday, Carver Branch.  3 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Branch.

Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Branch. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch.

Mesoamerican Celebration. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. John Branch.

Accio: Rubik's Cubing Club. For ages 8-18. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Central Library.

Family Board Game Night. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Central Library.

Maker Space Light Up Holiday Ornaments. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Neighborhood Science CSI: Disease Detectives. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Howson Branch.

Holiday Stories and Crafts. 11 a.m. Tuesday, University Hills Branch.

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

Play Day! 11 a.m. Wednesday, University Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Club: Choose Your Own Title. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Thursday, North Village Branch.

Animanga Club. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver Branch.

Friday Matinee: "Incredibles 2." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Ruiz Branch.

Tween and Teen Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Robotics Intermediate Class: Age 9 and up. 4 p.m. Friday, North Village Branch.

Noche de Fiesta. 5 p.m. Friday, Southeast Branch.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas." 3:30 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Library Branch.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class. 1 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Perler Beads Holiday Edition. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.

Pleasant Hill Holiday Fun. 11 a.m. Saturday, Pleasant Hill Branch.