37th Street. Neighbors have banded together to bring back the holiday light tradition. The 37th Street Lights start at the intersection of 37th and Guadalupe streets. Nightly through December. Information: facebook.com/37thstreetlights.
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. 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
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. through Dec. 23 in Zilker Park. Free Monday-Wednesday; $3 other nights; children younger than 12 are free. austintrailoflights.org
Ice Skating on the Plaza. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com
Rock and Roll Playhouse. The Mohawk hosts "The Music of the Grateful Dead." 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. $12-$15. Mohawk, 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com
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 simon.com.
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. hillcountrygalleria.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. Sunday. 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.
Night Before Christmas Break. Games, cookies, hot cocoa and Santa. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Metz Recreation Center, 2407 Canterbury St. austintexas.gov
Storytime with Santa. For ages 0-5. Hear stories, take your picture with Santa, decorate cookies and more. 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday. $2 per child. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. austintexas.gov
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site Tree Lighting. 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tree lighting, live nativity scene, trolley ride, chuck wagon, Santa, story telling and more. 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall. tpwd.texas.gov
Sensitive Santa. Sensory-friendly Santa comes to Wolf Ranch Town Center, near Sephora. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave., Georgetown. wolfranchtowncenter.com
"A Christmas Carol." For ages 6 and up. Through Dec. 30. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday except Thanksgiving, 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. 2 p.m. Sunday. 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org
Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Friday-Dec. 23. $15-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org
Circus Chickendog "The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)" See the dogs perform the classic story. 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 23, Dec. 26-31, Jan. 4-6.4:30 p.m. Jan. 1. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org
"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. zachtheatre.org
"Sesame Street Live! Let's Party." See the gang from kids' favorite street on stage. $35-$70. 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. hebcenter.com.
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-Dec. 24. $12, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 23, and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. 10:45 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 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, Wednesday. $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, Friday-Saturday. $6. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
Toybrary Austin. Free Baby Playdate. 1-3 p.m. Tuesday. Holiday Singalong and Decorating Gingerbread Cookies with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday. $10. Balloons and Magic with Silly Sparkles the Elf! 10:30 a.m. Thursday. $7. Volunteer with Generation Serve. Make kitty and doggy toys. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $7. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Saturday. $25. 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com
Blanton Museum. Holiday Ornament Making. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free with admission. Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luthur King Jr. Blvd. blantonmuseum.org.
"The Muppet Christmas Carol." $12. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austhintheatre.org.
Alamo Drafthouse. PBS Kids "Peg and Cat: Holidays." 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. "Mary Poppins Returns" Family Party. 9 a.m. Friday, Mueller. 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane. "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Family Party. 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline. "The Polar Express" Movie Party. 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane.
BookPeople 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times: Armstrong Community Music School, Tuesday. How the Grinch Stole Storytime, Wednesday. Illustrator Spotlight Storytime, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time, Lakeline: "The Night Before Christmas." barnesandnoble.com
Platform Nine and Teen Quarters Harry Potter Meetup. 2 p.m. Sunday, Central Library.
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie. 3 p.m. Sunday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.
Lego Lab. 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Yarborough Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ruiz Branch, Pleasant Hill Branch, Twin Oaks Branch. 4 p.m. Friday, University Hills Branch.
Holiday Stories and Crafts and Holiday 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.
Teen Book Club: "Dread Nation." 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Howson Branch.
Animanga Club. 3 p.m. Wednesday, South
Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.
Holiday Stories and Crafts. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Windsor Park Branch.
NBTween Book Club: "Be Prepared." 6 p.m. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch.
Austin Symphony's Christmas in the Community. 7 p.m. Thursday, Central Library.
"Elf" movie. 3 p.m. Friday, Spicewood Springs Branch.
Kwanzaa Celebration. 4:30 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.
Holiday Cookie Decorating Class. 1 p.m. Saturday, North Village Branch.