Lights

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

Events

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

Santa

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

Onstage

"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.

Museum events

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.

Movies

"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.

Books

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
Library

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.