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 Friday. 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. Sunday 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, except Christmas Eve, when it closes at 6 p.m. Closed Christmas. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com
Pictures With Santa. Through Monday, Barton Creek Square, Domain and Lakeline Mall; through Monday, 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-4 p.m. Monday. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. hillcountrygalleria.com
"A Christmas Carol." For ages 6 and up. Through Dec. 30. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $25. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org
Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 2 p.m. Sunday. $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. Sunday, Wednesday-Dec. 31, Jan. 4-6.4:30 p.m. Jan. 1. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org
Thinkery. Closed 1 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 learn about winter. 9 a.m. Saturday only. $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-Monday. $12, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. 10:45 a.m. Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. Monday. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Tinkering Take-Homes: String Art Creations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday-Saturday. $6. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org
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.
Science Mill. Physics of Flight. Three days of special activities about flight including making paper airplanes, egg drop, wind tunnel and meeting F-16 weapons school instructor Major Keegan Dale. Wednesday-Friday. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org.
Alamo Drafthouse. Kids Camp: "The Peanuts Movie." 10 a.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Mueller. 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Slaughter Lane. "March of the Penguins," 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday-Thursday, 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Mueller. 10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane. "Mary Poppins Returns" Family Party. 9 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline.
BookPeople 10:30 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday story times: Things that Go, Wednesday. Mi Casa es Tu Casa, Thursday. Delightful Desserts, Friday. Dreamin' Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com
Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time: "The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors." barnesandnoble.com
Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.
Thursday Matinee: "Elf." 1 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Branch.
Pajama Story time. 6 p.m Thursday, North Village Branch.
Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:15 a.m. Friday, Pleasant Hill Branch.
Fortnight Dance Party for Teens. 2 p.m. Saturday, University Hills Branch.