Looking for things to do with the kids this winter break? In addition to some crafts ideas, check out our winter break family events calendar.


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. Dec. 24-27, 6-10 p.m. 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 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 through January, except Christmas Eve, when it closes at 6 p.m. Closed Christmas. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com

Austin New Year. Music all afternoon and evening, plus fireworks at 10 p.m. The kids' area includes a train, fairyland, story time and face painting. 3 p.m. to after fireworks, Dec. 31. Free. Vic Mathias Shores. austinsnewyear.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. Dec. 23, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 24.  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. Dec. 24-Dec. 29, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Dec. 29, Dec. 30. 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. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21-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. Dec. 21-Dec. 23, Dec. 26-Dec. 31, Jan. 4-6.4:30 p.m. Jan. 1. $15-$35. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org

"Tortoise and Hare: at Zach Theatre. 2 p.m. Jan. 5-6. $18-24. Kleberg Stage. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Ave. zachtheatre.org.

Museum events

Thinkery. Closed 1 p.m. Dec. 24-Dec. 25. Baby Bloomers. Kids up to age 3 learn about winter. 9 a.m. Dec. 22. Learn about ligh, 9 a.m. Jan. 5.  $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. Dec. 21-Dec. 24. $12, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21-23, and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. 10:45 a.m. Dec. 21-23, and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24. $12, plus $30 per house kit. Noon Year's Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 31. $20 per adult/child. Tinkering Take-Homes: String Art Creations. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 23, Dec. 26-Dec. 30, Jan. 3-4, Noon-3 p.m. Jan. 1. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 2. $6. STEAM on the Spot: Mrs. Purple Urple. 6-7 p.m. Jan. 2. Free. Pop and Fizz Kitchen Lab. For ages 4 and up. 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5-6. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Blanton Museum. Holiday Ornament Making. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22 and Dec. 29. 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. Dec. 26-28. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City. sciencemill.org.

Toybrary Austin. Date Night Child Care. 5 p.m. Dec. 22. $25. New Year's Eve. Dress up, make a shaker and enjoy a balloon drop at noon. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31. $12. Nappy Time Photos. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5. $20. 2001 Justin Lane.  toybraryaustin.com


Alamo Drafthouse. Kids Camp: "The Peanuts Movie." 10 a.m. Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 28 11 a.m. Dec. 26, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Dec. 28-30, Jan. 2-3, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 31, 12:15 p.m. Jan. 1, Mueller. 10 a.m. Dec. 28-31, Jan. 1-3, Slaughter Lane.  "March of the Penguins," 10 a.m. Dec. 25, Dec. 26-27, 12:30 a.m. Dec. 25, Mueller. 10 a.m. Dec. 28-31, Jan. 2-3, 1:35 p.m. Jan. 1,  Lakeline. 10 a.m. Dec. 24-Dec. 27, Slaughter Lane. "Mary Poppins Returns" Family Party. 9:45 a.m. Dec. 22 Slaughter Lane. 9 a.m. Dec. 23, Lakeline.


BookPeople  10:30 a.m. story times: Illustrator Spotlight, Dec. 22. Things that Go, Dec. 26. Mi Casa es Tu Casa, Dec. 27. Delightful Desserts, Dec. 28. Dreamin,' Dec. 29. Giraffe Problems, Dec. 30. Last Story time of 2018, Dec. 31. Being Unique is the Jam, (11:30 a.m.) Jan. 1. Snow Day. Jan. 2. Spread the Joy, Jan. 3. Dance Party, Jan. 4. Tim Miller Author Guest, Jan. 5. Cuddle Up Day, Jan. 6. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story time: The Night Before Christmas." Dec. 22, Lakeline. "The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors." Dec. 29. "Clifford the Big Red Dog." Jan. 5. barnesandnoble.com


Closed Dec. 23-24, Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class. 1 p.m. Dec. 22, North Village Branch.

Bow Wow Reading with Roo the Dog. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Thursday Matinee: "Elf." 1 p.m. Dec. 27, Terrazas Branch.

Pajama Story time. 6 p.m Dec. 27, North Village Branch.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:15 a.m. Dec. 28, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Fortnight Dance Party for Teens. 2 p.m. Dec. 29, University Hills Branch.

Lego Lab. 3 p.m. Jan. 2, Southeast Branch. 4 p.m. Jan. 4, North Village Branch.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Jan. 4, Old Quarry Branch.

Just for Teens: Kingdom Hearts Unlocked. 1 p.m. Jan. 4, Central Library.

Tech Familia Vertual Reality. 11 a.m. Jan. 5, Ruiz Branch.

Saturday Movie Matinee: "Hotel Transylvania 3." 2 p.m. Jan. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

Slime Saturday. 2 p.m. Jan. 5, Howson Branch.