Holiday lights


Emily Ann Theatre Trail of Lights. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 28. Donations accepted. Emily Ann Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley. emilyann.org


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Luminations. See the Wildflower Center lined with luminarias. 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12-15. $18; free for children younger than 5. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org


Holiday Light Stroll. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa provides a free festive trail. At sunset nightly. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines. hyatt.com


A Dickens Christmas in Lockhart. Celebrate Christmas Victorian style with family events and a lighted parade at 7 p.m. Friday. The event is Friday and Saturday on the square.


Tree lightings


Zilker Tree Lighting. Be among the first to take a spin under the Zilker Tree. 6 p.m. Sunday. The tree will stay lighted through Jan. 1. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov


Driskill Hotel Tree Lighting. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com


Tower Lighting in Mueller. Hear holiday music and enjoy giveaways. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. John Gaines Park, 2708 Sorin St.


Christmas tree shopping


Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees. Cut your own tree, paint pine cones, play games and more. 10 a.m. to dark Saturdays, noon to dark weekdays and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. evergreen-farms.com


Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your Christmas tree, explore mazes, go on a train ride and more. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Thursdays. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Natures Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com


Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Christmas at the Farm. Get your tree and see Santa and live reindeer. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Through Dec. 22. $16 a person. Kids younger than 2 free.


Sweet Berry Farm. Thanksgiving Celebration. There are no trees here, but there are turkeys to take photos with and pumpkins to buy. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $16 for kids 3-14. $6 for 15 and older. Free for kids 2 and younger. 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. sweetberryfarm.com


Gingerbread


Four Seasons Gingerbread Village. The gingerbread village is open for viewing. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. fourseasons.com/austin


Westin Life-sized Gingerbread House. Yes, you can dine in a real gingerbread house. Now through Jan. 1. The Westin Downtown Austin, 310 E. Fifth St. Reserve your meal at gingerbreadhouse@westinaustindowntown.com.


Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops. The holiday tradition begins on Saturday. Classic. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Saturday. $5 per person, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures, for ages 8 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry, for ages 7 and up. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org


Other holiday happenings


Teddy Bear Teas. Bring a new teddy bear to donate to local nonprofits. Hear Santa read ”’Twas the Night Before Christmas” while enjoying tea and caroling. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 15. While there, check out the Gingerbread Village. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make your reservation, 512-685-8300; fourseasons.com/austin.


Brush Square Holiday Candlelight Celebration. Brush Square Museums (O. Henry and Susanna Dickinson museums) host this event. Celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way including play and holiday crafts. Bring a new or gently used sleeping bag and food items for the Austin Animal Center and our friends at Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center. Free. 3-5 p.m. Saturday. 409 E. Fifth St. facebook.com/BrushSquareMuseumsFoundation


Santa spottings


Pictures with Santa. Through Dec. 24, Barton Creek Square, Domain, Lakeline Mall, Round Rock Premium Outlets. Reserve your time slot ahead of time at simonsanta.com.


Hill Country Galleria Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be available for photo-ops noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; 4-7 p.m. Thrusdays, Dec. 16-19; 4-8 p.m. Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Dec. 23; noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Free, but pictures available for a fee. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. hillcountrygalleria.com


Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Free photos with Santa and activities. 3-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and weekdays Dec. 8-23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, and Dec. 24 Bass Pro Shops Round Rock, 200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock; Cabela’s Buda, 15570 S. Interstate 35, Buda. basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland


Christmas Bash. Visit with St. Nick and enjoy crafts and an indoor bounce house. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Lively Middle School, 201 E. Marry St. Hosted by Restore Austin. restoreaustin.com


Skate with Santa. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane. Admission required.


Theater


“The Snowy Day.” The children’s book comes to the stage. 2 p.m. Sunday. $10-$65. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org


“A Christmas Carol.” Zach Theatre’s annual show for ages 6 and up. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through Dec. 29. Tickets start at $30. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org


Zach Theatre. "Jungalbook." An adaptation of the Mowgli stories of Rudyard Kipling. For ages 5 and up. 2 p.m. Saturday. $19-$43. Kleberg Theatre at Zach Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org


“A Christmas Carol: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The classic tale gets an environmental spin. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8, Dec. 14-15. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org


“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s traditional family show of elf hijinks returns for ages 3 and up. 11 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 14. $27-$19. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org


Holiday Show with Milly McSilly. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com


Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 2 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 8, Dec. 14-15, Dec. 20-23 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 18-22. $20-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org


“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” Literature Live’s production for ages 5 and up. Central Library. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Howson Branch. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Southeast Branch. 3;30 p.m. Thursday, Milwood Branch. 1 p.m. Friday, Recycled Reads Bookstore. libraryaustin.gov


Holiday-themed Disney Junior Play Date. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Barton Creek Square near JCPenney. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Round Rock Premium Outlets, near the Children’s Play Area.


Movies


“The Muppet Christmas Carol.” 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. $5-$8. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com


“Polar Express 3-D.” 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 9. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 8, $13-$15. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com


Flix Jr. ”Elf.“ 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $5. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com


Alamo Drafthouse. “Elf” Movie Party. 7 p.m. Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. Saturday Mueller. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Slaughter Lane. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Village. PBS Kids: “Nature Cat: A Nature Carol,” 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 10:45 a.m. Sunday and Saturday, Slaughter Lane.


Music


Downtown Holiday Stroll. Sing along to holiday music from KUT and KUTX, plus meet Santa, and the Capitol tree lighting. 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. Steps of the Capitol. kutx.org


Jingle Bell Jamboree. Crafts, games and performances by Joe McDermott and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. 3-5 p.m. Saturday, the Domain.


Museums


Bullock Museum. Free First Sunday. Special family activities. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Living History Days. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com


Thinkery Baby Bloomers. For children younger than 3. December’s theme is winter wonderland. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays except Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. $5. Little Builders: Tinkering Tots. 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Friday. Create art with different medium. $8. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org


Books


Story time at Alexa James. SJ Murray, Abianne Miller Falla and Courtney Smith debut “Ralph’s Christmas Quest.” 10 a.m. Thursday, Alexa James Baby, 908 W. 12th St. alexajbaby.com


Holiday story and craft time. Saturdays at the Domain, through Dec. 21.


Barnes & Noble Events: Story time and activities featuring “The Polar Express.” 7 p.m. Friday. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Saturday. barnesandnoble.com


BookPeople events: Neal Shusterman reads “The Toll.” 7 p.m. Thursday. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday story times. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com


At the library


Just for Teens: Guitar and Bass Lab. 6 p.m. Monday, Central Library.


Pajama Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Central Library.


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


Little Hands Crafts. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Manchaca Road Branch.


Dance a Story with Ballet Austin. Ages 3-5. Preregistration required. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Twin Oaks Branch.


Homeschool D&D Club. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Central Library.


Crafternoon. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Ruiz Branch.


Lego Lab. 3 p.m. Wednesday, Southeast Branch. 3 p.m. Friday, Ruiz Branch. 3:30 p.m Friday, Hampton Branch. 4 p.m. Friday, North Village Branch.


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


College Planning Workshop: Scholarships and Financial Aid. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Milwood Branch.


Neighborhood Science: Class of the Myrmidons. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch.


Early Literacy Playgroup. 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Hampton Branch. 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. John Branch.


Master Builders. 11 a.m. Thursday, Howson Branch.


Let’s All Play Board Game Day. 3 p.m. Thursday, St. John Branch.


Teen Social Hour. 3 p.m. Thursday, Carver Branch.


Launch: Teen Entrepreneur Lab. 6 p.m. Thursday, Central Library.


Holiday Craft-a-palooza. 2 p.m. Saturday, Cepeda Branch. 6 p.m. Thursday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.


Green Gift: Reused Material Stockings made of reuse fabric and paper. 1 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.


Paper Snowflake Craft. 2 p.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.


Just for Teens: Dev Launchers Coding Lab. Noon Saturday, Central Library.


Saturday Movie Matinee “Toy Story 4.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.