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Have a bright, caffeinated Christmas at Mozart’s

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Holiday lights brighten the nighttime deck at Mozart’s in Austin. MOZART’S COFFEE ROASTERS

Ho-ho-ho and a cup of joe!

Even though we’re all wearing shorts and tank tops (that’s the “royal we’re” — you’ll never catch me wearing those) it’s December. You and your neighbors have flung Christmas lights all over your houses and yards, and are sitting out front on blocks of ice in a desperate attempt to make it feel more like Christmas, aren’t you?

I hate to break it to you, but you’re going to have a hard time beating the display at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. The 12-minute lights and music show repeats every hour on the hour from 6 p.m. to midnight. It features thousands of lights — including two 17-foot angels; four gigantic presents; a 12-foot tall, hat-tipping snowman; and two bright purple and pink hearts — synchronized to the joyous strains of holiday music.

This year’s tunes are “Feliz Navidad,” “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Hallelujah” and “Wizards in Winter.” A special tribute to the Longhorns includes plenty of burnt orange bulbs and “The UT Fight Song.”

Again this year, in conjunction with Lake Austin Boulevard neighbor Hula Hut, Mozart’s sponsors the statewide All About Texas Christmas Lights Photo Contest, open to amateurs and professionals alike. Prizes include gift cards and an iPad.

Photos will be judged on how unforgettable they are and shooters must follow just three rules: Your photo must have Christmas lights in it; it must be taken somewhere in Texas; and it must be taken during the 2012 holiday season. More information and submitted photos can be found online at AllAboutTexasChristmasLights.com.

Submission deadline is midnight Tuesday, Dec. 18 and winners will be announced at a Hula Hut/Mozart’s block party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. The party also features freebies including hot chocolate, drip coffee, cookies and photos with Santa (contestants don’t have to attend the shindig to win).

Mozart’s is located at 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard.

— Dale Roe

Literary events

Author appearance. Author and photographer Mathew Sturtevant speaks and signs “The Sound of Austin,” plus live music by Erin Ivey. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 472-5050, www.bookpeople.com.

Michener Center reading. Readings by visiting professors Jim Crace and Anthony Giardina. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Free. Avaya Auditorium, 201 E. 24th St. 471-1601, www.utexas.edu/academic/mcw.

Events & programs

An Evening with Glenn Close. The award-winning actress speaks about her career. 8 p.m. Thursday. $85-$125. The Paramount Theatre, 713 N. Congress Ave. 474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

Austin Monthly’s Cool Issue Release Party. Features food, cocktails and live music by Wiretree, Del Watson and others. 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday. $10-$40. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth St. www.coolparty.eventbrite.com.

Film

Murder Mysteries Movie Night. The Q presents a double feature of “Clue” and “Gosford Park,” with free HIV tests. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. The Q, 3408 West Ave. 420-8857, www.qboyz.org.

Holiday events

Caroling at Noon Concert Series. This week, a performance by the Brazos Ensemble. Noon Thursdays, through Dec. 20. Free. St. David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th St. 610-3556, www.stdave.org.

“A Christmas Carol.” Sam Bass Community Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas play. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 15. $10-$18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. 300-9254, www.sambasstheatre.org.

“Cuento Navideño: Bah Humbug in the Barrio.” Teatro Vivo presents a bilingual holiday comedy. Opens Thursday. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16. $12-$20. Rollins Studio Theater at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. 474-6379, www.teatrovivo.org.

Holiday RAWK Party. Presented by RAW Austin; cocktail attire. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday. $10-$15. The Parish, 214 E. Sixth St. 888-729-7545, www.theparishaustin.com.

“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” A theatrical adaptation of the film by the same name. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, plus additional performances through Dec. 30. $35-$90. Zach’s Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” Penfold Theatre Co. presents the classic Christmas tale. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. $18-$20. Rice’s Crossing Store, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 850-4849, www.penfoldtheatre.org.

“La PastoreNovela.” ALTA presents a family Christmas comedy. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Dec. 15; plus a 4 p.m. matinee this Saturday only. $13-$18. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. 537-2582, www.altateatro.com/la-pastorela.

Lost Pines Christmas. Features shopping, Christmas light displays, live music and more. Various events Thursday-Sunday; visit the Lost Pines Christmas website for full details. Free. 1000 block of Main Street, Bastrop. 303-0904, www.lostpineschristmasbastroptx.com.

Lustre Pearl’s Holiday Toy Drive. Swing by the bar for live music by Shinyribs and Gary Newcombe. 8 p.m. Thursdays, through December. Admission free, with one unwrapped toy donation for Project Blue Santa. Lustre Pearl, 97 Rainey St. 469-0400, www.bluesanta.org.

Nutcracker Spectacular. A holiday performance by Alisa’s Dance Academy and the Westlake Symphonic Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $18. Westlake Community Performing Arts Center, 4100 Westbank Drive. www.whstec.com.

“Over the River and Through the Woods.” The City Theatre presents a Christmas comedy by Joe DiPietro. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23. $15-$25. The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. 524-2870, www.citytheatreaustin.org.

Sports & fitness

Ballet Austin drop-in dance and fitness classes. More than 60 classes a week, including ballet, tap, jazz and body sculpting. $17 for a single class. Butler Community School, 501 W. Third St. 476-9151, www.balletaustin.org/community.

Free adult introductory dance classes. Learn tap, ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop or flamenco basics. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tapestry Dance Company, 2302 Western Trails Blvd. 474-9846, www.tapestry.org.

“Keep Austin Meditating.” Breathing and meditation sessions. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 4 p.m. Sundays. Free. 5555 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite C-104. 297-7950, www.keepaustinmeditating.org.

Rogness Brewery Tours & Tastings. Visit the Pflugerville brewery and sample craft beers. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. $12. Rogness Brewing Company, 2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Pflugerville. 670-2537, www.rognessbrewing.com.

Texas Beer 5K Tour. A three-mile run with stops at some of the city’s best bars and restaurants; arrive 10 minutes early. 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. $30. Texas Running Company Downtown, 1101 W. Fifth St. www.cityrunningtours.com/austin.

Yoga and pilates classes. Noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. Sundays. $10. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 478-5282. www.vortexrep.org.

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters: www.Mozartscoffee.com