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Austin360 holiday events list, Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Melissa M. Martinez
Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Dec. 31 as part of Austin’s New Year 2014.

Recreation

Capitol Christmas Tree. A 45-foot tree with 137,000 LED lights. A choreographed light show set to local music plays at the top and bottom of every hour. Lit 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 6. South side of the Capitol, 11th Street and Congress Avenue. www.downtownaustin.com.

Wimberley Trail of Lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Tuesday. Free, donations accepted. Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-6969, www.emilyann.org.

Zilker Holiday Tree. With 3,309 multicolored light bulbs and topped by a 10-foot lighted star, the tree is 155 feet tall and 120 feet across. Open 6 p.m. to midnight nightly through Tuesday. Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree.

2nd Street Holiday Window Walk. Local businesses in the 2nd Street District present elaborate art installations in their storefront windows through Wednesday. Free. Second Street from San Antonio Street to Colorado Street. www.2ndstreetdistrict.com.

Outdoor Ice Skating. The ice-skating rink, Eisbahn, is open for outdoor ice skating in downtown Fredericksburg until Jan. 4, 2014. Come and go all-day pass $10, includes skate rental. Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St., Fredericksburg. www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/holiday.

Theater and dance

“A Christmas Story.” Based on the classic holiday film. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday . No show Christmas Eve. $65-$100. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.

“Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge.” A comedic version of the classic Dickens’ Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. www.sambasstheatre.org.

“The Mutt-Cracker.” A family-friendly, circus dog fairy tale for all ages. 6 p.m. Friday through Jan. 5. $5-$30. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. 512-478-5282, www.vortexrep.org.

Comedy

The Big Bash Holiday Extravaganza. Games, scenes and improvised stories. 8 p.m. Fridays in December. $15. The Hideout Theatre, 617 N. Congress Ave. 512-482-9131, www.hideouttheatre.com.

Esther’s Follies. “Holiday Lampoon!” A musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $22-$29. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.

New Year’s Eve dinners

The Backspace (507 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-474-9899, www.thebackspace-austin.com): Open, with regular menu service. Reservations recommended.

The Bonneville (202 W. Cesar Chavez, 512-428-4643, www.thebonnevilleaustin.com): Four-course prix fixe menu with champagne upon arrival. Wine pairings available for an additional $30. $70.4:30 p.m. to midnight.

Buenos Aires Cafe (1201 E. Sixth St., 512-994-0662, www.buenosairescafe.com): Four-course dinner with wine pairings. Must purchase tickets. First and second seatings: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $79. Third seating: 10 p.m. $95. Live music, party favors and champagne toast at midnight. The bar will be open for craft cocktails and champagne, $8 cover payable in cash at the door after 10 p.m.

Café Josie. (1200 W. Sixth St., 512-322-9226, www.cafejosie.com): Offering regular dinner menu and five-course Chef’s Tasting menu. $70, or $100 with wine pairings. Reservation required. 5 to 11 p.m.

The Carillon (1900 University Ave., 512.404.3655, www.thecarillonrestaurant.com): Seven-course tasting menu by Chef Josh Watkins. $125, wine pairing additional $85. Reservations required. 5:30 to 11 p.m.

Chez Zee (5406 Balcones Drive, 512-454-2666, www.chez-zee.com): A la carte from a special holiday menu. Reservations recommended. 5 p.m. to midnight.

Congress (200 Congress Ave., 512-827-2760, www.congressaustin.com/congress) An ode to the 1920s, with a menu of modern twists on classics, wine pairings and a champagne toast. Five-course prix fixe menu $125, $180 with wine pairings; seven-course prix fixe menu $185, $265 with wine pairings. Reservations made by phone required.

Denny’s (Various locations, www.dennys.com for address and contact information): Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner all 24 hours of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Eleven Plates & Wine (3801 N. Capitol of Texas Highway, 512-328-0110, www.elevenplates.com): Full menu and prix-fixe from 4 to 6 p.m. Prix-fixe only from 6 to 10 p.m. $39-$59.

Fabi + Rosi (509 Hearn St., 512-236-0642, www.fabiandrosi.com): Four-course menu with options. $55. Reservations required. 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (11600 Century Oaks Terrace, Suite 140 at the Domain, 835-9463; 320 E. Second St. 457-1500; www.flemingssteakhouse.com): Three-course menu. $69.95. Reservation required.

Finn & Porter (500 E. Fourth St., 512-682-2885, www.finnandporter.com): Four-course menu by chef Peter Maffei. Includes champagne toast. $85. Reservations recommended. 5 to 11:30 p.m.

Flour & Vine (300 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite A, 512-474-4846, www.flourandvine.com): Four-course dinner with chef-selected wine flights. Live music, belly dancers, fortune tellers, midnight toast with sparklers. $49 dinner; $75 dinner and wine.

Fogo de Chão (309 E. Thirs St., 512-472-0220, www.fododechao.com): Reservations recommended. Children 6 and under are complimentary. Children 7 to 12 are half price. Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $29.50. Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m., $48.50.

Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd St., 512-459-1010, www.fndaustin.com): Six-course meal featuring lobster, caviar, venison and a drink with every course. $100. Reservations recommended. 7 and 9:30 p.m.

Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar (1900 Rio Grande, 512-628-4400, www.goodallskitchen.com): Five-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight. Reservations recommended. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. seating: $94; 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. seating: $109. Wine pairing an additional $45.

Hillside Farmacy (1209 E. 11th St., 512-628-0168, www.hillsidefarmacy.com): Prix fixe dinner with a glass of champagne. $50 per person. 6 p.m.

Jean’s Kitchen (1300 Farm to Market Road 2769, 512-364-0061, www.travaasa.com/austin/dining): Four-course dinner served on plates designed to share. Live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Complimentary truffles and champagne toast at midnight. $65. 6 to 11 p.m.

Jezebel (800 W. Sixth St., 512-436-9643, www.restaurantjezebel.com): Open menu. $200 a person. Reservation required.

Olive & June (3411 Glenview Ave. 512-467-9898, www.oliveandjune-austin.com): Five-course prix-fixe dinner. Reservations required.

Olivia (2043 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-804-2700, www.olivia-austin.com): A la carte menu prepared by chefs James Holmes and Maximillian Petty. Reservation required. 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Parkside (301 E. Sixth St., 512-474-9898, www.parkside-austin.com): Four-course prix fixe dinner. Reservations required.

Sagra (1050 E. 11th St. No. 100, 512-535-5988, www.sagraaustin.net): Prix-fixe menu. $49. Additional $25 for wine pairing. 4 to 10 p.m.

Searsucker (415 Colorado St., 512-394-8000, www.searsucker.com/austin): Four-course menu with complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $65. Reservations accepted. 5:30 to 11 p.m.

Second Bar + Kitchen (200 Congress Ave., 512-827-2750, www.congressaustin.com/second): Reservations are accepted for parties of six or more. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Snack Bar (1224 S. Congress Ave., 512-445-2626, www.snackbaraustin.com): The usual menu plus a fancy chef’s special — snacks, dinner and bubbles. 4 to 10 p.m.

Sway (1417 S. First St. 512-326-1999, theyellowrobe.splashthat.com): Dinner, full open bar, champagne toast, dancing and more. $150. Tickets required. 8:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Threadgill’s (6416 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-451-5440, www.threadgills.com): Four-course meal, live music by Jimmy LaFave. $75. 7 p.m.

Trace at the W Austin (200 Lavaca St., 512-542-3660, www.traceaustin.com): First seating: Prix fixe four-course meal. $115, 5 to 7 p.m. Second seating: Prix fixe three-course meal. $95, 8 to 10 p.m.

Uchi (801 S. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com): Special New Year’s Eve Omakase menu. Complimentary champagne at midnight. $125 for two people. Call for reservations.

Uchiko (4200 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-4808, www.uchiaustin.com/uchiko): Special New Year’s Eve Omakase menu. Complimentary champagne at midnight. $125 for two people. Call for reservations.

New Year’s Eve parties

Austin’s New Year 2014. Alcohol-free, family-friendly celebration with art, films and live music. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Free. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Auditorium Shores, South First Street and Riverside Drive. 512-974-7700, www.austintexas.gov.

Bob Schneider’s Lucky 13 New Year’s Eve Party. Opening band: the Roosevelts. $42-$112. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., 512-474-1221, www.austintheatre.org.

The Breeders. Opening band: Imperial Teen. 6:30 p.m. $47.50. The Mohawk, 912 Red River St. www.mohawkaustin.com

The Broken Spoke. 50th annual New Year’s Eve Dance with Alvin Crow. 9 p.m. 3201 S. Lamar Blvd. www.brokenspokeaustintx.com.

Chicago House. Dance party with special guest DJs. Drink specials. $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. 607 Trinity St. www.thechicagohouse.com.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Complimentary party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Table reservations for $25 per person for parties of four, six, 10 and 12 are available until Saturday. 9 p.m. 815 W. 47th St. 512-454-8200, www.beerknurd.com.

Foot Patrol. New Year’s Eve “Purple Rain” tribute with special guests Karaoke Apocalypse. $20-$25. 9 p.m. Red 7, 611 E. Seventh St. www.red7austin.com.

Four Seasons Lobby Lounge. Live music by Murphy’s InLaws. $35. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 98 San Jacinto Blvd., 512-478-4500, www.fourseasons.com/austin/holiday.

Grupo Fantasma Mariachi Maskerade Ball. With special guests Piñata Protest. VIP tickets available. $30-$60. 8:30 p.m. The Belmont, 305 W. Sixth St. www.thebelmont.com.

The Historic Scoot Inn. New Year’s Eve Shakedown with Austin Boogie Crew. Free champagne toast. Free. 9 p.m. 1308 E. Fourth St. www.scootinnaustin.com.

J Black’s New Year’s Eve 2014. General admission includes VIP entry, menu item and champagne toast, $46. Reserved table for 4 with bottle service, $500. 710 W. Sixth St. www.jblacks.com.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business. Ticket includes champange toast at midnight. Opening band Eagle Eye Williamson. 10 p.m. $75-$90. Lamberts, 401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, www.lambertsaustin.com.

Joe Ely. VIP seating available. 10:30 p.m. $25-$100. The Roost, 2113 Wells Branch Parkway. 512-386-1946, www.theroostaustin.com.

Malverde. Tickets include open bar, champagne toast, DJ, dancing and photobooth. 400-B W. Second St. $100. 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. malverdenye.splashthat.com.

Max Frost. With special performances by Emily Wolfe and Luis Banuelos. Ticket includes dinner-by-the-bite, open bar and champagne toast at midnight. $225-$300. W Austin, 200 Lavaca St. www.whotelaustin.com/NYE.

Midnight Cowboy. Wristbands include three drink tickets, light snacks, champagne toast at midnight and ability to come and go throughout the evening. Fifty reservations available. $75. 7 p.m. to last call. 313 E. Sixth St. www.midnightcowboymodeling.com.

Molotov. General admission $30, includes champagne toast and admission to the Dogwood after midnight. Tables with champagne bottles, servers and party favors available from $200-$500. 719 W. Sixth St. www.molotovaustin.com.

New Year’s Eve Charity Gala and Casino Royale. Cocktail hour, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, three-course dinner, casino gambling and more. Formal attire requested. Benefiting C5 Texas. $150-$2,500. American Legion House, 404 Atlanta St. eventbrite.com/e/nye-charity-gala-casino-royale-tickets-8954766949.

Parkside. Rooftop New Year’s Eve party with open bar, champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, sweets and photo booth. $100 per person by Dec. 26, then $125. 10 p.m. 301 E. Sixth St., 512-474-9898, parkside-austin.com.

Pete’s Piano Bar. Party favors, singing, bottle of champagne for table reservations. Reservations required for all seating options. $15 general admission, $200 table of four. 6 p.m. 421 E. Sixth St., 512-472-7383, www.petesduelingpianobar.com.

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular. A laser light show featuring Pink Floyd’s music. Ticket packages include dinner. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $70-$110. www.oneworldtheatre.org.

Rock Rainey Street. Benefitting the African Children’s Choir. VIP ticket includes performance by Rob Thomas and dinner. General admission includes open bar and New Year’s Eve party. $180-$250. VIP Table, $2,500. Lustre Pearl, 97 Rainey St. www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

Shakey Graves and Robert Ellis. With Whiskey Shivers. VIP celebration add-on available. 8 p.m. $20-$60. The Parish, 214 E. Sixth St. www.theparishaustin.com.

tenOak. Reserved seating and VIP options, DJs, bottle service and complimentary champagne toast. $15-$75. 409 Colorado St. www.tenoakaustin.com.

Willie Nelson & Family. Featuring an appearance by Father Time Texas and champagne toast at midnight. Delbert McClinton with Glen Clark also perform. Hosted by Andy Langer. $59.50-$279. 9 p.m. ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd. 512-225-7999, www.acl-live.com.

Wood & Wire. Also performing: MilkDrive. Tickets include complimentary buffet and champagne toast. $37-$42. Stubb’s, 801 Red River St. www.stubbsaustin.com.

New Year’s Day events

Black Eyed Pea and Cornbread Cook off. Food, live music and a cook off. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free, $5 to vote. Torre di Pietra Vineyards, 10915 E. U.S. Highway 290. 830-644-2829, www.blackeyedpeacookoff.com.

Black Eyed Pea Run. A run of about 13 miles followed by collard greens, black-eyed peas, mimosas and beer. 9 a.m. Free. Starts at REI, 9901 N. Capitol of Texas Highway, and ends at Speedshop, 410 Pressler St. www.roguerunning.com/play/events.

Commitment Day 5k. The Austin incarnation of the national Commitment Day movement features a flat, beginner-friendly route. Starts and ends at the Palmer Event Center circle, 900 Barton Springs Road. 10 a.m. $40. www.commitmentday.com/austin.

First Day Hikes. Dozens of state parks offer hikes that vary in difficulty and fitness level. Park fees apply. Bring a camera, binoculars, water and snacks. Various locations. Find more information at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/first-day-hikes.