Things to do in Austin on Saturday, Dec. 14
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis 20th annual Holiday Shindig with Patty Griffin at Paramount Theatre. Austin’s first couple of country music got this party started way back at the tail end of the last millennium. To celebrate the two-decade mark, they’ve called in Griffin, one of our city’s most prominent and beloved musical artists. Willis and Robison will play songs from their 2006 “Happy Holidays” record, plus other seasonal favorites. $30-$48. 8 p.m. Saturday. 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org. — Peter Blackstock
“An Early Christmas.” Texas Early Music Project produces its annual feast of Christmas music through the ages: medieval chant and joyous English and French carols, magnificent motets for 8 parts from Italy and France, lively Celtic songs, dulcet Dutch carols, exuberant folk-tunes, and more. Saturday: 7:30 p.m., First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave. Sunday: 3 p.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. $5-$30. temp.ticketbud.com/an-early-christmas-2019
Up & Down Tour with Independence Brewing Co. Learn about the parallels between two of Austin’s favorite beverages — beer and coffee. Little City Coffee has teamed up with Independence Brewing for the next installment in this series at both venues. First, you’ll create your own roast at Little City; then, you’ll head to Independence, for a behind-the-scenes brewery tour and beer tasting. 10 a.m. Saturday. $25. Little City Coffee Roasters, 415 E. Saint Elmo Road, Suite 4A. facebook.com/events/2512253339010697/
Christmas Carol Confections Tasting at Delysia Chocolatier. In celebration of this festive time of year, Delysia hosts a special chocolate tasting filled with sweets inspired by classic holiday tunes that make this season so special. Flavors include partridge in a pear chocolate truffle, red-nosed reindeer chocolate truffle, and white Christmas chocolate truffle. They are more complex than you might think: The latter, thick and creamy, is blended with eggnog, nutmeg and dark rum. 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. $7. 2000 Windy Terrace. Suite 2C delysia.com.
Candy Chemistry Workshop at the Thinkery. Learn the science behind some of your favorite holiday sweets. Among the things to do at the Candy Chemistry Workshop is to explore different forms of sugar at a molecular level. Put a “spin” on sugar while making cotton candy. Master the phases of matter by creating lollipops and chocolate pops. Then, use various kinds of candy to decorate your own gingerbread house. 10:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Friday, Dec. 21-24. $5. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org/gingerbread/
Krampus: A Haunted Christmas. For a more limited run than during Halloween season, House of Torment has swapped its pumpkins for Christmas lights, zombies for elves. Your favorite holiday takes a demonic turn in this Christmas-themed interactive haunted house about Krampus (the evil antithesis to Santa. Keep your eyes peeled to find all of your favorite holidays traditions — but this time full of holiday jeer. There will be mini escape games, axe-throwing and more. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 21. $24.99-$44.99. 2632 Ridgepoint Drive. krampushauntedchristmas.com/austin