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Austin family events, Dec. 8-14

Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com
The Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park opens officially Tuesday. [JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Holiday light viewings

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

Austin Trail of Lights. Zilker Park turns into a lighted trail. 7-10 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 23 in Zilker Park. Free Tuesday-Thursday; $5 other nights; children younger than 12 are free. austintrailoflights.org

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Luminations. See the Wildflower Center lined with luminarias. 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Thursday-Dec. 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, through Jan. 1. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, Lost Pines. hyatt.com

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. Mondays-Thursdays through Dec. 22, but check the Facebook page to see if there are still trees available. 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, plus Nov. 29. $16 a person. Kids younger than 2 free.

Gingerbread happenings

Gingerbread House decorating. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, $25. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Contemporary Austin Families Create: Gingerbread Villas. See the world through the art of Carol Bove. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org

Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops. Classic. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Saturday, Dec. 15, Dec. 20-23, Dec. 24 (except no 1:30 p.m.). $5 per person, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structures for ages 8 and up. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Dec. 20-23. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. For ages 7 and up. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Dec. 20-24. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Holiday events

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. While there, check out the Gingerbread Village. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make your reservation, 512-685-8300; fourseasons.com/austin.

Holiday-themed Disney Junior Play Date. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline Mall, near Dillard’s.

Holiday Nature Creations. Make ornaments using natural materials. 10 a.m. Saturday. Free with admission. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. wildflower.org

Holiday Craft-a-palooza. 3 p.m. Sunday, Walnut Creek Branch. Noon Saturday, University Hills. libraryaustin.gov

Holiday Crafts and Cocoa. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Ruiz Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Noche de Fiesta. 5 p.m. Friday, Southeast Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Holiday Open House. Noon, Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch. 1 p.m. Saturday, Hampton Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Recycled Reads Annual Holiday Event. 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Recycled Reads Bookstore. llibraryaustin.gov

Holiday Celebration. 2 p.m. Saturday, Milwood Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Holiday Slime Saturday. 2 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Santa sightings

Hill Country Galleria Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be available for photo-ops noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22; 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16-19; 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 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. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and weekdays through Dec. 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

St. John Holiday Celebration. 3 p.m. Thursday, St. John Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Santa’s Coming to Frost. Local Frost banks will offer Santa photos at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Caring Santa. A special Santa for kids with sensory or other differences. 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Barton Creek Square. 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline Mall. Make reservations at simonsanta.com.

Pictures with Santa. Santa plus crafts and activities. 11 a.m. Saturday, Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. austintexasgov.com 3:30 p.m. Friday, Cepeda Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Events

Bullock Museum. Little Texans: Home Away From Home. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com

Woom Bike Trade-in. Donate your old bike for a $50 credit for a Woom bike. The donated bikes will be refurbished for Yellow Bike Project’s Earn to Ride program. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Woom Bikes, 2311 W. Rundberg Lane, Suite 100.

Theater viewings

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

“A Christmas Carol: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The classic tale gets an environmental spin. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Saturday and Dec. 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. $27-$19. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 2 p.m. Sunday, Saturday, Dec. 15, Dec. 20-23 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 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. 11 a.m. Monday, Hampton Branch. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, North Village Branch. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Manchaca Branch, 11 a.m. Saturday, Carver Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Movie screenings

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

Come meet Olaf from “Frozen.” 10:30 a.m. Saturday. $12. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Flix Jr. "The Grinch.“ See the animated 2018 version. 11 a.m. Sunday. ”The Polar Express.“ 11 a.m. Saturday. $2. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Alamo Drafthouse. “The Polar Express” Movie Party. 4 p.m. Sunday, Lakeline. 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. “Elf” Movie Party. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Mueller. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4:15 p.m. Saturday Slaughter Lane. 4 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Village. “The Grinch” 2018 Movie Party. 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Mueller. drafthouse.com

Domain Northside. During December, the Northside lawn is screening free movies. This week it’s “Home Alone.” 6 p.m. Friday. domainnorthside.com

Books

Holiday story and craft time. 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Domain. simon.com

Barnes & Noble Events:Baby & Me Storytime Featuring “Pop-Up Peekaboo! Baby Dinosaur,” 11 a.m. Sunday. Pilkeypalooza: “Dog Man Fetch-22” Release Party, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 11 a.m. Saturday Storytime: “The Cool Bean” and “The Serious Goose.” barnesandnoble.com

BookPeople. 10:30 a.m. story times: Heartsong Music, Tuesday; Ms. Staci, Wednesday; Carrying Hope, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

At the library

Just for Teens: Science and Math tutoring. 1 p.m. Sunday, Central Library.

Platform Nine & Teen Quarters: Harry Potter Meetup. 2 p.m. Sunday, Central Library.

Austin Ukestra. 1 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Book Store.

Austin Classical Guitar presents: ACG Youth Ensembles. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Central Library.

Early Literacy Playgroup. 11 a.m. Monday, Howson Branch. 11 a.m. Thursday, Southeast Branch. 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. John Branch. 11 a.m. Friday, North Village Branch.

Crafternoon. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Hampton Branch.

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

Monday Night Movies: “Wonder.” 5 p.m. Monday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.

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

Lego Lab. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Milwood Branch. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Windsor Park Branch. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Howson Branch. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Tween STEAM Tech Music Jam Session. 4 p.m. Tuesday, University Hills Branch.

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

Reading Unleashed. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Manchaca Branch.

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

STEM Builder Lab. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Spicewood Springs Branch.

NBTween Graphic Novel Book Club: “Glitch.” 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. John Branch.

Animanga Club: “Mushi-shi.” 5 p.m. Wednesday, University Hills Branch. 3 p.m. Friday, Carver Branch.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, St. John Branch.

Master Builders. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Milwood Branch.

Library GroovaRoo Dance! Dance fitness and fun for parents and babies. 10:30 a.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Music & Movement. 11 a.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Perler Bead Palooza. 3 p.m. Friday, St. John Branch.

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

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Happy Feet.” 1 p.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.