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Holidays and more Austin events with the kids, Dec. 15-21

Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman.com
The Snow Corps in "The Nutcracker" from Ballet Austin. [Contributed by Anne Marie Bloodgood]

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. Through Dec. 23 in Zilker Park. Free Sunday-Wednesday; $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. $18, free 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. Monday-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 per person. Kids younger than 2 free.

Food events

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

Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops. Classic. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 22-23, 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, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 22-23. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Candy Chemistry. For ages 7 and up. 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Friday, Saturday, Dec. 22-24. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

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

Cookies for Caring. Pick up a tin filled with cookies from around the city. $50 per tin. Benefits Statesman Season for Caring. 1 p.m. Sunday, Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St. driskillhotel.com

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. Sunday; 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-8 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday 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. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and weekdays through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. 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

A Magical Evening Cookie Decorating With Santa. Hosted by Brungot Farms. 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $40 for one child and one adult. Camp Twin Lakes YMCA Dining Hall in Cedar Park. brungotfarms.com

Storytime with Santa. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. $2 per child. Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. austintexas.gov

Santa Visits Playmazing. Santa plus holiday crafts and more. 6 p.m. Friday. 13450 U.S. 183. playmazing.com

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, 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. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

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

Circus Chickendog, “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)” See the dogs perform the classic story. 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 22, Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2-4. 4:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and Jan. 5. $37-$15. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. vortexrep.org

“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” Literature Live’s production for ages 5 and up. 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Twin Oaks Branch. 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Windsor Park Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Movie screenings

Flix Jr. ”The Polar Express.“ 11 a.m. Sunday. $2. Flix Brewhouse, 2200 S. Interstate 35, Suite B1, Round Rock. flixbrewhouse.com

Alamo Drafthouse.The Polar Express” Movie Party. Noon Sunday, Mueller. “Elf” Movie Party. 7 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday, Lakeline. “The Grinch” 2018 Movie Party. 4 p.m. Sunday, Lakeline. 4:10 p.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. Kids Camp: “Paddington Bear,” 10:05 a.m. Friday, 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Slaughter Lane.

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

“Elf.” 1 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Branch. libraryaustin.gov

“The Grinch.” 2 p.m. Friday, Spicewood Springs Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Family Movie Night. “Elf.” Support Round Rock High School freshman student council fundraiser. Wear your pajamas. $5 adults, $4 kids. Round Rock High School, 201 Deep Wood Drive.

“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Carver Branch. libraryaustin.gov

“The Nightmare Before Christmas.” 3:30 p.m. Friday, St. John Branch. libraryaustin.gov

“The Secret Life of Pets 2.” 3:30 p.m. Friday, Ruiz Branch. libraryaustin.gov

“Ice Age.” 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Meet the Grinch and watch “The Grinch,” with a “Polar Express” double feature. Doc’s Drive In Theatre, 6:45 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. $12-$6. 1540 Satterwhite Road. docsdriveintheatre.com

Music

Holiday Singing with Miss Ariel. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday. $10. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Rock & Roll Playhouse. The Music of the White Stripes and Holiday Celebration. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 15. $12-$15. The Mohawk. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com

Austin Symphony’s Holiday Brass Quintet. 7 p.m. Monday, Central Library. 11 a.m. Wednesday, Asian American Resource Center. String Quartet. Noon Monday, Capitol Rotunda. Woodwind Quintet. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Macy’s Barton Creek. austinsymphony.org.

Music and Movement. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Southeast Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Just for Teens: Guitar & Bass Lab. 6 p.m. Monday, Central Library. libraryaustin.gov

Playing

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. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Youth Rise Texas ’90s Holiday Skate Party. Skate plus holiday games and food. 6 p.m. Monday. $20 adults, $10 kids, benefits Youth Rise Texas. Playland Skate Center, 8822 McCann Drive. youthrisetx.org.

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

Play Day! Early Literacy Play Story Time Break. 11 a.m. Wednesday, University Hills Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Homeschool D&D. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Central Library. libraryaustin.gov

Starry Night Star Gazing Fun. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Manchaca Road Branch.libraryaustin.gov

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

Early Literacy Play Group. 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. John Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Book readings

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

BookPeople. 10:30 a.m. story times: Armstrong Music School, Tuesday; All in the Family, Wednesday; A Merry Christmas, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: Baby and Me Storytime, 11 a.m. Sunday: “Pop Up PeekaBoo: Colors.” 11 a.m. Saturday story times, “Construction Site on Christmas Night.” barnesandnoble.com

Seasonal Stories for Children with Bernadette Nason. 4 p.m. Monday, Old Quarry Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Old Quarry Branch. 6 p.m. Thursday, North Village Branch. libraryaustin.gov

NBTween Book Club. “The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.” 6 p.m. Thursday, Twin Oaks Branch. libraryaustin.gov

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

Crafting

Make an ornament. 10:30 a.m. Friday. $7. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane. toybraryaustin.com

Holiday Craft-a-palooza. 11 a.m. Saturday, Carver Branch. 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Pinballz Holiday Craft Event. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, all Pinballz locations. Pinballzarcade.com

Crafternoon. 4 p.m. Tuesday, Manchaca Road Branch. 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Howson Branch. libraryaustin.gov

Perler Bead Palooza. 6 p.m. Thursday, Central Library. libraryaustin.gov

Also at the library

Just for Teens: Science and Math Tutoring. 1 p.m. Sunday, Central Library. libraryaustin.gov

College Planning Workshop: Scholarships and Financial Aid. 6 p.m. Monday, Howson Branch. libraryaustin.gov

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