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Last chance to get your Austin holiday family events in, Dec. 22-28

Nicole Villalpando nvillalpando@statesman
Rabbi Mendy Levertov of Chabad of Austin helps Jerry Cline light the shamas, or attendant light of the menorah, outside the Capitol. [NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2017]

Holiday lights

Emily Ann Theatre Trail of Lights. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Saturday. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can walk through the trail, but there won’t be other happenings. Donations accepted. Emily Ann Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Austin Trail of Lights. Zilker Park turns into a lighted trail. 7-10 p.m. through Monday in Zilker Park. $5, children younger than 12 are free.

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.

Christmas tree shopping

Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees. Cut your own tree, paint pine cones, play games and more. noon to dark Sunday and Monday, noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Evergreen Farms, 242 Monkey Road, Elgin.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your Christmas tree, explore mazes, go on a train ride and more. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Natures Way, Elgin.

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm Christmas at the Farm. The trees are sold out, but you can see Santa and live reindeer. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $16 per person. Kids younger than 2 free. 14400 E. Texas 29, Georgetown.


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

Thinkery Gingerbread Workshops. Classic. 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., Sunday-Monday, 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., noon Tuesday. $5 per person, plus $20 per house kit. Seriously Sweet Structure. For ages 8 and up. 2 p.m. Sunday-Monday. $5, plus $30 per house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.


Pictures with Santa. Through Tuesday, Barton Creek Square, Domain, Lakeline Mall, Round Rock Premium Outlets. Reserve your time slot ahead of time at

Hill Country Galleria Santa’s Workshop. Santa will be available for photo-ops from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Monday; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday. Free to attend, but pictures available for a fee. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Free photos with Santa and activities. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday. Bass Pro Shops Round Rock, 200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock; Cabela’s Buda, 15570 S. Interstate 35, Buda.


Chanukah Menorah Lighting at the Capitol. Latkes, doughnuts and gelt will be provided. 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Menorah Lights at the Trail of Lights. Come to the Lobby Stage for a lighting and gelt. 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Zilker Park Trail of Lights.

Congregation Tiferet Israel, 2019 Chanukah Party. Music and a latke bar. 5 p.m. Monday. $10 adults, $5 children. Temple Beth Shalom Social Hall, 7300 Hart Lane.

Latke Dinner. Congregation Beth Israel Brotherhood presents this party with brisket, latkes and more. 5 p.m. Sunday. $20 adults, $7 children. Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Keshet for Hanukkah. Activities designed for kids ages 3-7. 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd.

Facebook Live Chanukah Story Time Chabad of Austin. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chabad Center-Jewish Living, 3808 Spicewood Springs Road.

Menorah Lighting. 5 p.m. Monday. Crafts, lighting and more. Sharon Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock.


“A Christmas Carol.” Zach Theatre’s annual show for ages 6 and up. 7:30 p.m. It’s technically sold out through Thursday, but tickets are available. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 29. Tickets start at $30. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” The classic holiday ballet returns to the stage. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Monday. $20-$99. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

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

Cirque Musica’s “Holiday Wishes.” Circus performers delight to holiday music. 2 p.m. Tuesday. $35-$75. H-E-B Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park.


Science Mill. Make Code & Create Music special activities at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

Thinkery. Baby Bloomers. Ages birth to 3. It’s a winter wonderland, plus Mi Casa Es Tu Casa introduction to French and Spanish. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5.Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.


Whole Foods’ ice skating rink. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 20. Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd. $12.


Alamo Drafthouse. Kids Camp: “Paddington,” 9:40 a.m. Monday, 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, 9:55 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Lakeline. 10:45 a.m. Sunday-Thursday, Slaughter Lane. “Sing.” 10:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Slaughter Lane.

Holiday Film Series at Wimberley Playhouse. “Mamma Mia.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday. “White Christmas” singalong and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $5-$10. 450 Old Kyle Road.

Book readings

Barnes &Noble. 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “The Kindness Book,” Saturday.

BookPeople. BookPeople adds extra story times during winter break. All story times are at 10:30 a.m. Chanukah, Thursday. Drag Storytime, Friday, Spread the Joy, Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N Lamar Blvd.

At the library

Carol Karaoke and Cocoa Sing-Along. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

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

Lego Lab. All day long Sunday, Central Library. 1 p.m.Friday, Central Library.

Kids Reading Lounge. 1-3 p.m. Monday, Central Library.

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

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Thursday Movie Matinee: “Daddy’s Home 2.” 1 p.m. Thursday, Terrazas Branch.

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

Teen and Tween Anime Club. 3:30 p.m. Friday, Twin Oaks Branch.

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Norm of the North.” 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch.