Winter isn’t coming to Austin, but holiday fun for families is, Dec. 1-3

The weather isn’t going to feel like the holidays this weekend — more like spring — but there are still many festive events to put on your calendar. Be aware, it might rain on Sunday, so if you’re looking at something outside, opt for Friday or Saturday instead.

Get your children’s picture taken with Santa. You can reserve your spot.


Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. Kids ages 4 and up play at the Thinkery while you see a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. $40 for first child, $20 each additional child. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Little Thinkers Club. Amazing Animals. Do art and yoga inspired by animals. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Dec. 15. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Barnes & Noble Events: “Polar Express” Story time. 7 p.m. Friday, all locations.

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Friday, Yarborough Branch.


Winter Wonderland at the Circuit of the Americas. See lights, go skating, enter the petting zoo and Santa’s workshop and more. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $16, plus additional fees for some activities.


Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Ride a hay ride to the Christmas tree grounds and select your tree. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Buy Christmas trees through Christmas Eve. Noon to dark daily, except Saturdays, when it opens at 10 a.m. Weekends there’s s’mores making and pinecone painting, too. 242 Monkey Road.

Trail of Lights. 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 28. Free. EmilyAnn Theatre 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. 6-11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters at Oyster Landing, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Whole Foods Skating on the Plaza. Go ice skating 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. now through Jan. 15. Closed

Whole Foods’ skating rink is back at the downtown store. Jay Janner/American-Statesman


Paper Airplane Day. See demonstrations on how to make a paper airplane. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and learn more about flight with workshops 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City.

“The Muppet Christmas Carol.” See it in IMAX. 1 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Elf Academy. Train to be Santa’s best elf. 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Domain. Reserve your spot at

Santa in the Garden. Find your favorite jolly old elf among the plants. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Zilker Botanical Garden. 2220 Barton Springs Road. $1-$3.

“The Muppet Christmas Carol.” See it in IMAX. 1 p.m. Saturday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Holiday Ornament Workshop. Make ornaments with things found in nature. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday. $15-10. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Skate with Santa. Yes, Santa ice skates, and you can skate with him. Noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Skating and admission is $14 per person. $2 pictures with Santa or bring two non-perishable food items for the Capital Area Food Bank. Chaparral Ice, 2525 W. Anderson Lane.

Breakfast with Santa. A light breakfast, crafts, a singalong and Santa. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road.

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s annual Christmas family tradition. 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-24. Topfer Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Baby Bloomers. Learn all about shapes. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Monday. Learn about winter. 9 a.m. Saturday. $5.  Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

DeSTEMber Fest. Celebrate science and holidays with activities for the whole family. 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free. Girlstart. 1400 W. Anderson Lane.

Nina Martinez watches as Jimena Gonzalez rolls a marble down a roller coaster the girls and others built at the GirlStart rockin’ roller coasters workshop. Celebrate science at DeSTEMber at GirlStart. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

Barnes & Noble 11 a.m. Saturdays story times at all locations: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

BookPeople story time. Modern First Library. 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Saturday Movie Matinee: “Rogue One.” 2 p.m. Saturday, Windsor Park Branch.


Teddy Bear Tea. Tea, carolling and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear to donate to Dell Children’s Medical Center. While you’re there, don’t miss the gingerbread village. $30-$45. Saturday and Saturday. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make reservations by calling 512-685-8300.

“A Christmas Carol.” 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 17. $8-$10. EmilyAnn Theatre 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Alamo Drafthouse events: Kids Camp: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Slaughter Lane.

“Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” Junie B. is ready to take on her nemesis May in this holiday story. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday  and Sunday. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.


Caring Santa. Meet Santa in an autism-friendly way. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Barton Creek Square; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline Mall. Reserve your spot at

Neill-Cochran House Museum. History Lab: A Historic Holiday. Make pomanders, putz houses and historic board games. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St.

Hideout Theatre Presents: “Monster Holidays.” 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” See the book come to life. 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 and up. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

Bullock Museum.H-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around the museum with the theme “Bundle Up.” Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.