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Each month we run a calendar in the Raising Austin calendar featuring a look ahead to the events coming up the next month.

Here’s some of the family fun December will bring:

Thousands of visitors poured through the main entrance of the Trail of Lights held at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, December, 22, 2013.  (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Thousands of visitors poured through the main entrance of the Trail of Lights held at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, December, 22, 2013. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Starry Nights. Explore GirlStart’s mini-planetarium. Free. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 1400 W. Anderson Lane. RSVP. www.girlstart.org.

Teens Create: Open House. Ages 13-19 can join the Contemporary Austin on the Jones Center’s rooftop deck. Live DJ set, home movie lounge, improv games, community art wall and make-your-own buttons. 6 p.m. Thursday. Free. 700 Congress Ave.www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Thinkery Workshops. Candle Making, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6. For ages 5 and up. $39 per parent and child. Gingerbread Tech-shop. Make a gingerbread house with lights. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Dec. 20. For ages 8 and up. $44 per parent and child. Introduction to Soldering: Blinky Ornaments. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14. For ages 7 and up. $34 per parent and child. Circuit Cards, light-up cards. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19. $34 per parent and child. For ages 7 and up. The Thinkery also has Gingerbread Workshops all throughout December. Register online. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.

“Kids of the Magi.” Austin’s own O. Henry’s classic Christmas story gets reimagined as two best friends make sacrifices. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20 and 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 21. $12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.scottishritetheater.org.

“The Nutcracker.” Ballet Austin presents this classic. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 and 23. $84-$15. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. balletaustin.org.

DeSTEMber Fest and Free First Sundays. Explore the Bullock Museum for free with special science, technology, engineering and math activities from GirlStart. Then continue the learning all month long with different activities at girlstart.org. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Trail of Lights. Dec. 7-21. Gates open at 7 p.m. each night. Free Monday-Thursday. $3 Friday and Saturday. Zilker Park, but shuttles run from Republic Square Park and Burger Center. $4 round trip weekdays, $5 weekend. austintrailoflights.org.

“The Polar Express.” See the classic holiday film. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. Stateside at the Paramount. $10 adults, $5 children. 719 Congress Ave.austintheatre.org.

“Of Mice and Music.” See Tapestry Dance Company perform “The Nutcracker” in tap. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-13, 18-20 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 20-21. $23-$34. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s classic children’s holiday story is back for its 15th year, and this time it’s in the Topfer Theatre. 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and 20. $20 adults, $15 children. Kleberg Stage, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org.

Second Saturdays at the Contemporary Austin. Make your own gingerbread house. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13. $10 per family. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org.

“Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure.” Sophia the princess and Jake the pirate return to the Erwin Center with their band of merry Disney characters. 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21. $20-$55. The Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. www.uterwincenter.com.

“The Mutt-cracker.” See Circus ChickenDog’s version with rescued dogs. 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dec. 18-Jan. 3. $30-$10. The Vortex, 2307 Manor Road. chickendog.net.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze. See performers twirl and bounce and soar through the air, plus there’s gingerbread men, snowmen, icemen and penguins. 8 p.m. Dec. 29-30. $40-$65. 2100 Avenue of the Stars.www.cedarparkcenter.com.

Ahora sí recommends:

Leer y Crear: Family Story Time. Hear “The Legend of the Poinsettia” by Tomie de Paola in English and Spanish. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13. Free. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.

Sabados en Familia Holiday Felt Ornaments. Create ornaments as a family for ages 5 and up. $12 per parent and child. 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.www.austintexas.gov/esbmacc.

 


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