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Ballet Austin's production of "The Nutcracker." Choreography by Stephen Mills. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

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Ballet Austin’s production of “The Nutcracker.” Choreography by Stephen Mills. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

“The Nutcracker.” See Ballet Austin’s holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 11-12, 17-19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 6, 12-13, 19-23. $22-$92. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. TheLongCenter.org.

“A Long Winter’s Tale (In Texas).” In this musical, Suzi wants snow in Texas to happen, until she gets more than she asked for. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12-13 and 19. Scottish Rite Theater. 207 W. 18th St. ScottishRiteTheater.org.

“Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales. Mickey and friends act out the story of “Cinderella”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Snow White.” 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 19. $20-$50. Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com

“Winnie the Pooh.” A.A. Milne’s story comes to life in musical form from Zach Theatre. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 12. $15-$20. Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org.

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach’s classic family holiday musical is back with the elves Ernie and Rufus. 11 a.m. Dec. 12 and 19. $15-$21. Topfer Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd. zachtheatre.org.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Hear the music from “The Peanuts” classic cartoons. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $22-$37. Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

“Peter and the Wolf.” See the classic story. 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12, and 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $16. Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

LMNO Show. Hear Gustafer Yellowgold with John Wesley Coleman.$7 advance, $9 at door. 4 p.m. Dec. 13. 207 W. 18th St. ScottishRiteTheater.org.

Museums

Gingerbread House workshops. Make the classic holiday craft. 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 12-13 and 19-23. 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Dec. 24. $10 per adult and child, plus $20 per gingerbread house. Gingerbread House Tot workshop for ages 5 and younger. 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 12-13 and 19-23. 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 24. $10 per adult and child, plus $20 per gingerbread house. Tech Gingerbread House workshop for ages 8 and up. Make a classic house, but with lights. $44 per adult and child, includes gingerbread house. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 20; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12-13, 19, 21-23; and 10 a.m. Dec. 24. Space 8 Workshop: Winter Wearables, for ages 8 and up. Use 3-D printing, circuitry and textile art to make wearables. 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 27. $39 per adult and child. The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. ThinkeryAustin.org.

Happening at the Bullock Museum: Free First Sunday. Activities include winter constellations in a portable planetarium, using circuits to make stickers, and making a hologram with your smartphone. Noon-3 p.m. Dec. 6. Find more DeSTEMber ideas at girlstart.org. Science Thursday. Enjoy science activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 17. Create Your Own: Fantastic Fossils. Make your own fossils to take home. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 28. Create Your Own: Historic Writing Kit. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m Dec. 29. Create Your Own: La Belle Artifact. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 30. Bullock Texas State History Museum. 1800 Congress Ave. thestoryoftexas.com.

Second Saturdays with Contemporary Austin. Make gingerbread villas. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org.

Other events

“Trail of Lights,” 7-10 p.m. Dec. 8-22. Zilker Park. Free, first week; $3 a person second week.austintrailoflights.org

LatkePalooza. Celebrity chefs provide the latkes, plus many family friendly Hanukkah events. 12-3 p.m. Dec. 6. Dell Jewish Community Campus, 7300 Hart Lane. shalomaustin.org.

Ice skating on the Plaza. $10 per person. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 29-Jan. 9. Whole Foods Market rooftop. 525 N. Lamar Blvd. wholefoodsmarket.com

Polar Express IMAX

There are several events to celebrate “The Polar Express'” 30th anniversary.

“The Polar Express.” Watch the now-classic holiday movie. 7 p.m. Dec. 2. $11 adults, $5 kids 12 and younger. Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Ballet Austin workshops: Mini Holiday Workshop. Dance and sing to holiday songs for ages 6-12. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $30 per family. The Nutcracker dance workshop for preschoolers. Come in costume for more fun. 11 a.m. Dec. 16. $15 one parent, one child, $18 one parent, two children, $20 one parent, three children. Austin Ventures StudioTheater, 501 W. Third St. balletaustin.org.

“Dance Another World.” English language immersion program through dance. 7 p.m. Dec. 3. $21 adults. Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Books

BookPeople events: Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson read “The Naughty List,” 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Chris Barton and Jennifer Ziegler read “The Nutcracker Comes to America” and “Revenge of the Angels.” 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Book People, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com.

Barnes & Noble events: “Polar Express” 30th Anniversary Celebration. 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Sunset Valley, Arboretum, Lakeline, Round Rock.

Barnes & Noble storytimes: Various days, times and books throughout the week at various locations. Saturday 11 a.m. story times at all locations: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Dec. 5. “Waiting is Not Easy” Dec. 12. “How to Catch Santa” Dec. 19. “If You Take a Mouse to the Movies,” Dec. 26. Other holiday story times at Lakeline: “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” 11 a.m. Dec. 2. “Simon and the Bear: A Hanukkah Tale,” 11 a.m. Dec. 9. “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 11 a.m. Dec. 16. “Santa is Coming to Austin,” 11 a.m. Dec. 23. “Snowmen at Night,” 11 a.m. Dec. 30.

Happening at the library:

Smart Opera Presents: “The Great Poochini.” 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, North Village Branch. “Opera Cat,” 10:15 a.m. Dec. 10, Windsor Park Branch.

Family Movie Matinee: “The Box Trolls.” 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Cepeda Branch. “Inside Out.” 2 p.m. Dec. 5, Windsor Park Branch.

Literature Live Presents: “Wild and Wacky Weather.” 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Hampton Branch.

Jedi Training Camp. 4 p.m. Dec. 4. Manchaca Road Branch, 4 p.m. Dec. 10, Howson Branch, 4 p.m. Dec. 18, Hampton Branch.

Homemade for the Holidays: Sensory Spa Gifts. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Everything Art! For ages 7 and up. 5 p.m. Dec. 9, Ruiz Branch.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

Holiday Fiesta! with Echo and the Bats. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Southeast Branch.

Echo and the Bats Holiday Performance. 6 p.m. Dec. 17. Windsor Park Branch.

Spaced Out Winter Movie Marathon. Dec. 23, University Hills Branch. Noon: “Zathura,” 1:45 p.m. “Space Jam,” 3:15 p.m. “Galaxy Quest,” and 5 p.m. “Wall-E.”

Night Crafters Jr. 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Faulk Central Library.


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