Don’t let expected cold weather steer you away from these family events in Austin, Dec. 16-18

Take in these activities during what looks to be a cold weekend before winter break.

Friday

Thinkery. Tinkering Tots: Let’s Create a Soundscape. 9:45 a.m. Fridays for 2-year-olds; 10:45 a.m. Fridays for 3-year-olds through Jan. 27. $20 a class. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Friday-Sunday

Tapestry Dance Company’s “Of Mice & Music.” See “The Nutcracker” in tap. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,  7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $34-$13.50. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15-$89. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Hayride, pick your own tree, crazy maze, playground and more. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Dec. 21. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own tree and play old-fashioned games or roast marshmallows. 10 a.m. to dark through Dec. 24. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. evergreen-farms.com

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The Trail of Lights is back on at Zilker Park. American-Statesman

Trail of Lights. See Zilker Park all lit up. 7-10 p.m. through Dec. 23. Free Friday, $3 Saturday-Dec. 23 for ages 12 and older. $15 parking passes or ride the shuttle for $5, which includes admission. Shuttles leave from Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road, and Republic Square Park, 422 Guadalupe St. austintrailoflights.org

Gingerbread Village. Hyatt Regency Austin has opened its Christmas Storybook Villaged-themed Gingerbread House. It’s on display throughout December and features stories like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” “The Nightmare before Christmas” and “A Christmas Story.” 208 Barton Springs Road. austin.regency.hyatt.com

Saturday

“Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity.” This new musical from Laura Freeman tells the story of when Gabby steps into the video game of “Snow Queen 2” to reclaim her best friend Kyle. 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Saturday. $12-$18. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org

“Holiday Heroes.” The classic story of two elves gone wrong. 11 a.m. Saturday. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Topher Theatre, 202 S. Lamar St. zachtheatre.org

“Petra and the Wolf.” Mother Falcon and the puppetry of Glass Half Full Theater tell this “Peter and the Wolf” adaptation. 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. $22. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

Neill-Cochran House Museum. Making History: Christmas Villages. $20 per house. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Neill-Cochran House, 2310 San Gabriel St. nchmuseum.org

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Kids Kraft: Fiber Frenzy. $15. 9 a.m. Saturday for kindergarten through second grade; 11 a.m. 3-5 grade. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road. umlaufsculpture.org

Baby Bloomers for kids infant to 3. Study Nature this month. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays. Special guests throughout the month. $4.50. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org.

BookPeople events. Story times. Grinchified Giving Tree. 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com

Barnes & Noble Events: 11 a.m. Saturday story times at all locations: “Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way” (with sign language at Sunset Valley), Saturday.

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

Star Wars: May the Party Be With You. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Little Walnut Creek Branch.

Saturday-Sunday

Candy Chemistry Gingerbread Workshop. For ages 7 and up. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $30 per kit. Tech Gingerbread Workshop. For ages 8 and up. 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $30 per kit. Traditional Gingerbread Workshops and Tot Gingerbread Workshops (for ages 5 and younger). 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45, a.m. 11 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12 per person plus $20 per kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. thinkeryaustin.org

Sunday

Teddy Bear Tea at the Four Seasons. Enjoy a traditional tea service, reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear for Dell Children’s Medical Center. $45, must make reservation at 512-685-8300. Noon and 3 p.m. Sunday. Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. fourseasons.com/austin

“Wassail 2016: A Solstice Christmas Celebration.” A variety show featuring music, magic, dance and poetry. Benefiting Kids for Kids to help children in Darfur. 2:30 p.m. Sunday (shorter version), 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $5-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St. scottishritetheater.org.

“Petra and the Wolf.” Mother Falcon and the puppetry of Glass Half Full Theater tell this “Peter and the Wolf” adaptation. 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. $22. Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. austintheatre.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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