A Christmas Carol
Nov. 21 to Dec. 30
Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition returns to make merry with new music and surprises to get the party started. ZACH’s inspired adaptation of the Dickens classic is a musical sleigh ride through rhythm and time, infusing the traditional Victorian story with a score that spans all genres and eras. Topfer stage at ZACH Theatre
202 S. Lamar, Austin
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Dec. 1 and 13
On Dec. 1, the Texas Spirit Theater hosts two special holiday screenings (1:30 and 4 p.m.) of the Charles Dickens classic “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” featuring Jim Henson’s beloved Muppet characters and enhanced effects. On Dec. 13 at 10 a.m., “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa” offers a music class that introduces and reinforces Spanish for you and your child. Also, visit the IMAX theater for screenings of “Pandas” and “Jerusalem,” and don’t miss the museum store for holiday shopping.
1800 N. Congress Ave., Austin
In addition to classic, unstructured skating,
Chaparral Ice offers broomball, dodgeball, curling, birthday parties and private skating hours. Chaparral Ice has become Austin’s premier ice facility, serving 44,000 people per year during public skating hours alone. Bring the family for holiday fun.
2525 W. Anderson Ln., Austin
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Nov. 25, 3 p.m.
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live take the audience on an all-new adventure — this time in an immersive trip to the bottom of the ocean. Jump in and explore ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago — and may still be alive today. Erth shows use actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to connect young audiences with the science of paleontology.
The Long Center
701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin
Gaylord Texan Resort
Nov. 9 – Jan. 1
Experience a true Lone Star Christmas, with unique events such as ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Build-a- Bear Workshop, Gingerbread Decorating Corner and Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast. There are plenty of offerings to get you in the spirit. It’s everything Christmas in one extraordinary place.
1501 Gaylord Tr., Grapevine, TX
Home for the Holidays in Elgin
Dec. 1: Hot Cocoa Stroll & Lighted Parade Dec. 13: Sip Shop
Dec. 15: Art of Giving
Pictures with Santa, lighted parade, arts and crafts, music and more. Located 19 miles east of Austin on Hwy. 290.
Joyeux Noel: A Christmas Affair
Nov. 15 – 18
This annual fundraiser of the Junior League of Austin supports projects and programs in Central Texas. “Market Days” run Nov. 15 (noon to 9 p.m.), Nov. 16 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Nov. 17 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and Nov. 18 (10
a.m. to 4 p.m.). “PJs and Pancakes” takes place Nov. 17 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. “Ballerinas and Baseball” takes place Nov. 18 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “Photos
with Santa” happens Nov. 16 and 17 (11 a.m.
to 3 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (1:30 to 3 p.m.). “Cirque de Demain” is a Coats for Kids fundraiser happening Nov. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Palmer Events Center
Eat. Bowl. Play. Get your game on with family
and friends. Main Event features state-of- the-art bowling, multi-level laser tag, over 100 games plus handcrafted food and a full bar under one roof, Main Event is the destination for FUN.
13301 Hwy. 183 N, Austin
Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Univision and ESB-MACC present a Christmas event with posadas, ornament making and musical performances featuring Latin American music traditions, folkloric ballet and mariachis. This event will be videotaped, and portions will be aired on Christmas Eve on Univision TV.
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St., Austin
Playland Skate Center
Nov. 19 – 23, Dec. 21 – 31
With extended hours during the holidays, this venue offers the ﬁnest in skating entertainment with an impressive light show, fog machine and state-of-the-art sound system playing a wide variety of music. Austin’s largest skating facility is a whopping 27,500 sq. ft.
8822 McCann Dr.
Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m.
Univision gives back to the Austin community by providing 400 free turkeys to over 150 families. During the event, there will be children’s activities, free entertainment and vendors to visit. Univision’s Blanca Gaytan will broadcast live from the event. Free and open to the public.
Poco Loco Supermarket at Ben White and 1st St.
Cafe Monet Thanksgiving Kid’s Camp
Nov. 21 and 23
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
$75 per person
At Westgate and the Triangle, kids will get to make three projects. This is a great time to drop off the kids for a bit of fun while you run last minute errands or do Thanksgiving Day prep.
Westgate Shopping Center, Austin
Triangle Shopping Center, Austin
Country Home Learning Centers Winter Program
Open during public school holidays except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Throughout the holiday season, Country Home provides planned ﬁeld trips for its school-age students.
Ages 5 – 13
6900 Escarpment Blvd., Austin
13120 US Hwy 183 N, Austin
Fantastic Magic Camp
Dec. 26 to Jan. 4
Teaching life skills and conﬁdence through magic, juggling and puppets to kids ages 5 -12. Register now for an amazing, fun and unusual day camp ﬁlled with fun, laughter and lots of surprises. 9:00 m. to 3:00 p.m. Rehearsal time available from 3 to 6 p.m. for an additional fee.
Ages 5 – 12
7500 Woodrow Ave., Austin
Fun 2 Learn Code
Dec. 20, 21
Offering day camps for children and teens. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Coding with Scratch Day Camp for beginner to intermediate level coders ages 7 – 12. Coding Day Camp for beginner to intermediate level coders ages 8-16.
Ages 7 – 16
420 Chisholm Valley Dr., Round Rock
THANKSGIVING BREAK: Nov. 19, 20, 21
WINTER BREAK 1: Dec. 26, 27, 28
WINTER BREAK 2: Jan. 2, 3, 4
When school is OUT, KidsActing is IN with fun-ﬁlled camps to satisfy any kid. Campers will sing, dance, act, play theatre games, paint faces and have a blast with crafts and the performing arts. Over Thanksgiving break, Center Stage Theatre offers, “Trolls” for ages 5 – 12 and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for ages 6 – 13. Over Winter break 1, Center Stage Theatre offers “Moana” for ages 5 – 13 and Cedar Park offers “Tangled” for ages 5 – 13. Over Winter break 2, Center Stage Theatre offers “Sound of Music” for ages 5 – 13, and Cedar Park offers “Peter Pan” for ages 5 – 13.
Ages 5 – 13
Locations throughout Austin area
Rio Vista Farm Winter Break Camp
Session I: Dec. 26, 27, 28
Session II: Jan. 2, 3, 4
Instruction in English riding lessons and horse care. Campers leave with a respect for the hard work, dedication and fun involved in working with horses. With van service from Westlake Hills, Rio Vista is located 10 miles from downtown Austin. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost is $250 plus van fee.
Ages 7 – 16
10000 Fallwell Ln., Del Valle
Stepping Stone Schools
At the Brain Games winter camp, students will participate in a series of challenging and engaging brain building activities, ﬁeld journeys and so much more. Open until noon Dec. 24 and closed Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Ages 5 – 11
20 locations in Central Texas
Sugar & Spice Girls’ Camp
Dec. 26 – Jan 1
Is your daughter interested in spending part of her Christmas break at a girls-only horseback riding camp? This Christmas camp session is all-inclusive (lodging, all meals, tack, horses, lessons, etc.) and charges $1,149 for the week.
Ages 8 – 16
884 Rikki Dr., Bandera
Switch Willo Holiday Camp
Dec. 26 to Jan 1
Teaching all skill levels with daily riding instruction, horse care lessons, proper barn safety and etiquette, horse shows, arts and crafts. The camp culminates with a horse show and ribbon ceremony so parents can see what their children have learned and accomplished. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an option to extend to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ages 6 – 13
4829 Switch Willo, Austin
YMCA Winter Holiday Camp Austin
Dec. 26, 27, 28 & Jan. 2, 3, 4 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taking a cue from the Arctic, this camp’s theme is “Polar Expeditions.” Campers will enjoy making igloos and snowstorms, and creating friendships with some furry friends. They’ll also be taking a polar plunge for indoor swim days and embarking on ﬁeld trips to the north and south poles of Austin.
Ages 5 – 12 5
Locations across Travis & Hays counties, including Buda and Manor