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



Chaparral Ice

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.

Downtown  Elgin



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



Main Event

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



Noche Navideña

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.



Turkey Drive

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





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



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