Top 5 Weekend Events for the Family in Austin: December 16-18, 2016

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Movie Night at the Trail

When: Friday, December 16, 7:30-10 p.m.
Where: Austin Trail of Lights, Zilker Park

Visit the Austin Trail of Lights and enjoy a movie night, too! Two versions of the Grinch are screening on the very last FREE night at Austin Trail of Lights.  At 7:30 pm, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966 animated) will show and then at 8:15pm, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 version staring Jim Carrey) will show.

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16-18, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an 11-day upscale shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, with live music and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere. Find an exciting variety of upscale art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list from over 160 carefully curated artists. Enjoy at least three bands per day on the Armadillo stage. You’ll find shoppers dancing merrily in the aisles with gifts in one hand and a cold beer in the other.

Omni Barton Creek Lights & Ice

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 16, 7-8:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m.; December 17 & 18, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1– 2:30 p.m.; 3 – 4:30 p.m.; 5 – 6:30 p.m.; 7 – 8:30 p.m.; 9 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive, Austin

Skate into the holiday spirit on our indoor ice rink overlooking the scenic Hill Country and enjoy a display of twinkling lights and festive activities for the whole family. With a portion of proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas, the Holiday Lights & Ice event features a 4,000 square foot ice rink and a special “Light the Night” kick-off production on Dec. 16 with a festive holiday laser light show. Local Austinites, resort guests and Barton Creek Country Club members are invited to skate on the resort’s indoor ice rink. Holiday-inspired treats and hot beverages will be served along with ornament and gingerbread cookie decorating in Santa’s Workshop. The grand opening performance begins Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at The Pavilion and the first skating session begins at 7:00 p.m. Cost: $30 adults, $25 children.

Cookies & Cocoa with Santa

When: Saturday, December 17, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Top Golf, 2700 Esperanza Crossing

Santa Claus is coming to town, and this time he’s bringing his own cookies … and cocoa. Bring the little ones to get a complimentary photo taken with Santa, and receive a FREE holiday-themed gift and, of course, cookies and cocoa.

Wassail 2016: A Solstice Christmas Celebration

When: Sunday, December 18, 2:30 p.m. (a short version for children), 5:30 p.m. (children and families)
Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

Join us for revelry and merriment for all the family with this fast-paced variety show celebrating the approach of Christmas and the Solstice. Magic and dance, poetry, drama and music (with a French flavor this year) will take over the stage of Austin’s oldest theater, raising spirits, and also raising funds for Kids for Kids, a worthy charity helping children in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

Looking for more holiday fun? Check out our Holiday Event Guide for even more activities to do with your family in Austin this holiday season.

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