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    Come spend the day with Leap of Joy as they celebrate the beginning of Winter Break! Kids can be dropped off and will get to explore: festive crafts, holiday-themed games, hot cocoa bar, holiday movies, jingle bell dance party and more! 11:00am – 5:00pm on Friday December 20. $10 per hour or $45 for the entire day, lunch is provided when paying the full day amount. Ages 4 years and up are welcome.

    Leap of Joy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing Dance and Theater Arts classes to Title 1 schools in the Austin Metro. Your participating in our event is tax-deductible and you are helping to support a local nonprofit benefiting the children of Austin! Thank you!!

      National Lampoon is celebrating 30 years of A Christmas Vacation, so Buda’s Sip & Stroll will be themed after a classic. You will sip, savor, shop, and stroll in beautiful Historic Downtown Buda on this exciting evening to remember. Ticket holders will receive a commemorative glass, ornament, entertainment and more as you stroll through sixteen of our downtown shops tasting a variety of spirits as well as a sampling of some of our restaurants’ finest menu items. Discover everything you’ve been missing at Downtown Buda’s Holiday Sip & Stroll.

      Construct the gingerbread home of your child’s dreams at one of the many workshops happening around town this month. Whether you want to learn the chemistry behind candy-making or discover the art of engineering, there’s a workshop that’s right for you and your family.


      Thinkery offers four different workshops for you and your family to create and construct a unique gingerbread house. Choose from the classic workshop, Candy Chemistry, Seriously Sweet Structures, or a private workshop. Classes are available throughout the month of December. Registration does not include admission to Thinkery. 

      When: Various Dates

      Where: Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723

      Cost: $5 per person

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      Gingerbread Villas at Laguna Gloria

      Design your very own candy home at The Contemporary Austin’s free monthly workshop. Create a house inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria. Reserve your spot here.

      When: Dec. 14; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

      WhereContemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria location; 3809 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703

      Cost: Free

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      Frost and decorate a pre-constructed gingerbread house using piping bags, marshmallows, gingerbread people, and candy. And there’s hot chocolate!

      When: Dec. 15, 21-23

      Where: 3818 Far W Blvd #107, Austin, TX 78731

      Cost: $40

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      Bake Austin

      Children ages 8-14 years old will assemble and decorate a super fun gingerbread house and bake some gingerbread cookies from scratch. Royal Icing, fondant, and an assortment of candy will be used to fancy our gingerbread houses up to festive code. And to make this class even better we will tell tales of the history of gingerbread houses and finish by reading Handsel and Gretel!

      When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 am – 2 pm

      Where: 1706 E 38th 1/2 St., Austin

      Cost: $50

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        Starting on Monday, December 2, visitors can watch the storefronts of 2ND Street District businesses transform into decorative holiday scenes during the ninth annual Holiday Window Walk. St. Edward’s University students will activate their imaginations and design skills for their chance to win $4,500 worth of scholarships on behalf of the 2ND Street District. Participating stores include Austin General Store, Austin Rocks Texas, Luxe Apothetique, and Sneaker Politics Austin.

        Whether heading to 2ND Street District for a bite to eat or holiday shopping, visitors can enjoy the festive installations, all while supporting the Austin community. Visit the district and vote for your favorite window display beginning on December 2. The voting link will be included on this event page on December 2.

        Everyone that votes is automatically entered to win a W Hotel Austin raffle package featuring bottle service for 10 in the Living Room Bar and massages at AWAY Spa for 2.

        First place will receive a $2,500 scholarship, second place will receive a $1,500 scholarship, and $500 will be given to the student who wins the public vote. The winners will be announced on Monday, December 9 through 2ND Street District’s social media channels.

        The holiday fun continues in 2ND Street District with the Santa Lounge & Market on Saturday, December 7.

          Kick off the holiday season at the Downtown Holiday Stroll for the 25th year in a row! The downtown event’s silver anniversary will feature a night of free festivities including the KUT 90.5 & KUTX 98.9 Holiday Sing-Along and the traditional lighting of the downtown tree.
          Live music by Max Frost, Mobley, Alesia Lani, and Love & Chaos. Plus, a holiday market, food trucks, and photos with Santa!

            Hotel Granduca Austin is kicking off the holiday season with a festive tree lighting ceremony and Aperitivo from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3. All are invited to gather in the hotel courtyard and lobby to enjoy a night of family fun. Enjoy a performance from the Westlake High School Madrigals, complimentary valet and delicious treats including Italian mulled wine, hot chocolate, cookies, and classic Italian appetizers, drink specials, holiday-themed games from Austin Detours, a raffle to support Dell Childrenʼs Hospital, and more!

            For more information, contact or by phone at (512) 306-6500, or visit

              It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for free holiday movies featuring your favorite seasonal films. Round up your elves for drinks & desserts in the Beer Garden – all movies start promptly at 8PM. Arrive early for good seats!

              ◆ December 1: The Nightmare Before Christmas
              ◆ December 8: ELF
              ◆ December 15: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
              ◆ December 22: A Christmas Story

              Drink Specials (Available at 6:30 PM): $5 Hot Toddy and $5 Cranberry 76’s


                Our halls are decked, mistletoe is hung & we’re walking in a Gibson Wonderland all December long! This year, Christmas is taking over at Gibson Street Bar for the second annual Gibson Wonderland. This Christmas Takeover includes signature winter cocktails and festive decorations that will leave you and your fellow elves feeling warm and toasty all December long. Come get into the holiday spirit and join us for Gibson Wonderland (Will be closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

                  Hotel Granduca Austin is celebrating Thanksgiving, offering an over-the-top holiday buffet, live music, and bottomless mimosas on Thursday, November 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Salone Ducale Ballroom. With options for adults and children, ensuring Thanksgiving is seamless and satisfying for the whole family, the holiday buffet will include a traditional ham and turkey carving station, mashed potatoes and candied yams, onion-crusted green bean casserole, and more.

                  Reservations can be made via email at or by phone at 512.306.6500.

                    Given your interest in family events in Austin and the greater area, I wanted to bring your attention to Holiday at the Oaks! On Wednesday, November 20th from 5-7 pm, the Oaks will host a free, kid-friendly event featuring live music, food and beverage tastings, holiday craft making, raffle giveaways from our tenant partners, and of course, photos with Santa. Adult attendees can enjoy a “business off the clock” happy hour networking event with the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and all guests are invited to bring a toy to help us “Fill Santa’Sleigh” for Green Santa. The Oaks at Lakeway is a family-focused shopping center and serves as the town center in the beautiful hill country community of Lakeway. This event is perfect for families who are looking for fun activities to do with their kids and wanting to celebrate the holiday season. Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live music are a few of the family fun activities community members do not want to miss. Oaks’ tenants will also provide raffle items, giveaways, retail specials, activities for kids, and adult beverage and food tastings for parents! Highlighting the landscape of the center, most of the activity will take place in two courtyards – a children’s courtyard and an adult courtyard -providing non-stop fun for every member of the family.  The Hudson Bend Middle School cheer squad will be “Santa’s Elves” for the evening and we encourage families to bring a gift card or unwrapped toy to help”Fill Santa’s Sleigh” for Green Santa of Lake Travis Labor of Love. Upon delivery of an unwrapped toy or gift card, your child can hop onto Santa’s lap and deliver his or her Christmas list! 100% of toys and cards donated will go towards foster children. We would love to tell 365 Austin’s readers about our multifaceted, FREE, family-friendly event, and of course, highlight our collaboration with Lake Travis Labor of Love to raise awareness and maximize toy donations. This is our second Holiday at the Oaks, and we plan for it to become an annual staple in everyone’s holiday plans.  Thank you for consideration for feature coverage.