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    They were meant to guide us and keep us on the straight and narrow. But many of the saccharin, Disney-esque stories we know today started as grim reminders of what happens when naiveté meets wickedness, and the balance between good and evil is in question. In this new, full-length work, commissioned by the Butler New Choreography Endowment and funded in part by a gift from Dr. Beverly Dale, Artistic Director Stephen Mills delves into the underbelly of some of your favorite fairytales and shows you the real beauty of the lessons they impart. Inspired by the visual art of Natalie Frank, the world premiere of Grimm Tales will leave you unsettled, unafraid, and undeniably hungry for more.

    Kick off your New Year celebrating health and wellbeing at Get Fit 2017! – Ballet Austin’s FREE Day of Fitness & Pilates, happening on Sunday, January 15, 2017!

    Sample a free 20-minute class during Get Fit! Classes include:

    • Arms & Abs
    • Ballet Fit
    • Barre Yoga Fit
    • Better Balance & Movement
    • Body Burn
    • Bollywood Fitness
    • Cardio Hip Hop
    • Cardio Dance
    • CardioFUNK
    • Encore Workout
    • Foam Roller Stretch & Workout
    • Pilates Cardio
    • Pilates Mat
    • PILOXING!
    • Stretch & Resistance Band
    • Yoga 101
    • Upside Down Workout
    • Zumba®

    In addition to the classes, participants can learn more about living healthy, visit with local health exhibitors, win prizes, take advantage of a huge sale on classes, and have fun!

    When: Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:30pm (First classes begin at 1:30pm)

    Where: Ballet Austin, 501 W. 3rd Street, Austin

    More information: https://balletaustin.org/dance-fitness/get-fit

    FREE PARKING at the State Garage N directly across 3rd Street to the north of Ballet Austin.

    Welcome to the ninth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

    WHAT TO DO
    The holiday season officially begins with the return of Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, now celebrating its 54th year. Stephen Mills’ seasonal classic, based on a version of the 200-year-old story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows Clara’s wintry adventures, from her battle with rowdy rodents to her triumphs at the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy enchanting sets and costumes, animated choreography, and a cast of hundreds, including Ballet Austin’s professional company of dancers and the accomplished students of the Ballet Austin Academy. Share this heart-warming tradition with your family and friends! Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

    CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills  |  MUSIC: Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky | LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT:  Austin Symphony Orchestra

    When: December 3-23, 2016
    Where: The Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

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    WHAT TO BUY
    Give the gift of a train ride for train enthusiasts of all ages! Take a journey back in time in one of the Austin Steam Train Association’s fully restored rail cars that will have you marveling at the unique details that remain, while providing all the comfort of modern day. All cars are pulled by a 1960 Alco diesel locomotive. Train rides are offered year-round for kids and adults. Take a scenic ride on The Hill Country Flyer with a two hour layover for sight seeing in Burnet, or a shorter journey on The Bertram Flyer, a trip that spans the South San Gabriel River and stops for a 15 minute layover at the historic Bertram Depot. The Austin Steam Train offers many themed rides throughout the year including the Father’s Day Flyer, Super Hero Flyer, The North Pole Flyer, Pumpkin and Halloween Express, Princess Flyer, Murder Mystery, and Wine and Beer Flyers for the grownups. Tickets start at $20.

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    Gift cards for a ride in 2017 on the Austin Steam Train make a great gift for anyone in the family. Purchase in the depot located at 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite C-100, Cedar Park.

    WHERE TO GIVE
    Caritas of Austin has been serving the homeless population in Austin for over 50 years. The thousands of veterans, families, refugees, men and women of Austin who find themselves homeless are given support to help build a stable place to live. This holiday season, you can donate items to make that transition easier including Welcome Home Baskets, stock the kitchen items to help build a family’s pantry, new, unwrapped toys for kids, and winter weather gear to help keep them warm this winter season. Find more information on what specific items are needed and when drop off is available, click here.

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    Two tickets to Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, valid for show date between Dec. 3-23, except Dec. 11 and Dec. 18.

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    Welcome to the fifth day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

    WHAT TO DO
    The Hill Country Science Mill invites you to be a part of creating a monumental holiday mosaic. Join us at the Science Mill to be a part of the coolest mosaic ever made. Use your imagination and creativity to design your original piece that will fit into the 10×10 ft mosaic artwork. They supply the materials, you supply the artistic touch. Fun for all ages! Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page each day to see the the image come together. And while you’re there, explore the unique museum exhibits, customized avatar experience, interactive maker stations and our new 3D movie: Titans of the Ice Age.

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    When: December 19-23 and December 26-30
    Where: Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City
    Cost: Free with admission

    WHAT TO BUY
    Give the gift of dance this holiday season! Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness is passionate about helping you to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle. Their high quality classes appeal to the diversity of our community with an offering of classes that are current and cutting edge for the beginner to the more advanced participant, and they strive to provide a meaningful, enjoyable, and memorable experience every time.
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    Purchase a gift certificate* to Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness and give the gift that lasts. Receive 15% off any gift certificate* amount with promo code 12days.

    *Gift certificates, once purchased, never expire, and may be redeemed at Ballet Austin’s Butler Center for Dance & Fitness. A wide variety of dance & fitness classes for adults. Offer expires 12/18/2016.

    WHERE TO GIVE
    The Texas Baptist Children’s Home, located in Round Rock, serves and strengthens children and families in the midst of crisis by offering grace, stability, and support. Children, and single mothers with their children, who come to TBCH are often orphans of circumstance – lost, hurting, and hopeless, without a place to turn for help during their time of greatest need. The residential and community-based programs provide a safe home and a stable family environment where they can learn, grow, and ultimately experience a happy, healthy future.

    Looking to make gift donations for the families at Texas Baptist Children’s Home. You can find their wish list for items here.

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    Four passes to the Hill Country Science Mill.
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    Welcome to the second day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

    WHAT TO DO
    Build a Gingerbread House at Foodie Kids…. a sweet, completely edible gingerbread house! Kids will embellish freshly made, fragrant Gingerbread Houses with candies, cereals, marshmallows and Royal Icing. Gingerbread Men, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider will be served. Recipes included. A wonderful family event! Thanks to Foodie Kids for making it easier than ever. No mess, no cleanup. They do it all.

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    When: December 10, 17 , 21, 22 and 23, 10-11 am

    Cost: $45

    WHAT TO BUY
    Give the gift of looking good this holiday season. That’s right…. buy your friends and family gift cards to Birds Barbershop for the latest dos. Whether getting all gussied up for Aunt Pearl’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or just needing a trim to usher in the new year, a gift card would make a great present for friends and family members of all ages. With eight Austin-area locations, it’s convenient no matter which part of town you live in.

    Here’s the DEAL: Buy a $25 gift card for only $20. Buy a $50 gift card for only $40. Gift cards must be purchased in the store.

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    WHERE TO GIVE
    Ballet Austin’s purpose is to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts. But there’s so much more to what they do. Their community and education programs serve over 50,000 people each year. The Nutcracker School Shows program is one of these initiatives and brings 13,000 Central Texas elementary students to The Nutcracker each year. Its mission is to provide all children, regardless of financial capacity, the opportunity to see a live dance performance at a minimal cost. Teachers are provided with resources such as The Nutcracker Footnotes, a production-specific performance guide with pre- and post-performance details, activities and discussion points.

    Help to share the joy of dance with our community. Learn more about Ballet Austin’s Community and Education programs and other ways to give.

    WIN
    A family four-pack of hair cuts at Birds Barbershop, any location, valued at $176 and a spot in a Gingerbread Workshop at Foodie Kids, winner’s choice of date unless the class is full, valued at $45.

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    Thanks to The Domain for sponsoring this year’s 2016 Austin Holiday Event Guide. There are so many special things to do and see in the Austin area over the holidays, and it helps to have a handy list of what all is going on. Be sure to stop in at The Domain this holiday season to enjoy shopping, carolers, carriage rides, a visit with Santa and more!

    Holiday Fun at The Domain

    When: November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017, various times

    Where: The Domain, 3220 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin

    Shopping has never been more fun during the holidays than it is this year at The Domain. Enjoy carolers, Santa, holiday music and more throughout the 2016 holiday season.

    • Holiday Light Shows – Stand in awe as more than 200,000 lights and strobes dance in snychronization to holiday music! Lights shows available throughout Domain II (between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s) at 6PM, 7PM and 8PM. Shows Friday, November 25 through Sunday, January 1.
    • Santa Photo Experience – Visit the all new Beneath the Tree Santa Photo Experience, where children sit inside a 10-foot tall drum situated under a 34-foot tall tree. Enjoy a story, share your wishlist and capture a picture to save the memory. Click here for complete hours and to make an appointment.
    • Complimentary Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride under the holiday lights each Friday and Saturday night from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Pick-up locations near California Pizza Kitchen and The Brass Tap. Available Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 23.
    • Strolling Carolers – The sounds of the season come alive with performances by Austin Carolers in Domain I each Saturday night from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Carolers offered Saturday, November 26 through Saturday, December 17.
    • Elf Academy – Put the little ones in elf training at The Domain’s Elf Academy on Saturday, December 3rd from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Click here for additional details.

    A Christmas Carol

    When: November 23 – December 31, 2016, various times

    Where: ZACH Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin

    Austin’s newest and most rockin’ holiday tradition! Each year, ZACH’s A Christmas Carol features new hit songs and reimagined carols that create an infectious spirit that will have everyone dancing in the aisles. ZACH’s fresh and inspired adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic juxtaposes the traditional Victorian setting and costumes with a modern musical score that spans all genres. Come celebrate the season with three soulful ghosts, the Cratchit family’s boundless love, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s miraculous and joyous transformation. Recommended for ages six and up.

    Lights Spectacular + Bling Bar

    When: Friday and Saturday, November 25 & 26

    Where: Hill Country Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City

    Join us at the Science Mill to check out our own light-spectacular exhibits, including the Fractalarium, the Cell Phone Disco, the Silo of McKays and much more. Make your own LED jewelry, presents for parents or teachers, White Elephant gifts or more at our LED Bling Bar. Enjoy full access to the museum’s hands-on exhibits, build a personalized avatar, see a 3D science film and more. The cost of this optional activity is $5 per person (materials fee for two gifts) plus regular admission fees.

    Mozart’s Coffee Roasters Holiday Lights Display

    When: November 25 – January 8, 6 p.m. nightly

    Where: Mozart’s, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

    Mozart’s annual light display takes place every hour on the hour until midnight. The show lasts fifteen minutes, but Mozart’s does get crowded, so plan to get there in advance, and consider dropping guests off since the parking lot fills up quickly (there is additional parking across the street). It’s also a lovely, centrally-located spot to enjoy the lakeside view and look for ducks.

    Santa on the Terrace

    When: Friday, November 25, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

    Join us on the City Terrace and take some time out of the busiest holiday of the year to celebrate the season. Bring the kids for a FREE photo with Santa overlooking the best view in Austin! Enjoy some holiday treats with all sorts of entertainment. Activities will be planned for the whole family, so bring everyone.

    Santa’s Arrival at Hill Country Galleria

    When: Friday, November 25, 2016, 6 p.m.

    Where: Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave

    Children’s activities include face painting & flash tattoos, with dance performances by the Lake Travis High School Cavalettes and Red Rubies, and a holiday performance by Madison McWilliams starting at 7pm. Then, see Santa, watch fireworks and enjoy live music by Andy Grammer!

    4th Annual Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock)

    When: November 25, 2016 – January 6, 2017

    Where: ArtSpace, 231 East Main Suite 160, Round Rock

    Bring the kids to marvel at the miniature trains riding through villages, across the countryside and more at this FREE show.

    Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade

    When: Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.

    Where: Starts at the Capitol at 11th and Congress, moving south on Congress all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge.

    Enjoy giant inflarable balloons, festive holiday floars, children’s characters, marching bands, classic cars, Santa, and more at this annual parade the benefits Blue Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.

    The North Pole Flyer

    When: Saturday & Sunday, November 26 – December 18, 2016, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    Where: 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

    Holiday joy is in store on the North Pole Flyer train ride, a 2.5 hour excursion (no layover) on a real train featuring a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa and a locally baked holiday cookie. Each car is decorated for the season where passengers enjoy a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book-our railroad’s own Christmas Story! Our professional Santa will spend time in each car to “check your list twice”, and pose for photographs before handing out a gift to each child to remember this special ride! Tickets start at $38.

    Teddy Bear Teas

    When: Saturdays and Sundays, November 26 – December 18, Noon and 3 p.m. seatings available

    Where: Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin

    A beloved holiday tradition, Teddy Bear Tea includes afternoon tea service, holiday caroling and a fireside reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself! Children are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear as a donation to Dell Children’s Hospital. Cost: Adults $45 and children aged 11 and under $30.

    Ice Skating on the Plaza

    When: Sunday, November 27 – January 7, 2017, daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    Where: Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

    A must-do for locals and visitors alike, Ice Skating on the Plaza at our Flagship store (located in Downtown) has become one of Austin’s most anticipated events of the holiday season! Cost is $10 per person and includes use of skates.

    Zilker Tree Lighting Ceremony

    When: Sunday, November 27, 6 p.m.

    Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road

    Enjoy local entertainment, food, live music and more at the annual lighting of the Zilker Tree, which stands 155 feet tall and is composed of 39 streamers, each holding 81 multicolored, 25-watt bulbs – totaling 3,309 lights.

    November 28  – December 31, 6 pm – 12 midnight, tree on display nightly.  REMINDER – on Trail of Lights Nights the area roads will be closed as thousands visit the Trail of Lights.   If you are planning to visit the Holiday Tree itself, make sure to plan around those nights.

    Breakfast with Santa at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa

    When: Sunday, November 27, 9 a.m. – noon

    Where: Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek

    Among the tempting offerings are breakfast fixings such as French toast with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, assorted fresh and seasonal fruits, muffins, assorted bagels, croissants, mini gingerbread men, butterscotch tarts, mini pumpkin cheesecake, and more. The Breakfast with Santa buffet is $32 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12 and complimentary for ages 5 and under. This event is open to guests as well as the public; reservations are required. For reservations, call 512-308-4950. After indulging in a wonderful breakfast spread, all will join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a meet-and-greet as well as photographs. While folks wait to visit with jolly old St. Nick, they can enjoy holiday-themed activities and arts and crafts, a jump house and much more!

    Round Rock’s Rock ‘N Lights

    When:
    Nov. 28-Dec. 15: Sunday-Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Dec. 16-24: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
    Dec. 25-26: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m

    Where: The entrance to Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour is located at Old Settlers Park. Enter the park at the NORTH entrance off Old Settlers Boulevard. Entrance address is 4111 E. Old Settlers Blvd. Participants will exit at Hwy. 79 into Christmas Towne.

    Rock’N Lights is a drive-through light show that features thousands of sparkling lights through Old Settlers Park. With 2 million lights, the 1.5-mile path is the must-see event of the season! After the light show, visit Christmas Towne at the Old Settlers Association and the Dell Diamond parking lot. Christmas Towne features light displays, full-scale carnival rides, light maze, pedal go kart rides, holiday food, entertainment and more. Christmas Towne will be open the following days: Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, from 6.  p.m. to 15 minutes after the last car exits Rock’n Lights

    Holiday Open House at the Four Seasons

    When: Monday and Tuesday, November 28 & 29, 5-6 p.m.

    Where: Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin

    Once upon a time, in a hotel not too far away, there stood a majestic Gingerbread Village… The fairy tale is set to become reality with this year’s theme, revealing several whimsical – and completely edible – scenes from classic children’s stories and nursery rhymes. Join us for two Holiday Open Houses featuring hot apple cider, cookies, photos with Santa and the opportunity to meet the talented pastry chefs behind the village. The Holiday Open Houses take place in the lobby and are complimentary for locals and visitors.

    Tree Lighting at the Driskill

    When: Tuesday, November 29, 6 p.m.

    Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street

    Enjoy choral performances and seasonal music from the Arundel Ensemble String Quartet in celebration of the annual Lighting of The Driskill Tree.

    Lights of Love

    When: Friday, December 2, 6-9 p.m.

    Where: Mueller Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Drive, Austin

    Join us for an evening of holiday festivities! Friends, family and even four-legged companions will enjoy an evening of traditional holiday fun including a walk around Mueller Lake adorned with holiday lights, a visit with Santa Claus, a snow slide, gingerbread house decorating, kids’ crafts, hot chocolate, photo booth, holiday music and much more under the Hangar!

    Lakeway’s Lights On! – A Holiday Celebration

    When: Friday, December 2, 6-8 p.m.

    Where: Lakeway City Hall, 1102 Lohman’s Crossing Road

    The Lights On! event marks the beginning of the holiday season in Lakeway with the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. Enjoy some hot chocolate (for purchase) and complimentary marshmallow roasting! Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph will be nearby to “plug in” the Trail of Lights display and to speak to all of the good little boys and girls of Lakeway. Parking is available at the Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. The Trail of Lights may be accessed by the stairway at the bottom of the parking lot. Parking is also available at Village Plaza, 100 Lakeway Drive (near Café Lago). Take the walkway between the buildings. Bring non-perishable food items to benefit Lake Travis Crisis Ministries.

    Hancock Candle Stroll

    When: Friday, December 2, 6:30 p.m.

    Where: Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, Austin

    Come out for a fun family walk around the trails of thousands of luminaries on and around Hancock. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday carols, and a visit from a special guest.

    The Nutcrakcer Suite Dreams

    When: December 2, 7:30 p.m.; December 3, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; December 4, 2 :30 p.m.

    Where: Boyd Vance Theater at George W. Carver Museum Theater, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin

    Back by popular demand, this season will begin with an original ballet based on the timeless classic, The Nutcracker. Each time we perform this story something new is revealed, and this year is no different. Keeping in the spirit of AMDE tradition, the audience will enjoy many genres of dance as Clara’s story is told. Featuring the masterfully trained artists of AMDE, The Nutcracker: Suite Dreams is a must-see for the entire family. Cost: $20/ ticket pre-sale, $25 at the door.

    36th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll

    When: Friday (5-9 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.), December 2-3, 2016

    Where: Downtown Georgetown

    The Magic of the Stroll is real and will bring memories on this 36th Annual Celebration. The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles, Santa in the Christmas tree farm waiting to hear from both naughty & nice. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village. You can also find the Grinch and his characters in Whoo-Village. FREE!

    Breakfast with Santa at Dittmar Recreation Center

    When: Saturday, December 3, 9-11 a.m.

    Where: Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Road, Austin

    The weather may be chilly outside, but the weather is always warm & welcoming at Dittmar Recreation Center!
    Come Hang out with us for a light breakfast, sing-a-long songs, crafts and don’t forget to bring your cameras for pictures with Santa!

    DeSTEMberfest with Girlstart

    When: Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. – noon

    Where: Girlstart STEM Center, 1400 W. Anderson Lane, Austin

    Join Girlstart for a free, frosty DeSTEMber Fest Extravaganza at the Girlstart STEM Center on Saturday, December 3rd! Enjoy star shows in our mini planetarium, design avalanche rescue equipment to attach to a robot, and make a solar oven to roast your own s’mores at home. The whole family will discover the science behind this magical time of year with marshmallow slingshots, reindeer antlers, fluffy snow and more hands-on fun! FREE!

    Santa in the Garden

    When: Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Where: Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin

    Skip the lines at the mall and bring the family to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will be tasty treats & fun crafts, shopping in the Chrysalis Gift Shop with 20% off the entire store during the event, and take-your-own photo opportunities. Free with paid museum admission.

    Holiday Celebration at Montopolis Recreation Center

    When: Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive, Austin

    Enjoy a free performance by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

    Elf Academy

    When: Saturday, December 3, 3-5 p.m.

    Where: Domain II, between Dick’s Sporting Goods & Dillard’s

    Don’t miss a fun-filled afternoon of elf training including games, prizes, an elf ID station, entertainment, an afternoon snack and more.

    It’s That Time of Year Holiday Film Series

    When: Saturday, December 3, 1pm

    Where: Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin

    Join the Bullock Museum for a screening of The Muppet Christmas Carol as part of the Bullock’s It’s That Time of Year holiday film series. $5 non-member, $3 members.

    Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade (Pflugerville)

    When: Saturday, December 3, 5-8 p.m.

    Where: Railroad Avenue to Main Street, downtown Pflugerville

    Don’t miss this annual parade with lighted floats, live music, the lighting of the trees and more. FREE!

    Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

    When: Saturday, December 3, 6-9 p.m.

    Where: Downtown Austin at the Texas State Capitol, Congress Avenue and 11th

    Sing holiday songs on the lawn of the Capitol and then stroll along Congress Avenue.

    Gingerbread House Workshops at the Thinkery

    When: December 3–4: 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 2:45 pm + 4 pm
    December 10–11: 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 2:45 pm + 4 pm
    December 17–18: 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 2:45 pm + 4 pm
    December 19–23: 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:45 pm + 4 pm
    December 24: 9:30 am, 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11 am + 12 pm

    Where: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin

    These hour-long, educator-led workshops are appropriate for all ages and offer everything needed to build and decorate a charming gingerbread house. Each attendee must reserve a seat in the workshop and we recommend purchasing one Gingerbread House Kit for every 2-3 people. Cost: $5 Member Adult or Child Seat | $12 Non-Member Adult or Child Seat | $20 per Gingerbread House Kit (Every group must purchase at least one house).

    Violet Crown Arts Festival

    When: Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Where: Brentwood Elementary School, 6700 Arroyo Seco

    The Violet Crown Arts Festival is a free art show, music fest and neighborhood block party, all rolled into one fun weekend. Join us Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, outside Brentwood Elementary for relaxed holiday shopping, family-friendly activities, delicious food and even some dancing!

    Tex-Arts Holiday Extravaganza 2016

    When: Saturday & Sunday, December 3-4, 2 & 6 p.m.

    Where:  TexARTS, Kam & James Morris Theatre, 2300 Lohman’s Spur

    The TexARTS Broadway Company stars in this holiday revue that features irresistible Rockette-style numbers, your favorite holiday hits, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! This perfectly wonderful family favorite is sure to put the SPARKLE in your holidays!

    SNOW QUEEN 2: Riddle of Eternity

    When: December 3-17, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

    Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street, Austin

    Gabby ventures into the virtual world of a video game called “Snow Queen 2: Riddle of Eternity” determined to reclaim her best friend Kyle who has fallen under its gaming spell. Austin composer/musician Laura Freeman returns with this all new musical for young audiences just in time for the holidays. This modern-day take on the classic Snow Queen fairy tale deals with themes of friendship, climate change, and gaming. And who knows? It might even snow again at Scottish Rite as it did last year!

    Ballet Austin’s The Nutcraker

    When: December 3-23; shows at 2 & 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

    The holiday season officially begins with the return of Ballet Austin’s The Nutcracker, now celebrating its 54th year. Stephen Mills’ seasonal classic, based on a version of the 200-year-old story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, follows Clara’s wintry adventures, from her battle with rowdy rodents to her triumphs at the Court of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy enchanting sets and costumes, animated choreography, and a cast of hundreds, including Ballet Austin’s professional company of dancers and the accomplished students of the Ballet Austin Academy. Share this heart-warming tradition with your family and friends! Featuring live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

    Conspirare Christmas Concert

    When: Monday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

    Conspirare Christmas is a luxurious musical fabric of pop, folk, classical and season favorites, meticulously woven together by arranger/composer Craig Hella Johnson in collaboration with Conspirare singers and the Special Guest Artist. This year the program will feature the hugely popular West Coast singer/songwriter Matt Alber. Also with Thomas Burritt, percussion.

    11th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting 

    When: Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 p.m.

    Where: Mueller Control Tower, Berkman Drive

    Join the Mueller community for the 11th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony! The Reagan High School Drumline and the Nash Hernandez Orchestra will move the crowd into the holiday spirit and provide entertainment for the entire family. Free hot chocolate, hot cider and cookies will be served while supplies last! Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase during the event. Austin City Council Member, Greg Casar, will be counting down the moments until the Noel sign is lit across the Control Tower, honoring a tradition that dates back to the 1960s. FREE!

    Handel’s “Messiah”

    When: Tuesday, December 6, 8 p.m.

    Where: Hyde Park Baptist Church, 3901 Speedway

    The Austin Symphony once again presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin for you and your family at Hyde Park Baptist Church. This night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your winter celebrations with a performance full of rejoicing!

    Of Mice and Music – A Jazz Tap Nutcrakcer

    When: December 8-18, various times

    Where: Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin

    Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Tapestry Dance Company with this Austin-tatious rhythm tap and jazz spin on the beloved yuletide story, The Nutcracker. Of Mice and Music, which premiered to rave reviews and standing ovations last season, unites the company’s professional dancers with the rising stars of its pre-apprentice youth company Visions in Rhythm. This company and the children, youth and adults who study with its dance academy share a love for rhythm and movement that only Tapestry Dance Company can bring to the stage! Tickets start at $23.

    Cedar Park’s Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

    When: Friday, December 9, 6:30-9 p.m.

    Where: Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park

    Enjoy the lighting of the tree, live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects. Admission is FREE!

    2016 Holiday Film Series

    When:

    A Christmas Story: Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.

    Love Actually: Sunday, December 11, 5 p.m.

    It’s a Wonderful Life: Tuesday, December 13, 7 p.m.

    White Christmas: Thursday, December 15, 7 p.m.

    Where: The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue, Austin

    This December, join us at the Paramount Theatre as we celebrate the holiday season with four heartwarming seasonal classics. Beloved films White Christmas, It’s A Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story will be featured on glorious 35mm, and modern favorite Love Actually will grace the Paramount’s brand-new screen in a shimmering digital presentation. So turn off the TV, skip the commercials and distractions, and bring all your friends and family to enjoy these wonderful movies in the festively decorated Paramount Theatre! General Admission: $12.

    Ebeneezer’s Journey, A PRAIRIE CAROL: Charles Dickens’ Christmas Tale

    When: Friday & Saturday, December 9-10 & 16-17, 7-11 p.m.

    Where: Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin

    A new interactive event based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, will recreate various scenes of Dickens’ classic tale in 1800s Texas on four nights in December. Bring the family to Pioneer Farms this holiday season for a most unusual event. Watch the village come to life with carolers and colorful characters that step out of history, not in England but in the Lone Star State. Then experience the classic Dickens tale like never before, as our actors take you into the story with an interactive theatrical presentation staged in the historic old buildings at Pioneer Farms.

    Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things

    When: Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Where: Chasco Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays Street, Round Rock

    This FREE event will feature real snow activities, giant slides, train rides, interactive holiday booths, a Blue Santa donation station, live music, inflatables, food and drinks and an appearance by Santa!

    German Christmas Market

    When: Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Where: German-Texan Heritage Scoiety, 507 E. 10th Street, Austin

    The German-Texan Heritage Society offers shoppers hand-made, imported crafts including plenty of Christmas themed decorations such as nutcrackers and ornaments. It is a festival atmosphere with traditional German Christmas music, tables full of handcrafted items direct from the Erzgebirge region of Germany, a visit by both our historic American Santa Claus and the traditional German Sankt Nikolas with gifts for the children, a hospitality serving of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), coffee, apple cider/juice and gingerbread cookies and plenty of German style baked goodies for purchase. Lunch served by Frank-Purveyors of Artisan Sausage. All purchases are Sales Tax Free on this special day.

    Holiday Family Day

    When: Saturday, December 10, 11a.m. – 3p.m.

    Where: The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin

    Celebrate the holidays at the Blanton. Explore Warhol By the Book and Xu Bing: Book from the Sky while engaging in fun conversation. Search for creative inspiration to make festive art in our WorkLAB Studio, and take your masterpiece or present them to loved ones as a gift. Free museum admissions for children ages 12 and under; program included with admission.

    Austin Trail of Lights

    When: December 10-23, 7-10 p.m.

    Where: Zilker Park, Barton Springs Road, Austin

    Visit the Trail of Lights and take a spin under the Zilker Tree! Kids will enjoy an interactive kids’ area, photo opportunities, visit with Santa, delicious food and more.  General admission is FREE from December 10-16, and only $3 for ages 12+ from December 17-23. Parking pass is $15.

    Cherrywood Art Fair

    When: December 10 & 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Where: Maplewood Elementary School, 381/2 St. & Maplewood

    Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts ranging from jewelry to ceramics and more. There’s live music, an art corner for the kids, food and drinks and more! Visit LiveMom on Saturday, December 10, in the art corner where kids can decorate their own ornament! FREE!

    Cookies for Caring and an Afternoon with Santa

    When: Sunday, December 11, 1-3 p.m. for Cookies for Caring, 2:30-5:30 p.m. for Afternoon with Santa

    Where: The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos Street, Austin

    Create your own holiday cookie collection. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring charity drive with music provided by The Austin Carolers. Cost: $35 per cookie tin. Click here to register and purchase your tin! Starting at 2:30pm, meet Santa & capture photos at this family event while
    enjoying cookie decorating, crafts and hors d’ourvres. Reservations required. To make a reservation, please call 512-439-1234. Cost: $30 per person plus tax.

    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    When: December 14-24, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

    Where: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

    Shop for Christmas presents at this annual event featuring products 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 with set times for any lifestyle at 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Featured musicians include emerging stars, local legends and Grammy winners.

    Omni Barton Creek Lights & Ice

    When: December 16 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; December 17 – December 31, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; January 1, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 2:30 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 benefitting 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.

    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. (All artists and technicians donate their time for this event.)

    Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

    When: Wednesday, December 21, 6-7 p.m.

    Where: Seaholm Power Plant, 214 West Avenue, Austin

    Please join us for a celebration of light, music and community, on the longest night of the year! Let’s all make lanterns (flashlight-based, no flames, please!) and gather together out in nature, under the dark sky, to celebrate music and community and being alive. Won’t that be beautiful? Minor Mishap Marching Band will play music from 6-7 pm. The “parade” route is extremely short to make it easy for small children, and people of all ages, to attend! This is a free, family-friendly event. All are welcome. The beauty of this event depends on YOU! Make lanterns! It’s easy and fun! Please, flashlight and flameless lanterns only. No flames allowed, ok?

    Tuba Christmas

    When: Friday, December 23, noon

    Where: Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin

    2016 is the 43rd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events, which are presented throughout the world. Watch a special tuba concert on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol Building.

    Make plans to attend Ballet Austin’s annual day of free dance, Come Dance!, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Kids ages 8 and up are welcome to participate.

    Dance professional?
    Never danced a day in your life?
    Somewhere in between?

    Come Dance! is designed for participants of all experience levels to sample a variety of dance classes, whether you’re an experienced dancer or you’ve never danced a step.

    Free featured dance classes include:

    • Ballet
    • Bollywood
    • Cardio
    • Hip Hop
    • CardioFUNK
    • Brazilian
    • Fosse Jazz
    • Piloxing
    • Contemporary
    • Flamenco
    • Jazz
    • Hip Hop
    • Hula
    • Jazz Funk
    • Videodance™
    • Modern
    • Tap
    • Zumba

    All of the above dance classes are offered year-round through Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance & Fitness Center.

    Come Dance! is Ballet Austin’s way of thanking the Central Texas community for its support each year by opening its doors to residents of all ages and backgrounds who are looking to get fit and have fun!

    What: Come Dance! A Day of FREE Dance Classes

    When: Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, 1-5:45 p.m.

    Where: Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center, 501 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701

    Ages: Adults and children ages 8 and up

    Cost: FREE for all participants (no pre-registration or dance experience required)

    Image credit: Ballet Austin

    For the little dancers in the family, a summer camp at Ballet Austin may be just the thing that will continue to inspire your little one during the summer months!

    *Details on how to enter the giveaway at end of post.

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    All camps at Ballet Austin are grouped by age and include the following for Summer 2016:

    Imagination in Motion Camp

    Ages 4-8

    Adventure Under the Sea or A Wildlife Safari Bring your imagination and let’s put it in motion! The Adventure Under the Sea Camp takes kids on an underwater journey as they dive into a world of jellyfish, dolphins, octopi, and turtles. And The Wildlife Safari takes kids on a journey through jungles, deserts, and forests as they discover many exciting animals of the wild.

    Interactive and participatory, each day the children will bring something home. It may be in their hands, in their heads, or in their hearts. Or maybe all three!

    Dates & Time:
    June 20–24, 2016: 9:30am–12:00pm (Adventures Under the Sea); August 1–5, 2016: 9:30am–12:00pm (A Wildlife Safari)

    The Broadway Kids Camp

    Ages 5-10

    Broadway Favorites or Disney Favorites The Broadway Kids, is a fun-filled week discovering the many aspects of musical theatre. Children will learn kid-friendly choreography and favorite songs from well-known Broadway musicals including Broadway Favorites or Disney Kids on Broadway.

    All children come together at the end of the week for one fun musical show in Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheater!

    Dates & Time:
    June 13–17, 2016: 9:00am–12:15pm (Broadway Favorites); August 8–12, 2016: 9:00am–12:15pm (Disney Favorites)

    A Dance Discoveries Camp

    Ages 5-10

    Tchaikovsky Classics The Dance Discoveries Tchaikovsky Classics Camp is designed to give children the opportunity to discover dance and movement, create visual arts and learn about famed ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.

    Dates & Time:
    August 15–19, 2016: 8:30am–12:00pm

    The Broadway Experience

    Ages 10-14 

    Musical Theater The Broadway Experience focuses on the ins and outs of musical theatre with a grand finale showcase. This camp will include improvisation, theatrical games, learning lines, and plenty of singing and dancing, all wrapped around the music of iconic Broadway shows!

    Students will participate in an informal performance for friends and family showcasing all they learned at camp. Each student will receive a free camp t-shirt.

    Dates & Time: TBD

    Kids Camp

    Image courtesy of Ballet Austin

    Win a spot in one of Ballet Austin’s 2016 Summer Camp! Winner’s choice.

    Enter by ‘liking’ 365ThingsAustinFamily on Facebook or following on Instagram. Enter both for two chances to win!

    Winner will be chosen on Friday, March 11th.

    Time to put down the pancakes and get fit! We’re almost two weeks into the New Year so lets keep up those New Year’s Resolutions! Last year we were named one of America’s Healthiest Cities, events like Get Fit should make that ranking come as no surprise.

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    Here is your chance to check out some free fitness classes. The classes offered include arms & abs, ballet fit, body sculpting, jazz fit, Pilates ballet, Zumba and more!

    On top of offering a day of free classes they will also have drawings for prizes such as Butler Community School classes, they will also offer discounted classes to those that want to sign up for classes.

    Anyone one is welcome, give them a heads up that you are coming by signing up on their website, https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=11944

    Cost: free

    When: today, January 12th

    Time: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Location:
    Ballet Austin
    501. W. 3rd Street
    Austin, Texas 78703

    Free Parking: State Garage on San Antonio between 3rd & 4th.

    http://www.balletaustin.org/getfit/

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    Time to put down the pancakes and get fit! We are almost two weeks into the New Year so lets keep up those New Year’s Resolutions! Last year we were named one of America’s Healthiest Cities, events like Get Fit should make that ranking come as no surprise.

    Get-Fit-2013

    Here is your chance to check out some free fitness classes. The classes offered include arms & abs, ballet fit, body sculpting, jazz fit, Pilates ballet, Zumba and more!

    On top of offering a day of free classes they will also have drawings for prizes such as Butler Community School classes, they will also offer discounted classes to those that want to sign up for classes.

    New this year, they will have a get fit

    Anyone one is welcome, give them a heads up that you are coming by signing up on their website, https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/ws.asp?studioid=11944&stype=-109&sTG=63&sVT=211&sView=day&sessionChecked=true

    Cost: free

    When: today, January 13th

    Time: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Location:
    Ballet Austin
    501. W. 3rd Street
    Austin, Texas 78703

    Free Parking: State Garage on San Antonio between 3rd & 4th.

    http://www.balletaustin.org/getfit/