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Head to The Domain on Saturday, December 7, for the holiday event of the year! The Jingle Bell Jamboree is FREE for all to attend! The event will feature live music from Austin’s own Joe McDermott and the much-loved Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

In addition to live music, children of all ages will enjoy:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Holiday crafts
  • Airstream photo booth
  • Games
  • Stilt walkers

What: Jingle Bell Jamboree

When: Saturday, December 7

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Where: Century Oaks Terrace near The Park

Cost: FREE

Presented by: Do512Family

If you can’t make it to the Jingle Bell Jamboree, you can still experience the holidays at The Domain all season long with the following events:

Santa Photo Experience

November 8 – December 24

The Domain, in front of Macy’s

Make an appointment online here.

Holiday Light Shows

November 8 – December 31

Hourly 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.

Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights shows at The Domain between Dillard’s and Dick’s

Sporting Goods. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 10 minutes of each hour.

Holiday Entertainment

November 29 – December 22

Enjoy live music each weekend on two stages at The Domain.

Century Oaks Park (near North Italia)

Fridays, 6-9 p.m. ; Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.; Sundays, 3-6 p.m.

The Lawn (near IPIC)

Fridays, 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.

Strolling Carolers

November 30 – December 21

Saturdays from 6-8 p.m.

The sounds of the season will drift through The Domain each Saturday night as strolling carolers roam the sidewalks!

Holiday Craft + Story Time

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

10 a.m. – Noon

Century Oaks Park (between North Italia and Starbucks)

Join us on Saturdays morning for a holiday story time and craft activity at Century Oaks Park.

    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.

      What better way to show your appreciation for all the lovely mothers and the wonderful things they do than with decadent chocolates?!? Delysia Chocolatier invites you to spend the day honoring Mom. Treat her to a complimentary chocolate tasting with flavors inspired by the gentle, pure, and elegance of these beautiful women.

      Our Lemon curd apricot chocolate truffle gives a spectacular culinary experience as the perfectly balanced lemon curd and sweet apricots explode in your mouth. Enjoy milk chocolate infused with the floral notes of rose water, a spiced hint of cardamom, and a salty crunch of pistachio as you nibble on our Pistachio rose petal chocolate truffle. Lastly, find your way to our award-winning Spiced wine berry chocolate truffle. Explore the graceful hints of spiced wine blended with a trio of berries that will bring poise and elegance to your palette.

      Take a moment to spoil your wonderful Mother with Delysia Chocolatier’s delectable truffles. We look forward to sharing this special occasion with you and Mom.

        Join the ultimate family-friendly urban scavenger hunt on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Proceeds benefit Central Texas children and teens with an ill parent. Teams of all ages welcome!
        The hunt starts at noon, with four hours for teams to do good deeds, complete challenges and visit various clue stops. Then gather from 4-6 p.m. for the after party at Zilker Lodge at Austin Sunshine Camps. Celebrate the winners, laugh at the photos and share stories over food and games.
        Plan now for an afternoon of laughter that will do your heart–and your community–good.
        Tickets are on sale now – buy your tickets today!
        All proceeds to benefit Wonders & Worries

          You’re invited! Its Pippi’s after-Christmas party, where all the kids in the village are welcome, and no grumpy grown-ups are allowed! Join Pippi and her friends Annika and Tommy on one of her over-the-top adventures where surprises, cream cakes and new friends are around every corner! Just in time for the holidays, this show offers live music and lots of playful action!

            Youth from 12-18 years old, and over 4’11”, can walk into any SoulATX class as our guests (with a completed waiver signed in-studio by their parent) from now through August 20th! And they might be able to receive P.E. credits for riding. Ask our Soul staff for more info!

            Find out how fun and empowering fitness can be!

              Come have fun at our annual fundraiser Spring Carnival. We’ll have lots of games and prizes, petting zoo, rocking climbing wall, bungee trampoline, bounce house, face painting, virtual reality, cake walk, music, fire truck, dunk tank, and more! A Silent Auction with lots of great items too!

              Wristbands are $20 purchased in advance, $25 at the door. Individual tickets can be purchased in advance or day of.

                Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Lucy Dacus, Kyle Craft, U.S. Girls, and Red Yarn will perform live for Austin kids and families at the 6th annual MyMusicRx + YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids at the FADER FORT on Thursday March 15.

                The YOU WHO! Rock Show for Kids is a family friendly, morning concert that benefits MyMusicRx, the flagship program of the Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). MyMusicRx bedside and online music medicine programs deliver the healing power of music to hospitalized kids across the country.

                Since 2014, YOU WHO! shows have cultivated a devoted following of more than 2,500 influential Austin moms, dads, and kids, treating them to up-close performances from artists like Shakey Graves, Sara Watkins, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Zombies, Best Coast, Heartless “Bathtubs”, Tacocat, Aloe Blacc, and Les Claypool. YOU WHO! has raised nearly $80,000 to fuel MyMusicRx programs.

                MyMusicRx has served more than 180,000 children along with their families, caregivers, and medical professionals across the country including through a local in-hospital concert partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center. In 2018, MyMusicRx will launch its bedside service at St. David’s Children’s Hospital. To ensure long-term, sustainable program growth, CCA has assembled a local advisory board comprised of community members and executives from leading Austin businesses and firms. Proceeds from ticket sales will support MyMusicRx’s local programs.

                Celebrate trees in the Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with tree climbing for kids and adults, walks and talks, s’more roasting, fort building, a native plant sale and more. The Arboretum features a scenic trail, swings under the Cathedral Oaks and a substantial native tree collection.

                Activities include:

                • Plant sale
                • Family activities, including: Tree-o-cache with TreeFolks, crafts, games, scavenger hunt
                • Cornhole (bag toss)
                • S’mores by the fire
                • Tree giveaway with TreeFolks
                • Tree climbing with arborists from the Wildflower Center and They Might Be Monkeys (ages 7 to adult)
                • Aerial tree yoga demonstrations by Yogapeutics (noon-3pm)

                Walks & Talks

                11 a.m. – Trees in the Landscape with Wildflower Center Land Steward, Michelle Bertelsen

                Noon – Trees of Central Texas and Their Benefits with Brad Hamel

                1 p.m. – Keys to Tree Identification with Colleen Dieter of Red Wheelbarrow Landscape Consulting

                1 p.m. – Tree Habitat Walk for Kids with Wildflower Center Education Coordinator, Anjoli Fry

                1:30 p.m. – Celebrating the Trees of the Arboretum with Don Gardener, arborist

                2 p.m. – Tree pruning demonstration with Jennifer Hrobar

                3 p.m. – Oak Wilt Explained with Chris Dolan, City of Austin

                Book Signings
                Noon – 3 p.m. in the Store

                • “Book of Texas Birds” by Gary Clark & Kathy Adams Clark
                • “Discovering Westcave” by S. Christopher Caran & Elaine Davenport

                What: Winter Tree Fest
                When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
                Time: 11 am – 4 pm
                Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin
                Cost: Free with museum admission ($10 adults, $4 youth)

                For more information, visit the event page at:

                We don’t have many opportunities to see snow here in Austin, Texas. But at the Scottish Rite Theater, in the month of December, it’s guaranteed to snow a little bit! This Saturday is your last opportunity to watch SNOW QUEEN 2: Riddle of Eternity at one of the oldest theaters in town.


                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!

                When: December 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
                Where: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th Street
                Cost: $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 for children

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