- Trail of Lights – Tuesday, December 8 – Friday, December 11 from 7-10:00 p.m. The Austin holiday tradition returns for its 51st year. Gate tickets are FREE through December 15. Find parking and shuttle information here. Read tips for planning your trip here. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
- The Book of Mormon Brown Bag Lunch – Thursday, December 10 at Noon. The Austin Public Library, in collaboration with Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, is hosting a brown bag lunch with cast members from the Tony® Award-winning musical The Book of Mormon. Bring your own lunch. FREE! Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St, Austin.
- “Christmas Around the World” Handbell Concert – Thursday, December 10 at Noon. Take a 30-minute lunchtime break to enjoy a holiday handbell concert full of cross-continental carols and classics. FREE! Central Presbyterian Church, 200 E 8th St, Austin.
- The Austin Symphony’s Christmas in the Community – Christmas in the Community is a series of FREE concerts held throughout the city of Austin featuring different ensembles of the orchestra playing familiar holiday music. This week you can enjoy:
- Science Under the Stars: Why Ants Are Everywhere – Thursday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. Our planet hosts 20,000 species of ants. UT’s Curator of Entomology Alex Wild will lead a discussion about where ants come from, how they live, and why they are so abundant. Arrive early for refreshments and fun activities for kids of all ages. Guided tours of the field lab are available. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. FREE! Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin.
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