- December 14, 2016

Weekend Top 10 FREE Events: December 16-18, 2016


The Weekend Top 10 is brought to you by the Austin Trail of Lights! The Trail will be lit every evening through December 23. Visit the website for details on tickets, shuttles and parking.

Trail of Lights

Weekend Top 10 Free Events in Austin:

  1. Movie Night at the Trail – Friday from 7-10:00 p.m. Join Austin Parks Foundation for two versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas on the very last FREE night at Austin Trail of Lights. First movie begins at 7:30 p.m. Please view parking and shuttle information before heading out. You can also read our guide to Navigating the Austin Trail of Lights. Zilker Park, Barton Springs Rd, Austin.
  2. Pastries with SantaSaturday from 9-11:00 a.m. Enjoy hot chocolate, crafts, giveaways, and pictures with Santa. FREE! AB Cantu/Pan American Rec Center, 2100 E 3rd St, Austin.
  3. Storybook Dance Making – Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Dance with your family, play games, and enjoy a reading of Duck, Duck, Dinosaur. Storybook Dance Making classes include a warmup, check in activity, game, storybook reading, dance making activity. Each lesson is aligned with the National Core Standards for Dance Education. Stick around afterwards to snack, sip, or shop. FREE! in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd, Austin.
  4. Sábados en Familia | Family Saturdays – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a day filled with FREE arts and wellness classes. Six classes will be offered, each geared toward either Pre-K, youth (5-12), and teens/adults so the whole family can spend the day in an enriching cultural experience. Three classes will be offered at 10am; FREE lunch will be provided at eleven; and three more classes will be offered at noon. Ages 4+ welcome. FREE! ESB-MACC, 600 River St, Austin.
  5. Grinchified Giving Tree Storytime – Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Featuring the stylings of friends at BookSpring and The Women’s Storybook Project of Texas, this storytime brings together Giving Tree partners as well as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas himself. There will be activities in the Grinch Bus outside the store all morning, as well as a storytime featuring the Grinch costume character. Grow your heart three sizes as you read How the Grinch Stole Christmas and learn where Christmas really comes from. (Hint: It’s your heart!) FREE! Book People, 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin.
  6. Star Wars: May the Party Be With You – Saturday from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Join the rebellion and celebrate the release of the latest film in the Star Wars saga. There will be movie trivia, a scavenger hunt, and a costume contest. Make your own Yoda ears or Princess Leia hair buns. Create your own light saber and show it off when you take a selfie at the galactic photo booth. Plus, there will be giveaways and snacks. All ages welcome. FREE! APL – Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin.
  7. Community Marimba Party – Saturday from 7-9:00 p.m. Discover the joys of high-energy African marimba music in a fun, laid back, and friendly atmosphere. Dance to tunes by Kupira Marimba and Mafaro Marimba. You’ll even get a chance to jump up on stage and learn to play a song. Family friendly and FREE! Rattletree School of Marimba, 2401 Thornton Rd, Unit 3, Austin.
  8. Elf & the Child’s Gift Musical – Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Elf and the Child’s Gift is a family-friendly, Christmas-themed musical comedy about the power of self-giving love. The comedy weaves story-telling with upbeat pop songs and toe-tapping arrangements of classic Christmas tunes. FREE! Life in the City United Methodist Church, 205 Monroe St E, Austin.
  9. HOPE Holidays – Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Take it easy this holiday season with HOPE FM. Enjoy live music, a sweater swap, a Santa Selfie Station with Austin Facial Hair Club, story time, Imagination Playground, and free yoga (at 12:12 p.m.). FREE! HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal St, Austin.
  10. Yiddish Cowboys Performance – Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Yiddish Cowboys, one of Central Texas’s only professional klezmer bands, will be performing a FREE show including the premiere of two new songs they are adding to their repertoire: “Uber Take Me Out to Sixth Street” based on an old Russian tune, and Theodore Bikel’s “Yossel der Klezmer.” HEB Kosher Store, 7025 Village Center Dr, Austin.

More Events Beyond Austin:

  • Holiday Model Train Show (Round Rock) – Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. The Tinplate Trackers will be back at ArtSpace for their 4th annual Holiday Model Train show. The trains will be running Wednesday through Sunday each week. FREE! ArtSpace, 231 E Main St, Round Rock.
  • Buda Trail of Lights (Buda) – FridaySaturday and Sunday from 6-10:00 p.m. Admission is FREE, including the shuttles that transport you from the Cabela’s parking lot to the front of the trail. Read about Heather’s experience here. Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main Street, Buda.
  • Starlight Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert (Kyle) – Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Hear the joys of Christmas with your family and friends. Starlight Symphony will be playing some old favorites and songs by the Transsiberian Orchestra with a light show. FREE! Hays CISD Performing Arts Center, 979 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle.
  • Star Party (Cedar Park) – Friday at 8:00 p.m. Star gaze on a state-of-the art computer guided telescope. View through the telescope, take telescope assisted photos with your smartphone, and learn major stars and constellation positions along with the planets and moons. Learn how to read a star map, and much more. Weather permitting. FREE! Texas Museum of Science & Technology, 1220, Toro Grande Dr, Cedar Park.
  • Deck the Halls with Diapers (Round Rock) Saturday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts, cookie decorating, storytime, and more. FREE but donations of diapers or dollars are requested. BabyEarth, 106 E Old Settlers Blvd, D-100, Round Rock.
  • Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert (Georgetown) – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Let the WCSO bring you some joy, laughter, and good feelings this Christmas season. All ages welcome. FREE! Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown.
  • The Gift of the Magi Guitar Concert (Round Rock) Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the sounds of the season with a FREE performance of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi read by William Sydney Porter with music by the Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir. Round Rock Public Library, 216 E Main St, Round Rock.
  • Starlight Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert (Wimberley) – Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Hear the joys of Christmas with your family and friends. Starlight Symphony will be playing some old favorites and songs by the Transsiberian Orchestra with a light show. FREE! Wimberley First Baptist Church, 15951 Winters Mill Pkwy, Wimberley.
  • 47th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting (Stonewall)Sunday from 6-9:00 p.m. Join the Texas Hill Country community in this special tradition started 46 years ago by President and Mrs. Johnson. Enjoy carolers, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and of course, the spectacular tree lighting. Then revisit the past at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. FREE! Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site, 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall.

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