Hope you’re ready, because no matter the weather, the weekend is still on!

For everything that’s going on for Christmas, check out our gigantor list of Christmas Events this Week. If you want to shop it up this weekend, check out our Christmas Shopping Guide for the Weekend.

Other than that, here are our top 10 Austin family events



— Celebrate the season and take advantage of the fact that it actually feels like Christmas outside by Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods Market Downtown. Open everyday from 11 am – 9 pm until January 11, rent skates for $10 and take in the downtown view.

— Let the kids stretch and keep warm at the Yogi-Sitters Club at The Little Yoga House from 5 – 9 pm. You can shop, sleep, have a date night or catch a movie while the littles watch a movie, eat pizza and relax with some yoga. $35, siblings are $30, register here (click on the Workshops/Events tab).

— Play in the snow with National Geographic Kids for their North Pole in the South event where they will bring in snow for you and the kids to build a snowman, sled and make snow angels. FREE at the Rise School of Austin from 3 – 6 pm.


— Keep warm indoors at Austin’s Comic & Toy Show at the Norris Conference Center from 9 am – 5 pm, the only place where you can catch a Star Wars parade this time of the year. There will be a cosplay and costume contest, artist tables and live drawings, vintage toys, modern toys, pop culture items, collectibles and comic books. Get a free picture with the Austin Batmobile and bring a toy for Brown Santa if you so desire. Admission is $4, kids 12 and under are free. Get a coupon for a free comic book from us!

— Book your family a night at the Horseshoe Bay Resort either this Saturday, December 7 or next Saturday, December 14 and have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Their holiday programming includes horse-drawn carriage rides, a Children’s Holiday Laser Light Show, Santa’s workshops, and childcare for the kiddos so you can check out one of their Holiday Concerts. Check out the details!

— Have Cocoa & Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the YMCA Camp Twin Lakes. Reserve a time slot for your child to get their picture take with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies, crafts, story time and sing-a-longs. There will be six 1-hour sessions between 8:45 am – 3 pm for children ages 1 – 12. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Reserve your spot by calling 512-250-9622.

— See ZACH Theatre‘s family Christmas production, Holiday Heroes, playing at 11 am. Now in its 14th year, this hilariously fun holiday sing-a-long will get your family into the holiday spirit. The stage is set for big holiday display when too much fun causes a raucous mix up of Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa. Celebrate the season with singing, laughter and holiday cheer for all. Tickets are $14 for kids, $16 for adults and you can purchase them here. Read our review & enter to win 4 free tickets!


Get an adorable picture with Santa at the ridiculously cute children’s boutique, Millie & Mox, from 11 am – 5 pm. Angela Hession, owner of Millie & Mox, originally from Ireland, wanted to bring some Irish holiday traditions to Austin. In Ireland, Santa always gives small gifts to the kids, and there are little cottages that pop up all over the place, decorated to the nines in holiday cuteness. Check out their display and make plans to attend one of their Santa Workshops! Photos are just $10! (There’s another setup inside the store in case of bad weather.)

— The Austin Trail of Lights will celebrate its grand opening at Zilker Park at 7 pm with performances from The Ransom Notes, D’Ette & Co Dancers Rhythm Force, Tapestry Dance Company and more. Austin Trail of Lights will be open from 7 – 10 pm every night until Sunday, December 22. There is a ton of info about this event in regards to parking and the newly added ZiP Passes, which will give you entry 45 minutes before general admission as well as access to private restrooms and heated areas. Learn more here.

— See some fantastic improv for kids from The Flying Theater Machine at The Hideout Theatre. Kids will help build a wondrous time travel machine and then decide where it goes at Clockwork Stories. Tickets are $7 and you can purchase them here, show is at 2 pm.


Have fun!