Welp, the weekend before Christmas has arrived, are you ready? Whether or not you have family in town, our top 10 Austin family events list is full of fun for all ages so the whole family can have an awesome time. In addition to this greatness, here are some other useful bits of info:

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— Party all day at the Light Up the Season party at the North Village Branch Library , running from 10 am – 7 pm. The whole day will be filled with crafts, movies, snacks and fun, all for free!

— Make your nighttime routine a little extraordinary by spending it at the Austin Aquarium for their Sleep with the Sharks event. For $32.48 (that’s half-off!) you can spend a night among the glow of the sea creatures. Sleepovers start at 7:30 pm and end at 9:15 am the next morning. Get your tickets here.

— It’s the final weekend of Trail of Lights at Zilker Park, open today, tomorrow and Sunday from 7 – 10 pm. Tonight you can catch Suzanna Choffel, Soul 2 Sole and the Csárdás Hungarian Dancers. Take the mile walk through a lit up wonderland and get some tasty treats from the several vendors that are on site. There’s all kinds of parking info and things, so read up on all that.


— If you have last minute shopping but don’t want to bring the kids along because, you know, you’d like to stay sane, you can drop them off at The North Door for a fun Holiday Kids Camp. From 10 am – 2 pm, ages 5 – 12 will be crafting up a storm, getting down at a pizza party and watching holiday movies. If you finish up early you can hang out in the Parent Lounge and enjoy some drink specials until it’s time to go. Cost is $30, register here.

— Make some lanterns, don some lights and get to Minor Mishap’s Winter Solstice Parade at 5:30 pm. The Minor Mishap Marching Band invites you to gather for music and light. You are the main source of beauty and creativity for this event, so rise to the occasion and spend the day making your wares. More info on the parade route can be found here.

Make Mini Canvas Collage Ornaments with vintage wrapping paper, paint and embellishments at Smudge Studios from 11 am – 12:30 pm. The workshop is $25 and you can sign up here.

Watch The Polar Express at the Texas Spirit Theater in the Texas State History Museum. Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and you can get ’em here. Admission includes a cup of hot cocoa! Showtimes are at 6 and 8 pm.


— 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!

Make an Ornament with Santa at The Arboretum from 1 – 4 pm. Get crafty with the big guy, enjoy a story time and photos too. Free, near the Christmas tree between Amy’s Ice Creams and Restoration Hardware.

— It’s you final chance to see The Second Shepherds Play at Scottish Rite Theater. Showtimes are at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, tickets are $6 for 12 and under and $9 for adults and you can buy theme here or at the box office. Read our review and make your plans to attend.


Have fun and be safe!