This weekend you can walk through the Trail of Lights, shop at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, rock out at a special Grateful Dead kids’ show — and more!  Here’s our list of Top 10 Family Events…FamTopPicks-OnSite_header-1Other stuff:

Top Austin Family Weekend Events…

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— Check out the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (daily through Dec. 24). In addition to over 175 artists, the live music line up includes a variety of artists such as Ray Wylie Hubbard and Shinyribs playing daily sets at 12pm, 3pm, and 7pm. Single day passes are $10 (online sales or at the door), and kids 12 and under are always free! Parking is available in the Palmer Events Center/Long Center Garage for $8. It’s a great place to shop a huge variety of local artisans with good music, good beer, and good company.

—  See the incredible Trail of Lights in Zilker Park that also includes live music, food trucks, and holiday activities nightly. General admission tickets start at $3 for access from 7-10 p.m., parking passes are $15, and general admission tickets with shuttle service are $6. Children 11 and under are FREE. Sunday, Dec. 16 is UT Night, celebrating the amazing community that is UT Austin! Click here for more info.

Plunge into the holidays with a chance to Swim with Santa at the Georgetown Recreation Center Indoor Pool. Bring out even your tiniest elves to participate in this all ages event from the Georgetown Fire Department. Babies 3 and under are free, youth 4-18 are $2, adults are $3, seniors 55+ are $2; Georgetown Recreation Center members are free. The swimming begins at 5:30 p.m., with cookie decorating lasting until 7:30 p.m.

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—  Don’t miss the chance to see Santa, play in the snow, and do holiday arts & crafts at It’s Snowing Tacos. The event will be in Centennial Plaza in Round Rock and includes the Christmas Market, food trucks, and performances. If you donate a coat, you get a FREE taco! Admission is free, drop by anytime 11 a.m. – 2 .p.m.

— Family Parties at Alamo Drafthouse include themed games and hands-on crafts to dive into the themes of the movie before sitting down to watch it. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Family Parties take place this weekend at 10 a.m. at Alamo Mueller or 10:30 a.m. at Alamo Slaughter Lane. Tickets are $15, available online here.

— Buddy the Elf is taking over Austin’s Park n’ Pizza with sing-alongs, crafts, silly games, special food options (yes, breakfast spaghetti), movie screenings, and more! The holiday celebration lasts through Dec. 24. Click here for more info and to enter to win a 4-pack of tickets.

— The Harlien family began decorating their house for Christmas 25 years ago and the tradition has only grown since. Now in their 5th year of raising support for the Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas to benefit local kids’ wishes, you can head over today at 6 p.m. to visit Santa. The event is donation-based, hoping to reach the $20,000 goal.

— Put some Scarlet Begonias in your hair and check out The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids, presented by Rock and Roll Playhouse at Mohawk Austin. Choose from two shows — 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Kids under 1 are free; tickets are $12-$15, available here.

— See the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life on 35mm film at the historic Paramount Theatre‘s big screen. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. with tickets at only $12, available online here.

— The Austin City Ballet presents the 16th annual production of the Austin Children’s Nutcracker, this weekend only, at Dell Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for children 12 and under, $35 for adults, available online here. Show times at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30pm.


WAIT, THERE’S MUCH MORE: You can browse our full list of Top Picks for Weekend Events for even more listings.

Have a great weekend!