Here are our top 5 picks for family fun this week, presented by IT’S TIME TEXAS. And you can always check out the Do512 Family Calendar to view many more listings of awesome kid events in the Austin area. Also, be sure to download the free Choose Healthier mobile app for great ideas for getting out and staying active with the kids.


Top 5 Austin Family Events to Check Out This Week:

Gingerbread Village Open House @ Four Seasons Hotel
Monday, Nov. 30 & Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5 – 6 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and festive cookies as you ooh-and-aah over the details of this year’s “Wild, Wild West”-themed Gingerbread Village in the Lobby. Take photos with Santa in the lobby, and meet the talented pastry chefs who can answer questions about the houses, which will be on display through December 31.


10th Annual Mueller Tower Lighting & Snow Party @ Mueller Control Tower
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m.
At the 10th Annual Tower Lighting, kids can enjoy 10 tons of real snow to play in. It will be SNOW much fun!
The free, family-friendly event will feature live music from the Reagan High School Drumline and the Huston-Tillotson Jazz Band. The event will also include free coffee, hot chocolate, and holiday treats as well as activities for children.



Jedi Training Camp @ Manchaca Branch of the APL
Friday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.
Join the Austin Public Library for crafts and activities as they celebrate the epic saga of Star Wars! This week’s theme is Dagobah Jedi Training. Free event, recommended for ages 5 and up.



Trail of Lights Preview Party @ Zilker Park
Friday, Dec. 4 from 7-10 p.m.
The Trail of Lights will kick off with a ticketed Preview Party that provides an exclusive first look at the Trail with music from Jimmie Vaughan, light bites by Austin’s best chefs and restaurants, free beer and wine, holiday cocktail samples and entertainment throughout the night. Tickets are $75/person, available online here. (Tickets are required for attendees ages 6 and over.) For more info about the Trail of Lights, please click here.



Christmas Family Night @ Old Settlers Association & Dell Diamond Parking Lot
Friday, Dec. 4,  6:30-10 p.m. 
This free event includes live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, full-scale Carnival rides, light maze, pedal go kart rides, holiday food, photos with Santa Claus, and more. Children can take photos with Santa (parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras). Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments.


–> There so much more to explore this week! Check out our Daily Calendar for more events, and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter to get reminders about Top Picks for the weekend.

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Have a fun week!