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Fill your long Thanksgiving break with family holiday fun


Oh, it could be a long week. Many schools are out all week, and we know families are looking for things to fill those days.

Get inspired by the upcoming holidays with these family-friendly events.

BEGINNING WEDNESDAY

Zach Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol.” Austin’s most rockin’ holiday tradition is back by popular demand for the third year in a row. “A Christmas Carol” — about the grouchiest banker facing the ghosts of past, present and future — stars Jaston Williams of “Greater Tuna” fame in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The production combines new hit songs and re-imagined carols with traditional Victorian setting and costumes. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 31. $29-$81. 1510 Toomey Road. 512-476-0541, zachtheatre.org.

THURSDAY

Turkey Trot Kids K. $8-$10 a kid. 8:15 a.m. Thursday. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/event-info

BEGINNING FRIDAY

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Hayride, pick your own tree, crazy maze, playground and more. Open for the season beginning 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Dec. 21. 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin. elginchristmastreefarm.com.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Cut your own tree and then play old-fashioned games or roast marshmallows. 10 a.m. to dark Friday-Dec. 24. 242 Monkey Road, Elgin. evergreen-farms.com.

FRIDAY

Santa on the Terrace. Get your picture taken with Santa with Austin as a backdrop. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Long Center. 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org.

BEGINNING SATURDAY

Teddy Bear Tea at the Four Seasons. Enjoy a traditional tea service, reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a visit with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear for Dell Children’s Medical Center. $45, must make reservation at 512-685-8300. Noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 27, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 and 18. Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. fourseasons.com/austin

SATURDAY

Chuy’s 28th Children Giving to Children Parade. Line the streets of Congress Avenue from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez Street to see this holiday parade. Bring an unwrapped gift for Operation Blue Santa. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. chuysparade.com

SUNDAY

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Take a spin under the tree for the first time of the season. 6 p.m. Sunday. The tree will be lighted 6 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Dec. 31. Zilker Park. austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree

MORE THINGS TO DO

If you don’t want to go full-on holiday, take in a musical with a classic story.

“Charlotte’s Web.” Aerial artists Sky Candy bring the spider to life. 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 11 a.m. Saturday. $16-$21. Zach Theatre’s Kleberg Theatre, 1421 W. Riverside Drive. zachtheatre.org

“Annie.” See the classic musical. $29-$99. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday. Long Center, 701 Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org

Or head to the movie theater for these family-friendly films:

“Trolls.” The dolls with the large-and-in-charge hair come to life in this movie with the voices of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. PG.

“Moana.” Disney’s animated tale with the music of Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame takes us on an adventure across the ocean. Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) navigates the ocean with the help of demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock). It opens Wednesday. PG.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” From the mind of “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling comes this story of beasts lost in New York at a time before Harry Potter. Eddie Redmayne stars. PG-13.



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