Driskill Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Choral performances, food, cider and a gingerbread replica of the Driskill by culinary students. 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Driskill, 604 Brazos St. 512-439-1234, www.driskillhotel.com.
Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The annual lighting of the community Christmas tree and German Christmas pyramid. 7 p.m. Friday. Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St, Fredericksburg. www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/holiday.
Mozart’s Light Show. A 12-minute music and light show presented at the top of each hour from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly. Free. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd. www.mozartscoffee.com.
Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. Dozens of floats, bands and rides make their way through downtownTemple covered in lights after a tree lighting ceremony. 6:15 p.m. Monday. City Hall, 2 N. Main St., Temple. 254-298-5690, www.templeparks.com.
Danú. The traditional music ensemble from Ireland performs “Chrismas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn.” 8 p.m. Thursday. $10-$36, $75 family four pack. Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. 512-477-6060, www.texasperformingarts.org.
Handel’s “Messiah.” The Austin Symphony performs accompanied by Chorus Austin. 8 p.m. Tuesday. $15-$40. Riverbend Centre, 4214 Capital of Texas Highway. 512-327-3540, www.austinsymphony.org.
2nd Street Holiday Window Walk. Local businesses in the 2nd Street District present elaborate art installations in their storefront windows through Jan. 1. Free. Second Street from San Antonio Street to Colorado Street. www.2ndstreetdistrict.com.
Austin Jingle Bell 5k. Family-oriented run/walk to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 8 a.m. Sunday. $10-$35. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace. 512-482-8676, www.austinjinglebell.com.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. Bring a toy to donate to the Operation Blue Santa Program. Parade includes floats, children’s characters, marching bands, Santa and more. 11 a.m. Saturday. Downtown Austin. Starts at the State Capitol at 11th Street and Congress Avenue. www.chuysparade.com.
North Pole Flyer. The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum hosts a special day trip with train cars decorated for the season and Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard the train with gifts for children and Christmas cookies. $65. 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 315 W. Avenue B., Temple. 254-298-5172, www.rrhm.org.
Outdoor Ice Skating. The ice-skating rink, Eisbahn, is open for outdoor ice skating in downtown Fredericksburg until Jan. 4. Come and go all-day pass $10, includes skate rental. Marktplatz, 100 W. Main St, Fredericksburg. www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/holiday.
Schlotzsky’s Jingle Bun Run. A 5k and half marathon race followed by a 1k race for children with Santa. Pre-registration is $10 for the 1k, $20 for the 5k and $40 for the half marathon by Dec. 10. Race-day registration is $25 for the 5k and $45 for the half marathon. 9 a.m. Dec. 14. Scott and White West Campus, 5701 Airport Road, Temple. 254-298-5582, www.templeparks.com.
Trail of Lights 5k Run/Walk. A family-friendly, festive holiday run/walk. Registration is $35 by Saturday, $40 Sunday-Dec. 7 and $15 for children. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Zilker Park, 2201 Barton Springs Road. www.austintrailoflights.org.
Wimberley Trail of Lights. Opening ceremony 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 31. Free, donations accepted. Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens, 1101 FM 2325, Wimberley. 512-847-6969, www.emilyann.org.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Thousands of original works including everything from serious art to kitschy items made by local and regional artists. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Closes 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Free admission and parking. The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com.
City-Wide Garage Sale. Browse second-hand antiques, collectibles and vintage merchandise. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5; kids younger than 12 free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 441-2828, www.cwgs.com.
Renegade Craft Fair. A curated indie-craft marketplace featuring hundreds of makers of all things handmade. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.renegadecraft.com.
Theater and dance
“A Christmas Story.” Based on the classic holiday film. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29. No 2:30 p.m. show Saturday, no 7:30 p.m. show Sunday and Dec. 7. No show Christmas Eve. $65-$100. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.
Esther’s Follies. “Home for the Holidays,” a musical comedy, magic and political satirical revue on Sixth Street. 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. $22-$29. Esther’s Pool, 525 E. Sixth St. 512-320-0553, www.esthersfollies.com.
Invincible Czars 10th annual Kids’ Dance-it-yourself Nutcracker. You provide the dance moves in this family friendly show featuring face painting and make-your-own snowflakes. 2 p.m. Saturday. $10 adults, $5 kids or $20 a family. At 10 p.m. Saturday is a later, louder, longer version of the show, $12 all ages. Some material at the late show may be inappropriate for children. Spider House Cafe & Ballroom, 2908 Fruth St. spiderhousecafe.com.
“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show.” Audience members watch members of the KPNF radio station assemble a performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in 1946. Opens Thursday. 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $23-$30. Rice’s Crossing Store, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.penfoldtheatre.org.
“This Wonderful Life.” Martin Burke plays 37 characters from the Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-7, 11-13, 17-22 and 25-28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 14-15, 21-22 and 29; and 9 p.m. Dec. 14. $45. Zach Theatre, 202 S. Lamar. 512-476-0541, www.zachtheatre.org.