breaking news

APD: Police aren’t ruling out the possibility of a tripwire-type bomb

Many Austin holiday family traditions this week, Dec. 3-9

Holiday events

Austin Trail of Lights. The annual tradition begins. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Free admission Saturday. Zilker Park.

Zilker Tree. The tree will be lighted every night from through Dec. 31. Zilker Park.

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit of the Americas. See lights, go skating, enter the petting zoo and Santa’s workshop and more. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $16, plus additional fees for some activities.

Luminations. It’s back. See the Wildflower Center outlined in luminarias. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday-Dec. 10. $15. Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm. Ride a hay ride to the Christmas tree grounds and select your tree. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Elgin Christmas Tree Farm, 120 Nature’s Way, Elgin.

Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm. Buy Christmas trees through Christmas Eve. Noon to dark daily, except Saturdays, when it opens at 10 a.m. Weekends there’s s’mores making and pine cone painting, too. 242 Monkey Road.

Trail of Lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Dec. 28. Free. EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Mozart’s Christmas Light Show. 6 to 11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Mozart’s Coffee Roasters at Oyster Landing, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd.

Whole Foods Skating on the Plaza. Go ice skating 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. now through Jan. 15. Closed Christmas Day. $10 per person. Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

“The Elves and the Shoemaker.” For ages 5 and older. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Spicewood Springs Branch; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Terrazas Branch; 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Windsor Park Branch; 3:30 p.m. Friday, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Saturday, Hampton Branch.

Teddy Bear Tea. Tea, carolling and a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Santa. Bring an unwrapped new teddy bear to donate to Dell Children’s Medical Center. While you’re there, don’t miss the gingerbread village. $30-$45. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17. Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Make reservations by calling 512-685-8300.

“A Christmas Carol.” 10 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 17. $8-$10. EmilyAnn Theatre, 1101 Ranch Road 2325, Wimberley.

Alamo Drafthouse events: Kids Camp: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 10 a.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Lakeline. 10 a.m. Sunday, Slaughter Lane. PBS Kids Holiday Mix. 10 a.m. Saturday, Lakeline.

“Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” Junie B. is ready to take on her nemesis May in this holiday story. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, Saturday. $10-$15. Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Tea and Story Time With Mrs. Claus. 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday. $10 per child. Peeps Christmas Story Time. 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Free. Pictures with Santa. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.

Caring Santa. Meet Santa in an autism-friendly way. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Barton Creek Square; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Lakeline Mall. Reserve your spot at

Neill-Cochran House Museum. H istory Lab: A Historic Holiday. Make pomanders, putz houses and historic board games. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free. 2310 San Gabriel St.

Hideout Theatre Presents: “Monster Holidays.” 2 p.m. Sunday. $5. Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave.

Friday Movie Matinee “Home Alone.” 3 p.m. Friday, Old Quarry Branch.

Domain Northside Kids. Come to the lawn at the Domain Northside for activities for kids 18 months to 6 years old. This month’s theme: Frosted. Free. 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Reservations required.

Story time with Mrs. Claus. 11 a.m. Saturday. Hill country Galleria Central Plaza Pavilion.

Winter Fest. 10 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch.

Holiday Open House. 11 a.m. Saturday, Willie Mae Kirk Branch; noon Saturday, Pleasant Hill Branch; 1 p.m. Saturday, Howson Branch; 2 p.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Thinkery Gingerbread House Workshops. Traditional or Tot (ages 5 and younger) 9:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $20 house kit. Gingerbread Art and Architecture for ages 7 and older. 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $30 house kit. Candy Chemistry for ages 7 and older. Make candy to go on your house. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. $12 per person plus $30 house kit. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Gingerbread House Workshop at The Candy Jar. 3:30 p.m. Saturday. $50 per house; children younger than 6 must have an adult with them. The Candy Jar, 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Suite 110. Register at

Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. $15-$98. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.

“Holiday Heroes.” Zach Theatre’s annual Christmas family tradition. 11 a.m. Saturday. $18-24. Topfer Theater, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

Contemporary Austin. Families Create: Gingerbread Villas. Make your own candy home. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free. Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St.


Zach Theatre presents “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.” Head to Narnia in the C.S. Lewis tale. 11 a.m. Saturday. More shows through Feb. 10. $18-$24. Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Road.

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” See the book come to life. 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 and up. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.


Bullock Museum. H-E-B Free First Sunday. Free family fun around the museum with the theme “Bundle Up.” Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Living History Days. Re-enactors stroll through the museum. 10 a.m. Thursday. Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Blanton Museum of Art. Holiday Family Day. Road trip-inspired activities. Free with admission. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Starry Nights. See a star show in the mini-planetarium and learn how the ancient Greeks saw the universe. 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday. Free. Girlstart, 1400 W. Anderson Lane. gi

Thinkery. Parents’ Night Out. Little Thinkers Club. Nature as Our Canvas! Make art inspired by nature. 9:45 a.m. for 1-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds. Wednesdays through Dec. 13. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Little Thinkers Club. Amazing Animals. Make art and do yoga inspired by animals. 9:45 a.m. for 2-year-olds, 10:45 a.m. for 3-year-olds, Fridays through Dec. 15. $20 per class, $140 for the series. Baby Bloomers. Learn all about winter. For infant to 3. 9 a.m. Mondays and Saturdays, except Christmas Day. Special guests throughout the month. $5. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave.

Toybrary Austin. Date night babysitting. For ages 1-5. $25 first child, $10 siblings. 5-8 p.m. Saturdays. Toybrary Austin, 2001 Justin Lane.


Harry Potter Fest. “Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Deathly Hallows Part 1.” 6 p.m. Saturday. Various prices. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In. 12419 Lowden Lane, Manchaca.


BookPeople story times. Milly McSilly, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Carrying Hope, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Donate board books to this organization that helps newly placed children in foster care. BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd.

Barnes & Noble Events: 1 1 a.m. Saturdays, story times at all locations: “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book.” .

At the library

Bow Wow Reading with Bonnie. 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Yarborough Branch; Mornings with Moxie. 10 a.m. Saturday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Storybook Dance Making. 2 p.m. Sunday, Recycled Reads Bookstore.

The Contemporary Austin Presents: Glowing Aliens. For ages 3-5. 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pleasant Hill Branch.

Sew Happy. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Manchaca Road Branch.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Austin360

Filipino food finds a place in the American mainstream
Filipino food finds a place in the American mainstream

In 1883, José Rizal, the future hero and martyr of the Philippine Revolution, was a homesick medical student abroad in Madrid. His longing for bagoong, a paste of seafood salted and left to ferment until it exudes a fathomless funk, grew so great that his worried family in Manila dispatched a jar. But it broke on the ship, releasing its pungent...
Grains + greens
Grains + greens

A veteran winemaker throws out the wine-selling playbook
A veteran winemaker throws out the wine-selling playbook

Adam Lee wants to shake things up. "Selling wine isn't what I like to do," Lee says. He's good at it, of course. Lee is a darling of wine writers and consumers because he is outspoken, generous with his time and thoughts, and because, well, he makes darn good wine. Lee and his wife, Dianna Novy Lee, launched their Siduri label in 1994, specializing...
Italian gremolata is great with sandwiches, meats, fish vegetables
Italian gremolata is great with sandwiches, meats, fish vegetables

Italian gremolata is most commonly used to add a final flourish to Milan’s Osso Buco, where it adds a fresh, zippy note to braised veal shanks. Part condiment and part garnish, gremolata is a mixture of raw minced or grated garlic combined with parsley and lemon zest. Gremolata makes a wonderful spread for sandwiches and is a bright, pungent...
Is Pepsi's Bubly the new LaCroix, or just another cute can?
Is Pepsi's Bubly the new LaCroix, or just another cute can?

It's been bubbling up for years, and now here we are, in the midst of a sparkling-water brand war. LaCroix - the fizzy flavored drink that comes in retro pastel so-uncool-they're-cool-again cans - is the front-runner, and as Americans drink less and less soda, every brand is angling for its own subtly fruit-flavored water. Enter Bubly (yes, just one...
More Stories