December Events to Delight!

December 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Happy Holidays from everyone at West Austin Properties!! This is the MOST wonderful time of year and there are some joyous events to attend! Our favorite? The Zilker Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 4th! Don't miss it!

The Nutcracker? Sweet!: You know those sugarplums that dance in your head this time of year? They actually appear on stage, too, along with mice, snowflakes and local celebs as Mother Ginger, all accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. $15-$74, plus service fees. Dec. 3-23, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive. www.tickets.balletaustin.org ; 476-2163.

Classical Karaoke: Go all “German Idol” with the “Sing-It-Yourself Messiah.” $15. 4 p.m. Dec. 4. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. www.chorusaustin.org ; 719-3300.

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting: Attention, pint-sized Picassos – pull out those crayons, markers and paint and get to work! Kids ages 5 to 10 who produce the most creative renditions of the Austin holiday landmark will help light the tree on Dec. 4. But hurry, entries must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. Information, rules and entry form at www.ci.austin.tx.us/zilker/zhtartcontest.html.

The sounds of hoofs ain't just for roofs: Child and adult dancers hoof it to a jazz trio's take on Tchaikovsky in “Of Mice and Music: A Jazz Nutcracker.” $25. Dec. 8-18. Boyd Vance Theater at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St. www.tapestry.org .

Holidays on Ice: Sharpen your blades and head to Oasis Texas Village, home to a new 1,760-square-foot ice-skating rink. The site of Austin's popular sunset-watching Oasis restaurant also boasts four other eateries and retail shops including the new Blue Genie Art Store for your holiday shopping. $10 (includes skate rental). Through Jan. 1. 6550 Comanche Trail. www.oasistx.com ; 761-5301.

Classic Films, Classic Venue: Holiday movies at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., include “White Christmas,” Nov. 28; “Scrooged” and “Love Actually,” both Dec. 18, 19. $6-$10. www.austintheatre.org ; 472-5470.

Happy Chanukah: Celebrate the Festival of Lights at the Chanukah in the Hood community festival. Yiddish cowboys, Klezmer musicians, choirs and face-painters entertain while crafts and food – including latkes and sufganiot (jelly doughnuts) are available for purchase. Free. Dec. 11. Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. 735-8030.

Buda Trail of Lights: Any truth to the rumor that Buda is an acronym for Best Unweird Decoration Alternative? Find out at the southern suburb's own Trail of Lights at historic Stagecoach Park. Free. Dec. 14-21, 880 Main St., Buda. (512) 312-0084.

Walking (or driving) through a winter wonderland: Organized holiday activities can be fun, but some great family time can be spent walking or driving around your own neighborhood, enjoying neighbors' holiday decorations (in the spirit of the season, resist the urge to report unkempt yards to your HOA). If your 'hood lacks cheer, Austin's 37th Street (just east of Guadalupe Street) is always a sure bet for decorative excess. Top off the tour with a trip to Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3826 Lake Austin Blvd,, for hot cocoa and other beverages while you compare notes – the cafe has impressive, Trans-Siberian Orchestra-accompanied synchronized light shows nightly. mozartscoffee.com .

Keep Austin Bazaar: The granddaddy of Austin holiday art fairs is the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. $5-$8, Dec. 14-24. Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. www.armadillobazaar.com. The more avant-garde Blue Genie Art Bazaar, free entry, runs Nov. 30-Dec. 24 at Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. bluegenieartbazaar.com.

ENJOY!

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About Katy

I am a 4th generation Austinite and a 3rd generation REALTOR with West Austin Properties. I specialize in buyer representation and would love to help you buy, sell or lease a home! Contact me for any of your real estate needs at Katy@WestAustin.com!