AUSTIN, TX – With sunshine expected for Austin this weekend, we can’t help but think of all the things to do in the metropolitan area.
From holiday-themed festivals and events to exploring downtown Austin, there is a wealth of activities for families and young Austinites looking to explore all that the live music capital of the world has to offer.
Here is a list of things to do this weekend in Austin, December 10-12.
Check out Elf and The Office: Christmas at The Globe Drive-In
Globe Drive-In locations will show “Elf” on Friday at 5:30 pm and “The Office: Christmas” on Saturday at 6:00 pm. To purchase tickets, visit the Globe website.
“Eleven” movie party at the Alamo Drafthouse
Saturday December 11th and Sunday December 12th
The Alamo Drafthouse will host an “Elf” movie party on Saturday and Sunday at participating Alamo locations. The movie party includes props and the chance to enjoy the theater’s Christmas menu.
Tickets can be found on the Alamo Drafthouse website.
Participating locations are: Village, Slaughter Lane, Lakeline and Mueller
3rd annual 12 Bars of Christmas pub crawl
Austin’s annual 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl is back, kicking off Saturday, December 11th from 12pm to 11pm.
Eight Austin bars on 6th Street will participate in the crawl this year. Those who attend are invited to put on their best Christmas rompers, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes. Tickets cost between $ 12 and $ 16. To buy your own, visit the event website.
The 4th Annual Austin Christmas Pub Crawl by CrawlWithUs
This Christmassy pub crawl at the Parlor and Yard, 601 W. 6th Street, kicks off on Saturday, December 11th, 4:00 p.m. to midnight on the holiday. The proceeds from the event will go to Toys for Tots.
More information can be found here.
See “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in Paramount
The Austin Chamber Music Center is hosting “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Paramount on Sunday, December 12th. Tickets start at $ 22.
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For the adults looking for a scary Christmas party, Elysium Austin is holding a Nightmare Before Christmas Gothic Ball & Bazaar on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.
The venue features sing-a-longs, casters, a specialty drinks menu, DJs, and shopping for unique Texan items. Tickets are $ 17. To buy tickets, go online.
Explore a vegetable holiday market
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the vegan in your life? Or maybe you just want to choose a more sustainable lifestyle?
Whoever you’re shopping for, the Wandering Vegan Holiday Market at the Wanderlust Wine Collective is probably the best place to mark your wish list.
Along with some of Austin’s best herbal suppliers, you can find an abundance of groceries and pantry items, as well as cruelty-free skin care products, candles, clothing and more.
This free event will take place on Sunday December 12th at 702 Shady Lane from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show at the Paramount Theater
The hugely successful, internationally acclaimed Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Show is back with its signature, smart comedy, brand new songs and a few long-running hits.
The show is scheduled for Sunday December 12th at 7pm at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Tickets are $ 25 and are available online.
A drag queen Christmas
“A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour” is a magical (and hilarious) Christmas night out with participants on the reality TV show hosted by Trinity The Tuck and Monet X Change.
Planned acts are Alyssa Edwards, Heidi N Closet, Kylie Sonique Love, Shea Couleé, Brooke Lynn Hytes and Crystal Methyd.
The ACL Live Show will be held December 13th at 8pm at the Moody Theater in Austin. Tickets start at $ 72 and are available online.
The Austin Metro hosts events throughout the month
Austin’s Trail of Lights
Stay warm in your car and cruise through light displays of all shapes and sizes. Open every evening from November 27th to December 31st (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) with some fun themed evenings.
General registration vehicle passes are available for $ 30 to $ 40. For more information on tickets, visit the Austin Trail of Lights website.
This drive-through holiday event was launched last year to celebrate safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Music and millions of Christmas lights can be heard on the kilometer-long route.
The event runs until December 26th. Tickets start at $ 35. Please visit the Peppermint Parkway website for more information.
Ballet Austin’s Nutcracker Ballet
From the delicious backdrops and costumes to the colorful characters you love, Ballet Austin’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is Austin’s favorite Christmas tradition.
The show will take place December 4-5, December 10-12, December 17-19, and December 21-23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center, 701 W Riverside Drive in Austin. Tickets start at $ 35 and are available online.
A Christmas carol in the Zach Theater
The popular Christmas game will continue at The Topfer at ZACH on 202 South Lamar Street in Austin through Sunday January 2.
Tickets start at $ 25. Student rush tickets cost $ 18 one hour before the performance starts (with valid ID). A limited number of Pay What You Will tickets are only available on the day of the Mainstage Preview appearance.
Tickets are available online at zachtheatre.org, by phone at 512-476-0541 Monday to Friday from 12:00 to 17:00 to 17:00 Groups of 8 people or more can make reservations by phone at 512-476-0594 x3 or by e- Request mail to groupsales @ zachtheatre. org.
The Ice Cream Museum will be presenting “Pinkmas” from November 18th and will last until January 9th at its location in the domain.
The magical immersive experience features festive specialty drinks in the café and a variety of celebratory activities. Tickets for the “Pinkmas” celebration start at $ 44 and include Christmas ice cream treats for guests to enjoy during the experience.
Add the special $ 39 Pinkmas package to stock up on limited edition retail items like a headband, plush piñata toy, MOIC ticket pin, and litter bag. Limited tickets are available online.
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This article originally appeared on the Austin Patch