Check out these eight holiday events in the Lake Travis-Westlake area – Community Impact Newspaper | Wonder Mind Kids

There are a variety of events for Lake Travis-Westlake residents to celebrate the holidays, from ice skating at the Hill Country Galleria to photos with Santa. Here are eight events in the region to help Christmas come early this season.

Key: KID: child friendly, FOOD & DRINK: food and drinks are available, FREE: the event is free

November

Dec 16-16 Go ice skating

Bee Cave will have its first-ever ice rink at the Hill Country Galleria. The ice rink will be open seven days a week and can hold up to 120 people at a time. Each ticket includes skate rental and a 75-minute ice skating session. Reservations are open and will be posted on both the City of Bee Cave website and the Hill Country Galleria. Reservations are recommended, but some walk-ups will be available. 3pm-7pm (Mon-Wed), 10am-7pm (Thu), 10am-9pm (Fri-Sat) 10am-7pm (Sun). $15. 4000 Galleria Parkway, Beehive. www.hillcountrygalleria.com (CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

27 Light up a Christmas tree

The 56th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony for the Zilker Park Christmas Tree is taking place at the end of November this year. The tree is 155 feet tall with 3,309 lights and a double star measuring 10 feet from point to point. Before the ceremony begins, pre-event music will be played. Parking is free and subject to availability. 17:30-19:00 Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. www.austintexas.gov (FREE, CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

December

01 to 16 Write a letter to Santa Claus

Hosted by the Steiner Ranch Homeowners Association, parents can help their child write a letter to Santa and have Santa’s elves write back. Return addresses are recommended. After making their Christmas wish list, children can drop off their letters at the Red Santa Mailbox next to the front door of the HOA office in Towne Square between 8am and 4pm weekdays through December 16th. Steiner Ranch HOA Office, 12550 Country Trails Lane, Austin. www.steinerranchhoa.org (FREE, CHILD)

02 Light up the night

Kick off the holiday season in Lakeway by attending the first lighting of the Trail of Lights behind City Hall. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to help connect the Trail of Lights display. Afterwards, guests are invited to the City Hall parking lot to decorate cookies, roast marshmallows by the fire pit, and play games. Food vendors will also be on site. 6-8 p.m. Admission free. 1102 Lohman’s Crossing Road, Lakeway. 512-314-7500. www.lakeway-tx.gov (FREE, CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

02 to 04 Watch a classic

The TexArts Theater celebrates the holiday season with a performance of The Nutcracker, which features a mix of ballet, tap and jazz. Different times. $20. 2300 Lohmans Spur Road, Ste. 160, Seaway. 512-634-8589. www.tex-arts.org

03 Running during the holidays

The Jingle Bell 5K, hosted by the Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce, will include a 5K Fun Run and a Kids Dash. The first 200 to register for the 5K will receive a free t-shirt, and the first 100 to register for the Kids Dash will also receive one. 7am (5K fun), 8am (Kids Dash). $10 (kids), $15 (adults). 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. 512-256-4004. www.beecavechamberofcommerce.com (CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

03 Be happy

Merry Making is a family-friendly event featuring crafts, prizes, storytelling, live guitar music and pony petting, hosted by the Bee Cave Public Library. Santa will also be in attendance to take photos and various holiday props will be available for photo opportunities. 2pm-4pm Free. 4000 Galleria Parkway, Beehive. 512-767-6620. www.beecavelibrary.com (CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

04 Experience the wonderful festival

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce is hosting Wonderfest featuring Santa, performances by local elementary school choirs and free hamburgers from Hat Creek Burger Co. There will also be face painters, balloon artists, a photo booth, petting zoo, bouncy castle and more on the Holiday Express train. 1pm-4pm Free (admission). Westlake High School Chaparral Stadium parking lot, 4100 Westbank Drive, Austin. 512-327-3088. www.westlakechamber.com (CHILD, FOOD & DRINK)

04 Sing along to Christmas carols

The Lakeway Sing Along will perform its 22nd annual Christmas show. This year’s Once Upon a December production focuses on popular songs from animated holiday movies. The group consists of over 70 music lovers from the Lakeway area. There will also be cookies and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs Claus. Performances at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Free (admission with donation of a toy for children up to 17 years). Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek. 512-261-1010. www.lakeway-tx.gov (KIDS, FOOD & DRINK)

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