Believe it or not, there will be 26,000 pounds of real snow blown over a 1,230 square foot area for kids and adults to enjoy. Warm up with a cash bar, hot chocolate and coffee, a live band, and more. Proceeds go to Battle for a Cure Foundation which helps children fighting cancer. 7-11pm. $30.
Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Dr., 512/331-5900
Some of Austin's best "makers" come out to teach you their craft. There will be drinks and snacks to facilitate the learning. This time out, learn to make cards and snow globes with a personal touch. 3pm. $35.
Explore Austin’s culinary past with the authors of recent books Historic Austin Restaurants, Austin Breakfast Tacos, Austin Beer, and The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook. Light refreshments served; signed books on sale. 1-4pm.
Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe, 512/974-7480
It's not exactly a winter wonderland 'round these parts, but you can at least skate around the ice rink with 200,000 lights to help you get in the mood. Go online for package deals and VIP pricing. Through Jan. 6. $23 ($17, kids).
The Blanton Museum, State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Library, Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center are teaming up to make sure you think of them when looking for distinct holiday gifts. Admission will be waived. 9am-5pm. Free.
The Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT host this evening of seasonal spirit starting with carols on the South Steps of the state Capitol at 6pm. The Capitol tree is lit at 7pm followed by an invitation to take a walk down Congress Avenue where stores and museums will be open late and lousy with specials. Blue Lapis Light will even have an aerial performance at 816 Congress at 7:40 and 8:25pm. 6pm. Free.
Bill Minutaglio, Steven Harrigan, Nick Kotz, Joe Nick Patoski are just a few of the authors who will be autographing books for purchase at a discounted rate. Coffee and treats will be available if your blood sugar gets low from all the literary star power. Proceeds benefit Austin flood victims. 10am-1pm. Free.
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)