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).
Join Pat Mares and her team as they celebrate 25 years of fine barbecue with food and drink specials all weekend, a screening of The Fugitive Kind on Friday evening, and live music on the patio on Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm. 6:30pm.
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)
You can get an early look at the lights, but it will cost you. Live music from Ray Benson, the Soul Supporters, the Whiskey Sisters, and Marcia Ball along with food help make the ticket price worth it. 7-10pm. $62.50.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/551-9253