Put on your plaid and spend a weekend surrounded by the sounds, tastes, and sights or Ireland and Scotland highlighted by the Highland Games where unweildy objects are thrown. We have our reservations about the Children's Highland Games, but we'll assume they know what they're doing. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 3-4. $20, advance two-day pass; $12, day pass.
Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia St., 512/480-8318
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
Parents and children can enjoy tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons from now until Christmas. Call to make reservations. Saturday and Sunday seatings at 2, 2:15, and 2:30pm through Dec. 23. $40 (kids 11 and under, $30).
'Chronicle' contributor and horticulturist Mick Vann joins restaurateur Sap Apisaksri of Sap's Fine Thai Cuisine for a free demonstration of traditional Thai stir-fry with herbs and Tom Kha soup. 2pm. Free..
It's About Thyme Nursery, 11726 Manchaca Rd., 512/280-1192
Join the seven wineries along the Top of the Hill Country wine trail in a patriotic salute to the country and our armed forces on from Friday through Sunday of this Veterans Day weekend. Tickets cover a souvenir wine glass, Celebrate American T-shirt, wine tastings, and a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Go online for more information and to by tickets.
Eighteen local chefs go snout to tail with distinctive pork dishes at this benefit for the Austin Food & Wine Alliance. Look for wines, craft beers, and local spirits, as well as live music. 1-5pm. $100 ($75, advance).
Share the warmth and donate new or gently used blankets, towels, and pillows to five area nonprofits – including Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace – via city newcomers Sleep Experts. Through Thanksgiving.
Sleep Experts locations or the Girl Scouts of Central Texas