Best Bets: Santa to arrive in Austin Friday

Published 9:56 am Friday, November 23, 2012

Now that we are all through with Thanksgiving, except for the leftovers, it’s time to turn to Christmas. Actually, we’ll continue to look toward Christmas as we have done already. For those who have survived the carnage called Black Friday, read further.

1. Christmas in the City

Christmas in the City kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Austin, and the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, has it covered. Among a free, sneak peak of “Swingin’ into Christmas,” Jane Taylor Dance Academy will perform “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m.

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2. Forever Christmas

Head back to the Paramount at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday or 7:30 p.m. next Thursday. The Forever Christmas Tour XXII hits the Paramount both days during the weekend. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children or $2 more at the door. Then on Thursday, the Whitesidewalls are back after a year absence, with their 50s and 60s rock prowess and bowling outfits to fit the style. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door.

3. Santa’s mailbox

Most of us have to get back to business as usual on Monday, and that includes you, too, youngsters. Santa’s mailbox officially opens at noon on Monday, and the Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. NW, is collecting your letters. Stay on your best behavior, though. Santa’s watching.

4. Wine tasting

Tis the season … for wine tasting. While it may be a hair salon, the Golden Tress Salon and Day Spa is hosting a wine tasting event from 5 to 8 p.m. next Wednesday. The Golden Tress is located at 104 11th Avenue NW, Austin.

Other events

Don’t forget, Christmas in the Northwest and Southwest also continue next week, on Nov. 27 and 29, respectively. Santa will be there, along with sleigh rides, crafts, treats, animals and plenty of free fun for the youngsters.


Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and the homepage.