Best Bets: All signs point to Christmas

Published 10:11 am Friday, December 20, 2013

Nativity scenes, joyous music, good food and fellowship: Austin has it all within a week of Christmas. Whether you want entertainment or have nowhere to go on Christmas, there is something for nearly everyone who celebrates the occasion.

1. Nativity nostalgia

4-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, nativity scene collection, 606 Oakland Place NE, Austin.

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Bill and Helen Holder have been hard at it again, making countless trips to the basement to unpack their hundreds of nativity scenes and set them up in every nook and cranny of their home. Check out the massive collection, now 850 scenes and counting, for a $1 donation to the Salvation Army.

2. Last-chance Christmas show

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, Michael Veldman and Friends, Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.

There is still one more weekend to see Austin’s Christmas comrades: Michael Veldman and Friends. The show will be at the Paramount Theatre Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Get tickets at the box office.

3. A Sunday Christmas

2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, free Christmas dinner, Eagles Club, 107 11th St. NE, Austin.

When nobody is around, or you have nowhere to celebrate, a good crowd awaits at the Eagles Club for an early, free Christmas dinner.

4. No one alone on Christmas

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas dinner, St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 306 Second. St. NW, Austin.

If the Eagles isn’t quite your thing, and you still have nobody to celebrate with on Christmas Day, go to St. Olaf’s 16th annual free Christmas Day dinner. The free meal is a chance for fellowship and a traditional turkey dinner with all the sides.

Other events

Albert Lea has the spirit this weekend with Holiday Bazaar on Broadway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Also, ‘tis the season to put on some ice skates, for a date, some hockey skills practice, or just good fun at the Packer Arena. See the community calendar or Parks and Recreation for times and info.

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.