Holiday Happenings In & Around Bee Cave

Bright Horizons, an early education and preschool center, is coming to Bee Cave in early 2015. In celebration of their new home, Bright Horizons at Bee Cave has partnered with Free Fun in Austin to share some nearby holiday fun for families in their new neighborhood.


Snow Day at Hill Country Galleria, sponsored by Bright Horizons at Bee Cave!

If you live in or around Bee Cave, here are some holiday happenings coming up in your neck of the woods:


Polar Express Storytime – Friday, December 5
, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Wear your PJs to this special reading of The Polar Express. FREE! Barnes & Noble Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd, Ste O-140, Bee Cave.

Fairly Silly Holiday Tales & Gingerbread Cookie Decorating – Saturday, December 6
, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Get in the holiday spirit with the Flying Theater Machine as they perform Fairly Silly Holiday Tales. There will also be gingerbread cookies to decorate after the show. Gluten-free and dairy-free cookies will be available. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Hill Country Galleria Snow Days – Saturday, December 6; Sunday, December 14; and Saturday, December 20 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. Real snow will be delivered to the Hill Country Galleria! Toss a snowball, build a snowman, make a snow angel, and take fun family photos. Enjoy live holiday music, holiday carolers, and more every day that it snows. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, located right outside the Bee Cave Library, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

December Wine Walk – Thursday, December 11 from 5-9:00 p.m. Get to know the eclectic mix of businesses in the Galleria while discovering great wines from all over the world. This event is open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, groups, or date for a fun way to spend a Thursday evening. December’s participating stores include Twin Liquors, Amy’s Ice Creams, Relax The Back, barre3, Mimi’s Café, We Olive & Wine Bar, Young & Fabulous, Austin Natural Mattress, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, and Party Couture. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Lake Point Elementary School Choir Performance – Friday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. Watch Lake Point Elementary’s choir perform in the amphitheater. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.


Barton Creek Elementary School Choir Performance – Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Watch Barton Creek Elementary’s choir perform in the amphitheater. FREE! Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Elf on the Shelf Storytime & Elf Adoption Event – Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy a reading of The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, followed by an elf adoption event. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek with Santa’s elf is perfect for children and families of all ages. FREE! Barnes & Noble Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd, Ste O-140, Bee Cave.

Holiday Harp Music – Wednesday, December 17 at 10:15 a.m. Enjoy some holiday music at Laura’s Library with harpist Cindy Schaufenbuel. Cindy plays the early Irish harp (clairseach), familiar to many as the harp on the reverse of the Irish Euro coin, or on old Guinness labels. She has traveled to Ireland several times to study with the best players and teachers of early Irish harp in the world. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Friday Family Films: Home Alone – Friday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister has become the man of the house, overnight. Accidentally left behind when his family rushes off on a Christmas vacation, Kevin gets busy decorating the house for the holidays. But he’s not decking the halls with tinsel and holly. Two bumbling burglars are trying to break in, and Kevin’s rigging a bewildering battery of booby traps to welcome them. Rated PG. FREE! Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd, Austin.

Holiday Classics Storytime – Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. Wear your PJs to hear holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas. FREE! Barnes & Noble Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd, Ste O-140, Bee Cave.


Hanukkah Storytime – Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m. It’s Honey Hanukah time! Enjoy a reading of Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie–a fun-filled celebration of Hanukkah with accompanying CD. FREE! Barnes & Noble Hill Country Galleria, 12701 Hill Country Blvd, Ste O-140, Bee Cave.

Meet & Greet with Santa – Various dates and times through December 24. Meet Santa and tell him what you want for the holidays! Kids of all ages are welcome, and pets are welcome, too! Bring your own camera and take fun holiday photos! Photos with Santa are FREE (no professional photographer onsite). View Santa’s complete schedule here. Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Bonus Not Free Events:


A Christmas Carol and Christmas in Connecticut – Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ben Mankiewicz introduces a double feature of holiday classics. Cost: $8.25 (matinee)/$10.25 adult; $7.75 child. Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 60th Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A screening of the holiday classic, plus backstage stories and a retrospective. Cost: $8.25 (matinee)/$10.25 adult; $7.75 child. Cinemark Hill Country Galleria, 12812 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave.

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Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will offer Infant, Toddler, Twos, Preschool and Kindergarten Prep programs in addition to summer camp and holiday care for school age children. The center’s features include a Movement Matters Zone complete with rock climbing wall and ballet bar, Art Studio, large outdoor playgrounds, 21st century technology with a SMART Board and touch screen computers, high-quality curriculum and more. The center will offer full- and part-time child care as well as drop-in/back-up care on a space available basis. Bright Horizons at Bee Cave will be located at 14058 Bee Cave Parkway and will be open from 6:45 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Monday – Friday, year round. For more information call 512-263-9017 or visit the Bright Horizons at Bee Cave website.


Image credit: Hill Country Galleria




In her life before kids, Emily held jobs as a zookeeper, a middle school teacher, and a tour bus driver in the wilds of Montana–not one of which prepared her for the adventures of motherhood. Now she’s living the good life in Austin with her husband, two sons and a Great Dane. When she’s not off gallivanting with her boys, you might find Emily baking up a mean batch of cupcakes, recalling obscure 80s song lyrics, or dreaming of peace and quiet.

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