Parks, fire departments host Swim with Santa
Aquatics enthusiasts of all ages can swim with Santa Claus and enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free (recreation center members), $2-$3 (nonmembers).1003 N. Austin Ave. 512-930-8459. www.parks.georgetown.org
One Love Tattoos hosts apparel pop-up shop
Clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes will open a one-night, pop-up retail shop at One Love Tattoos to offer a variety of merchandise from the Johnny Cupcakes apparel line. The event includes tattoo specials and gift giveaways. 6-8 p.m. Free. 903 N. Austin Ave. 512-868-1588
Georgetown Ballet shows Act 2 of ‘The Nutcracker’
The local ballet organization hosts three performances of the traditional Christmas production. 7 p.m. (Fri.), 2 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $15. Southwestern University Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center, 1001 E. University Ave. www.georgetownballet.org
Firefighters and Rotarians hosting breakfast benefit
Firefighters and members of the Rotary Club of Georgetown-Sun City serve breakfast with Santa to benefit families in need. 7:30-11 a.m. $6 (children under age 12 eat free with adult ticket purchase). Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. 512-930-3473
Christmas lights sparkle on the downtown Square
Following the annual Lighting of the Square ceremony Nov. 24, Georgetown’s historic town center remains festive throughout the holidays with Christmas lights and window decorations on display until Jan 2. Free. The Square, 710 S. Main St. www.georgetown.org
Classic vehicles on display at Pistons on the Square
A classic car show featuring antique and late-model cars and motorcycles takes place on the third Saturday each month on the downtown Square. 8-10 a.m. Free. 710 S. Main St. www.facebook.com/pistonsonthequare.
Tinkergarten lets kids learn with outdoor play
Play-based classes for children help build collaboration and problem-solving skills. Free (online registration required). 10-11:15 a.m. San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/janet.odom
Brix and Ale serves a Christmas Day brunch
Executive Chef Patrick Taylor offers a menu that includes carved meats, a breakfast station and holiday favorites. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $55 ($25 for children, reservations recommended). 1101 Woodlawn Ave. 737-444-2750.
Through Dec. 30
Theater presents one-man ‘Santaland Diaries’ show
Joe Mantello adapts humorist David Sedaris’ essay on working as a Christmas elf. The show is for mature audiences. Ticket prices and times vary. Georgetown Palace Theatre Playhouse, 817 S. Austin Ave. 512-869-7469.
Habitat for Humanity seeks trailer donations
After a Nov. 22 equipment trailer theft in Taylor, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County is seeking donations to restock the trailer’s contents, which included paint supplies, ladders and other building equipment. Donation information is available at www.williamsonhabitat.org/donate.
Worth the trip
Through Dec. 31
Zilker tree on display
Austin continues its annual tradition of lighting the 155-foot-tall Zilker Holiday Tree. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-974-6700. www.austintexas.gov/zilkerholidaytree
AT&T Fireworks Watch Party
A fireworks watch party returns to The Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Old Red Museum of Dallas, 100 S. Houston St., Dallas. www.5mademen.com