Concerts, running and more: 14 events in Cedar Park, Leander to round out the holiday season

"The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical” will bring guests to the North Pole to glimpse into the lives of Santa’s Scout Elves in the original Christmas musical. (Courtesy Mills Entertainment)
"The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical” will bring guests to the North Pole to glimpse into the lives of Santa’s Scout Elves in the original Christmas musical. (Courtesy Mills Entertainment)

"The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical” will bring guests to the North Pole to glimpse into the lives of Santa’s Scout Elves in the original Christmas musical. (Courtesy Mills Entertainment)

Catch a holiday show at the H-E-B Center or the Haute Spot or another holiday-themed event at these 14 local happenings in December in Cedar Park and Leander.

Through Dec. 24: Take photos with Santa

Santa Claus will be at Lakeline Mall through Christmas Eve for photos with families as part of the Simon Santa Photo Experience. Guests can sit with Santa or be socially distanced. Reservations are encouraged. Photo package costs and hours vary. Lakeline Mall near Dillard’s, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Austin. www.simon.com/mall/lakeline-mall

Dec. 9: See 'Elf on the Shelf' live

The Elf on the Shelf: The Musical” will bring guests to the North Pole to glimpse into the lives of Santa’s Scout Elves in the original Christmas musical. Tickets can be purchased online. Masks are required for guests over age 2. 6 p.m. $29 and up. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com


Dec. 10-11: Watch ‘The Nutcracker on Ice’

See mice, toy soldiers, snowflakes and sugar plums skating on ice at Chaparral Ice’s “The Nutcracker on Ice.” The cast of 100 skaters will perform over two nights. Tickets can be purchased online. Admission is free for guests under age 2. 7 p.m. $10-$50. Chaparral Ice, 1717 Scottsdale Drive, Cedar Park. 512-252-8500. www.eventbrite.com/e/the-nutcracker-on-ice-2021-tickets-204063919677

Dec. 11: Go to a 'no office' holiday party

For people without an office holiday party to attend, Whitestone Brewery is hosting its annual holiday party with live music from playing 7-9 p.m. from Martian Folk. 5-9 p.m. Free. Whitestone Brewery, 601 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 500, Cedar Park. 512-765-4828. www.whitestonebrewery.com

Dec. 10-18: See a Christmas show

Way Off Broadway Community Players will present “The Cricket on the Hearth” by Charles Dickens with outdoor performances at Smooth Village. Tickets for the Christmas play can be purchased online, and guests should bring lawn chairs. 5:30 p.m. (Dec. 12 and 19); 8 p.m. (Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18). $10-$15. 203 W. Broade St., Leander. 512-259-5878. www.wobcp.org

Dec. 11: Run a Santa dash

The Vista Ridge Cross Country Program is holding a 5K fundraiser at Vista Ridge High School. The course will be Christmas-themed at the school’s home course. A half-mile kids race will also be held. Finishers will receive a custom medal. The 5K race will start at 8 a.m., and the kids’ race will start at 7:30 a.m. Race registration cost varies. Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park. RunSignUp.com: VRXC

Dec. 11: Listen to Little Texas

Country music band Little Texas will bring its music to Cedar Park at an open-air concert at the Haute Spot. The band from Nashville combines modern rock with country themes and styles. Their songs include “What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas” and “My Love.” Tickets are available online for general admission or premium seats. Children ages 13-17 must be accompanied by a guardian. 6-11 p.m. $20-$45. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. www.loveandlightstream.com

Dec. 11: Wear your pajamas to the library

Families are invited to wear their Christmas pajamas to the city of Leander’s Pancakes & PJ’s event. Guests can enjoy a hot breakfast, make Christmas crafts and see Santa Claus at the annual event. Preregistration is required online for limited spots in each of two sessions at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masks will be required inside the library but not outside. Free (admission without breakfast or crafts), $5 (per person). Leander Public Library annex, 1011 Bagdad Road, Leander. 512-528-9909. www.leandertx.gov

Dec. 15: See stars skating on ice

Famous figure skaters will perform a special holiday performance at H-E-B Center for the “Stars on Ice Holiday” tour. Skaters include the Olympian duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Olympic Gold medalist Ilia Kulik and Canadian figure skater Kurt Browning. Tickets can be purchased online. 7:30 p.m. $39 and up. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Dec. 16 Celebrate a rockin' holiday

Austin-based Quiet Company will perform its second annual holiday show, A Very Quiet Company Christmas, at the Haute Spot in Cedar Park. 5-10 p.m. $10-$25. Haute Spot, 1501 E. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park. https://www.hautespotvenue.com/

Dec. 18: Enjoy holiday tunes

Texas singer-songwriter Hamilton Loomis will perform a holiday music show at Steamer Lane Music. Guests can also play Christmas song trivia, and Topp Dawg will be selling hot dogs. Guests can bring their own chairs, food and drinks. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. 6 p.m. $20. Steamer Lane, 603 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park. 512-431-6279. https://steamerlanemusic.com

Dec. 22: Enjoy a family movie

Families can head to the Cedar Park library’s community room for a viewing of “Raya and the Last Dragon.” The movie is rated PG. Families can bring snacks. 2-4 p.m. Free. Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-401-5000. www.cedarparktexas.gov

Dec. 24: Watch a light-up Christmas tale

Guests will watch a Christmas tale told with moving-light characters and holiday music. Lightwire Theater’s “A Very Electric Christmas” will visit H-E-B Center on Christmas Eve. Performing group Lightwire Theater is known as a semifinalist on “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets can be purchased online. 2 p.m. $20-$47.50. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Ave. of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-600-5000. www.hebcenter.com

Dec. 30: Deck the Dancehall

See country singer-songwriter Kevin Fowler perform at Wild West in Cedar Park for the “Deck the Dancehall Tour.” Musical guest Carson Jeffrey will also perform. Age 18 and up. 7 p.m. $20-$40. Wild West Cedar Park, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park. 512-986-7464. https://wildwestcedarpark.com/event/kevin-fowler
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.