Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year. Don't worry; Post Office reps will be on the premises to spare you from lugging all that holiday cheer home. Dec. 12-24, 11am-11pm. $5, weekdays till 7pm; $8, evenings and weekends.
Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., 447-1605
Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 125 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm, everyday. Free.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 454-2000
Southwest Key’s Latino Arts Preservation Program students sing and dance their way through the story of Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. Santa brings games, crafts, and more fun even if we already know how the story ends. 6-8pm. Free.
Southwest Key Programs, 6002 Jain, 462-2181
Kids and parents are invited to create their own sugary abodes made from locally baked gingerbread. Through Dec. 23: Wednesdays, 10am; Thursdays, 10am, 3:30pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am, 12:30, & 3:30pm; Sundays, 12:30 & 3:30pm. $35 ($30, members).
Thinkery, 1830 Simond, 472-2499 x201
Features an exhibition by artist Paul Pfeiffer and a display of James Naismith's 1891 document the Original Rules of Basketball. You won't want to miss this in-depth and historical look into the sport of basketball. Runs through Jan. 13, 2013.
The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr., 512/471-7324
Guess who's coming to WTF? Rebecca and Stanley Roy must be quaking in their figgy pudding knowing that Silky Shoemaker, Little Stolen Moments, Mitzy Myers, and Russell Reed are headed back to town for this magical baconator weekend of holiday hullaballoo. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 8:30pm. $12.
ND Austin, 501 N. I-35, 512/485-3001