"Where the audience is the choir!" Share holiday favorites at Conspirare’s first December Big Sing, hosted by the Symphonic Choir and directed by Craig Hella Johnson. Tue., Dec. 18, 6pm (2012), Free
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
It's privately funded these days, but lights are lights, amirite? Every evening has a theme with some manner of festive entertainment. Food and drinks will be available from local trailers. Park at Austin High School for $5 and the money goes to the school's orchestra. Through Dec. 23, 6-10pm. Free.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
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
Kids over the age of 3 can get in the spirit of the season with this puppet show courtesy of your local library. 1pm, 4am. Free.
Sat., Dec. 15, 1pm, Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon; Tue., Dec. 18, 10:15am, Carver Branch, 1161 Angelina
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
Bike with the butchie babes and betties every Tuesday. Contact for route info. Tuesdays, 7pm. Free.
Q Austin, 3408 West Ave., 845/642-7069
LGBT night at Lincoln Village's tastiest spot, with Lauren YellaStud and SDot SwaggaRipe, Gina DJgiiq Laughland, and bartender Alexis Wilder. Tuesdays, 9pm. Free.
MoJoe Room Bar & Grill, 6406 N. I-35 #1600, 512/206-4110