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Film

Classics: It's a Wonderful Life

This sentimental perennial is a holiday chestnut. A man learns that he's made a difference in the lives of others, and an angel gets its wings.

7PM and 2PM, Tinseltown North, N. I-35 & FM 1825, Pflugerville

Arts

  • Big Medium: Enjoy Your Life

    This is a new exhibition of paper-cut art by Half Japanese's Jad Fair. Closing reception with live music from the man himself: Fri., Jan. 3, 7-10pm.

    Bolm Studios, 5305 Bolm

    www.bigmedium.org

  • Sloppy Sean Behind Bars: A Lonely Highway Christmas

    Clear that dead reindeer off the Lonely Highway, friends and neighbors, as everybody's favorite affable-and-yet-fucking-scary-snaggletoothed-hillbilly is granted a reprieve from his relentless cage-fighting schedule by Mephistopheles and returns to pervert the Hyde Park stage for one night only in this … uh … this Christmas special unlike any other. Wed., Dec. 18, 8pm (2013), $16

    Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd, 512/479-7529

    www.hydeparktheatre.org

    Community

    • Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

      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. 17-24, 11am-11pm. $7 (free, kids).

      Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

      www.armadillobazaar.com

    • Austin Trail of Lights

      Still bright and free after all these years. Every day has live entertainment, myriad photo ops, and, of course, funnel cake. Go online for a schedule of shuttles and other transpo options. You can pay online for parking or a pass that lets you cut everyone in line. Bike racks will be available for your pedal pushers. Every day through Dec. 22, 7-10pm. Free.

      Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

      www.austintrailoflights.org

    • Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 135 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Every day through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm. Free.

      The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 512/494-6178

      www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

    • Holiday Light Show

      This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday-light game for years. Every hour on the hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Dec. 31, 6-11pm. Free.

      Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900

      www.mozartscoffee.com

    • Texas Stars

      Let's give ourselves the gift of victory this holiday season. Fri., Dec. 13, 7:30pm, vs. Chicago; Wed., Dec. 18, 7:30pm; both vs. San Antonio. $17-47.

      Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000

      www.texasstarshockey.com

    • USA Diving Winter National Championships

      There will be past Olympians and world championship team members taking to the board to see who is the best in the country. There will be so little splash you'll barely know they're diving. Through Sun., Dec. 22.

      Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, MLK & Trinity, 512/471-7771

      www.texassports.com

    • AGLCC Holiday Party & Awards

      Who will win the coveted "They're Givin' It Away," and "Social Media Diva" awards. We humbly note that a certain batch of unicorns and this very newspaper picked up a couple of CeeCees last year. That's what we call them CeeCee awards. Let's hope that sticks. 6:30-9pm. $60-225.

      Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones, 512/454-2666

      www.aglcc.org/calendar/holiday-party-2013