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  • Blue Starlite Drive-In: Double Feature: Elf

    7PM, Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st

    • 12 Nights Christmas Cabaret

      Avant Glam Cabaret invites some friends to put some jingle in your bells (whatever that means). You'll never hear these holiday classics the same after all the dancing, burlesque, and bellydance action. Sat., Dec. 21, 8 & 10:30pm, $20 ($15, advance); $25, reserved seating

      Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

      AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/494-6178

    • 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

    • TexARTS Presents A Cool Yule Cabaret

      Classic holiday tunes performed in the style of Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, and many more. Get in the spirit of the season if you haven't already. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 20-21, 7-9pm, $20-30

      TexARTS, 2300 Lohmans Spur, 512/852-9079 x101

    • Tinplate Trackers Train Club

      Come watch the choo-choos and inspire the next generation to keep this historic hobby alive and well. You might even be allowed to sit behind the controls if you're kind enough to the tip jar. Wed. & Sat., Jan. 1 & 4, 11am-5pm, Donations appreciated

      ArtSpace, 231 E. Main, Round Rock, 512/689-2450

    • Yule Bazaar

      is one of your last chances for unique holiday shopping as vendors, entertainers, and musicians congregate to help you get in the spirit of shopping local. Warm up by the yule campfire, sit down for real talk on the dark side of the season, and get the kids singing along to some of the live acts. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 21-22, noon-5pm, Free

      The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

    • Children's Nutcracker

      The Austin City Ballet presents the 13th annual Nutcracker for the kids. It's a holiday tradition for all age groups, as long as you don't consider watching people leap in tights "adult." Fri.-Sun., Dec. 13-22, $25 ($15, children)

      Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-4000

    • Holiday Hip-Hop Theatre Explosion

      Zell Miller III hosts this evening of family-friendly poets, dancers, singers, and theatre artists all with a hip-hop bent. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 19-21, 8pm, $20 ($30, priority seating)

      The Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd., 512/478-5282

    • Austin Toros

      Got family in town for the holidays? Bring 'em out to see our D-league squad face Delaware. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 20-21, 7:30pm, $4-99

      H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park, 512/600-5000

    • 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

    • Whatchu' Talkin Bout Christmuss?

      Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy ain't the half of it. Mitzi, Silky, LSM, Russell, Khatti, the Infant o' Prague, and bacon, bacon, bacon. The MUST-SEE show of the year. And if ya fancy: See it from the balcony with a bottle and thou. And maybe some bacon? Fri.-Sun., Dec. 20-22, 8:30pm, $12-150

      The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/710-9765

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