Austin Trail of Lights

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

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


Changes In Health Care – Have Your Questions Answered And Get Enrolled

Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Free.

Various locations (see website), 512/610-7374


Clean Lady Bird Lake

Register online, and get in a green mood. Bring your kayak to help clean up where the land-bound volunteers can't reach. Location info will be provided with registration. 9am.



Deck the District Holiday Window Walk

Local design students were given free rein to create festive storefront window for Downtown businesses. Check them out and be on the look out for carolers and Santa himself. 1-6pm. Free.

2nd Street District, 201 Lavaca, 512/479-7600


Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress, 512/936-8746


Fat Bottom Cabaret: Midnight Menagerie

These ladies have a little extra junk in their trunks and they're not afraid to shake it in the spirit of the holidays. 8:30pm. $15.

The North Door, 502 Brushy, 512/485-3002


Festival of Carols

Local school choirs perform the holiday favorites and invite you to sing along. 1-5pm. Free.

French Legation Museum, 802 San Marcos St., 512/472-8180


Google Glass Open House Demonstration

The future is now! Google brings their wearable computers to ATX and you can try them out. RSVP online and look like an extra in a sci-fi movie. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, 10am-6pm. Free.

Brazos Hall, 204 E. Fourth, 512/380-1675


Holiday Ice Skating

Having trouble finding an iced over lake here in Austin? You local ice rink will have seasonal skating specials every Saturday through Dec. 21. Go online for more info and time details. $10.

Chaparral Ice, 14200 N. I-35, 512/252-8500


Holiday Light Show

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


Holiday Lights & Ice

It's not exactly a winter wonderland 'round these parts, but you can at least skate around the ice rink with 200,000 lights to help you get in the mood. Go online for package deals and VIP pricing. Through Jan. 6. $23 ($17, kids).

Omni Barton Creek, 8212 Barton Club Dr.


La Pastorela - A Sheperdela's Storia

This comedy for the whole family is a cherished holiday tradition, now with a new twist. Directed by Patricio Villarreal Avila for the Austin Latino Theatre Alliance, performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Through Dec. 22: Thursdays & Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm. $15 ($10, kids).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/537-2582


Lake Travis Christmas Bazaar

Art, crafts, vintage duds, and other giftable goods will be on hand. Music, food, and Santa will also be there. noon-6pm. Free.

Iguana Grill, 2900 RR 620 N., 512/266-8439


Lock & Key Singles Party

It's not some bondage fair like the name might imply. Instead it's a singles mingle event for men and women 24 to 49 years old. 7pm. $22 with promo code: Chronicle.

Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. Fourth, 979/575-9862


LPFM Radio Reception

Mingle with low-power FM radio applicant groups, and discuss the future of Austin community radio. 11am-2pm. Free.

Workers Defense Project, 5604 Manor Rd., 512/391-2305



Live holiday tunes, Frosty, crafts for the kids, and more are all illuminated with thousands of lights and luminarias. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, 6-9pm. Free with two canned goods.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 512/232-0100


Philippines Typhoon Fundraiser

Four bands, one good cause. 9:30pm-2am. $5.

Hole in the Wall, 2538 Guadalupe, 832/814-4053


Proper Nang for HAAM

Local live music acts play for a good cause. 6-9pm.

Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261


Ridgetop Elementary Winter Bazaar

Peruse some gifts and know that proceeds from the event go to this local elementary school. 10am-4pm. Free.

Ridgetop Elementary, 5005 Caswell, 512/698-6269

Santa's Ranch

Santa's Ranch

Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).

9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)


Texas Music Museum Holiday Festival

Dr. Jason Mellard will sign his book about the history of the Texan image through the Seventies. When that's through, check out the crafts, music, and other giftable things on sale. 1-6pm. Free.

Texas Music Museum, 1009 E. 11th, 512/472-8891


The Austin Flea

Two days, two locations, and two chances to get that perfect gift. Local, handmade jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles and more await adventurous shoppers. Sat., Dec. 14, 11am-5pm: Red's Porch, 3508 S. Lamar. Sun., Dec. 15, 11am-5pm, Sholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto. Free.


Tinplate Trackers Train Club

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


Vista Ridge High School Band Booster Bazaar

With more than 80 vendors on hand, surely you can find something that will be the perfect gift for the person on your list. 10am-4pm. Free.

Vista Ridge High School, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park



Downtown Ghost Tours

offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.



Emancipet Free Days

This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.