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.
Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in Austin Community College's free adult college preparation course. Free.
Not sure if you should be thanking or cursing Obama and his new health insurance plan? Get your questions answered and maybe even get yourself signed up. Go online for times and locations. 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. 17-24, 11am-11pm. $7 (free, kids).
Austin finally gets a proper bike share service and B-cycle will be celebrating and letting people try their two-wheelers after the ceremony. 9-11am. Free.
11th & Congress, 512/954-1665
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
It's all pretty bamboo until it starts taking over your yard. Learn to keep it at bay and looking good. Bring hand clippers, loppers, saws, gloves, and a beverage. 9:30am. Free with admission to the park.
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
Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.
The Texas Department of Insurance is considering changes to the requirements for Texans working or volunteering as Health Insurance Marketplace navigators. Weigh in at the email listed, copying firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 2525 W. Anderson, 512/252-8500
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.
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.
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).
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)
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
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
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
offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life. Fri.-Sat., 8pm.
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.
Habitat for Humanity now offers free, once-a-month tours of recent and past home-building sites. See how much they've accomplished, and find out what's yet to be done. Call or email to reserve a seat.
Tours begin and end at 310 Comal, 512/472-8788 x401