Family Eldercare would love for you to shop for, deliver to, or simply support one of their 433 clients who are lacking loved ones to celebrate the holidays with. See website for details. Through Dec. 18. $35-50.
Shopping accompanied by music and poetry from Christopher Michael, Texwador Music, the Austin Global Orchestra, and more. 5:30-11:30pm. Free.
Sidewinder, 715 Red River, 512/474-1084
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Travis County Brown Santa and then treat yourself to same tasty diner, brunch, or happy hour delights. Dec. 1-22. Free.
Searsucker, 415 Colorado, 512/394-8000
Shopping bargains for women and kids and Santa drops in from 2-4pm. noon-6pm. Free.
Kiki Nass, 1100 S. Lamar Blvd., #1130
Enjoy a raffle with amazing prizes, live music from the School of Rock, and food and drink specials while supporting a great cause! The U.S. Marine Corp will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute to parents who need a little help getting presents for their children. 4-7pm. $3, six tickets for $15.
Freedmen's, 2402 San Gabriel, 512/220-0953
Did you know that the 155 foot tall freestanding man-made Christmas tree is the nation's tallest? Did you know that this year marks the 50th anniversary lighting of the iconic tree? Now you do. Open to the public through Dec. 23, 7-10pm.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
The Worthwich school of Witchcraft & Wizardry welcomes all witches and wizards for a wild time celebrating the end of their first term. (And don't leave out the dwarves, elves, giants, non-magic folk, and unicorns.) Dancing and drinks and costumes oh my. 7-11pm. $60, duo; $35, single.
Texas Federation of Women's Clubs Mansion, 2312 San Gabriel
The supply of platelets has fallen to an unsafe level. Anyone who is able is urged to make a platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. Platelet donation may be done every 7 days or 24 times per year. The entire process from the time a donor walks through the doors until they leave is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Call to make an appointment. Open seven days a week.
We Are Blood, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266