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. 21, 7-10pm. Free.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700
Local businesses, churches, and organizations will be replete with holiday lights and decorations so come out and get a good look. Shuttles are available at the nearby Cabela's if you want to avoid the parking hassle. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 12-14 & 18-21, 6-10pm. Free.
Noted speakers from around the state will convene to discuss assessing the vulnerability of our transportation infrastructure to an increase in extreme weather events and envisioning a path forward to increased resiliency. 1-5pm.
Need respite from the constant holiday prep? Take a break and watch some elaborate model trains take a turn around the city, farm, and circus scenes. Admission is free, but $5 gets you 10 minutes as the conductor. Through Jan. 3: Wed.-Fri., 11am-3pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-6pm. Free.
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.
Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266