"Together We Celebrate": A Christmas Nativity Open House

Enjoy a live outdoor nativity scene, hundreds of nativity displays from around the world, and seasonal music. Light refreshments will be provided. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10, 6pm. Free.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 N. Heatherwilde Blvd., Pflugerville

Black Fret's Black Ball

Golden Dawn Arkestra

Black Fret's Black Ball

Find out which local musicians will receive the coveted Black Fret grants with over $200K being awarded. Nominees include Brownout, Carson McHone, Dan Dyer, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Harvest Thieves, Magna Carda, Sweet Spirit, Walker Lukens, and many more. Expect performances from many of the nominees. Open to members only, so hop on that website and become one! 6pm.

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress, 512/472-5470

Community First! Village of Lights

More than 170,000 lights choreographed to holiday music will dazzle spectators at one of the biggest Christmas light displays in Central Texas. Sat., Dec. 3 & 10, 5-9pm. Free.

Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye, 512/328-7299

Environment Texas Holiday Party

Mayor Steve Adler joins Environment Texas and Bottom Dollar String Band for a holiday party and fundraiser. Expect plenty of music, a raffle, and art display. 5-7pm.

The Wheel, 1902-B E. MLK, 512/531-9696

Free Composting Class

Learn how to turn your food scraps into fertilizer with Austin Resource Recovery. 1-2pm.

Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400

Free Microchipping Clinic for Pets

One in three pets get lost in their lifetime. A microchip can bring them home. Brought to you by AAC, the ASPCA, and Subaru. 9am-2pm. Free.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8925, 8706 FM 812

Holiday Giving Drive

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.


Lanier Love Fest

Your $15 gets you all-you-can-drink Kava and food from Macrojar plus live music from Graham Wilkinson, Kalu James, and more to benefit local promoter Matt Lanier who is dealing with a serious illness. 5-10pm. $15.

Square Rut Kava Bar, 1601 Barton Springs Rd.

Planting Bare-Root Saplings

Meet at the corner of Denver and Pershing to plant 1,000 seedling trees. 9am-1pm.

J.J. Seabrook Greenbelt, 2099 Pershing

Santa Lounge

Get in sync with the season with Toy Joy’s Kid Zone, hot cocoa from Cafe Ruckus, treats from Bribery Bakery, drink specials, and the big guy himself: Santa! noon-5pm. Free.

3ten Austin City Limits Live, 310 E. Willie Nelson Blvd. Ste. 1-A, 512/457-5594

Santa Paws Party

Dogs love to party and this just might be the one for them. Puppy portraits, a collection for Greyhound Pets of America: Central Texas, and free snacks and drinks for the humans. noon-2pm. $10 suggested donation.

Hacienda Austin, 204 Colorado

Searsucker Kicks off the Holidays With Giving Drive

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

South Austin Record Fair No. 4

Browse for some cool vinyl (and other rock memorabilia) to add to your collection while enjoying a cold beverage. DJs, free parking, and a food truck round out the deal. noon-9pm. Free.

South Austin Brewery, 415 E St. Elmo, 512/354-2337

Trail of Lights

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

Volunteer to Clean Lady Bird Lake

Clean the lake, keep Austin lookin' her best. 9-11am.

Lady Bird Lake, 512/974-6700


Call for Platelet Donors

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

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 to find out. Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.


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