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. 4. $25 ($20, kids).

Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Dr., 512/329-4000


Holiday Model Train Exhibit

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.

ArtSpace, 231 E. Main, Round Rock, 512/218-7099


Home For the Holidays

Open your heart and your home by giving homeless pets some shelter for a few days. Tue.-Thu., Dec. 23-26. Free.

Texas Humane Heroes, 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, 512/260-3602


Household Hazardous Waste Facility Closed

City of Austin Household Hazardous Waste Facility


Resource Recovery Center Closed

Resource Recovery Center facilities will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Resource Recovery Center, 3810 Todd


Resource Recovery Slide Day

Your collection day slides to one day later if it falls on or after Christmas Day: Thursday pickup will be on Friday, and Friday pickup will be on Saturday.


Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman



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.

Blood Center of Central Texas, 4300 N. Lamar, 512/206-1266


Chronicle Wish List

Did you get more presents than you know what to do with? Make room by checking out our nonprofit wish list, and donating to worthy local groups.