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
Golden Dawn Arkestra
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.
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.
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
Learn how to turn your food scraps into fertilizer with Austin Resource Recovery. 1-2pm.
Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Rd., 512/974-7400
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
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.
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.
Meet at the corner of Denver and Pershing to plant 1,000 seedling trees. 9am-1pm.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Clean the lake, keep Austin lookin' her best. 9-11am.
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
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.