There will be baked goods and live music like any normal holiday bazaar, but instead of vendors there will be nonprofits who need your help to make a difference in the community. It's like a gift to the world. Sat., Dec. 1, 11am-4pm; Sun., Dec. 2, noon-3pm. Free.
Get a jump on the holiday with a weekend full of parades, live music and entertainment, a carnival, visits with Santa, and more than 125 artisans selling their wares. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 10am-dusk. Free.
Buda City Park, Downtown Buda, 512/422-7863
By-donation yoga classes. 11am. $10-15 suggested donation.
What's under the dirt in your back yard? Find out and enjoy door prizes, displays, a fossil dig pit, and fossil vendors from around the world. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 9am-5pm. $3 ($2, students; kids under 6, free).
Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, 512/218-5540
This dying mall gets new life with farm-fresh produce and meats ready for your table. Sundays, 10am-2pm. Free.
Get your blood flowing with a Zumba-thon at 1pm ($15), and if you still have energy left stick around for live music ($10, suggested donation). 1-8pm.
Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 W., 512/301-4648
Bring two unwrapped toys for military families and get arts, crafts, food, face painting, a bounce house, rides, and pictures with Santa in return. 11am-2pm.
Camp Mabry, 2200 W. 35th, 565-0131
Jim Ritts is the CEO of Austin Theatre Alliance and boasts an impressive résumé that makes him qualified to talk about the history of the State and Paramount theatres and what they've meant to Austin. noon. Free.
Learn how RESULTS is helping people living in poverty in the United States by supporting policies that address the issue's underlying causes. 2-4pm. Donations requested.
Santa's tired of waiting for global warming to catch up at the North Pole. He's spending most of his pre-Christmastime among the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Dec. 30, 6-10pm. $24 per car.
9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)
It's like alternative church as local luminaries discuss the holiday season from various faith perspectives. Carols from the 55-voice choir cap things off. Sun., Dec. 2, 11am & 7:30pm. Free.
The cultures of the Scandinavian peninsula get together for a Christmas party, featuring a traditional Lucia procession, dance, carols, a bake sale, and more. 4-6:30pm. $5 ($1, children).
The carols, decorations, and kid crafts might hearken back to a simpler time, but the man of the hour, Santa, is timeless and ready for pictures with the younguns. 2-5pm. $5-10.
It isn't easy getting into a Winter Wonderland mood in Texas. This little frozen oasis can help you forget about climate change for a little while. $10.
Come see the 155-foot-tall moonlight tower decked out in its 3,300 lights for the season accompanied by the breathy tunes of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble. Be one of the first to spin under the tree until you puke. 6pm. Free.
Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700