Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? More than 125 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm, everyday. Free.
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N I-35, 454-2000
Beginning and intermediate home brewers and enthusiasts can learn the basic theory and practice of brewing so they will understand how to brew at home, followed by a small tasting. Proceeds benefit the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Sign up online. 1-4pm. $35.
Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337
Remember the days when you played with toys covered in lead and asbestos and you liked it? It's time for a walk down memory lane with booths upon booths of vintage and modern toys from Star Wars figures to model trains to trading cards. 9am-5pm. $4.
Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 100 different artists, live music, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm.
Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E. 38 1/2, 512/538-1991
Register online, and get in a green mood. Bring your kayak to help clean up where the land-bound volunteers can't reach. Location info will be provided with registration. A prize will be given to the person finding the most unusual object. Are toes considered "unusual?" 9-11am.
Celebrate the season with festive box lunches and mulled wine to the sounds of the holidays near a crackling fire in the decorated tasting room. Shop for wine and food items, unique gifts, and gift baskets. Make necessary reservations online or by phone. Sat., Dec. 8 & 15, noon-2pm. $21.75.
In addition to original artwork by more than 100 artists, live music all day, and kid-friendly activities, this year they've got a food-truck court with Bake Austin, Elixer Coffee, Fresh Off the Truck, mmmpanadas, Snarkys, and Tamale Place. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm.
Dirk and Matt showcase local food in a multicourse meal with wine pairings on the grounds of historic Boggy Creek Farm. The evening begins with a farm tour at 5pm. Thirty seats available; reserve via email. 5pm. $135, all inclusive.
Tired of seeing our city all lit up for the holidays from the ground. Well, these short tours grants you a bird's eye view. Fridays & Saturdays through December. $125, 15-minute tour; $255, 30-minute tour.
Brewers, bakers, and butchers will make up the panel at this community discussion surrounding the history of fermentation. Enjoy lively, informative discussion complemented by samples from each of the panelists' given crafts. Buy tickets at the brewery or via email. 4-8pm. $20.
Jan Reid, Bill Brands, Sarah Bird, and John Spong are just a few of the 20 authors who will be autographing books for purchase at a discounted rate. Coffee and treats will be available if your blood sugar gets low from all the literary star power. Proceeds go to Texas libraries. 10am-1pm.
The gardens will be covered in lights while inside the kids can enjoy music, crafts, and a puppet show. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 6-9pm. Free with donation of two cans of goods for the Capital Area Food Bank.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse, 232-0100
Get a sneak peak at Austin Studios' future expansion and mingle with film, gaming, and music luminaries. Check out some of the new film gear, play some unique games, and see what Austin can offer you as a film professional. 5-9pm. $10.
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)
Parents and children can enjoy tea service with drinks and sweets, caroling, and a reading by Santa on weekend afternoons from now until Christmas. Call to make reservations. Saturday and Sunday seatings at 2, 2:15, and 2:30pm through Dec. 23. $40 (kids 11 and under, $30).