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Cedar Park Tree Lighting

with enough wattage to get your holiday spirit jump-started. Take a free carriage ride or just say hi to Santa before the tree lights up. 6:30pm. Free.

Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Pkwy., Cedar Park

Children's Book Art Show & Sale

Nate Jensen shows off his artwork perfectly suited for the youngster who needs something for his or her walls. 1-4pm. Free.

1738 Anderson Ln., 296-0862

www.natespace.com

Clean Lady Bird Lake

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.

Lady Bird Lake, 391-0617 x 905

www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/lakebirdlake

Ebenezer's Journey

It might be the standard story, but Pioneer Farms makes it an interactive experience with Bob Cratchitt, Tiny Tim, and the rest of the crew. Fri.-Sat., Dec, 7-8 & 14-15, 7pm. $12.

Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., 837-1215

www.ebenezersjourney.com

Family Saturday

Learn the fine art of creating a gingerbread house accompanied by the tunes of the season. 11am-3pm. $10 per family.

Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 458-8191

www.amoa-arthouse.org

Get the Job You Want

This is the first in a series of workshops to help you build a career and your workforce skills. Free childcare and brunch provided. 10:30am-12:30pm. Free.

Southwest Key Programs, 6002 Jain, 583-2583

www.swkey.org/promise

Holiday Light Show

This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday light game for years. Every hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Jan. 1, 6pm-12mid. Free.

Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900

www.mozartscoffee.com

Holiday Lights Helicopter Tours

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.

Bud Dryden Airport, 10301 FM 969

www.austinhelicoptertours.com

Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

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.

Byrne-Reed House, 1410 Rio Grande, 512/440-1991

www.humanitiestexas.org

Luminations

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

www.wildflower.org/luminations

Make Watch Love Austin Party

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.

Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/322-0145

www.austinfilm.org

Proper Nang for HAAM

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians gets a little help from a handful of local live music acts. Sat., Dec. 15, 6-9pm.

Maria's Taco Xpress, 2529 S. Lamar, 512/444-0261

www.tacoxpress.com

Santa's Ranch

Santa's Ranch

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)

www.santasranch.net

Second Saturday Guided Hike

Two hours exploring the local landscape with a seasoned trail guide. 10am. $3 suggested donation.

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, 805 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 327-7622

www.wildbasin.org

Whole Foods Market Ice Rink

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.

Whole Foods Market, 525 N. Lamar, 542-2225

www.wholefoods.com

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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.

853-9826

www.austinghosttours.com

Emancipet Free Days

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.

587-SPAY