Arabic music, belly dancing and belly-dance classes (free with purchase of a dance cards), complimentary Arabic sweets, candy, and coffee – all of these accompany a bazaar full of goodies from Syria, Egypt, and Morocco for exotic holiday gifts. Sundays through Dec. 23, 10am-7pm.
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.
Hear stories about how the death penalty and serious violence affects Texans and learn more about the storytelling project at the Texas After Violence Project. Lunch provided. RSVP by phone or email. 12:45-2pm.
Friends Meeting House, 3701 E. MLK
features performances from area children's choirs, plus a Chanukah sing-along. Latkes and other treats will be available. noon-3:30pm. Free.
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.
This season is all about joy, but for those who have recently lost a loved one it can be a difficult time. Come to this special service and hang a photo of the departed on the tree The event is free, but RSVP online to attend. 3-5pm. Free.
This dying mall gets new life with farm-fresh produce and meats ready for your table. Sundays, 10am-2pm. Free.
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.
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.
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 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.