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Arabic Bazaar

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.

Arabic Bazaar, 5013 Duval St., 533-9227

www.thearabicbazaar.com

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

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, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 454-2000

www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

Changing the Death Penalty Discourse

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

sfredrickson@texasafterviolence.org

Chanukah in the Hood

features performances from area children's choirs, plus a Chanukah sing-along. Latkes and other treats will be available. noon-3:30pm. Free.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, 512/206-1000

www.shalomaustin.org/chanukah

Cherrywood Art Fair

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

www.cherrywoodartfair.org

Christi Center Remembrance Service

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.

Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom, 3001 S. Congress, 467-2600

www.christicenter.org

Highland Mall Farmers Market

This dying mall gets new life with farm-fresh produce and meats ready for your table. Sundays, 10am-2pm. Free.

Highland Mall, 6001 Airport, 280-1976

www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

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

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

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

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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