Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and – thank God – beer. All while surrounded by tunes from one of many musical acts performing this year. Don't worry; Post Office reps will be on the premises to spare you from lugging all that holiday cheer home. Dec. 12-24, 11am-11pm. $5, weekdays till 7pm; $8, evenings and weekends.
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.
AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 454-2000
Donation of an unwrapped toy grants admission for one ride a carriage around Downtown. 6:30-10pm.
Fire Station at Fifth & Trinity, 243-0044
Local businesses, churches, and organizations will be lousy with holiday lights and decorations so come out and get a good look. Shuttles are available at the nearby Cabela's if you want to avoid the parking hassle. Dec. 12-20, 6-10pm. Free.
Historic Stagecoach Park, 880 Main St., Buda
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.
Don't have a job or have an understanding boss? Take some time to get in a quick ride and a bite to eat along the way. Wednesdays, 11:45am.
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)
Support local artists with disabilities and get some holiday shopping done at the same time. Braille cards, prints, ornaments, books, and original art all await your holiday dollars. Through Dec. 24, Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm. Free.
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.
Bring your mat and a desire to get your Vinyasa flowed right. Every weekday, 8am. Free.
The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.