Austin Trail of Lights

Still bright and free after all these years. Every day has live entertainment, myriad photo ops, and, of course, funnel cake. Go online for a schedule of shuttles and other transpo options. You can pay online for parking or a pass that lets you cut everyone in line. Bike racks will be available for your pedal pushers. Every day through Dec. 22, 7-10pm. Free.

Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700

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 135 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums. Special events occur throughout the month of December, so shop early and often. Every day through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm. Free.

AFS Cinema, 6226 Middle Fiskville, 512/494-6178

Changes In Health Care – Have Your Questions Answered And Get Enrolled

Trained volunteers help you figure out which insurance plan works for you and how to get enrolled. Free.

Various locations (see website), 512/610-7374

Computer Training Classes

Your esteemed public library system offers yet another service to the community: adult computer classes covering everything from the basics to finding a job online. Classes are held in various languages, with some requiring registration beforehand. Call or go online for a complete schedule and additional details. Free.


Crypto Party

Learn basic and advanced encryption skills under the tutelage of experts. This month the group will focus on email encryption. Keep the man off your info! 7:30pm. Free.

Chicon Collective, 301-D Chicon

Extreme Mammals

Learn about the biggest, smallest, meanest, and cutest mammals on earth using the museum's interactive exhibits. Through March 23.

Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress, 512/936-8746

Heart & Sole

There will be some designer duds and accessories on the auction block and on the runway as Jaguar Land Rover hosts this benefit lunch for Rise School of Austin. Project Runway's Daniel Esquivel will be there. Shouldn't you? 11am-1pm. $250.

Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto, 512/891-1682

Holiday Light Show

This local coffee shop has been stepping up its holiday-light game for years. Every hour on the hour the lights and music explode with the spirit of the holidays. Through Dec. 31, 6-11pm. Free.

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

Holiday Lights & Ice

It's not exactly a winter wonderland 'round these parts, but you can at least skate around the ice rink with 200,000 lights to help you get in the mood. Go online for package deals and VIP pricing. Through Jan. 6. $23 ($17, kids).

Omni Barton Creek, 8212 Barton Club Dr.

La Pastorela - A Sheperdela's Storia

This comedy for the whole family is a cherished holiday tradition, now with a new twist. Directed by Patricio Villarreal Avila for the Austin Latino Theatre Alliance, performed in Spanish with English surtitles. Through Dec. 22: Thursdays & Fridays, 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 7pm. $15 ($10, kids).

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 512/537-2582

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 on the 12 acres surrounded by the 1.5 million lights of Santa's Ranch. Why not join him? Through Jan. 4, 6-10pm. $28 per car ($56 for a season pass).

9561 N. I-35, New Braunfels (two miles south of Tanger Outlet Mall)

Save Our Springs Holiday Party

S.O.S. promises the most rockin' holiday party and silent auction yet. 6pm-12mid. Free.

Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal, 512/236-1226,

Science Under the Stars

Amanda Lea talks about how animals choose mates and how certain behaviors influence the evolution of sexually selected traits. 7:30pm. Free.

Brackenridge Field Laboratory, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd., 203/444-8925

Thursday Night Social Ride

Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three. Thursdays, 7pm.

Festival Beach, 2101 Bergman

Under $100 Art Show

Local art on display without the risk of spending more than a C-note. Unless you buy more than one piece. Hmmmm, maybe that's why they're serving whiskey. 6-9pm. Free.

Austin Art Garage, 2200-J S. Lamar, 512/351-5934

UT Digital Demo Day

Students are showing what they've learned all year and will have their video games and other digital creations up for you for your interactive enjoyment. Go online for a schedule of presentations. 3-7pm. Free.

CMB Studio 4B

VSA Texas Holiday Art & Gift Show

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.

AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, 512/454-9912

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