Be sure to watch four of Austin's sweetest businesses on an upcoming segment of the Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets. The show's Canadian camera crew visited Lick Ice Cream, Cake & Spoon, a Foreign & Domestic Bake Sale, and Delish Bakery. The first airing is on Dec. 30, but the Austin segment replays on Jan. 5, 7, & 13.
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)
Chef Josh Watkins and pastry chef Plinio Sandalio have created a seasonal, three-course fixed-price menu that is available every evening in December during the first hour of dinner service. Reserve by phone. $29.
This weekly gathering is part farmers' market, part community meeting, and part arts exchange. Browse the local produce options while learning about local organizations, signing up for wellness opportunities, or participating in a free yoga class. Sundays, 11am-3pm.
The all-volunteer nonprofit works to get books in the hands of inmates all year round, but it needs extra help during the holiday season. Make a financial donation online, or give your time be helping fill packages in 2013.