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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and self-care products. But there's live music. And beer. And this year, the bazaar is hosting 12 Days of Giving, which means your dollars go to helping local nonprofits like HAAM, the Austin Art Alliance, Sun Radio, and (nine) more.
    Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm. $8; children 12 and under, free.
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free.
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a home-baked Bavarian treat, while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 2, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Free.
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    Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

    Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the Yule Log, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.
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    Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

    The racetrack transforms into something resembling the North Pole with the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas, the Tunnel of Lights, and Santa's Workshop; plus live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and Chinese Lantern Festival.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $16, adults; age 5 and under, free.  
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    Out of Town

    2018’s Brightest Comet

    Getting to a dark place out of doors is the essential ingredient for seeing Comet Wirtanen, the brightest and last comet of the year.
    Dec. 12-17
    Various locations
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    37th Street Lights

    This is how Austin does holiday lights. This yearslong tradition took a hiatus, but it's back this year and it's weirder than ever.
    Through Jan. 5. Free.
    505 W. 37th, across from Amy's Ice Creams on Guadalupe
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    A Festival of Carols

    A 100-voice choir of adults, youth, and children accompanied by a full orchestra perform a dozen carols, beautifully arranged by English composer John Rutter and American composers Mack Wilberg and Mark Hayes. Did I mention that this is a sing-along?
    Sun., Dec. 16, 8:30 & 11am. Free.
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    A Workshop for Stress Relief and Centering

    Take a moment to re-center with herbalism and meditation during the most stressful, er, wonderful time of the year. Bring a cup for tea.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 3:30pm. $5-25, sliding scale.
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    An Evening of Holiday Music

    Austin’s premier harpist, Kristen Gibbs, will perform a special set accompanied by her students. The evening will also include a special Christmas Carol performance by the award-winning Dripping Springs Choir. Enjoy some holiday cookies and hot apple cider.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 4:45pm. Free.
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    Animal Animal Center and Austin Police Calendar Signing

    Get your calendar at this event before they're even available online. The officers featured in the calendar will be there in person to meet, sign, and take photos.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2-4pm. Free.  
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    Artisan Made Holiday Market

    Enjoy some delicious fair trade coffee, shop ethically made artisan goods, listen to live music, and help support Austin's local small businesses who are working to make a big global impact.
    Dec. 13-16. Thu.-Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.  
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    Sports

    Austin Bold FC

    The city's newly minted United Soccer League team will be hosting games at COTA starting in March 2019. Season passes are now available.
    $189 for 20-game season pass.  
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    Civic Events

    Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Draft Review

    View the ASMP's draft policies and maps to see the city's revamped transportation plan, then share your feedback online through Dec. 21.
    Feedback accepted through Dec. 21  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free and open to the public (on weekend nights admission is $3).
    Dec. 10-23  
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    Out of Town

    Ayomi Yoshida Exhibition

    The Japanese artist makes her Texas debut with a large-scale multimedia exhibition that evokes a pool with flowers falling into it that complements the center’s water garden.
    Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 13. Free.
    Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
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    Out of Town

    “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit”

    Seventy years after the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic more than 150 items from the wreck were brought up from the ocean floor and brought together for this fascinating show. Timed tickets are required.
    June 2-Jan. 5
    Mayborn Museum, Waco
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    Bazaar Brunch "Holiday Edition"

    Shop the handcrafted and vintage market on the lawn at BCC.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 10am-2pm. Free.
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    BLK Vinyl's Holiday Bash

    Enjoy holiday tunes, a live in-store performance by Burgess Meredith, and refreshments by Tito’s Handmade Vodka. In the spirit of giving, please bring non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2-6pm
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    Buda Trail of Lights

    This free holiday event features lighted and decorated displays – ranging from the traditional Christmas Nativity to Star Wars and Toy Story – that are provided by local businesses and organizations. Visitors are able to walk the lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa himself.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 6-8; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16 & 21-23. Free.
    Stagecoach Park, Buda
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    Cars & Coffee

    This monthly pop-up gathering of car enthusiasts takes over Lot A. It's free to attend and $5 to enter the car show. Proceeds benefit Coats for Kids.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 8am  
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    Christmas at Capital of Texas Zoo

    The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season. Hours are extended to 9pm (except for Mondays). Get a picture with Santa or Moses the Christmas Camel. There will also be games, prizes, and plenty of cheer.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Free for kids under 12 with purchase of adult ticket ($11.73).
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    CraftHER Holiday Pop-Up Market

    BossbabesATX hosts this crafts fair, which is also a celebration of Amada Miller's art installation. Shop the makers for last-minute gifts: ceramics, jewelry, apparel, and more. Check out the exhibit, and learn more about what #bbatx does with CraftHER all year long.
    Sun., Dec. 16, noon-5pm. Free admission; complimentary valet.
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    Edible Holiday Bazaar

    Enjoy carolers from the West Ridge Middle School choir, hot beverages, and a cozy fire as you shop everything edible for everyone on your list. Vendors include Texas Keeper Cider, Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen, Desert Door Distillery, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 3-7pm. Free.
    Two Hives Honey, 720 Bastrop Hwy. #302
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    Out of Town

    Eisbahn: Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

    A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Lifeline Foundation (supporting cystic fibrosis research) and the Boys & Girls Club of Fredericksburg.
    Nov. 23-Jan. 6. Open daily except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. $15, day pass.
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    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty Nominations

    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty is challenging Central Texas to discover, share, and celebrate the stories of older adults who are living life to the fullest. Nominate a Central Texan who is 80 years young and thriving by Dec. 31, 2018. Categories include: Adventure, Creativity, Family, Humility, Integrity, Optimism, and Service.
    Nominations open through Dec. 31. Free.
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    Give Blood, Get Ice Cream

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, during the entire month of December at any We Are Blood donor center will leave with a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Cream. The need for donors is high during the holiday season, so now is a great time to give!
    Dec. 1-31. Free.
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    Help Families This Tax Season

    United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help provide free tax prep assistance in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, and Taylor. Tax preparers, translators, and greeters are needed. Those interested should apply by January 1, 2019.
    Apply by Jan. 1. Free.
    Throughout Williamson County
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    Holiday Build A Bike for Kids

    The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and the Hell Yes Project want you to do some good this holiday season by connecting more kids to the cycling community, and you can even get it done on your lunch hour. Each bike takes 15-20 minutes to build, and Ghisallo mechanics will be there to help.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 23. $300 to sponsor a bike.
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    Holiday Flea

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares at this special holiday-edition pop-up. There will be live music and a raffle to benefit SAFE Austin; plus pics with Santa and Flea Bag goodie bags for the first 20 of you to show up.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

    US Storage Centers has partnered with Move for Hunger to be a designated drop-off point in the community. Until the end of December, they will be collecting food items to donate to local food banks.
    Oct. 26-Dec. 28. Free.
    201 W. Stassney
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Take a timeout from your holiday shopping and join Tinplate Trackers for an afternoon. The trains run through a variety of scenes, including a snow village and a circus. There's also a tiny roller coaster and wind turbines. The kids can run their own train for 10 minutes at a time for a donation of $5.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 29. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free admission.
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    Holiday Stroll Pop-Up Market + Howl-A-Day Adoptions

    This event includes a variety of local retailers, holiday photos, pet adoptions from the Austin Humane Society, contests, and food trucks.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 1-4pm. Free.
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    Holiday Toy Drive

    Bring new, unopened toys (not gift-wrapped), a City of Austin bus pass, or an H-E-B gift card for Refugee Services of Texas.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Holidaze Pop-Up + Gift Wrap Bar

    Revelry hosts this pop-up holiday market at their space on Fifth. Gift wrapping is free with purchase of an item, or you can bring your own gifts and have them wrapped for a fee ($5-15). Each weekend will feature a different variety of makers, drinks, and tunes.
    Dec. 1-16. Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Out of Town

    Inside Out

    The evolution of women’s undergarments is exposed in the groundbreaking exhibit that explores what’s under the fashions of the day.
    Sept. 20, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo
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    Sports

    Jingle Bell Run

    A holiday 5K for the Arthritis Foundation.
    Sun., Dec. 16, noon-3pm  
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    Keep Austin Warm

    There will be food & drinks, a raffle, a DJ dance party, kids' donut decorating station, photobooth, and more fun all to benefit Austin Pets Alive!, SAFE, and the Hope Food Pantry.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 4-7pm. Admission by donation only.
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    Out of Town

    LBJ Tree Lighting

    Come join in a Johnson Family tradition with carolers, cookies, a live nativity, and Santa Claus.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 6-9:30pm
    Stonewall
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    Out of Town

    Lost Pines Christmas

    This monthlong event kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving with a lighting party at Fisherman's Park, complete with hot cocoa and a visit from Santa. Downtown Bastrop is also putting on an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas, a nighttime holiday parade, food & wine events, and activities for the whole family.
    Weekends through Dec. 23. Free.
    Downtown Bastrop
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    Out of Town

    Main Street Bethlehem

    Search for the inn through the sights and sounds of the Biblical town to find the baby laying in a manger.
    Dec. 7-9, 14-16. Fri.-Sun., 6-9pm. Free.
    Burnet
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    Midwinter Witches' Market

    Shop otherworldly gifts from Dragon's Treasures, the Spirit Connection, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 3-8pm. Free.  
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    Miracle on 5th Street

    The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore.
    Through Dec. 29  
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    Nina Berenato's Holibabes Market

    Shop the market of women artists and makers, get your aura photographed with MOOD X MOSS, and enjoy tarot card readings and drinks & snacks.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16. Free.  
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    On the Record: An ATX Music Marketplace & Panel

    This day is for music lovers and musicians alike. With artist & industry professional panel talks, performances, and a full market, you'll find everything you need to support your love of sick beats and sweet deals.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 11am-3pm. Free, but please RSVP.  
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    Photos With Santa for Pets & Kids

    Come for photos, adoptable pets, and a cat & dog treat bake sale. All proceeds benefit Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2-6pm. Free to attend; photos are free with suggested donation.
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    Radio Coffee & Flea

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 10am-4pm. Free.  
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    Saddle Up: Texas Ranching Tradition

    This exhibition, produced by Joe Vitone and Lori Najvar, honors hardworking ranch families from Jeff Davis and Lavaca Counties, as they wrangle livestock, battle weather, and study markets to stay on the rugged landscape they love.
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    Kids

    Santa Photo Experience at Barton Creek Square

    Go straight to the source and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. You can skip the line with a fast pass; see website.
    Through Dec. 24. Prices vary.  
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    Santa’s Workshop at Hotel Ella

    Enjoy a festive brunch at Goodall’s Kitchen, kids’ holiday crafts, and photos with Old Saint Nick (complimentary with a new toy donation for Caritas of Austin).
    Sun., Dec. 16, 11am-2pm
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    Schrodi Spectacular Canine Games

    Play games with your dog while supporting the Schrodi Fund, a scholarship program that offers top-notch dog training to people with good dogs with undesirable behaviors. The fund's objective is to keep the dogs in their homes and out of shelters.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 1-4pm. $0-30.
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    Scream Hollow’s Twisted Christmas

    For those of us that love to get spooked all year round: It's a family-friendly Winter Wonderland by day and a fright fest by night. Day activities include a live reindeer exhibit, sledding, Candyland bounce house, live Christmas music, outdoor movie screenings, holiday vendors, s’mores & hot cocoa, and more. Nighttime presents two haunted houses, a walk-through Christmas light maze, the vampire-themed Rabid Bat Bar, vendors, and more.
    Dec. 1-23. Fri.-Sun., 4-11pm. $14.95, adults; $7.95, children 12 & under.  
    Scream Hollow Wicked Park, 149 Split Rail Ln., Smithville
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    Sensitive Santa at Wolf Ranch Town Center

    A sensory-friendly Santa experience will be set up at the Mall Management Office.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2-4pm  
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    Service of Christmas Carols and Lessons

    A service of Christmas carols and scripture reminiscent of the "Carols and Lessons of King's College" in Cambridge, England, with choir, hand chimes, organ, and piano.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 10-11am. Free.
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    Sports

    Southwestern University Men's Basketball

    Vs. JWU (Denver): Sat., Dec. 15, 3pm. Vs. Colorado College: Sun., Dec. 16, 3pm  
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    Southwestern University Women's Basketball

    Vs. JWU (Denver): Sat., Dec. 15, 1pm. Vs. Colorado College: Sun., Dec. 16, 1pm  
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    Kids

    The 18th Annual Austin Children's Nutcracker

    Share Clara's adventures as she battles a giant Rat King and transforms her Nutcracker doll into a Prince. Together, Clara and the Prince visit the magical Land of Snow and travel to the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh.
    Dec. 14-16. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $35, adult; $20, kids 12 and under.  
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    Kids

    Tortoise and Hare

    A new spin on the old fable with modern music, written by Allen Robertson and Damon Brown.
    Sept. 8-Jan. 27. $18-24.  
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    Sports

    UT Women's Basketball

    Vs. Stetson.
    Sun., Dec. 16, 1pm. $6-8.  
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    Kids

    Wake Up, Brother Bear!

    Watch Brother Bear and Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious seasons: see a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are invited to join the action to help create magical moments. (Geared toward ages 6 and under.)
    Through April 21. Tue. & Thu., 10am & noon; Sun., 2pm. $10 and up.  
    ZACH North, 12129 RR 620 N. #10
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    Out of Town

    Walkway of Lights

    More than 2 million lights turn Lakeside Park into a wonderland of the colors and sounds.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 1. Free.
    Marble Falls
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    Kids

    Zumbini Music and Movement Classes

    For kids ages 0-4, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance, and educational tools. 45-minute classes two times a week.
    Wednesdays, 9:30am & Sundays, 3pm. $15 per class.
    N'Caliente Fitness Studio, 2111 Sam Bass Rd. Ste. 100-A, Round Rock
Ongoing
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    Yoga

    Full Moon Yoga

    Charles MacInerney teaches classes all over town but also offers private instruction and hosts retreats. Once a month for 18 years, he has also hosted Full Moon Yoga – a free outdoor yoga class. Go online for location and time details.

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