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.
Hotel Vegas spreads the holiday cheer with karaoke, DJs, the Eastside Pop Up Holiday Market. Into trivia? Brush up on Home Alone, Elf, Die Hard, and A Christmas Story, and grab some friends (don't forget to dress up in your favorite seasonal gear).
Come watch the choo-choos in this holiday display and inspire the next generation to keep this historic hobby alive and well. You might even be allowed to sit behind the controls if you're kind enough to the tip jar.
Wed.-Sun., through Dec. 31 (except holidays), noon-5pm. Donations appreciated.
You'll come for the amazing light displays (2 million lights along the 2.1 mile stroll through Zilker Park), but stay for the food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. A tradition since 1965.
A new Austin holiday tradition. Millions of lights will illuminate the Circuit of the Americas track with a little bit of something for everyone: a skating rink, petting zoo, human snow globe, movies on the lawn, a tunnel of lights in addition to the Circuit of Lights track walk, a vendor village, and more.
Every day through Dec. 30, 6-10pm (Fridays and Saturdays, 6-11pm). $16 (children 5 and under free).
The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas presents this night featuring some of the city's most honored vocalists, including Brett Barnes, Danny Johnson and Stephanie Prewitt – led by director Jeffrey Jones Ragona.
Join in the annual census of our avian friends. Many events are kid- and beginner-friendly as birders fan out across Texas and the Western Hemisphere in the largest citizen science project in the world.
Make an edible house as a family or pay a little extra to make sure everyone has a home to ingest later. Explore the museum as your creation dries and finish with a photo of you and your dessert abode.
We're not implying that Amy Simmons is a secret vampire or anything like that, but everyone who donates at a We Are Blood location or mobile drive in December will receive a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Creams. Suggestion: Get you a taste of that cold, creamy, public good!
Austin's Commission for Women is currently taking nominations for Austin Women’s Hall of Fame. "Each year, the commission recognizes women who've made significant contributions to Austin/Travis County by breaking barriers for women, working to better the lives of women and girls, or through other forms of public or community service."
Need a place to be? PFLAG has monthly meetings across the city (and into the 'burbs) – this one's new! Everyone from teens to seniors are welcome to join or just listen and snack. But please, confidentiality is key.
Follow the evolution of the gaming industry from the Seventies to the present day with a focus on the local scene from Richard Garriott's Ultima series to John Romero's Doom to the developers making waves on today's gaming platforms.
Daily through March 18, 2018. Museum admission: $13 ($9, kids).
The holiday show queers wait all year for returns with yer kookiest hosts Rebecca Havemeyer and Stanley Roy Williamson. Prepare for the dazzle. Expect the absurd with special guests Mitzi Meyers, Lindsey Taylor, Russell Reed, and Silky Shoemaker!
Wed.-Sat., Dec. 20-23, 7:30pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Get out there and try your luck in catching some of the 305,525 rainbow trout released into waters around the state. There are “no fee” locations for access to the Guadalupe River below Canyon Reservoir, one of the best spots to catch trout in America.
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.
Calling all Central Texas (queer/trans/gender diverse) high schoolers. PFLAG's essay contest returns! Write 500 to 1,000 words on: What challenges LGBTQ+ high school students face in romantic relationships. First place takes $500 cash (second = $200, third = $100).