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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.
    Daily Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 10am-10pm
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    A Queer Up Charlie's Christmas

    A holiday party for the most queer of heart with performances by the lovely, the freaky, and the bearded.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 10pm  
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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    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.
    Dec. 14-24, 11am-10pm. $8, free for children 12 and under.
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    Merry TubaChristmas

    Two hundred tuba players gather on the south steps of the Capitol and crank out the Christmas jams.
    Fri., Dec. 22, noon. Free.
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    Tinplate Trackers Train Club

    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.
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    Trail of Lights

    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.
    Every day through Sat., Dec. 23, 7-10pm. Free.  
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    Winter Wonderland

    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).  
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    Kids

    12 Rooms of Christmas

    Each room at the farm will have a different game for children.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 10am-5pm
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    Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral

    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.
    Thu.-Fri., Dec. 21-22. $30.  
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    Out of Town

    Christmas Bird Counts

    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.
    Thu., Dec. 14-Fri., Jan. 5
    Various locations
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    Cocoa With Santa

    Free cookies, hot cocoa, apple cider, crafts, and photos with a bilingual Santa.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 1pm. Free.
    Central Health Southeast Health and Wellness Center, 2901 Montopolis Dr., 78741
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    Der Singende Weihnachtsbaum (The Singing Christmas Tree)

    The German tradition of song rings out from a 30-foot metal structure decorated in tinsel, lights, and choir.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 22-23, 6:30pm. Free.
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    Fierce Fridays: Drag Kings & Lady Queens

    A celebration of our most talented drag kings and lady (cis & women-identifying) drag queens.
    Fourth Fridays, 9pm-2am. Free.
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    Frontier Christmas Celebration

    Celebrate the holidays like they did back in the 19th century.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 10am-5pm
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    Gingerbread Workshops

    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.
    Through Dec. 24, 10:30am. $25-42.
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    History in Lights

    Stroll the grounds to see the old mission bathed in lights, one of the most beautiful sights of the holiday season.
    Through Sun., Dec. 31, 6-10pm. $3.
    Mission Espiritu Santo State Historic Site, Goliad
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    Ice Cream for Blood

    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!
    Through Dec. 31
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    Civic Events

    Nominations Open for Austin Women’s Hall of Fame 2018

    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."
    Nominations accepted through Jan. 31
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    Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

    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).  
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    Rebecca & Stanley Roy Present: Have You Seen My Christmuss?!?

    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.  
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    Safe Baby Academy (Spanish)

    A class – conducted in Spanish – on how to keep your baby safe. For expectant families, parents, and caregivers of kids under 12 months. Register online or call the EMS Safety Hotline.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 9am. Free.  
    CommUnity Care Clinic, 1210 W. Braker
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    Silent Trap Party

    Don your headphones and choose to boogie between hip-hop, R&B, reggae, top 40 hits. But once the clock strikes 1am, it's all trap music.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 9pm. $10-100.  
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    Kids

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    C.S. Lewis' classic fantasy of good vs. evil in the mystical land of Narnia. For kids 5 and up.
    Sept. 14-Feb. 10. Tickets start at $16.
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    Out of Town

    Trains at the Mayborn Museum

    This is your chance to play with the model train that you didn’t get for Christmas along with seeing other exhibits.
    Through Dec. 31. $8.
    Waco
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    Trout Stocking in America

    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.
    Through March
    Various location
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    Kids

    Visit With Santa

    Bring the kids and the pets and get up close with the big guy. Activities are planned for the kids and wine for the moms will be served outside on the terrace while waiting your turn.
    Thu.-Sun., through Dec. 24, 12-8pm. Free or purchase photo package.
    Anderson Terrace Event Venue, 11505 Anderson Mill Rd
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    VSA Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

    Cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, fine art, knitted items, CDs, glass, and more all from Texas artists. Artists get 70% of sales and VSA Texas gets 30%.
    Mon.-Sat., 10am-4pm, through Dec. 23. Free.
    AGE Building, Room 101, 3707 Home Ln.
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    Winter Ball

    Dress up in your best and bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 (or just pay the cover) and enjoy dancing to soul and R&B while sipping on some specialty cocktails. Wanna get even more fancy? Reserve a booth for a C-note.
    Fri., Dec. 22, 10:10pm  
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    Workout! With Erica Nix

    Make exercise fun again. Dance, cardio and strength training workouts inspired by Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, Big Freedia, and voguing.
    Mon. and Fri., 6:10-7:10pm. $15.
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    Sports

    ZIp Into the Holidays

    An adventurous Austin zip line tour for you and your family, friends, and colleagues featuring six side-by-side zip lines soaring through the Lost Pines.
    Fridays through Dec. 22, 5-7pm. $50.
    Zip Lost Pines, 1760 Hwy. 71 W., Cedar Creek
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