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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.
    Through Jan. 2. Free.
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    Texas Lege 101 w/ Stephanie Chiarello

    Join Austin Justice Coalition and Stephanie Chiarello for a non-partisan legislative training and workshop to ensure you're voice is heard at the Capitol.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 2pm
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    Thornton Road Studios: Holiday Art Sale

    It's the 26th annual iteration of this array of work from local artists who specialize in photography, mosaic, ceramic, sculpture, furniture, and paintings. See the creations of Gusto Studios, Fireseed Clay Art, Chris Guarino, Rita Marie Ross, Sandy Muckelroy, and more.
    Dec. 1-2. Sat., 11am-8pm; Sun., 11am-5pm  
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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.
    Through Dec. 30. $16,.  
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    Allies Market

    Get your holiday shopping done and feel good about where the goods came from. This market features fair trade, direct trade, and social enterprise merchants who use their businesses to promote employment and well-being for people in Austin and around the world.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 11am-6pm. Free.
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    Art From the Streets Show & Sale

    This annual show and sale features works of art from artists from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 11am-5pm. $5 suggested donation.
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    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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    Austin Strategic Mobility Plan Draft Review

    View the ASMP's draft policies and maps – now available in both English and Spanish – to see the city's revamped transportation plan, then share your feedback online.
    Feedback accepted through Jan. 13  
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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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    “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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    Budafest

    There will be craft dealers, food vendors, a carnival, Mr. & Mrs. Santa, and lots of activities for the kids.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2. Free.
    Downtown Buda, 303 Main St
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    Call for Applications: Travis County Children’s Protective Services Board

    Travis County Commissioners Court is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on three years on the Children’s Protective Services Board. Qualified applicants can find more info and the application online of call. Several seats need to be filled.
    Applications accepted thru Dec. 7, 5pm
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    Caring Santa at Barton Creek Square

    These private photo sessions are exclusively for families of children with special needs.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 8:30-10:30am. Free.
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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.
    Through Dec. 30. Free for kids under 12 with purchase of adult ticket ($11.73).
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    Coats for Kids

    The Junior League of Austin will distribute over 30,000 coats at the annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day event. If you've got a coat to donate, you can drop it off at any Jack Brown Dry Cleaners. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jlaustin.org.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8am-3pm. Free.
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    Dickens on the Strand

    Nothing says the holidays like the parades, music, and fun of a Victorian English festival.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2
    Galveston
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    Dope Creatives Market

    Featuring 30+ vendors, holiday photo ops, full brunch menu, and drinks all day long.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 2-6pm. Free.  
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    Early Run-off Voting

    Skip the Election Day line and cast your vote for the five major local races still to be decided: City Council Districts 1, 3, and 8; Austin Community College Trustee Place 8, and Austin ISD Board of Trustees At-Large Place 9. For more info on who's still running see our election coverage.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 7  
    Anywhere you see Vote Here
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    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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    First Choice ER Toys for Tots

    Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-12 at any First Choice ER location in the Austin and Pflugerville areas. (They're open 24/7.)
    Nov. 12-Dec. 9. Free.
    Various locations
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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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    Goddess Day

    A daylong craft, connection, and workshop day, hosted by author and coach Bella LaVey. The purpose is to bring people together to celebrate the Divine Feminine in all her many facets through art, handmade goods, wellness and holistic services, mini-workshops, erotic and adult items, expression, performance, and dance.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5:30pm. $10 online, $15 at the door.
    Temple Shakti
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    Hands-On Quilting Workshop

    Included in the cost of admission: use of machines, thread, kits, tools, and lunch.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $199.
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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 Austin Flea at Fareground

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares, including jewelry, bath & body products, original artwork, paper goods, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 10am-3pm. Free.  
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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 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.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free admission.
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    Holiday Pop-Up Market

    Find unique holiday gifts for the special people on your list, or pick up something for yourself. Austin-based shops on-site include: Blushing Owl Stichery, Byron & Blue, Catalpa, LAGO, and Watchman Woodworks. There will also be a limited number of “build your own” gift baskets from the Vista Brewing retail shop.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.
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    Holiday Window Walk

    Starting on Nov. 23, visitors can watch the storefronts of 2nd Street District as businesses transform into festive holiday scenes created by St. Edward's University students. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote for the best one through the 2nd Street District Facebook page, and the winner will be announced on Sat., Dec. 8.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 7. Free.  
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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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    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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    Joy Organics Holiday Pop-Up Shop

    Enjoy some delicious hot cider while you shop unique and special gifts from local artists and artisans.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Lights of Love

    Hundreds of twinkling lights on the Ronald McDonald House will be illuminated during the event, plus a snow slide, kids' crafts, and photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit families that rely on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Sponsorships are available.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 4-7pm. $5-20 suggested donation.
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    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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    Make a Succulent Wreath Class

    Learn a new craft you can also use for gift-making. Design, technique, composition, and care guidance provided by Monique Capanelli. All materials included.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 2-4pm. $95.  
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    Melanated Community Book Drive

    The Community Advocacy and Healing Project is collecting books featuring black and brown characters for children and adults living in public housing.: Drop-off sites:: Kane's Barbershop (1719 E. 12th),: Plant Party/Gadabout Goods (1200 E. 11th),: KAZI (8906 Wall St.),
    Nov. 29-Dec. 29, 1-6pm  
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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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    Out of Town

    North Pole Flyer

    Ride the train with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their elves in a holiday party of singing, hot cocoa, and surprise entertainment.
    Sat.-Sun. Dec. 1-2, 8-9
    Cedar Park
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    Open Enrollment Health Insurance Help – North

    It's that time of the the year, again. Don’t miss your chance to switch your health insurance plans or get covered via the Marketplace with support from Foundation Communities. (Seriously, they're the best!) For more info visit the website or call 211.
    Nov. 1-Dec. 15: Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Free.
    Community Financial Center North, 5900 Airport Blvd.
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    Open Enrollment Health Insurance Help – South

    It's that time of the the year, again. Don’t miss your chance to switch your health insurance plans or get covered via the Marketplace with support from Foundation Communities. (Seriously, they're the best!) For more info visit the website or call 211.
    Nov. 1-Dec. 15: Mon.-Wed., 10am-7pm; Thu., 10am-4pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.
    Community Financial Center – South, 2600 W. Stassney
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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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    Saint John's UMC Alternative Gift Market

    This annual market benefits more than 20 local and international charities and provides holiday shopping opportunities for unique gifts. The market also offers solutions for holiday meals with frozen casseroles and pies and a traditional bake sale.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2. Free.
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    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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    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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    Start-Up Kids' Market

    Come out and support Austin's young entrepreneurs at the Start-Up Kids' Market, where students from across the city will be debuting a variety of businesses. Food and live music too.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 1-4pm. Free.  
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    The Austin Flea at Jester King

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    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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    Toys for Tots at Moviehouse & Eatery

    Help out Toys for Tots this holiday season by bringing an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to either Austin Moviehouse location. Each donation earns you a raffle ticket for a chance to win free movies for a year.
    Through Dec. 12  
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    Sports

    UT Women's Basketball

    Vs. Mississippi State.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 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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    Sports

    What the Fit?!

    Pairing elements of resistance band movement, yoga, and Pilates to stabilize and stretch, What the Fit?! is adaptable to all ages, levels, and abilities.
    First Sundays, 7-8pm. Pricing is pay-what-you-can.  
    Dancers Workshop, 11150 Research #107
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    Wild Night Out

    Learn about drones, DNA analysis, and other tech innovations used to stop criminal syndicates in their ongoing attempt to poach animals for the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. The evening's program includes speakers, dinner, exhibitors, music, art, a silent auction, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 6-10pm. Admission is donation based.  
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    Women & Fair Trade Festival

    Hosted by Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, this fair trade artisan crafts festival features nine different women's cooperatives from several parts of the world including Mexico, India, Guatemala, Palestine, Ecuador, and more. Food will be for sale benefiting Posada Esperanza and organizers from the immigrant community here in Austin.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm. Free.  
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    Women for Paige Fundraiser

    Paige Ellis faces a run-off election against Frank Ward for the City Council District 8 seat. Join fellow supporters Wendy Davis, Rep. Donna Howard, and Rep. Gina Hinojosa in propelling her to victory.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 1-3pm. $25+.  
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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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