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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 Kenne Wayne Christmas

    featuring a zydeco line dance exhibit by the Carson Riders, and a swing out performance by Garland Dance Group. The dress theme is black & gold. BYOB.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. $30.  
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    Acupuncture + Singing Bowl Stress Relief Workshop

    The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for some people, with busier schedules and heightened interpersonal/family dynamics. This workshop will give you specific tools to better deal with those difficult situations.
    Sat., Dec. 8 & Jan. 12, 1:30-3:30pm. $40.
    Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Ste. 103-B
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    An Evening With Spirits

    – as in cocktails, as in entities. After a brief introductory discussion, Minister Sara Wickham of Austin Mediums will channel and communicate with any spirits that decide to join the party.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6:45pm. $40.
    Minx + Muse, 605-B W. 37th
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    Annual Bullock Museum Store Sale

    Stop in and save 20% on all museum store merchandise during regular museum hours.
    Dec. 3-9
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    Anomaly Archives Grand Reopening

    Following an introduction by Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies President Bob Price, author and researcher Nick Redfern will talk about his latest book, Top Secret Alien Abduction Files. Then there's a holiday party!
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-9pm. Free.  
    Anomaly Archives, 55 N. I-35 #260
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    Arms & Abs Conditioning Drop-In Class

    Challenge your core with this dynamic routine incorporating abdominal work with arm work to tone and shape.
    Saturdays, 10am. Prices vary; see website.  
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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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    Austin Waldorf Winter Fair

    Activities include crafts for all ages, food, a vendor market and wintergarden, walking stick carving, candle dipping, and much more!
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-4pm. Free entry; some activities require ticket purchase.
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    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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    Body Beautiful

    Vegas Van Cartier and Rachel Mykels' show will blow your mind, wow your senses, and delight your eyes.
    Saturdays, 10:30pm, except second Saturdays  
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    Body Sculpting Conditioning

    This low-impact strengthening class will help sculpt your entire body.
    Nov. 17-Dec. 15. Saturdays, 9:30am. First class is free.
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    Breakfast With the Grinch

    Dress up as your favorite Who from Whoville. This event benefits Partnerships for Children, an organization that works directly with children in Child Protective Services. After photos, enjoy craft stations, a donut wall, coffee & hot cocoa, carolers, giveaways, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8:30am-noon. $15; children 2 and under, free.
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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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    Canvass in District 1 With Mariana Salazar

    This City Council D1 candidate invites supporters to block walk with her in anticipation of the upcoming run-off election. Early voting begins Thursday, Nov. 29, and ends Friday, Dec. 7.
    Saturdays, 9:30-11:30am
    Location TBD
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    Charity Bazaar

    Water marbling (ebru) art, calligraphy, and henna will be showcased, and there will be a variety of authentic Turkish food available – such as dolma, baklava, and Turkish coffee – while you shop for gifts for your loved ones.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-6pm. Free admission.
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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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    Christmas Through the Years in LBJ Country

    Enjoy a holiday tradition as the Johnson Boyhood Home hosts music, lantern-lit tours, kids’ activities, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6pm
    Johnson City
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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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    Community First! Village of Lights

    Check out one of the biggest light displays in Central Texas, and then shop the Advent Market for holiday gifts. There are also holiday-themed movies at the Community Cinema and concessions at the Community Grille.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 8. Fri.-Sat., 5:30-9pm  
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    Cookies With Santa at Frost's Tarrytown Financial Center

    Guests can nosh on holiday cookies in a festive holiday setting while kids get a chance to visit with Santa. Kids will also get a candy cane, and parents should bring a camera so their kids can pose for pictures with St. Nick.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-noon. Free.  
    Tarrytown Financial Center, 2425 Exposition Blvd
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    Crafternoon

    Kids can express their creative side through painting, building, and working on seasonal projects.
    Second Saturdays, noon. $10.
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    Divya Srinivasan: Little Owl's Snow

    The popular local author presents her delightful follow-up to the illustrated children's books Little Owl's Night and Little Owl's Day.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 2pm
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    Downtown Austin Historic 5K

    Explore landmarks and historical markers from the Capitol to the Bat Bridge and everything in between.
    Sat., Dec. 8. $25.  
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    Downtown Christmas Fair

    More than 125 artisans, craftspeople, and food vendors line the streets as the bands play and the kids have their picture taken with Santa.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-4pm
    Hutto
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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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    Family Saturday: Gingerbread Villas

    Create an edible candy home inspired by the architecture of the Driscoll Villa. Workshop is free with reservation.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 11am-3pm. 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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    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 WFM Arbor Trails

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-4pm. 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 Heroes

    The original Holiday Heroes returns with some new songs and surprises that your kiddos will love! Celebrate the season with singing, laughter, and cheer for all.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 11am. $18 and up.  
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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 Ornament Making

    Make a yarn ornament inspired by Mindful Weaving.
    Saturdays in December, 11am-1pm. Included with museum admission.  
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    Holiday Pop-Up Market at Cherrywood Coffeehouse

    Austin Makers Collective hosts an allied group of professional local makers and artisans peddling those holiday gifts.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm. 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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    Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

    A number of noteworthy authors – including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, Elizabeth Crook, Bill Wittliff, and many more – will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books, which Humanities Texas will offer for purchase at a discounted price.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-1pm. Free.
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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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    Just Me Holidaze Art on Tap Pop-Up Market

    Shop handmade jewelry, soap, sage, and other goods while enjoying some craft beer at the Pflugerville brewery.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-8pm. Free.
    Flying Man Brewing Co., 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr
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    Kingsbury Commons Open House

    Pease Park Conservancy invites the public to view design plans for the Kingsbury Commons.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-noon
    1100 Kingsbury
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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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    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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    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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    Mermaid Swim Class

    Get a full body workout while wearing a mermaid tail. Nitro offers swimming lessons and mermaid parties for both kids and adults every Saturday afternoon.
    Saturdays, 2-4pm
    Nitro Swimming, 1310 Toro Grande Dr., Cedar Park
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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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    Morning Walk Austin

    Meet at Jo's for a cuppa coffee, then take a stroll through Downtown Austin with an ATX tour guide.
    Ongoing. Wed.-Sat., 10-11:30am. $10-20.
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    Naughty or Nice Brunch

    Enjoy some special holiday-themed drinks & bites, shop local vendors, and get your pics with Santa.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30am-3pm. Free.
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    Night Lights: Austin Trail of Lights Preview Party

    Get a sneak peek of one of Austin's biggest holiday attractions. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly back into the Trail of Lights Foundation. Brownout and Interrobang will be performing, and guests can enjoy light bites from various local restaurants and tastings from featured liquor brands.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6-10pm. $85.  
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    Nightly Spirits Ghost Tours

    The two-and-a-half-hour tours begin at the upstairs bar of the paranormal-laden Buffalo Billiards and visit three more ghostly pubs: Russian House, the Gatsby, and Waller Creek.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8:30pm (plus Halloween night, 7:30pm). $25.  
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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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    Pet and Family Photo Shoot With the Grinch

    Get a photo with the grouchy green guy, and support Blue Dog Rescue.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-4pm. Free.
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    Prairie Family Christmas

    Experience Christmas in Old Texas with musical shows in a historic dance hall, Victorian Santa for photos, caroling hayrides, ornament crafts for all ages, food & festivities, handmade holiday vendors, and more.
    Through Dec. 22. Saturdays, 6-9pm. $10 per person.  
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    Real Ale 5K Beer Run

    This race starts and ends at the brewery. Entry includes a T-shirt and four 8-oz. pours from the tasting room.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8am. $35-60.  
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    Rooted in Advocacy

    The Community Advocacy & Healing Project offers a daylong workshop to learn about healthy activism and legislative policy.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 9am-5pm. Free.  
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    Santa and Real Reindeer at the Farm

    Photos run on a "take a number"/first come, first served system, so get there early. Other activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a jump pad, duck races, treasure mountain, face-painting, and more.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 8am-5pm. $12; kids under 2, free.
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    Santa Lounge and Market

    Sip on holiday cocktails and browse the local holiday pop-up shops, including Luxe Apothetique and ModCloth. KP & the Boom Boom and Drew Davis will be playing holiday music at the W.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-5pm. 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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    SantaCon

    Dress like a Claus for this convention of Santas featuring backyard games, Christmas caroloke, and costume contests. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 2pm  
    Rainey Street District
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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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    Out of Town

    Sights and Sounds of Christmas

    San Marcos Plaza Park becomes a winter wonderland with lights, music, food vendors, carnival rides, arts & crafts, and a live nativity scene.
    Wed.-Sat., Nov. 28-Dec. 8
    San Marcos
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    Out of Town

    Snow Day

    Sleds are provided for those brave enough to tackle the mountain of snow in Badu Park.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-9pm
    Llano
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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    The Wandering Vegan "Holiday Market"

    Shop plant-based products in time for the holidaze. Pets are welcome, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to APA!
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-3pm. 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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    Toys for Tots: 10th Annual Toy Drive Benefit

    Bring a brand-new unopened toy for TFT, and you'll get free entry to this show featuring Death of a Dream, Critical Assembly, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. Toy donation or $5.  
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    Ugly Sweater Crawl

    You get six hours to roam Dirty Sixth in your tacky holiday best. A ticket also gets ya a koozie, Santa hat, photos by a professional, discounted drinks, and plenty of good times you'll never remember.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6pm. $15-30.  
    Sixth Street
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    UT STEM Professional Development Day

    UT K12 STEM Collaborative hosts a day of STEM workshops, info sessions, and networking opportunities.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 9am-4pm. $30-150.  
    UT's Engineering Education & Research Center, 2501 Speedway
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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
Ongoing
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    Downtown Ghost Tours

    offer nooks-and-crannies walking tours that spotlight the dead to bring Austin's history and geography to life.
    Fri.-Sat., 8pm
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    Emancipet Free Days

    This mobile spay/neuter clinic might be in your neighborhood today. Check www.emancipet.org to find out.
    Fri.-Sat., check-in begins 8am (first come, first served). Free.
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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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