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    Cherrywood Art Fair

    Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm. 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.
      Through Jan. 2. 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.
      Through Dec. 30. $16,.  
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      #LetUsDream – East Austin Christmas Story

      Free food, gifts, arts & crafts, face-painting, haircuts & styles, and much more! Football signings by Michael Griffin & Chris Houston. Music by: DJ Kay Cali & DJ Mist.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 2-6pm. Free.  
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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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      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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      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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      Austin Jingle Bell 5K

      Join MADD for this 23rd annual event. The family-friendly walk/run features a kids' fun run with elves, and Santa will be on-site for a meet and greet. Register early for a free shirt.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 7:45am. Adults, $35-40; youth, $15-20; kids 12 and under, $10.  
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      Civic Events

      Austin Justice Coalition Book Club

      A discussion of DeRay McKesson's book On the Other Side of Freedom. All are welcome to attend.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 5-6pm. Free.  
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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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      Brewtorium Record Fair

      Vendors will have thousands of albums on offer, just in time for the holidaze.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 12:30-6pm. Free.  
      Brewtorium Brewery & Kitchen, 6015-A Dillard Circle
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      Kids

      Brunch With Santa

      Skip the long mall lines and enjoy dishes like the Monkey Bread French Toast, Ricotta Cheese Pancakes, or the Grit Breakfast Bowl while your little ones pose for a photo with Santa.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 10am-2pm. Free with purchase of a brunch dish.
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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 Bazaar

      Shop holiday goods from local artists.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 12:45-3pm. Free.
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      Christmas Village

      Shop the Christmas market, greet Santa, and stay for when the town glows with colorful lights.
      Sun., Dec. 9, noon-4pm
      Burton
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      Craftsman Presents Santa Paws and Ugly Sweaters

      Craftsman and Santa are hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater celebration for you and your furry friends. Dress for the occasion in the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find and don’t forget one for your pup.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 2-7pm. Free.
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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 Day at Umlauf

      Every second Sunday throughout the year, Umlauf invites families for a day of activities ranging from yoga to ballet performances to puppet theatre.
      Second Sundays, noon-4pm. Free.  
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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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      Garden Party

      You can look forward to sipping cocktails in the greenhouse, drinking tea on the lawn, and connecting with some of the city’s finest mystics, makers, and musicians.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 1-5pm. $15 (free for members).
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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 Artist Market

      Shop the 20 or so local artists and vendors to live music by Bad Advice Entertainment at this pop-up event hosted by dance collective Articulate Austin.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 11am-5pm. 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 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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      Hotel San José Holiday Market

      Local makers include Esby, High Sun Low Moon, Miranda Bennett Studio, the Keep Vintage, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 9, noon-5pm. 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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      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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      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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      Motors and Mimosas

      Heels & Horsepower is a women's car club coming to Austin with this here, their first event.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 10am-noon. Free.
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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 Photos With Santa at Barton Creek Square

      Because you want the whole family in your holiday photos.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 7:30-9pm. Prices vary.
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      Possum Park Sunday Market

      Enjoy complimentary craft beer and wine, grab a bite, and shop plant-based crafts, artisan wares, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 11am-3pm. Free.
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      Robot Rock

      Catch a stacked lineup of nine local bands while you raise money for Science in a Suitcase, an Austin-based nonprofit sending local engineers overseas to teach robotics to underserved kids in South Africa.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 5-10:30pm. $12.
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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 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 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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      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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      Sour Duck Holiday Market

      Vendors include Two Hives Honey, Tillery Street Plant Co., Factory Press, Fall Creek Vineyards, and more. Happy hour starts at 2pm.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 3-6pm. Free.  
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      Stockings & S'mores

      Join Good Party ATX for a dog-friendly holiday event that gives back. Get your selfies with Santa, shop the pet-themed market, eat some s'mores, have a cocktail, meet adoptable dogs, and give to the supply drive for Austin Animal Center.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 2-5pm. Free.  
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      TGQ Social

      A social, gender-diverse space for anyone who identifies on the genderqueer, trans, and/or nonbinary spectrum as well as advocates and allies. Wanna know more about the meetup? We've got that too.
      Second Sundays, 6-9pm. Free.
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      The Austin Flea at the ABGB

      Shop local handmade items and vintage wares just in time for the holidaze!
      Sun., Dec. 9, noon-6pm. Free.  
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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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      Toys & Turkey: Donation Drive & Concert

      This drop-off event is more than just a toy/food drive; it's also a concert, a cook-off, and a Domino and Spades tournament. They'll be taking donations of toys, gift cards, frozen turkeys, canned goods, and coats. All donations benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Central Texas Food Bank.
      Sun., Dec. 9, noon-6pm
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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 Men's Basketball

      Vs. Purdue.
      Sun., Dec. 9, 5pm  
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      UT Women's Basketball

      Vs. Tennessee.
      Sun., Dec. 9, noon. $6-8.  
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      Kids

      Visit With Santa at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

      Santa will be ditching his traditional mode of transportation this year and will instead be riding in on a Longhorn. Guests are invited to visit Santa’s Workshop to take photos, write letters to Santa, and enjoy several holiday-themed activities such as ornament and gingerbread house making, arts & crafts, and more.
      Dec. 9, 22 & 25. Free.
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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
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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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