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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and self-care products. But there's live music. And beer. And this year, the bazaar is hosting 12 Days of Giving, which means your dollars go to helping local nonprofits like HAAM, the Austin Art Alliance, Sun Radio, and (nine) more.
    Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm. $8; children 12 and under, 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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    Out of Town

    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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    Out of Town

    2018’s Brightest Comet

    Getting to a dark place out of doors is the essential ingredient for seeing Comet Wirtanen, the brightest and last comet of the year.
    Dec. 12-17
    Various locations
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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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    Artisan Made Holiday Market

    Enjoy some delicious fair trade coffee, shop ethically made artisan goods, listen to live music, and help support Austin's local small businesses who are working to make a big global impact.
    Dec. 13-16. Thu.-Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.  
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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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    Civic Events

    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 Trail of Lights

    The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free and open to the public (on weekend nights admission is $3).
    Dec. 10-23  
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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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    Out of Town

    “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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    Blue Mist

    Thursdays, 7pm, Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm, Fri., Dec. 21, 8pm and Mon., Dec. 31, 7:30pm
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    Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals Special Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 1:30pm  
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    Bumble Bizz Presents: No Office Needed Holiday Party

    Join BB (a swipe-based app for networking) for festive holiday bites, signature cocktails from Sourced Craft Cocktails, live tunes from Christopher Crow Music, giveaways, goodies, and more. All ticket sales will be donated to SAFE.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 6-9pm. $5 suggested donation.  
    WeWork, 801 Barton Springs Rd
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    Bumble Date Night at Wild Chix & Waffles

    Bring your Bumble or BFF match for a free shareable when you both purchase a cocktail. First folks to arrive will also get complimentary cocktails when you show your app.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 6-8pm  
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    Kids

    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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    City Council Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 10am  
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    December Wine Walk at Hill Country Galleria

    Guests will start at Twin Liquors to pick up a map that is both a guide to the walk and a ticket for each wine walk stop.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 5-9pm. 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 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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    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 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 Shopping at Confituras Little Kitchen

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares from the Austin Flea.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 4-8pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Toy Drive

    Bring new, unopened toys (not gift-wrapped), a City of Austin bus pass, or an H-E-B gift card for Refugee Services of Texas.
    Through Dec. 31
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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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    Kids

    Little Texans

    Young Texans (ages 2-5) will love this interactive experience incorporating movement, play, and tactile learning into engaging experiences.
    Second Thursday of every month, 10-11am. Free for members or with exhibit admission.
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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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    Sports

    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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    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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    PFLAG Monthly Meeting: South Austin

    Need a place to be? PFLAG's monthly meetings invite everyone from teens to senior citizens to join the discussion, or just listen and snack. As always, they like to keep things confidential.
    Every second Thur. of the month. Free.
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    Safe Routes to School Community Input Event 2: District 3

    Residents of D3 are invited to share their feedback to improve program implementation in their neighborhoods.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 4-6pm. Free.  
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    Kids

    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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    Silent Night USA

    This nationwide celebration of silent disco will be hosted in Austin with DJ Meow Mitch.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 7-10pm. Free with RSVP.  
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    The Rewind

    Old-school, vinyl turntable mix show fundraising event every Thursday night on the Terrace 59 Rooftop.
    Through Dec. 27. Thursdays, 10pm. Free.
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    Thursday Night Social Ride

    Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three.
    Thursdays, 7pm
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    Travis County Democratic Party Holiday Party

    Party with the party this holiday season. Co-hosted by South Austin Democrats and Austin Tejano Democrats.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 5-9pm. 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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    Women's Club Treasures of Feng Shui

    A networking event for women entrepreneurs that focuses on feng shui. If you'd like to attend and are not a member, you will need to sign up for membership first.
    Thu., Dec. 13, 11:30am-1pm. $10 (includes lunch).
    The Staging Guy, 9601 Dessau #302
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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