Home Events Community

for Sat., Dec. 15
Recommended
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    Sports

    Austin Spurs

    Vs. Iowa Wolves.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 7pm. $6-79.  
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    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.
  • Community

    Events

    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,.  
All Events
  • Community

    Events

    #ATXmas Holiday Party at Craftsman

    There will be a giant Santa couch where you can sit on Santa’s lap, and food & drink specials all night long with some of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 6pm. Free.
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    A Dreadful Xmas Market

    In case your holiday needs more goth: shop the vendors, grab a hot drink, and sit for a tarot reading. Penny Dreadful costumes are encouraged.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-7pm. Free.  
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Annual Bake Sale Benefit

    If you’re in the area, stop by Short Stop West (528 W. Main) or Weinheimer & Sons General Store in Stonewall to stock up on baked goods for the holidays while helping out the Historic Schools of Gillespie County.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 7:30am-1:30pm
    Fredericksburg
  • Community

    Sports

    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.  
  • Community

    Events

    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.  
  • Community

    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.  
  • Community

    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  
  • Community

    Events

    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  
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Bend in the River Christmas

    Celebrate the season with Santa, two snow slides, arts & crafts, and music.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 3-8pm. $6.
    Temple
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Blue (Hole) Christmas

    See the creek-side park bathed in blue lights while enjoying the music, hot chocolate, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 2-7pm. Free.
    Wimberley
  • Qmmunity

    Nightlife & Parties

    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  
  • Community

    Sports

    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.
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    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).
  • Community

    Sports

    Concordia Men's Basketball

    Vs. UT-Tyler: Sat., Dec. 15, 3pm. Vs. Ozarks: Mon., Dec. 17, 3pm  
  • Community

    Sports

    Concordia Women's Basketball

    Vs. UT-Tyler: Sat., Dec. 15, 1pm. Vs. Ozarks: Mon., Dec. 17, 1pm  
  • Community

    Kids

    Cookies With Santa at Frost's North Austin Financial Center

    Guests can nosh on holiday cookies and enjoy a special performance by Parmer Lane Elementary choir at 11:30am. 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. 15, 10am-noon. Free.  
    North Austin Financial Center, 111 E. Anderson
  • Community

    Sports

    Eastside Brews Cruise

    This 3-hour bike tour explores the best craft beer breweries that East Austin has to offer, and will also explore the art and culture of the community. Food truck stops will be made.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 2-5pm. $75 per person.
    Eastside
  • Community

    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.  
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    Civic Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Holiday Artisan Mercado

    For that unique Christmas gift, choose from paintings, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, and ceramics from the Southwest, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Spain, or Pakistan. Free Christmas Ornament Workshop from 11am to 1pm.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 10am-3pm. Free.
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    Events

    Holiday Flea

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares at this special holiday-edition pop-up. There will be live music and a raffle to benefit SAFE Austin; plus pics with Santa and Flea Bag goodie bags for the first 20 of you to show up.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, noon-5pm. Free.  
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Holiday Fun at Art for the People

    Shop more than 100 vendors, enjoy local artist pop-ups, and be sure to check out the current exhibitions.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-6pm. Free.
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    Kids

    Holiday Ornament Making

    Make a yarn ornament inspired by Mindful Weaving.
    Saturdays in December, 11am-1pm. Included with museum admission.  
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Horseshoe Bay Resort’s Winter Wonderland

    Expect a winter market and outdoor activities, horse-drawn carriage rides, laser light shows, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 4-10pm
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Out of Town

    Living History Saturday

    Visit Texas’ Independence Hall and try your hand with a quill pen at the birthplace of the republic.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 10am-4pm
    Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Meet the Artists Reception at VSA Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

    Buy gifts and artwork including cards, jewelry, prints, original fine art, clothing, books, clay, glass, and more from unique Texas artists.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-4pm. Free.
  • Community

    Kids

    MekaMon Beserker V2

    Test the world's first gaming robot with demos and battles in a custom arena.
    Sat., Dec. 15, noon-6pm. Free.
    B8ta Austin at the Domain
  • Community

    Civic Events

    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  
  • Community

    Sports

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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  
  • Community

    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.
  • Community

    Events

    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.  
  • Community

    Events

    Nina Berenato's Holibabes Market

    Shop the market of women artists and makers, get your aura photographed with MOOD X MOSS, and enjoy tarot card readings and drinks & snacks.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16. Free.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    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.
  • Community

    Civic Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Safe Routes to School Community Input Event 1: District 3

    Residents of D3 are invited to share their feedback to improve program implementation in their neighborhoods.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 10am-2pm. Free.  
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Safe Routes to School Community Input Event 4: District 7

    Residents of D7 are invited to share their feedback to improve program implementation in their neighborhoods.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 11am-3pm. Free.  
  • Community

    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.  
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    SLAY Soirée: A Holiday Art Party

    This one features art by 15 emerging women artists, two DJ sets, an open bar, and a silent auction benefiting Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., Dec. 15, 6-11pm. Free ($35, early bird w/ swag).  
  • Community

    Events

    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
  • Community

    Sports

    Southwestern University Men's Basketball

    Vs. JWU (Denver): Sat., Dec. 15, 3pm. Vs. Colorado College: Sun., Dec. 16, 3pm  
  • Community

    Sports

    Southwestern University Women's Basketball

    Vs. JWU (Denver): Sat., Dec. 15, 1pm. Vs. Colorado College: Sun., Dec. 16, 1pm  
  • Community

    Sports

    St. Edward's Men's Basketball

    Vs. Schreiner University: Sat., Dec. 15, 2pm. Vs. Western New Mexico University: Mon., Dec. 17, 4pm. $5.  
  • Community

    Events

    TexAfrique Makiti Market Festival

    Shop clothing, home decor, wraps, hair accessories, and more.
    Through Jan. 5. Saturdays, 10am  
    12th & Chicon
  • Community

    Civic Events

    Texas Handmaids Meetup

    A discussion on the course of action against crisis pregnancy centers and the state’s complicity in the maternal mortality crisis. Free childcare available upon request.
    Sat., Dec. 15, noon-2pm. Free.  
  • Community

    Kids

    The 18th Annual Austin Children's Nutcracker

    Share Clara's adventures as she battles a giant Rat King and transforms her Nutcracker doll into a Prince. Together, Clara and the Prince visit the magical Land of Snow and travel to the Kingdom of Sweets in an enchanted sleigh.
    Dec. 14-16. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm. $35, adult; $20, kids 12 and under.  
  • Community

    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.  
  • Community

    Sports

    UT Men's Basketball

    Vs. Grand Canyon.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 5pm  
  • Community

    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
  • Community

    Events

    Winter Gift Market

    This is a Wandering Vegan gift market featuring pigs from Central Texas Pig Rescue, food from various vegan Austin favorites, interactive crafting stations, and free giftwrapping.
    Sat., Dec. 15, noon-6pm. Free.
  • Community

    Events

    Worthwich Yule Ball

    Enjoy a night of wizard wrock, holiday music, delicious brews, and formal dancing among fellow students, witches, wizards, professors, and a flurry of fantastic creatures. Don your best dress robes, hats, and glowing gowns for a night that ought not be forgotten. The family-friendly segment is from 2-6pm; after that, it's adults only.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 2pm-12mid. $10-15.  
  • Community

    Events

    Yule Bazaar

    Presented by the East Austin Handmade Arts Market, this all-local, all-handmade arts party / market event offers an array of arts & crafters, live music all day, free food and beverages while they last, and a visit from Santa Elvis.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 11am-5pm. Free.  
Ongoing
  • Community

    Events

    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
  • Community

    Events

    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.
  • Community

    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.

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle