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  • New Years Eve's Eve's Eve with Magnifico + Olé ELO

    Celebrate New Years Eve's Eve's Eve at the North Door with Austin's energetic Queen tribute band, Magnifico, and Olé ELO - Austin’s very own, 12 piece Electric Light Orchestra tribute group! 21+ $12 pre-sale/$15 at the door Tickets on sale now!
    Sat. Dec. 29, 8:30pm  
    North Door
  • BLK Vinyl Holiday Bash

    Come celebrate the season at BLK Vinyl. We'll be spinning our holiday favorites as well as having a special in-store performance from members of Burgess Meredith! We will provide the refreshments. Invite everyone you know. The more the merrier!
    Sun., Dec. 16, 2pm-6pm
    BLK Vinyl
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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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    Holiday Mercado Y Pachanga

    Frida Friday's monthly pop-up is expanding to two days for the holiday shopping season. There's a Friday night lotería with Grandma Steven, and a Saturday screening of The Tacos of Texas. There's DJs, food for sale, photo ops, local orgs tabling, and more.
    Dec. 21-22. Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-3pm. Free.  
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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.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 2, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $16, adults; age 5 and under, 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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    A Yule Ritual for the Winter Solstice

    Gather in the Butterfly Garden for singing and celebration. Bring some food to share and an unwrapped gift for Refugee Services of Texas Austin.
    Sat., Dec. 22, noon. Free, but donations suggested.
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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 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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    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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    Bloody Rose December Black Market

    Featuring local punk, goth, metal, and horror artists and vendors selling their original artwork and merchandise in the parking lot of the Bloody Rose Boutique.
    Sat., Dec. 22, 11am-3pm. Free.
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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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    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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    Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral

    The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas presents this night featuring some of the city's most honored vocalists led by director Jeffrey Jones Ragona and traditional Irish and Scottish music, too.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 21-22. $30.  
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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.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Free for kids under 12 with purchase of adult ticket ($11.73).
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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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    Full Moon Sound: Cold Moon

    This is a series that focuses on holistic approaches to relaxation, healing, and meditation through sound baths. Class leaders John Walpole and Jody Emerson offer complete detoxification through gongs and crystal bowls.
    Sat., Dec. 22, 5:30-6:30pm. Free.  
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    Geraldine's Holiday Disco Bar & Lounge

    For four nights, Geraldine’s will transform its fourth-floor pool deck into a life-sized snow globe. Decked out with a snow machine, disco ball, and festive decor, the tented rooftop will transport guests to a winter wonderland complete with marshmallows for roasting and holiday cocktails for toasting.
    Wed.-Sat., Dec. 19-22, 7-10pm. Free admission.
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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.
    Nov. 23-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. Free with museum admission; members and UT students, staff, and faculty, 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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    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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    Last Minute at the Last Straw

    Brunch, cocktails, and an intimate shopping experience for all you last-minute shoppers.
    Sat., Dec. 22, noon-4pm. Free.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sensational Saturdays Drag Show

    Vanessa Gordon hosts some eye-poppin' players.
    Second and fourth Saturdays, 11:30pm. Free.  
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Barton Creek Square Mall

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, at this blood drive hosted by We Are Blood will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Dec. 17-31. Free.
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Lakeline Mall

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, at this blood drive hosted by We Are Blood will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Dec. 17-31. Free.
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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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    TexAfrique Makiti Market Festival

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