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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 seven out of the 14 nights; ages 12 & under are always free of charge (on most weekend nights admission is $5).
    Dec. 10-23. $5 GA; premium, $20+.  
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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.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-4pm. Free.  
    5900 Airport Blvd.
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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, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
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    2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

    ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
    Nov. 18-Jan. 21  
    Online
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    Art Spark Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

    Unique artwork and gifts from Texas artists, including cards, jewelry, prints, original final art, clothing, books, ceramics, glass, and more.
    Through Dec. 23. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Mon., Dec. 23, 10am-6pm  
    AGE of Central Texas, 3707 Home Ln. #101
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    Austin Beer Run Club – Weekly Beer Run

    Please arrive to Uncle Billy's by 6:30 as the run will begin precisely at 6:45. The fall/winter route is a 5k figure eight around the Long Center. An organizer will go over the route prior to the start, and route details can be found on the website. All speeds are welcome. Stick around for a post-run beer.: Free validated parking is available in the Uncle Billy's garage. Additional parking can be found on Kinney Avenue and near the Butler Shores softball fields on Toomey Road.: For ABRC events, all beer runners run at their own risk. Please use caution and exercise good judgment as ABRC is not responsible for injury or accidents.
    Wednesdays, 6:30pm. Free.
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    Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

    Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
    Through Dec. 16
    Austin-area Mattress Firm stores
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    Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce Holiday Social

    Meet and mingle with GAACC's board as well as members of its advisory council.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 6-8pm. Members, free with RSVP; nonmembers, $10; $20 (at the door).  
    Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, 8001 Centre Park #160
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    Hill Country Holiday Village

    Walk the decorated walkways and shop for gifts and goods from holiday vendors. Carolers and local dance and choir groups perform, and guests will have the chance to take photos with St. Nick at Santa's Workshop.
    Select dates through Dec. 24  
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    Holiday Light Stroll at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

    A festive display of over 3,000 twinkling lights winds through the resort’s grounds and features a 20-foot-tall LED animated Christmas tree. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the resort’s culinary team will serve specialty hot cocoa and made-to-order mini doughnuts.
    Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Free with on-site paid parking ($8-15).
    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek
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    Holiday Model Train Show

    The Austin Tinplate Trackers hobby club builds a Christmas village around the model train tracks in the Downtowner Gallery.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Wed.-Sun.
    Round Rock
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    Homeschool Day at the Science Mill

    Focusing on careers in coding, the event allows kids to code their own adventures in Minecraft, try the Harry Potter and the Magic of Coding challenge, experience a coding obstacle course, and more hands-on activities.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 10am-2pm. Ages 2 & under, free; ages 3-18 (or with student ID), $9.50; adults, $11; ages 65 & up, $9; military, $5.50; learning lab, $5.
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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    Johnson City Lights Spectacular

    The county courthouse, the Pedernales Electric Co-op building, and the town are bathed in twinkling lights with parades, food courts, and special events on weekends.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Free.  
    Johnson City
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    Kids Music With Amber, Johnny & Sharon

    Interactive show featuring "scarf snowball fights," "bug toss" games, and more fun times for kids and parents.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30pm. Free.
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    Listening Session: Cameron and Dessau Roads

    Stop by whenever to help the Austin Transportation Department better understand the safety and mobility needs for people using Cameron Road and Dessau Road (51st Street to Parmer Lane). Your input will help identify improvement projects. For those who can’t attend, see the online survey, open Nov. 21 through Dec. 22.
    Online: Nov. 21-Dec. 22  
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    Out of Town

    Lost Pines Christmas

    Bastrop puts on seasonally themed light displays, a nighttime holiday parade, a snow day, and more activities for the whole family throughout the month.
    Weekends through Dec. 24. Free.
    Bastrop
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    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.  
    2600 W. Stassney Ln.
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a freshly baked German treat while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 6pm-12mid, except Christmas Eve (closes 10pm); closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free.  
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    Nerd Nite

    Another month, another nerd-out with some of Austin's geekiest.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 7pm. Free.  
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    Poketo Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Shop the L.A.-based lifestyle brand's signature stationery, apparel, and accessories collections.
    Through Dec. 15. 10am-6pm. Free.  
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    Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive

    Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Austin’s largest pet food drive in support of local animal rescues and shelters. It's easy to give: Every bag of pet food donated through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food suppliers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 160,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an internet shopper? Just donate online.
    Through Dec. 24  
    Austin-area Tomlinson's Feed stores
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    Rosewood-Zaragosa Nursing Services

    Nurses will be on-site to help navigate health concerns, provide check-ups, offer nutrition education, and help track down affordable health insurance coverage.
    Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30am  
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    Searchlight Series: Justice, Equity, and Action Around Rape

    Join Survivor Justice Project and the Austin Justice Coalition for a five-part series on the intersections of sexual assault survivor justice, racial equity, and criminal justice to uncover ways to advance healing and community accountability for sexual violence in Austin.
    Wednesdays, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, 6:30-8:30pm  
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    Out of Town

    Sights and Sounds of Christmas

    Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the park decorated with Christmas lights as well as food vendors, the carnival, and lots of music.
    Wed.-Sat., Dec. 4-7, 11-14
    San Marcos
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    Signing Santa

    Children who are deaf or hard of hearing can relay their holiday wishes directly to Santa. Texas School for the Deaf's Sign Choir will perform holiday music, and every kid will take home a free photo with St. Nick and a treat from his workshop.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 4-8:30pm. Free.  
    Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.
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    South Congress Hotel Presents Full Moon Sounds

    Guests encouraged to bring a blanket and/or mat to this one-hour "sound immersion" going down around the full moon.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 5:30-6:30pm. Free.  
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    Stassney Lane Improvements Feedback

    ATD wants your input on how to improve transit options along Stassney from West Gate Blvd. to South Congress, so visit the link online and share your thoughts!
    Comments will be accepted from Dec. 5, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020  
    Online
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    Sports

    Texas Stars

    Vs. Manitoba Moose.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 7pm. $18+.  
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    Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference During Tax Season

    United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help with free tax prep services in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Taylor. Work includes tax prep, translating, and greeting. No prior experience necessary, as a free training is provided, complete with IRS certification.: The sites will be open from Jan. 28 through April 15. Bilingual folks are sorely needed. Email, call, or visit the website for more info.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 23  
    Apply online
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    Out of Town

    Walkway of Lights

    Get a jump on the holiday season with a stroll through 2 million sparkling lights in the park along the lake.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2020. Nightly, 6-10pm. Free.  
    Marble Falls
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    We Are Blood: Platelet Step-Up Campaign

    Platelet donors have the chance to receive up to six Alamo Drafthouse movie passes through the end of the month. First donation = one pass; second = two passes; and third = three passes. To schedule a platelet donation, call 512/206-1266 or visit www.weareblood.org.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Austin-area We Are Blood Donor Centers
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    We the Party

    A 101 on our local government. This group is itching to get 150 folks at City Hall to learn how to make their voices heard and who's on first.
    Wed., Dec. 11, 5:30-9pm. Free.  

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