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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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    La Pastorela

    La Pastorela – a tradition since the 16th century, the annual yuletide play that's been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica – is adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. This year, Clemencia Zapata returns as music director of the story of shepherds on a pilgrimage that pits them against angels and demons who test their strength and faith along the way.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $6-21.  
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    Frida Friday ATX Holiday Mercado and Pachanga

    All you late holiday shoppers, join Las Ofrendas for their last market of the year with over 25 rotating vendors each day, DJs, and lots of epic seasonal goodness. On Saturday, play Grandma Steven's (fam-friendly) Lotería, and more more more. Kids and furbabies welcome.
    Dec. 20-21. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm. 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, 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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    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. Find the complete artist list and music lineup here.
    Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm; Christmas Eve, 11am-8pm. $10-50; ages 12 & under, free.  
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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 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. 20-22. Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2:30 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2:30pm  
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    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.
    Through Dec. 26 (see online for specific dates & times)  
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    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.
    Through Jan. 4 (see online for specific dates & times)  
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    Candy Chemistry Workshop

    Explore sugar at a molecular level by creating cotton candy, lollipops, and chocolate pops, then use your candy creations to decorate your very own gingerbread house.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-24, 10:30am-1pm. $5 per person.  
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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. 20-21, 7:30-9:30pm. Sold out.  
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    Classic Gingerbread Workshop

    This tot-friendly workshop is appropriate for all ages and offers everything you'll need to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-24. Multiple times daily (see website for schedule). $5 per person.  
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    Community Feedback on Safety & Mobility Projects

    Review and provide feedback for the draft 2020 Mobility Annual Plan, which includes sidewalks, safe routes to school, bikeways, urban trails, intersection safety, Vision Zero improvements, and more. Funded by the 2016 Mobility Bond, the final 2020 MAP is expected to be released in early March.
    Provide feedback through Feb. 2, 2020  
    Online
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    Get Lit

    Kitty Cohen's Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar includes special decorations and holiday-inspired cocktails, such as Latke Punch.
    Dec. 18-30
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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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    Out of Town

    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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    Holiday Pop-up Shop at the Arboretum

    Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by 80-plus local Texas artists curated by Artus Co. in collaboration with Pump Project and Almost Real Things.
    Through Dec. 24.. Free.  
    10000 Research #118
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    Out of Town

    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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    Joint Inclusion Committee Meeting

    See agenda for details.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 2:30pm. 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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    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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    Pet Photos With Buddy the Elf

    Bring your furbaby to snap a photo with Buddy the Elf.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 8am-7pm. Free.
    Hearth & Soul, 2727 Exposition
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    Pinballz Ugly Sweater Contest

    Dust off your most ho-ho-horrible-looking holiday sweater for the chance to win $50 Pinballz gift card.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 8:30pm  
    Lake Creek: 3729 Research; Kingdom: 15201 S. I-35, Buda
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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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    Rainey Shared Streets Pilot

    This Austin Transportation and Austin Police pilot program will test the temporary closure of Rainey Street to motor vehicle traffic Thursdays-Saturdays, 9pm-2:30am, in the model of the long-running Sixth Street shutdowns. The pilot period runs through March 8, 2020.
    Rainey Street
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    Kids

    Seriously Sweet Structures Workshop

    Explore how to build a sturdy gingerbread house through a series of structural engineering challenges, draft plans, and build your very own gingerbread house. Recommended for ages 8 & up.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-23, 2-4:30pm. $5 per person.  
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    Signs & Sours ASL Workshop

    While you sip on sours, an instructor will lead you through this beginner's ASL class, followed by ASL bingo with local prizes.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 7-9pm. $30 (tasting glass w/ four pours & material).  
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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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    The South Pole at Geraldine's

    A holiday pop-up complete with a snow machine, igloo lounges, an artisan market, holiday-themed cocktail menu, appearance by Southern Santa, and, of course, the return of Geraldine’s annual Motown Christmas performance.
    Tue.-Sat., Dec. 17-21, 6-9pm  
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    Totally 90s Night

    W Austin is throwin’ it back to the decade that brought us the Trapper Keeper, butterfly clips, and so much Surge. Beats from Nirvana, Britney, and TLC, plus throwback snacks like Pop Tarts and drinks such as spiked Capri Sun.
    Fridays, 7-11pm. Through Feb. 21. Free.  
    Living Room Bar at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca
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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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