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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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      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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      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, 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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      Kids

      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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      Kids

      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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      Christmas at the Farm With Santa and Live Reindeer

      Photos run on a "take a number"/first come, first served system, so get there early. Other activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a jump pad, duck races, treasure mountain, face-painting, and more.
      Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Sat.-Sun., 9am-6pm. $16; ages 2 & under, free.  
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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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      Handmade & Vintage Holiday Market

      Over 20 local makers, vintage curators, artists, and crafters to help you shop local this holiday season.
      Sun., Dec. 22, noon-6pm. Free.  
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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 Austin Flea at Fareground

      Find that perfect holiday gift with jewelry, bath & body products, vintage finds, artwork, and more.
      Sun., Dec. 22, 10am-3pm. Free.  
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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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      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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      Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour's Khanuke Parties

      All ages are welcome at the local klezmer ensemble's concerts (different locations for different dates). Expect dreidel games, chocolate gelt, and a community menorah lighting, too.
      Sun., Dec. 22, 8-10pm (Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden, 121 Pickle Rd.); Wed., Dec. 25, 7-10pm (Barrel O' Fun, 1911 Aldrich #120); Sat., Dec. 28, 6:30-9pm (Central Market North, 4477 S. Lamar). Free.  
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      Menorah Lights at Trail of Lights

      Chabad of Austin celebrates the first day of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, chocolate gelt, and the Holly Hammers performing your favorite Hanukkah hits.
      Sun., Dec. 22, 7:30pm. $5 Trail of Lights admission.  
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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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      Navideño Artisan Mercado

      For that unique Christmas gift, choose from Mexican, Colombian, and African dresses, handbags, and crafts; Honduran and Texan paintings, prints, and mixed media; and locally crafted wares.
      Sat., Dec. 21, 10am-3pm: Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress. Sun., Dec. 22, 11am-3pm: HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal. 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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      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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      Civic Events

      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

      UT Women's Basketball

      Vs. Stanford.
      Sun., Dec. 22, noon. $6+.  
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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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      Winter Solstice Lantern Parades

      Celebrate the longest night of the year at Minor Mishap’s annual parade – this year there'll be two! Attendees can enjoy a night of music, community, and creativity as hundreds of flameless lanterns come together under the night sky.
      Dec. 21-22. Mueller Lake Park (4550 Mueller Blvd.): Sat., 5:30pm. Central Library (710 W Cesar Chavez): Sun., 5:30pm. Free.

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