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  • Hogeye Festival

    Come out to The 34th annual Hogeye festival held in historic downtown Elgin. The event is free and there will be live music, BBQ cook-off, carnival rides, kids activities, vendors, delicious food, shopping, and so much more. Fun for everyone!
    Sat. Oct. 23  
    Downtown Elgin
  • ArmadilloCon 2021

    Come to ArmadilloCon to meet the best in science fiction & fantasy! The con that introduced Austin to George RR Martin, Rachel Caine & William Gibson is featuring established and new SF creators you'll want to meet, including Nicky Drayden, Marshall Ryan Maresca, David Liss and Gary Villarreal! Complete details are available online.
    Oct 15-17, 2021  
    Austin Southpark Hotel
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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Through Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Winter Wanderland

    Snow close, yet snow far out! Austin Motel is decked out for the holidays with a neon rainbow, and they're serving up hot chocolate (with optional peppermint schnapps), a Sugar Plum cocktail, and La Colombe coffee. Snacks include Reindeer Chow and hot pretzels.
    Through Jan. 3. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Through Jan. 3 (except New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Winter Well-Being Toolkit

    The stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic could make this winter and holiday season tougher than usual. Integral Care recently launched a Winter Well-Being Toolkit, a compilation of ideas to boost mental health, fight the winter blues, stay safely connected and celebrate the season in new ways. Topics include ideas to make gatherings special, tips for fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder, steps for improving happiness, ways to get moving and elevate your mood, and mindfulness activities. Plus, check out their YouTube channel for a winter mental health forum video.
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    #TsoGiving Holiday Initiative

    Tso Chinese Delivery has partnered with seven local organizations with the goal to provide $100,000 in meals to Austinites in need. Make a direct donation online, or add a donation to any food order placed at Tso Chinese Delivery. For every $1 raised, #TsoGiving can donate $3 worth of meals.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Remote
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    2021 Mobility Annual Plan Feedback

    The MAP provides an annual “look ahead” at planned work across Austin that is made possible through 2016 Mobility Bond resources. Projects outlined in the MAP include sidewalks, Safe Routes to School, bikeways, urban trails, Intersection Safety/Vision Zero improvements, and more. View the interactive project map, read the plan, and provide feedback through Feb. 7, 2021.
    Deadline: Feb. 7, 2021  
    Online
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    Acrylic Florals Painting Class

    Learn how to turn flowers into realistic, yet stylized, botanical art paintings. In this workshop, you'll learn all the tips and tricks to paint a collage of images with Morgan Greer. Either provide your own materials or purchase a supply kit.
    Sun., Dec. 27, 11am. $55-99.  
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
    Ongoing  
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    Christmas Trail of Lights

    Follow the driving tour around the courthouse, and through Hamilton Creek and Wallace Riddell parks.
    Sat.-Fri., Dec. 26-Jan. 1  
    Burnet
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    City Encourages Safe Celebrations

    Austin Public Health would like to remind everyone to spread kindness, not COVID, this season. Keep the health of your family, friends, and neighbors in mind when planning your holiday celebrations, and consider virtual and low-risk activities. Get party ideas and COVID-19 info on the city's site, and if you do plan to go out, be aware that events are subject to cancellation.
    Dec. 21-Jan. 1  
    Citywide
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
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    December in the District

    Help support local businesses by making 2nd Street District your one-stop-shop. Enjoy seasonal sips, holiday creations, and the 10th annual Holiday Window Walk. Plus, check out their new passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, wherein you collect stamps and earn prizes as you explore.
    Dec. 1-30. Free.  
    Second Street downtown
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Whataburger

    All month long, when you donate with We Are Blood, get a free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger. Donors between Dec. 24 and 31 also get a free sweatshirt. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Dec. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Donate Platelets, Get a Free Baseball Tee

    During its monthlong Platelet Step-Up campaign, We Are Blood is offering a branded baseball tee to donors who successfully donate platelets twice during December. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    Dec. 1-31  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Draft Transportation Criteria Manual Review

    The draft defines the rules, requirements, and technical guidelines for building mobility infrastructures. Feedback can be made on transit systems, bike and urban trails, and pedestrian zones, among other items in the manual.
    Online
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    Eagle Nest Webcam

    The eagle cam is back after being dark for nearly two years, and the pair of eagles are building their nest in preparation of the eggs sometime in December or January. Watch their progress from home.
    Through early spring. Free.  
    Online via JBS Wetland Center, Seagoville
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    Eisbahn, Ice Skating in the Hill Country

    Safety protocols are in place in the outdoor skating rink at Marktplatz.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 26-Jan. 3. $15.  
    Fredericksburg
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    Gibson Wonderland

    Sip a festive holiday cocktail and snap a photo at the Gibson Sleigh, then tag #gibsonwonderland and @gibsonstreetbar for a chance at a prize.
    Through Dec. 31  
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    History in Lights

    The pathway of lights illuminates Mission Espiritu Santo in a way that is suggestive of the early days of the Spanish frontier outpost.
    Through Dec. 31, 6-10pm. $4.  
    Goliad State Park
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    Holiday Lights in Georgetown’s Historic Town Square

    Enjoy the lights and local flavor throughout the holiday season.
    Through Jan. 2. Free.  
    Historic Town Square, East Seventh Street, Georgetown
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    Holiday Parties With Urban Axes

    Celebrate the holiday season at Urban Axes with add-ons like drink packages, catering from local partners, party decorations to make your celebration special, or an axe trophy for the tournament winner. You can even book the entire facility for your own private party.
    Ongoing  
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    Holiday Traveling Risk

    Traveling is a high-risk activity due to COVID-19. Austin Public Health encourages the community to safely celebrate virtually during the holiday season.
    Ongoing  
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    Judaism UnBoxed

    Brought to you by Chabad of Austin, Judaism UnBoxed is hands-on Jewish discovery and growth, Jewish culinary lessons, and quality family time all in one. Receive holiday baking kit boxes for the Jewish holidays and/or challah baking boxes every month.
    Ongoing  
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
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    Lost Pines Christmas

    There are plenty of holiday happenings in Bastrop, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Austin: Take in the sights at the River of Lights, head downtown to shop the Holiday Sidewalk Stroll, take in Elf! The Musical at Bastrop Opera House, or visit Krampus at Scream Hollow's Twisted Christmas.
    Through Jan. 1  
    Bastrop
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    Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

    The holiday season kicks off with Christmas in the Park in Natchitoches and continues through the fireworks on New Year’s Eve around eastern Louisiana.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Alexandria-Pineville, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches & Shreveport-Bossier
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    MADD Virtual Jingle Bell 5K

    Run, walk, or jog where you are to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The first 250 registrants get a swag bag, so sign up ASAP! All participants get a participant medal.
    Through Jan. 6. $35, adults; $10, kids.  
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    Marriott Marquis Houston's Texas Winter Lights

    An interactive walk-through or float-under light experience at the hotel’s iconic Texas-shaped lazy river, which will be surrounded by a mile worth of sparkling lights, complete with stunning views of the downtown Houston skyline.
    Through Jan. 3, 5-10pm. $5-15; hotel packages starting at $143.  
    Marriott Marquis, 1777 Walker St., Houston
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    Maywald Christmas Lights

    A park-and-walk display that's free with a donation to Make-A-Wish at the box upon entry.
    Through Jan. 3  
    10505 Twilight Vista
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    Mobility Games

    Use a bike, micro-mobility modes, or your own body to get around in December and win prizes. Register online and share trips on social media with #MobilityGames20 to be entered.
    Through Dec. 31  
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    Northern Lights Holiday Spectacular

    Presented by Toyota of Cedar Park, this drive-through light show has a special bonus of a different holiday movie screening each night.
    Through Dec. 31. Light show opens at 5pm; films screen at 7 & 10pm  
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    Peppermint Parkway

    Join Pepper and Mint on their journey down COTA’s Tunnel Road with this drive-through holiday experience. They are on a mission: to deliver letters to Santa for gifts under the tree! On their way they will meet dancing elves and strolling entertainers as they are transported from Candy Cane Lane to an Enchanted Forest. Additional activities include COTA Karting, Peppermint Plaza with amusements and games, and COTA Zipline.
    Various dates through Jan. 3. $35-90.  
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    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
    Online
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    Request for Proposals: TEMPO 2021

    Art in Public Places' TEMPO program seeks proposals from practicing visual artists or artist teams for short-term, outdoor art installations.
    Deadline: Tue., Jan. 26, 2021, 5pm  
    Online
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    Reuse Gift Wrapping Challenge

    According to Austin Creative Reuse, if every family chose reused materials to wrap three gifts, the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields. So they're calling on the community to think outside the box and choose reuse this year. Submit photos of your wrapping ideas to the contest via email, and they'll be judged on creativity, workmanship, and use of reused materials. Get ideas and materials from ACR or use what you have on hand.
    Dec. 11-31  
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    Santa's Sleigh Selfies

    Visit anytime after dark to see the tree lit with thousands of twinkly lights and take photos with Santa's sleigh.
    Through Jan. 3  
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    Suffrage Now: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

    Contemporary Texas women photographers share photos commenting on the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
    Aug. 6-Jan. 31  
    Online
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Travis County Christmas Tree Recycling

    Give your natural holiday tree new life by recycling it at one of the following locations: West Service Center (4501 FM 620); Del Valle Adult Softball Complex (3614 FM 973, Del Valle); Collection Center (2625 Woodall Dr., Leander); and East Service Center (6011 Blue Bluff). Remove decorations, and trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half. Flocked trees not accepted.
    Through Jan. 10. 7am-5pm. Free.  
    Multiple locations
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    Walkway of Lights

    The 30-year tradition continues with thousands of lights and more than 350 sculptures illuminating Lakeside Park.
    Through Jan. 2, 6-10pm. free.  
    Marble Falls
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    We Are Blood Mall Drives

    Blood donations are especially needed right now, and it's easy to donate while you shop for the holidays. Look for the bus parked in the Cheesecake Factory parking lot at Barton Creek or the Macy's lot at Lakeline.
    Dec. 19-Jan. 3 (except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)  
    Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.
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    Wild Texas Film Tour

    In ordinary times, filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters would be traveling the state sharing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories, but this year the film festival has gone online. The short and feature films showcase the Scottish Highlands, the Texas ocelot, Buffalo Bayou, paddlefish, swift fox, and several other topics that will appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
    Through Dec. 31. Free, but donations appreciated.  
    Online via www.wildfilmtour.com
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    Winter Holiday Mystic Market

    An event that partners local, women-owned health and wellness shops with local cosmic practitioners, hosted by Rituals Rising and Joy Organics.
    Through Jan. 15. Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm  
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    Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

    Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
    Ongoing. $50.  

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