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for Fri., Jan. 1
  • Texas Book Festival

    Discover new stories with Texas Book Festival. This year's Fest is going hybrid featuring virtual sessions & in-person programming at Symphony Square and Austin Central Library. The event is free and open to the public. Register for your favorite sessions today! Find out more on their website.
    Oct. 23-31  
    Virtual/In-Person Hybrid Event
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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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    First Day Hike

    Keep your New Year’s resolution to get healthy by starting 2021 with a hike in a state park.
    Fri., Jan. 1  
    Texas State Parks
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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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    Polar Bear Plunge & Fun Run

    Start the new year off with a run at your location and then jump into the cool waters of Cypress Creek.: Those taking the plunge much preregister for one of three time slots.
    Fri., Jan. 1, 9-10:30am. $25.  
    Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley
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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.
    Ongoing  
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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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    Capital Metro New Year's Day Service

    Capital Metro will run Sunday-level service with no MetroRail, Pickup, UT Shuttle, Night Owl, E-Bus, or MetroExpress service.
    Fri., Jan. 1  
    Citywide
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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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    Dye 2020 New Year’s Eve Weekend

    The little craft brewery in the woods has a full weekend of holiday events and music beginning with a: tie-dye party on Thursday, a Bloody Mary Friday, and music on Saturday and Sunday.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 31-Jan. 3  
    Roughhouse Brewery, San Marcos
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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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    First Day Hike: Bastrop State Park

    Celebrate the outdoors (and this new year) on a self-guided hike.
    Fri., Jan. 1  
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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 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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    IssueVoter Trivia Night for Donors

    Locally based nonprofit IssueVoter, a nonpartisan civic engagement platform, aims to raise $52,000, and Subaru is matching donations through Jan. 2. Donors who set up recurring monthly donations will be entered in a drawing to win a Patagonia jacket, and every donor will receive an invite to the trivia night on Dec. 30.
    Donate through Jan. 2; trivia night, Dec. 30  
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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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    Life Time Austin Commitment Day

    Life Time is encouraging everyone to make a lasting healthy habit by choosing a movement challenge to kick-start 2021. You can sign up for a free virtual 5K run or choose a 30-day progressive challenge in one or more categories, including walk, run, cycle, and swim. You'll gain the motivation to kick off your goal and the momentum to make it successful.
    Fri., Jan. 1. Free.  
    Virtual
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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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    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.  
    Virtual
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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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    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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    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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    Texas State Women's Basketball

    Vs. Louisiana.
    Fri.-Sat., Jan. 1-2, 4pm  
    Strahan Arena at the University Events Center, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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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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    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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    YWCA Greater Austin Warmline

    Call 512/548-9922 for support amidst the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-8pm; Fridays, 9-5pm; Saturdays, noon-4pm  
    Citywide

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