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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Passes are already on sale so you can plan ahead for the holidays. The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Community First! Village Holiday Market

    Holiday films will screen at the Community Cinema, food trucks will be on-site, and you might even see Santa at this market packed with unique items crafted by village artisans.
    Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 4-9pm. Free.  
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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Georgetown Square Lights

    Mayor Josh Schroeder and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell will flip the switch on the beautiful holiday lights around the historic square. Stay for shopping, dining, and photos with Santa in the courthouse in exchange for an unwrapped toy, wrapping paper, or monetary donation, benefiting the Brown Santa program.
    Ceremony: Fri., Nov. 26, 5:30pm; square lit through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    Luminations

    Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.
    Dec. 2-Jan. 30  
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    Peppermint Parkway

    The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
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    The Front Market Holiday Series

    An outdoor market with a new lineup of 30+ vendors each weekend, with rotating brunch menus and DJ sets to boot. Weekend one's theme is Art Date, with a lovely lineup of women and queer artists. Weekend two is Sustain Local in honor of National Small Business Weekend. The third will be Cozy Season, including a tamale pop-up and holiday vendors. The final installment is Santa, Baby, and will feature decadent brunch and two days of drag.
    Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 12. By donation.  
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Gothic Ball and Bazaar

    Hosts DJ Crescendoll and DJ Neph bring the spooky-meets-merry vibes at this dance party and vendor market extravaganza. Sip on The Nightmare Before Christmas-themed cocktails while shopping for that super unique gift for that super special person (or people) in your life. Costumes encouraged!
    Sat., Dec. 11, 9pm. $17.  
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    Out of Town

    "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

    Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
    Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
    Museum Fine Arts, Houston
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    A Very Merry Christmas

    Celebrate the season with music from Tu, Luke Bellet, and others, plus drinks, hot chocolate from Creature Coffee, and a night of Christmas joy.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 7-11pm. $35.  
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    Kids

    All-Ages Virtual Storytime

    Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
    Saturdays, 10:30am  
    Virtual
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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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    Baby Bloomers

    A special program for visitors ages 0-3 and their families, providing caregivers and early learners the chance to experience the children's museum together. Thinkery will host two storytimes and free play that support the social, emotional, and cognitive development of the earliest learners.
    Saturdays, 8-10am  
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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.
     
    Online
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    Crafting With Nature

    Bring kids ages 4-10 to make winter and holiday crafts out of the natural beauty of Texas after a nature discovery hike.
    Sat., Dec. 4 & 11, 10am-noon  
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    Escape the Box

    Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
    Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Submit a photo of and story about your dapper doggo for a chance to have your pet featured in the book Every Dog Is Lovable. Qualifiers will get a custom session with Dog Days Photography, and proceeds go to local nonprofit Hound Rescue.
    Nov. 26-March 18. $10 donation.  
    Online
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Sports

    Jen's Gentle Yoga

    A class suitable for all levels, even beginners. Ends with meditation and deep relaxation.
    Second Saturdays, 9am
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    Journey Through Breath & FreeFlow Breath Breathwork

    Breathwork reduces stress, improves physical states in the body, and provides emotional release and trauma integration.
    Saturdays, 5pm. $22.  
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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  
    Online
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    Out of Town

    Lightscape

    The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
    Nov. 19-Jan. 2. $18-25.  
    San Antonio
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    Love Weld Pop-Up

    Love Weld, a local brand offering custom welded jewelry, will be popping up in the SCH lobby bar for holiday shopping.
    Sat., Oct. 23  
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    Love Where You Live Day

    Keep Austin Beautiful developed this event to invite Austinites to beautify the areas around their homes and neighborhoods. Pick up some litter, weed a garden bed, or rake some leaves; it’s up to you! Check out the website for details on cleanup kit registration and social media giveaways.
    Second Saturdays, 9-11am  
    Citywide
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    Mediation and Yoga

    Meet Monadic Connection by the volleyball courts for open discussion, meditation, and yoga. All levels welcome, and dog-friendly.
    Every other Saturday, noon (weather permitting). Donations appreciated.  
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Morning Kundalini

    Classes incorporate powerful breathwork practices, movement, mantra chanting, and a closing 7-11 minute meditation. Beginners are always welcome.
    Saturdays, 10am. $22.  
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    Out of Town

    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Polish Christmas Party & Market

    Sample Polish food by Apolonia Catering and Ziggy’s Kiełbasa House along with hot beverages, decorate ornaments, check out the silent auction, sing carols, and shop the market. Plus, Santa will visit at 3pm; RSVP to w.helenka@gmail.com with the number of children coming.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 2-6pm. Free.  
    Park Pavillion, 8820 Big View Dr.
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    Civic Events

    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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    SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market

    Because you like it local, because you like it good.
    Saturdays, 11am-5pm
    1511 S. Congress
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    Out of Town

    Starry Starry Nights

    Take an evening stroll among the glittering lighting displays in Badu Park. Come back on Sat., Dec. 11,: to play in the snow.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 31  
    Llano
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    Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

    Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Out of Town

    The Trains at NorthPark

    Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the longstanding tradition features the most elaborate miniature toy train exhibit in Texas, with trains rolling along 1,300 feet of track on a journey across America.
    Nov. 13-Jan. 2. $5-10.  
    NorthPark Center, Dallas
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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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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Virtual APL Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
    Ongoing  
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    Sports

    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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    Winter Bazaar & Emporium

    Find unique gifts at the market featuring local female artisan vendors, plus receive tarot or Akashic record readings, mini reiki sessions, and chair massage. Rockwell Harrison provides live music, and there's a silent auction and complimentary wine and antipasto.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 5-9pm. Free.  
    3307-B Hancock
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