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  • Hit the Road: Film Screening + After Party

    Join Indie Meme for the Texas Premiere of Hit the Road. Half ordinary road-trip and half surreal mystery, Hit the Road is a bold exploration of home, family, and the modern experience of displacement. In Persian w/ English subtitles. $15 tickets. Private After-Party for Members.
    Sun. Dec. 12, 6pm  
    AFS Cinema
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    Armadillo Bazaar

    This new rendition of an Austin tradition takes it outside for three days of music, fun, and goods presented on the lovely terrace at Palmer. It's a must-shop for the holidays, and it's only open for three days, so be sure to pop in during its limited run.
    Fri.-Sun. Dec. 17-19, 10am-5:30pm  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    Enjoy free and family-friendly events all month, and with your Downtown Passport, collecting stamps at participating businesses can get you entered in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a Hotel ZaZa staycation package, and others include gift cards and even a ukulele!
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Nautical Light Show

    A boat tour is a lovely way to view the spectacular light show at Mozart's, made even sweeter with their treats and cocoa.
    Through Jan. 6  
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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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    Winter Wanderland

    "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities: film screenings Thursday, photos with Santa Friday, and carols with Mrs. Claus Saturday.
    Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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    "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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    All-Ages Virtual Storytime

    Featuring stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, and other extension activities. Registration required.
    Saturdays, 10:30am  
    Virtual
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    ATX+Egypt Fashion Pop-Up Store

    Featuring clothing, jewelry, bags, leather goods, and more by Austin and Egyptian fashion designers participating in the ATX+EGYPT Entrepreneurship Program.
    Through Dec. 20. Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Sat., 11am-7pm  
    225 W. Second
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    Austin FC Holiday Merch

    Find the perfect gifts for soccer fans and celebrate Austin's MLS team's first season with ornaments, stockings, apparel, pet supplies, and pretty much anything else you can think of with the Verde logo in green & black.
    Ongoing  
    Online or at Verde Store: 506 Congress or 10414 McKalla Place
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    Austin Pets Alive! Store

    Austin Pets Alive! has some adorable items in the online shop and proceeds benefit animals in need. Find ornaments, toys, collars, cards, and more for any animal-lover on your list.
    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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    Austin Trail of Lights

    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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    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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    Barks & Booze

    Bring the pupper to get pics with Santa, shop local vendors, and sample Neo Bites canine nutritional supplements.
    Sat., Dec. 18, 1-4pm. Free.  
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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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    Breastfeeding Support Group

    Baylor Scott & White Round Rock offers a virtual space to discuss nursing and child development with a certified lactation consultant.
    Third Saturdays, 11am. Free.  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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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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    Decondition Your Programming With Human Design

    This class will take you into the most essential components of your Human Design to unlock the secrets to deconditioning your programming and allowing your life purpose to unfold.
    Saturdays, Dec. 4-18, 1:30pm. $22.  
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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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    Eastside Pop Up Holiday Bazaar

    Shop vintage and artisan goods and enjoy tasty bites and brews from CMW.
    Sat., Dec. 18, noon-5pm  
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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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    Escape the Box

    Explore the hidden side of Austin with Escape the Box's time-travel-themed escape game and scavenger hunt adventure, which starts with a live intro and sends your group off to explore using a box full of clues and guides, including a playlist, photo challenges, a cipher wheel, map, and more.
    Saturdays, 1:30pm. $15-35/person.  
    Locations vary
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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.  
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    Far Out Vintage Mall Holiday Market

    A couple dozen groovy vendors and live music all day at the very cool outdoor venue.
    Sat., Dec. 18, noon-6pm  
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    Farm Yoga

    Enjoy a peaceful morning vinyasa flow session on the farm, then explore the homestead and shop produce, eggs, and local goods.
    Sat., Nov. 6 & 20, Dec. 4 & 18. $30.  
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    Georgetown Square Lights

    The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
    Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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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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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolery Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    INSP!RED Nights of Lights

    Take in the magic of a mile-long walking trail of lights, enjoy hot chocolate around the fire pit, and feel good about contributing toys for Blue and Brown Santa of Williamson County.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 9-12 & 16-19. Free with a new, unwrapped toy.  
    221 Buck Bend, Georgetown
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Musical Advent Calendar

    Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Elaine Barber (harp) offer you a musical calendar to mark the days of Advent, with a new song via mp3 each day covering various styles.
    Dec. 1-24. $25.  
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    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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    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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    Santa Soiree

    Two weekends filled with fun activities for the kids, parents, friends, family, and four-legged friends, all to benefit Helping Hands of Dripping Springs. Bring nonperishable food for the pantry or new toys, clothing, and toiletries, and enjoy drink specials, candy cane hunts, photos with Santa, crafting tables, and lots more.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12 & 18-19, noon-8pm  
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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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    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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    Trail of Lights

    Stroll around the grounds of the historic site while enjoying entertainment, refreshments, family activities, and visits with Santa.
    Dec. 4, 10-11, 17-18, and 19-23, 5:30-8pm. $3-7.  
    La Grange
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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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    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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