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  • Honnas Veterinary Launch Party

    Join Honnas Veterinary as they celebrate their grand opening with a launch party! Swing by and enjoy free food, beverages, goodie bags, face paint, teddy bear surgery, and professional pet photoshoots! Dogs and cats are welcome. Bring the whole family, just make sure to RSVP! Parking is very limited, so rideshare is strongly encouraged.
    Sat. Mar. 2, 2pm-5pm  
    Honnas Veterinary
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    December Run-Off Election

    The run-off election for mayor and three City Council districts is fast approaching. Learn more about all the folks on the ballot at austinchronicle.com/elections.
    Early voting Dec. 1-9; election day Dec. 13  
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    Kind Clinic: Rock the Ribbon

    Starting on World AIDS Day, the clinic provides 24 hours of free HIV testing for Texas Health Action's Rock the Ribbon initiative. They sweeten the deal with events like a movie screening and convo with allgo, trivia, yoga, dance with Crunch Fitness, a market curated by the Little Gay Shop, drag performances, and more.
    Thu., Dec. 1, 9pm to Fri., Dec. 2, 9pm. Free.
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    UT Volleyball

    Texas was selected as the No. 1 national seed in the 2022 NCAA Volleyball Championship, and will host the Georgia vs. Towson match at 5 pm Thu., Dec. 1, then play Fairleigh Dickinson at 8pm. The winners of Thursday's matches will play Friday at 8pm. Should the Horns advance, they'll host the regionals Dec. 8-10.
    Thu.-Fri., Dec. 1-2  
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    UT Women's Basketball

    Vs. South Florida.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 7pm  
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    "Tangible/Nothing"

    In the first reinstallation of the collection galleries since it opened in 2019, Ruby City will present an exhibit of artwork from the Linda Pace collection by national and international artists.
    Through July 30, 2023  
    Ruby City, San Antonio
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    "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

    This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
    Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
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    2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk

    As you do your holiday shopping, take in the beautiful scenery created by Texas artists tasked with creating holiday-inspired art installations.
    Through Jan. 1  
    2nd Street District Downtown: West Second Street from Colorado to San Antonio and surrounding area
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    Austin Baptist Chapel Angel House Soup Kitchen

    The nonprofit org seeks men's clothing donations for its clients. Jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, and shoes are especially needed.
    Ongoing
    908 E. Cesar Chavez
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    Austin Ice Bats

    See the NA3HL ice hockey team face off for three home games against the Louisiana Drillers.
    Dec. 2-4. Fri.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 4:45pm  
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    Austin Trail of Lights: Night Lights Preview Party

    A special preview party presented by Broadway Bank is a VIP experience to kick off the season in style, with gourmet bites, festive drinks, Ferris wheel and carousel rides, live music, and a sneak peek of the light displays.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 6-10pm. $100.  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts with oodles of Austin flair.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Assistance

    The nonprofit providing shelter and resources to asylum seekers needs volunteers for all kinds of tasks, including driving, sorting donations, and translating, and accepts donations daily 8am-6pm; see wish list for items needed.
    Ongoing
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    Cistern Illuminated

    The latest art installation fills the former drinking water reservoir with colored lights. Timed tickets required.
    Through Jan. 8. $10.
    Houston
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    Community First! Village of Lights & Holiday Market

    With more than 250,000 lights choreographed to holiday music, the village becomes one of the biggest displays in Central Texas. The market offers unique, handcrafted gifts created by artists and makers living in the village, meaning your purchases help formerly homeless neighbors. Plus, enjoy holiday films at the Community Cinema and catch a visit from Santa early each evening.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3 & 9-10, 5:30-9pm. Free.
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    Community Fitness Classes

    For the fitness-curious and those on a budget, Castle Hill offers a wide selection of discounted classes throughout the week – just look for the "Community" name in the title.
    Ongoing. $15 for one class, $100 for 10.  
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    Dickens on the Strand

    The streets around the waterfront are transformed into Victorian England with lots of food, entertainment, and family fun.
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 2-4
    Galveston
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    Donate Blood, Get a New Shirt

    Get a special limited-edition holiday shirt when you donate with We Are Blood.
    Dec. 1-14. Free.  
    We Are Blood donation centers
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    Donate to Hands for Hope

    Donate now to help nonprofit El Buen Samaritano meet its $450,000 goal, which goes toward holiday meal kits, a food pantry, baby formula, services, and other assistance for Central Texans in need.
    Ongoing  
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    Drawing & Painting Classes for Kids

    Calling all mini Monets! Registration is now open for afterschool and weekend art classes with professional artist and educator Amanda Jones, teaching students ages 8-18. Professional illustrator Carly Dennis also offers a special weekly class for younger artists.
    Ongoing. $122.50-160 monthly.  
    607 W. St Johns #10
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    Get Lit Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar

    Josh Brownfield and team take over the bar with lively decorations and a special menu with Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, including Latke Punch, a play on the traditional dish made with potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur, and lemon. Bonus: chef Amanda Rockman collabs for the eight days of Hanukkah (Dec. 18-26) with special treats, including rugelach with walnut, currant, and cinnamon sugar – and Jewboy Burgers pops up on Mon., Dec. 19, to serve sliders and latkes.
    Through Dec. 30  
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    Ground Zero 360 Remembrance Exhibit

    More than 70 artists, painters, and sculptors contributed to this powerful exhibit remembering the terrorist attack on 9/11 including photographs taken from the streets of New York City.
    Sept. 12, 2022-Jan. 31, 2023
    Houston
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    Hill Country Galleria Ice Rink

    Find it between the Bee Cave Public Library and the Hill Country Galleria lawn.
    Through Jan. 2. $15 to skate; reservations encouraged.
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    Holiday Arts Market

    Hill Country Galleria transforms the Central Plaza into a holiday market with artisan vendors, seasonal cheer, holiday performances, glittering lights, and family fun.
    Fri.-Sat., 11am-6pm, through Dec. 24. Free admission & parking.
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    Holiday Festivities on South Padre Island

    Trade snow for sand and enjoy festivities like a Christmas parade on land, a lighted boat parade on the water, a sandcastle village, and Skateapalooza ice rink.
    Fri., Dec. 2. Free.
    South Padre Island
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    Holiday Luna Market

    Shop for handmade gifts at a sparkling, intimate market showcasing women artists and makers, local food, entertainment, and a little bit of whimsy.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 6-9pm. Free.  
    Firewild on Main, 202 N. Main St., Elgin
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers have tons of model trains set up near the roller coaster at Kalahari's Tom Foolery Adventure Park & Arcade. Kids will love operating Thomas, Percy, the Polar Express, and the Batman train.
    Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm. Free.  
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    Ice Rodeo by Four Seasons

    The luxury hotel offers an ice skating rink overlooking Lady Bird Lake, chic "cabins" to gather in and enjoy s'mores or a glass of vino, and stunning holiday art installations and decor.
    Through Jan. 8. $35/hour to skate; $300 and up for cabins.  
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    Inspired Minds Holiday Bazaar

    The gallery will be filled floor to ceiling with handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, artisans, crafters, and makers. Plus, paint a ceramic holiday ornament on Saturdays, 1-4pm, ready for pickup in one to two weeks ($10).
    Through Dec. 23. Mon.-Fri., 1-6pm; Sat., noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Kindness Exchange

    Blue Owl Brewing is accepting donations for Street Youth Ministry, specifically lightly worn or new hats, coats, gloves, and other warm clothing. In exchange, donors get a Blue Owl trinket and will be entered in a raffle for a tasting experience at the brewery.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 18. Wed.-Thu., 3-10pm; Fri.-Sat., noon-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm
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    Mozart's Holiday Light Show

    What's already a great view on the lake becomes even better with a spectacular light show, complemented by hot cocoa and tasty treats.
    Through Jan. 6  
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    Nativity Exhibit

    Hundreds of Nativity scenes are on display from cherished family heirlooms to gifts brought back from overseas and whimsical handmade creations.
    Fri., Nov. 25-Sun., Dec. 4. Free.
    Port Lavaca
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    Night Golf

    A nighttime shotgun-style nine-hole round made more fun and challenging with glow-in-the-dark balls.
    Thu.-Sat., 6-9:30pm. $20.  
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    Pilates Strengthen & Sculpt Mat Workout

    A class focusing on all the Pilates mat workout principles to develop a strong inner core and tone, sculpt, and strengthen the muscles.
    Sept. 12-Dec. 19. $5-28.  
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    POP Cats Austin Festival

    A fun-packed feline festival fueled by the spirit of cats, pop, and art, featuring cat catios, artists, music, photo ops, artisans, exciting brands, workshops, cat adoptions, and more.
    Dec. 2-4  
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    Project Holiday Help

    LifeWorks, a nonprofit org dedicated to ending youth homelessness, seeks $25 Walmart, Target, and Visa gift cards.
    Through Dec. 23
    LifeWorks, 3700 S. 1st
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    Selfies With Santa

    A professional photog will be on-site, but families are welcome to take their own photos for free in Santa's workshop. Find it near Buenos Aires Cafe.
    Select days through Dec. 24. Free.
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    Silent Party: 2000s vs 2020s

    You control the party by choosing your fave station on your headphones, between today's best hip-hop, trap, and R&B or classic jams from the Aughts.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 10pm. $20 and up.  
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    Starry, Starry Nights

    Go to Badu Park to see the light displays reflect off the Llano River and sip hot chocolate.
    Through Dec. 31
    Llano
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    Texas Keeper Cider Trivia Night

    Trivia 512 hosts a fun night for masters of minutiae.
    Fridays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    The Annual Great Pumpkin Haul

    Pumpkins are the fave fall food for the residents of Central Texas Pig Rescue. If you've got a hoard of gourds, check CTPR's website for a list of places to donate and guidelines for what is pleasing to the pigs' palates. They could also use some extra hands to transport all the donations.
    Through Dec. 17
    Various locations
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    The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays

    Navasota Theatre puts on an inventive murder mystery set during the holidays.
    Through Dec. 11  
    Navasota
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    Thrive Grant Drop-in Help

    Economic Development Department reps will be on hand all day to help with applications for a new grant program for nonprofit arts organizations. Deadline to apply has been extended to Dec. 2, 5pm.
    Thu.-Fri., Dec. 1-2, 9am-4pm  
    Virtual
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    Trains at NorthPark

    Presented by Bank of Texas, this 35-year holiday family tradition has become a favorite for generations of Dallasites and includes 1,600 feet of track rolling from coast to coast on a whimsical rail journey across America. All ticket proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.
    Nov. 12-Jan. 6. Mon.-Sat., 10am-8pm; Sun., noon-6pm; hours vary for holidays. $5-10.  
    NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas
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    Volunteer With Meals on Wheels Central Texas

    The season of giving is a great time to get involved with Meals on Wheels, and donating just an hour a week makes a huge difference to the homebound older adults served by the org. Volunteers deliver more than a meal; they also bring warm smiles and much-needed safety checks. Apply online and get signed up for a Zoom training to get started.
    Ongoing  
    Apply online
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    Walkway of Lights

    It’s a holiday tradition that has grown to more than 2 million lights and 350 lighted sculptures on the shores of the lake.
    Through Dec. 31, 6-10pm
    Marble Falls
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    Winter Wanderland

    The Austin Motel becomes a neon rainbow experience for the holidays, with Hunky Santa on Thursdays, weekly film screenings Fridays, carols with a drag Mrs. Claus Saturdays, and pop-up shops Sundays.
    Through Dec. 26  
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    Winter Waterland Gala

    Well Aware's largest event of the year brings together dedicated supporters from Austin and beyond for a night of clean water impact and connection. Gala includes cocktails and wine, a seated dinner, DJ, live and silent auctions, awards, and inspiring stories.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 6pm. $250 and up.  
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    Wood Reclamation

    The city's Parks & Rec Department offers reclaimed log pickup for community members wanting large logs for art projects or milling.
    Fri., Dec. 2, 9am-2pm  
    John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park, 9501 FM 969
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    WIC Mobile Unit

    Resources and info about Austin Public Health’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program for qualifying pregnant women, new mothers, and young children.
    Check online for current schedule. Free.  
    Various locations

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