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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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    Feels So Good Holiday Market

    Join Feels So Good for their last holiday market of the year, with local vendors, complimentary adult beverages, coffee from Fase Cafe, and photos with the Grinch. All ages and pets welcome!
    Sun., Dec. 18, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Austin's homegrown holiday tradition is back with the most new artists the bazaar has ever had, plus live music from local superstars like Kelly Willis and Ray Wylie Hubbard, a mobile honky-tonk, and the ability to shop online.
    Through Dec. 23, 11am-8:30pm  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's beloved tradition returns for its 58th year, featuring more than 2 million lights illuminating the park, 90 lighted holiday trees, and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.
    Through Dec. 23  
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    La Pastorela

    This year’s interactive production of La Pastorela – in which audiences will have a chance to participate in a dance, song, spoken word performance, or to create a work of visual art – will be unlike any you've seen before.
    Through Dec. 18. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat., 2 & 7pm; Sun., 2pm. $20.  
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    Uncommon Flea

    Uncommon Objects' big backyard is transformed into a dynamic marketplace for all things vintage, found and made. Come join the fun and feast on the bargains!
    Last Sundays, 10am-3pm  
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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 Tantra Festival

    Bring your curiosity, desire, fear, vulnerability, courage, questions, doubts, hopes, and dreams to a rich program of tantric workshops, ecstatic dances, talks, sacred ceremonies, and more.
    Dec. 16-19. $399.
    Cedar Park
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    Austin Witches Market

    A very cool market with vendors who specialize in witchcraft, magick, herbalism, spiritual readings, and handmade artisan goods.
    Sat., Dec. 10 & Sun., Dec. 18, 6-10pm  
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    Barre in the Park

    Barre3 presents a free all-levels barre workout on the soccer field followed by beers and tacos.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 9am. Free.  
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    Barton Creek Farmers Market

    A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
    Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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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 Chanukah Celebration

    Chabad pulls out all the stops for a grand celebration, including an epic fire show from Floki, a huge ice menorah, live klezmer music, donuts and a latke cook-off, choral music, and a menorah lighting.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 4:30pm. Free, but RSVP.  
    Chabad of Austin, 3500 Hyridge
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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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    Community Hours at Thinkery

    Thinkery provides admission by donation as part of its Open Door Initiative, created to give every child a chance to explore STEAM concepts and develop a lifelong love of learning, regardless of means.
    Sundays, 3-5pm; Tuesdays, 3-7pm  
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    Cute AF Handcrafted + Vintage Holiday Market

    Eastside Pop Up hosts a holiday market full of local artisans, markers, and vintage collectors at ATX's cutest rainbow housed nail salon. A portion of all vendor fees will go to OutYouth.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 11am-3pm
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    Donate Blood, Get a Movie Ticket

    Donate at We Are Blood and treat yourself to movie night at Alamo Drafthouse.
    Dec. 15-22. 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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    Drop In & Create

    The Contemporary brings out special art activities so the whole family can dig into the art, ideas, and materials seen in the exhibits.
    Sun., June 25, 1-3pm  
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    Dungeons & Dragons Night

    Pinballz offers themed rooms, tavern music, an interactive drink menu, and more to help immerse you in the campaign experience.
    Sundays, 6pm-close  
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    Fortlandia

    The Wildflower Center's annual exhibition of explorable secret hideouts designed by local artists will transport you to imaginary worlds and spark an appreciation for art and nature.
    Through Jan. 29
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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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    Grounded Yoga

    Enjoy an outdoor yoga class on the plaza with Swift Fit Events. Mats, towels, and water provided.
    Sundays, 10am. Free.
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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 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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    Holiday VIBE Market

    Over 100 local artists, creatives, and makers display their wares as DJ Lifted provides the soundscape and Deep Eddy and Dripping Springs Distilling provide complimentary cocktails.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 17-18, 11am-5pm. 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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    Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

    A charming and heartwarming play based on the popular chapter book by Barbara Park.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 18. Sat.-Sun., 11am & 1pm  
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    Kinder Fest

    It’s a celebration just for the tykes to decorate a Christmas card, go on a scavenger hunt, and meet Santa while their parents shop at the Christmas market on the main plaza.
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 16-18  
    Boerne
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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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    Lone Star Farmers Holiday Market

    The market gets festive with all the fave vendors and some new holiday-themed ones, plus special programming in the Central Plaza Pavilion.
    Sundays through Dec. 18, 10am-4pm. Free.
    Hill Country Galleria
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    Maywald Family Lights Display

    The ABC Great Christmas Light Fight winners of 2019 are at it once again and this year it’s even bigger and brighter. As a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish, the Maywalds have raised over $200,000 and granted over 30 wishes.
    Through Dec. 28, 6-10pm nightly. Donations for Make-a-Wish encouraged.
    10505 Twilight Vista
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    Menorah Workshop

    Kids ages 4-10 can craft a unique menorah, enjoy latkes and donuts, read the big book about Chanukah, and try the dreidel game.
    Sun., Dec. 18, noon. $10 per family.  
    Address provided with RSVP
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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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    Other People: A Dating Experience/Comedy Show

    Put your name in a bucket to go on a blind date in front of a live audience, then get dating advice from comedians who have no business giving out advice!
    Sundays, 6pm. $10.  
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    Out Youth December Drop-Ins

    Out Youth offers a blizzard of winter activities for LGBTQ youths ages 9-12, 13-17, and 18-25 to help make this season merry and bright. Check them out online to find dates and locations.
    Multiple dates
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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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    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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    Roughhouse Trail of Lights

    The ranch will set up an entertaining walking loop illuminated with creative light displays, and offers a gingerbread man cutout for photos, hot cocoa, s'mores, and craft beers.
    Through Dec. 31. Thu.-Sat., 5-9pm; Sun., 5-8pm. Free.  
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    Santa Brunch at Electric Shuffle

    Bring holiday cheer and your most festive gear for a brunch with holiday tunes galore, a best/worst dressed contest, a visit from Santa, and a Gamesmaster Elf spinning the prize wheel. A portion of proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 17-18, 10am-4pm. $15.
    Electric Shuffle, 91 Red River #102
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    Santa’s Railroad Wonderland

    See the railyard decorated in lights for the season, get aboard for a short train ride, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 5:15-8pm. $10-12.
    San Antonio
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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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    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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    Sunday Soul

    An open mic, live band, and afterparty in an upscale atmosphere.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 8pm. $15.  
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    The Creek Open Mic

    See comedians try out their newest material, and if you'd like to sign up, send your full name to creekandcaveopenmic@gmail.com.
    Sundays, 8pm. Free with RSVP; $5 at the door.  
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    The Dark Market

    The Dark Market returns with a lineup of both new and familiar faces and will have the fires going for all of your last-minute holiday shopping, plus Butterfly Bar's fab drinks and Patrizi's awesome Italian.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 5-10pm  
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    The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays

    A mind-blowing showcase of the best illusionists on Earth.
    Sun., Dec. 18, 7pm. $39.50-$85.  
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    Tide Cleaners Gift of Warmth

    Stop by any Tide Cleaners to donate coats, blankets, and socks for ages 5-18, benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.
    Through Jan. 2
    Austin-area Tide Cleaners
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    Trail of Lights

    New light displays have been added to the traditional historical activities, refreshments, entertainment, and visits from Santa.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 16-18. Lights only: Mon.-Fri., Dec. 19-23
    Kreische Brewery & Monument Hill, La Grange
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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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    Vortex Toy Drive

    Before you head to Vortex for the evening, pick up a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.
    Through Dec. 31
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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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    We Are Blood Holiday Drives

    We Are Blood’s annual holiday blood drives return to six Austin-area malls: Barton Creek Square, Lakeline Mall, the Arboretum, Wolf Ranch Town Center, and Premium Outlets in both San Marcos and Round Rock. Donating blood is a great way to give back to the community as you knock out your holiday shopping.
    Through Jan. 5
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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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    Yule Bazaar

    Enjoy a casual shopping experience with fantastic handmade gifts and live performances, including Elvis Santa, belly dancers, and KOOP's DJ Baron Mind. Free refreshments while supplies last!
    Sun., Dec. 18, noon-5pm. Free.
Ongoing
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    Civic Events

    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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