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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Need something Austin-y (art, jewelry, prints, clothing, etc., whatnot, and then some) for a loved one this year? Thousands of original works from more than 200 artists and artisans will help you with your gifting conundrums.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 24. Daily, 10am-10pm. Free.
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a home-baked Bavarian treat, while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Through Jan. 2. Free.
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    Winter Wonderland at The Circuit

    The racetrack transforms into something resembling the North Pole with the largest outdoor skating rink in Texas, the Tunnel of Lights, and Santa's Workshop; plus live music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and Chinese Lantern Festival.
    Through Dec. 30. $16,.  
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    Austin Area Jazz Festival

    This annual festival showcases the importance of art, love for the Austin area, the impact of diverse cultures, and, of course, the best in smooth jazz, with performances by Damien Escobar, Chanté Moore, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Nick Colionne, and Althea Rene.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 10am-10pm. $45-125.  
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    Austin Oddities & Curiosities Expo

    Trying to keep things weird, you say? Here's a one-stop shop for taxidermy, jewelry made of animal bones and insects, kooky artwork, vintage items, and much more.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 10am-5pm. $10; kids 12 and under, free.  
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    Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade

    Don't get distracted by Santa or his entourage of floats, marching bands, live music, and inflatables and forget to bring a toy to donate to Operation Blue Santa. Get a good spot along the parade route down Congress from the Capitol to Cesar Chavez.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 11am. Free.
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    City-Wide Garage Sale

    It's like a hundred garage sales in one. Maybe not quite as cheap.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25. $7, adults; 12 and under, free.
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    Coats for Kids

    The Junior League of Austin will distribute over 30,000 coats at the annual Coats for Kids Distribution Day event. If you've got a coat to donate, you can drop it off at any Jack Brown Dry Cleaners. Monetary donations can be made online at www.jlaustin.org.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 8am-3pm. Free.
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    Cocoa Jingle on Main

    Bring your own mug, or purchase a commemorative one, and build your favorite hot cocoa beverage in downtown businesses.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 4:30-6:30pm. Free.
    Downtown Buda
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    Downtown Lighting Ceremony

    The lighting of downtown will take place at exactly 6:30pm in front of the Christmas tree near the old Buda Public Library on Main Street.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 6:30-7pm. Free.
    Downtown Buda
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    First Choice ER Toys for Tots

    Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 0-12 at any First Choice ER location in the Austin and Pflugerville areas. (They're open 24/7.)
    Nov. 12-Dec. 9. Free.
    Various locations
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    Ghost Walk Austin

    Meet Downtown and take a tour of Austin's most ghoulish places while hearing tales of murder, mystery, and unrequited love.
    Thursdays-Saturdays (and some Wednesdays), 8pm. $20, adults; $10, kids 10 and under.  
    242 W. Second
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    Holiday Food Drive to Benefit Local Food Banks

    US Storage Centers has partnered with Move for Hunger to be a designated drop-off point in the community. Until the end of December, they will be collecting food items to donate to local food banks.
    Oct. 26-Dec. 28. Free.
    201 W. Stassney
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Take a timeout from your holiday shopping and join Tinplate Trackers for an afternoon. The trains run through a variety of scenes, including a snow village and a circus. There's also a tiny roller coaster and wind turbines. The kids can run their own train for 10 minutes at a time for a donation of $5.
    Through Dec. 29. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free admission.
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    Holiday Window Walk

    Starting on Nov. 23, visitors can watch the storefronts of 2nd Street District as businesses transform into festive holiday scenes created by St. Edward's University students. Participating stores include Hemline, League of Rebels, Austin Rocks, Toy Joy, Authentic Smiles, Austin General Store, and Luxe Apothetique. Cast your vote for the best one through the 2nd Street District Facebook page, and the winner will be announced on Sat., Dec. 8.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 7. Free.  
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    Miracle on 5th Street

    The Roosevelt Room & the Eleanor have teamed up for this second annual holiday pop-up bar, transforming the space to look like a classic family living room on Christmas morning. There's also a ski lodge on the dance floor and a mountain summit on the mezzanine. Snag a special holiday drink and explore.
    Through Dec. 29  
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    Nightly Spirits Ghost Tours

    The two-and-a-half-hour tours begin at the upstairs bar of the paranormal-laden Buffalo Billiards and visit three more ghostly pubs: Russian House, the Gatsby, and Waller Creek.
    Fridays & Saturdays, 8:30pm (plus Halloween night, 7:30pm). $25.  
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    Pop Shop Austin

    Inspired by Etsy, this pop-up shopping experience will have all the locally crafted goods including terrariums, art, jewelry, prints, body care, and more. Find your special ones something special.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 10am-6pm. Free.  
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    Renegade Craft

    Renegade Craft returns on Small Business Saturday (and Sunday!) with a weekend of contemporary handmade goods featuring the country’s foremost voices in craft and design. Shop vendors and have a cocktail to tunes curated by Waterloo DJs.
    Sat.-Sun., Nov. 24-25, 11am-5pm. Free.  
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    Shop & Sip & Support Local

    Get started on your Christmas shopping list while you sip some local craft beers and wine, play in the photo booth, get your craft on, and win giveaways.
    Sat., Nov. 24, noon-4pm. Free.
    Crafts & Drafts, 5555 N. Lamar Ste. 115-C
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Barton Creek Square Mall

    We Are Blood hosts this blood drive during the week of Thanksgiving. Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Tue.-Sun., Nov. 20-25. Free.
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Lakeline Mall

    We Are Blood hosts this blood drive during the week of Thanksgiving. Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Tue.-Sun., Nov. 20-25. Free.
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    Small Business Saturday Vendor Market

    Support your local artists, artisans, crafters, collectors, and entrepreneurs.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 10am-6pm. Free.  
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    Small Business Saturday With Jarvis Boards and Garrison Brothers

    Jarvis Boards has teamed up with Garrison Brothers Distillery to host an open house at their Austin studio to celebrate all of the unique businesses that call Austin home. Come out and discover new local brands, sip on some of Austin’s finest beverages, treat yourself to some local flavor, and enjoy local music.
    Sat., Nov. 24, 11am-5pm. Free.
    5214 Burleson Rd. #412
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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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    Toys for Tots at Moviehouse & Eatery

    Help out Toys for Tots this holiday season by bringing an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to either Austin Moviehouse location. Each donation earns you a raffle ticket for a chance to win free movies for a year.
    Through Dec. 12  
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