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    Advanced Tree Identification Hike

    This hike will be led by Neil Kaufman, the sustainability coordinator for Housing & Dining at UT; he will discuss identifying difficult tree species and what to look for in leaf-off identification while TreeFolks' Collin McMichael explains the basics of urban forest stewardship.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-1pm. Free.
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    Art From the Streets Show & Sale

    This annual show and sale features works of art from artists from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 11am-5pm. $5 suggested donation.
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    Austin Startup Holiday Market

    Featuring 20+ local startups bringing items such as apothecary, apparel, accessories, home goods, kids' gifts, tasty treats, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 11am-6pm. $0-25.  
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    Byrd & Street Mistletoe Jam

    This is an annual holiday music fundraiser benefiting Partnerships for Children's Heart Gallery of Central Texas. Over 10 local musicians/bands come together to play music and help raise funds and awareness for all the children in Central Texas waiting for forever families.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 6:30-9pm. $25.  
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    Christmas Tree Lighting & Ornament Decorating

    There will be craft tables set up so you can make your own ornaments, and the best one wins a prize. Santa will be on-site 5-8pm for photos, and the Rock Bottom String Band will play at 8pm.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 4:30-8pm. 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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    Community First! Village of Lights

    Check out one of the biggest light displays in Central Texas, and then shop the Advent Market for holiday gifts. There are also holiday-themed movies at the Community Cinema and concessions at the Community Grille.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 8. Fri.-Sat., 5:30-9pm  
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    Easton Made

    Celebrate the grand opening of Easton Park's newest sections, Skyline Park and Union Park. The big event includes local vendors, DIY crafts, hands-on demos, small bites, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 1, noon-3pm. Free.  
    7804 Skytree Dr
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    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty Nominations

    Family Eldercare's 80 Over Eighty is challenging Central Texas to discover, share, and celebrate the stories of older adults who are living life to the fullest. Nominate a Central Texan who is 80 years young and thriving by Dec. 31, 2018. Categories include: Adventure, Creativity, Family, Humility, Integrity, Optimism, and Service.
    Nominations open through Dec. 31. Free.
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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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    German-Texas Heritage Society Christmas Market

    Features handcrafted wooden nutcrackers (from the Erzgebirge region of Germany), embroidered linens, hand-painted tole-work signs and bowls, and other German crafts.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-5:30pm
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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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    Give Blood, Get Ice Cream

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, during the entire month of December at any We Are Blood donor center will leave with a voucher for a free pint of Amy’s Ice Cream. The need for donors is high during the holiday season, so now is a great time to give!
    Dec. 1-31. Free.
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    Hands-On Quilting Workshop

    Included in the cost of admission: use of machines, thread, kits, tools, and lunch.
    Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2. $199.
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    Holiday Build A Bike for Kids

    The Ghisallo Cycling Initiative and the Hell Yes Project want you to do some good this holiday season by connecting more kids to the cycling community, and you can even get it done on your lunch hour. Each bike takes 15-20 minutes to build, and Ghisallo mechanics will be there to help.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 23. $300 to sponsor a bike.
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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 Market + Toy Drive

    Shop the holiday market, have brunch and maybe a few cocktails. All toys collected at this event will go to the Center for Child Protection and Foster Angels of Central Texas.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 11am-4pm. Free.
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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 Stroll

    Join the Downtown Austin Alliance for a family-friendly celebration featuring a holiday sing-along with John Aielli & Elizabeth McQueen, the lighting of the downtown tree, live music, photos with Santa, food, shopping, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 5-10pm. Free.
    Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets
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    Holiday Toy Drive and Car Show

    Austin’s Park n’ Pizza, along with Sweet Rides of Central Texas and Freedom Air Helicopter Tours, is hosting a special event benefiting the Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa program. This family-friendly event will feature local vendors, a toy drive, and an appearance by Santa himself, who will be making his grand entrance via helicopter and will be available for rides and pictures.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-2pm
    Austin's Park n' Pizza, 16231 N. I-35, Pflugerville
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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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    Holidaze Pop-Up + Gift Wrap Bar

    Revelry hosts this pop-up holiday market at their space on Fifth. Gift wrapping is free with purchase of an item, or you can bring your own gifts and have them wrapped for a fee ($5-15). Each weekend will feature a different variety of makers, drinks, and tunes.
    Dec. 1-16. Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Little Kahunas Pet Resort Open House

    Little Kahunas Pet Resort is a tropical-themed dog daycare and boarding resort opening on Dec. 3 near the Domain. Area residents are invited to come out, tour the resort, meet the owners, and grab some fresh-made dog treats from Dragonfly Dog Bowl.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 1-4pm. Free.
    12196 N. MoPac
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    Meet the Artists Reception at VSA Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

    Buy gifts and artwork including cards, jewelry, prints, original fine art, clothing, books, clay, glass, and more from unique Texas artists.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-4pm. 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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    Neighborwoods 200 Tree Giveaway

    The event is first come, first served. TreeFolks will distribute one tree per person in attendance with a photo ID or Austin Energy electricity bill as proof of residency.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 9am-noon. Free.
    H-E-B Rundberg, 9414 N. Lamar
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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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    Prairie Family Christmas

    Experience Christmas in Old Texas with musical shows in a historic dance hall, Victorian Santa for photos, caroling hayrides, ornament crafts for all ages, food & festivities, handmade holiday vendors, and more.
    Through Dec. 22. Saturdays, 6-9pm. $10 per person.  
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    Ready, Set, Plant!

    Join TreeFolks for a planting of 750 seedlings.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 10am-1pm. Free.
    Shoal Creek at Richmond Tributary Watershed
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    Rockin' in a Winter Waterland

    Support Well Aware's mission of bringing clean water to East Africa at this holiday party with musical performances by Saints of Valory and Tomar & the FCs, an awards ceremony, surprise guests, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 6-10pm. $100+.  
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    Saint John's UMC Alternative Gift Market

    This annual market benefits more than 20 local and international charities and provides holiday shopping opportunities for unique gifts. The market also offers solutions for holiday meals with frozen casseroles and pies and a traditional bake sale.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2. Free.
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    Scream Hollow’s Twisted Christmas

    For those of us that love to get spooked all year round: It's a family-friendly Winter Wonderland by day and a fright fest by night. Day activities include a live reindeer exhibit, sledding, Candyland bounce house, live Christmas music, outdoor movie screenings, holiday vendors, s’mores & hot cocoa, and more. Nighttime presents two haunted houses, a walk-through Christmas light maze, the vampire-themed Rabid Bat Bar, vendors, and more.
    Dec. 1-23. Fri.-Sun., 4-11pm. $14.95, adults; $7.95, children 12 & under.  
    Scream Hollow Wicked Park, 149 Split Rail Ln., Smithville
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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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    The Market at South Congress Hotel

    One Saturday a month, the pop-up invites a local artisan + vendor to showcase their work to the South Congress community. This month’s partner features Boyd’s of Texas’ line of handmade perfumes, soaps and oils.
    Sat., Dec. 1, 11am-2pm. Free.  
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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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    Women & Fair Trade Festival

    Hosted by Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, this fair trade artisan crafts festival features nine different women's cooperatives from several parts of the world including Mexico, India, Guatemala, Palestine, Ecuador, and more. Food will be for sale benefiting Posada Esperanza and organizers from the immigrant community here in Austin.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 1-2, 9am-6pm. Free.  
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    ZACH Pre-Professional Company Boutique Sale

    Sip, snack, and shop gently used high-end brand clothing items, athletic wear, dance clothes, party/prom dresses, suits, shoes, and accessories. All proceeds benefit the ZACH College Audition Fund and the Pre-Professional Company (PPC).
    Sat., Dec. 1, 9am-2pm. $5 general admission; $15 VIP early access at 9am (includes champagne and breakfast bites).
    Nowlin Rehearsal Studio at ZACH Theatre, 1510 Toomey
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