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    Allies Market

    Get your holiday shopping done and feel good about where the goods came from. This market features fair trade, direct trade, and social enterprise merchants who use their businesses to promote employment and well-being for people in Austin and around the world.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 11am-6pm. 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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    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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    Dope Creatives Market

    Featuring 30+ vendors, holiday photo ops, full brunch menu, and drinks all day long.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 2-6pm. Free.  
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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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    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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    Goddess Day

    A daylong craft, connection, and workshop day, hosted by author and coach Bella LaVey. The purpose is to bring people together to celebrate the Divine Feminine in all her many facets through art, handmade goods, wellness and holistic services, mini-workshops, erotic and adult items, expression, performance, and dance.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5:30pm. $10 online, $15 at the door.
    Temple Shakti
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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 Austin Flea at Fareground

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares, including jewelry, bath & body products, original artwork, paper goods, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 10am-3pm. Free.  
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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 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 Pop-Up Market

    Find unique holiday gifts for the special people on your list, or pick up something for yourself. Austin-based shops on-site include: Blushing Owl Stichery, Byron & Blue, Catalpa, LAGO, and Watchman Woodworks. There will also be a limited number of “build your own” gift baskets from the Vista Brewing retail shop.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.
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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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    Joy Organics Holiday Pop-Up Shop

    Enjoy some delicious hot cider while you shop unique and special gifts from local artists and artisans.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Make a Succulent Wreath Class

    Learn a new craft you can also use for gift-making. Design, technique, composition, and care guidance provided by Monique Capanelli. All materials included.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 2-4pm. $95.  
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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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    Saddle Up: Texas Ranching Tradition

    This exhibition, produced by Joe Vitone and Lori Najvar, honors hardworking ranch families from Jeff Davis and Lavaca Counties, as they wrangle livestock, battle weather, and study markets to stay on the rugged landscape they love.
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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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    The Austin Flea at Jester King

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares.
    Sun., Dec. 2, noon-5pm. 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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    Wild Night Out

    Learn about drones, DNA analysis, and other tech innovations used to stop criminal syndicates in their ongoing attempt to poach animals for the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade. The evening's program includes speakers, dinner, exhibitors, music, art, a silent auction, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 2, 6-10pm. Admission is donation based.  
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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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