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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.
    Nov. 16-Jan. 2, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 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.
    Nov. 23-Dec. 30. $16, adults; age 5 and under, free.  
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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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    Immigrants, the Musical: No Place Like Home

    This is a Hamilton-inspired show in which, each week, a new monologist tells of their experience in coming from Mexico, from Russia, from Vietnam, from El Salvador, and more. Then the cast, directed by Lahari Dunn and Asaf Ronen, expands these stories into "fully improvised musicals, giving life to the emotion, the journey, and the laughs and hardships along the way." Note: The Chronicle's Robert Faires recently took in a show, and here's his reaction. Featured this week: Kacey Samiee from Iran.
    Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 8pm. $10-12.  
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    Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

    Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows at the Yule Log, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.
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    Angels Among Us Breakfast

    This is a yearly celebration of Austin's young people whose actions are consistent with the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs. BGCAA staff, kids, and volunteers will share inspiring true stories with attendees, and awards will be handed out to exemplary individuals.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8am. $75 per person; sponsorships available.  
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    Annual Bullock Museum Store Sale

    Stop in and save 20% on all museum store merchandise during regular museum hours.
    Dec. 3-9
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    Black Fret Ball

    Black Fret is an organization that supports local musicians with funding through grants, and those musicians provide intimate performances to members throughout the year. The ball features performances from the nominees, this year's including A Giant Dog, Israel Nash, Tomar & the FCs, and more.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-10pm. Free with Black Fret membership.  
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    Buda Trail of Lights

    This free holiday event features lighted and decorated displays – ranging from the traditional Christmas Nativity to Star Wars and Toy Story – that are provided by local businesses and organizations. Visitors are able to walk the lighted trail in the park to view the dazzling exhibits, sip hot chocolate, and meet Santa himself.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 6-8; Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16 & 21-23. Free.
    Stagecoach Park, Buda
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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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    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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    Fast Eddie's 20th Anniversary Celebrations

    Each month Fast Eddie's will feature a different theme, drink specials, and raffle prizes, leading up to the mother of all giveaways – a brand-new Chevy Camaro in the color of your choice. Ooooo eeeee!
    First Fridays through February 2019
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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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    FullNote Presents: The SIMS Foundation Benefit

    featuring music from MAMAHAWK, Bleached Roses, Mean Jolene, Carry Illinois, and Lauren from Lola Tried.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 9pm. $5 suggested donation.
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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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    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.
    Nov. 23-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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    Hype for the Holidays

    This is more of a rock & roll holiday party, with vendors like Mondo, Keeled Scale Records, and Pieceology Vintage. Bands will perform, tamales will be available, and proceeds help out the Central Texas Food Bank.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8pm. $10.  
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    Italo Disco

    Italian drink specials get you in the mood for dancing along with the live DJ.
    First Friday of every month, 7-11pm. Free.
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    Jazz, Wine, and Cheese for Family Eldercare

    This fundraiser for Family Eldercare includes a cheese spread, live jazz guitar, and unlimited wine tastings. (You had us at "cheese.")
    Fri., Dec. 7, 8-10pm. $25.  
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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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    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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    Think Pink!

    Join the gallery for a special night with Teodora Pogonat, photographer for their current solo exhibition, "The Pink Parachute Project." Sip on cocktails, and shop the artists' market. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9pm. 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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    Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop

    Featuring live music, carriage rides, games & prizes, inflatables, photos with Santa (bring your own camera), and arts & crafts projects.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30-9pm. Free.
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    Words With Waterloo

    Here's how it works: You write down a word, and three artists improvise to create inspired by your word. Arielle Austin will paint, Dance Waterloo will dance, and Strings Attached will play.
    Fri., Dec. 7, 6-8pm. $2-20.  
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