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    Cherrywood Art Fair

    Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with more than 88 artists and artisans, live music, dance performances, a photo booth, food vendors, and an area dedicated to interactive family activities.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm. 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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    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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    37th Street Lights

    This is how Austin does holiday lights. This yearslong tradition took a hiatus, but it's back this year and it's weirder than ever.
    Through Jan. 5. Free.  
    505 W. 37th, across from Amy's Ice Creams on Guadalupe
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    A Kenne Wayne Christmas

    featuring a zydeco line dance exhibit by the Carson Riders, and a swing out performance by Garland Dance Group. The dress theme is black & gold. BYOB.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. $30.  
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    Acupuncture + Singing Bowl Stress Relief Workshop

    The holidays can be a particularly challenging time for some people, with busier schedules and heightened interpersonal/family dynamics. This workshop will give you specific tools to better deal with those difficult situations.
    Sat., Dec. 8 & Jan. 12, 1:30-3:30pm. $40.
    Meditation Bar, 8108 Mesa Ste. 103-B
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    An Evening With Spirits

    – as in cocktails, as in entities. After a brief introductory discussion, Minister Sara Wickham of Austin Mediums will channel and communicate with any spirits that decide to join the party.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6:45pm. $40.
    Minx + Muse, 605-B W. 37th
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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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    Anomaly Archives Grand Reopening

    Following an introduction by Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies President Bob Price, author and researcher Nick Redfern will talk about his latest book, Top Secret Alien Abduction Files. Then there's a holiday party!
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-9pm. Free.  
    Anomaly Archives, 55 N. I-35 #260
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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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    Charity Bazaar

    Water marbling (ebru) art, calligraphy, and henna will be showcased, and there will be a variety of authentic Turkish food available – such as dolma, baklava, and Turkish coffee – while you shop for gifts for your loved ones.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-6pm. Free admission.
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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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    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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    Holiday Austin Flea at WFM Arbor Trails

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-4pm. 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 at Cherrywood Coffeehouse

    Austin Makers Collective hosts an allied group of professional local makers and artisans peddling those holiday gifts.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10am-5pm. 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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    Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

    A number of noteworthy authors – including Lawrence Wright, Sarah Bird, Elizabeth Crook, Bill Wittliff, and many more – will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books, which Humanities Texas will offer for purchase at a discounted price.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-1pm. Free.
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    Just Me Holidaze Art on Tap Pop-Up Market

    Shop handmade jewelry, soap, sage, and other goods while enjoying some craft beer at the Pflugerville brewery.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 3-8pm. Free.
    Flying Man Brewing Co., 2400 Patterson Industrial Dr
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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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    Naughty or Nice Brunch

    Enjoy some special holiday-themed drinks & bites, shop local vendors, and get your pics with Santa.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10:30am-3pm. Free.
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    Night Lights: Austin Trail of Lights Preview Party

    Get a sneak peek of one of Austin's biggest holiday attractions. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly back into the Trail of Lights Foundation. Brownout and Interrobang will be performing, and guests can enjoy light bites from various local restaurants and tastings from featured liquor brands.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6-10pm. $85.  
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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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    Pet and Family Photo Shoot With the Grinch

    Get a photo with the grouchy green guy, and support Blue Dog Rescue.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-4pm. Free.
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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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    Santa Lounge and Market

    Sip on holiday cocktails and browse the local holiday pop-up shops, including Luxe Apothetique and ModCloth. KP & the Boom Boom and Drew Davis will be playing holiday music at the W.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 1-5pm. Free.
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    SantaCon

    Dress like a Claus for this convention of Santas featuring backyard games, Christmas caroloke, and costume contests. All proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 2pm  
    Rainey Street District
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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 Wandering Vegan "Holiday Market"

    Shop plant-based products in time for the holidaze. Pets are welcome, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to APA!
    Sat., Dec. 8, 10am-3pm. 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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    Toys for Tots: 10th Annual Toy Drive Benefit

    Bring a brand-new unopened toy for TFT, and you'll get free entry to this show featuring Death of a Dream, Critical Assembly, and more.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm. Toy donation or $5.  
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    Ugly Sweater Crawl

    You get six hours to roam Dirty Sixth in your tacky holiday best. A ticket also gets ya a koozie, Santa hat, photos by a professional, discounted drinks, and plenty of good times you'll never remember.
    Sat., Dec. 8, 6pm. $15-30.  
    Sixth Street
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