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    Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

    Nothing says holidays in Austin like scouring aisles and aisles of local art, crafts, and self-care products. But there's live music. And beer. And this year, the bazaar is hosting 12 Days of Giving, which means your dollars go to helping local nonprofits like HAAM, the Austin Art Alliance, Sun Radio, and (nine) more.
    Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm. $8; children 12 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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    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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    #ATXmas Holiday Party at Craftsman

    There will be a giant Santa couch where you can sit on Santa’s lap, and food & drink specials all night long with some of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 6pm. Free.
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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 Dreadful Xmas Market

    In case your holiday needs more goth: shop the vendors, grab a hot drink, and sit for a tarot reading. Penny Dreadful costumes are encouraged.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-7pm. Free.  
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    Artisan Made Holiday Market

    Enjoy some delicious fair trade coffee, shop ethically made artisan goods, listen to live music, and help support Austin's local small businesses who are working to make a big global impact.
    Dec. 13-16. Thu.-Fri., 4-8pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Free.  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    The Austin Trail of Lights has been an Austin tradition since 1965! Holiday light displays line a 2-mile trail through the park, and there are food trucks, live entertainment, and interactive activities. General admission is free and open to the public (on weekend nights admission is $3).
    Dec. 10-23  
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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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    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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    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 Artisan Mercado

    For that unique Christmas gift, choose from paintings, jewelry, clothing, shoes, handbags, and ceramics from the Southwest, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Spain, or Pakistan. Free Christmas Ornament Workshop from 11am to 1pm.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 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 Flea

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares at this special holiday-edition pop-up. There will be live music and a raffle to benefit SAFE Austin; plus pics with Santa and Flea Bag goodie bags for the first 20 of you to show up.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, noon-5pm. Free.  
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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 Fun at Art for the People

    Shop more than 100 vendors, enjoy local artist pop-ups, and be sure to check out the current exhibitions.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 1-6pm. 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 Toy Drive

    Bring new, unopened toys (not gift-wrapped), a City of Austin bus pass, or an H-E-B gift card for Refugee Services of Texas.
    Through Dec. 31
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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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    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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    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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    Nina Berenato's Holibabes Market

    Shop the market of women artists and makers, get your aura photographed with MOOD X MOSS, and enjoy tarot card readings and drinks & snacks.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16. 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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    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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    SLAY Soirée: A Holiday Art Party

    This one features art by 15 emerging women artists, two DJ sets, an open bar, and a silent auction benefiting Girls Empowerment Network and Austin Pets Alive!
    Sat., Dec. 15, 6-11pm. Free ($35, early bird w/ swag).  
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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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    TexAfrique Makiti Market Festival

    Shop clothing, home decor, wraps, hair accessories, and more.
    Through Jan. 5. Saturdays, 10am  
    12th & Chicon
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    Winter Gift Market

    This is a Wandering Vegan gift market featuring pigs from Central Texas Pig Rescue, food from various vegan Austin favorites, interactive crafting stations, and free giftwrapping.
    Sat., Dec. 15, noon-6pm. Free.
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    Worthwich Yule Ball

    Enjoy a night of wizard wrock, holiday music, delicious brews, and formal dancing among fellow students, witches, wizards, professors, and a flurry of fantastic creatures. Don your best dress robes, hats, and glowing gowns for a night that ought not be forgotten. The family-friendly segment is from 2-6pm; after that, it's adults only.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 2pm-12mid. $10-15.  
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    Yule Bazaar

    Presented by the East Austin Handmade Arts Market, this all-local, all-handmade arts party / market event offers an array of arts & crafters, live music all day, free food and beverages while they last, and a visit from Santa Elvis.
    Sat., Dec. 15, 11am-5pm. Free.  
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