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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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    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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    An Oddities Market

    This market really puts the bizarre in bazaar ... wait, that's not how that works. Anyway, come out to shop unique gifts (things in jars, creepy artwork, clothing, and other curiosities) and for live music and a carnival show.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 9pm. $5.
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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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    Eastside Pop-Up Nights: Holiday Bazaar & Party

    Shop handcrafted and vintage goods, while enjoying eggnog & holiday cocktail specials. Fine Southern Gentlemen will be doing live screenprinting, and there will be bands and DJs performing inside Vegas and the Volstead.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 7pm. 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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    Geraldine's Holiday Disco Bar & Lounge

    For four nights, Geraldine’s will transform its fourth-floor pool deck into a life-sized snow globe. Decked out with a snow machine, disco ball, and festive decor, the tented rooftop will transport guests to a winter wonderland complete with marshmallows for roasting and holiday cocktails for toasting.
    Wed.-Sat., Dec. 19-22, 7-10pm. Free admission.
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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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    Holibae Party

    The Noah Marion store is open for drinks, tunes, and last-minute holiday shopping.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 6-9pm. Free.
    2053 S. Lamar
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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 Night Out

    Two vintage spots on North Loop are extending their hours for your last-minute shopping needs; and they're offering special sales and light refreshments.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 6-9pm
    Room Service & Revival Vintage on North Loop
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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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    Laid Back Give Back: Care Kits for Caritas

    See the Amazon wishlist for a list of items needed, and order online or bring them in person. Plus $1 from every purchase of a holiday drink will go straight to Caritas.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 6:30-8:30pm. 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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    Rockin' Holiday Extravaganza

    Special guests Nakia and the Invincible Czars will perform holiday favorites and seasonal sing-alongs.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 5:30pm. Free.  
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Barton Creek Square Mall

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, at this blood drive hosted by We Are Blood will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Through Dec. 31. Free.
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    Shop and Give: Blood Drive at Lakeline Mall

    Anyone who donates, or attempts to donate, at this blood drive hosted by We Are Blood will receive a free Alamo Drafthouse movie pass.
    Through Dec. 31. Free.
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    The Rewind

    Old-school, vinyl turntable mix show fundraising event every Thursday night on the Terrace 59 Rooftop.
    Through Dec. 27. Thursdays, 10pm. Free.
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    Third Thursdays At Rock Rose

    Shop, dine, and take in some live music.
    Third Thursday of every month, 6pm. Free.
    Rock Rose, 11420 Rock Rose Ave. #100
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    Thursday Night Social Ride

    Kinda like Critical Mass without all the pretension. Relax, ride around town, chat it up with cycle-lovers like yourself, and overrun a park or a local hangout or two or three.
    Thursdays, 7pm
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    Ugly Sweater Party

    Come dressed up in your ugliest, tackiest, or coolest holiday sweater.
    Thu., Dec. 20, 7-10pm. $9.

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