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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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    Holiday Mercado Y Pachanga

    Frida Friday's monthly pop-up is expanding to two days for the holiday shopping season. There's a Friday night lotería with Grandma Steven, and a Saturday screening of The Tacos of Texas. There's DJs, food for sale, photo ops, local orgs tabling, and more.
    Dec. 21-22. Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-3pm. Free.  
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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 final week: Marcia Sanchez from Mexico.
    Through Dec. 21. Fridays, 8pm. $10-12.  
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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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    Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive

    Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Austin’s largest pet food drive in support of local animal rescues and shelters. It's easy to give: Every bag of pet food you buy through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food makers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 150,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an Internet shopper? Just donate online.
    Through Christmas Eve
    Area Tomlinson's Feed stores
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    Winter Solstice Lantern Parade

    Celebrate the longest night of the year at Minor Mishap’s annual parade. Attendees can enjoy a night of music, community, and creativity as hundreds of flameless lanterns come together under the night sky.
    Fri., Dec. 21, 5:30-7:30pm. 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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    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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    Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral

    The Celtic Cultural Center of Texas presents this night featuring some of the city's most honored vocalists led by director Jeffrey Jones Ragona and traditional Irish and Scottish music, too.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 21-22. $30.  
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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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    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 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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    Jazz Kween Presents: Naughty & Nice

    She’s making a list, checking it twice – but why can’t we be Naughty and Nice? Join Jazz Kween for an evening of hot jazz, local comedy, and tales of empowerment by some of Austin’s most talented ladies.
    Fri., Dec. 21, 9-11pm. $15.  
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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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    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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    Soul-Fuel Gathering

    The Solstice Soul-Fuel Gathering is a two-day convergence of local leaders, artists, and activists discussing social change, personal growth, spiritual development, and environmental responsibility. Guests can expect a sound bath, tea lounge, fire under the moon, talks & workshops, yoga & meditation, live art & music, and a community dinner.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 21-22. $60-79.  
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