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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 seven out of the 14 nights; ages 12 & under are always free of charge (on most weekend nights admission is $5).
    Dec. 10-23. $5 GA; premium, $20+.  
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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.
    Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm (open 10am-6pm on Dec. 24). Free admission.  
    Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport
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    La Pastorela

    La Pastorela – a tradition since the 16th century, the annual yuletide play that's been performed all over Mexico and Latinoamerica – is adapted and directed by Teatro Vivo founder Rupert Reyes. This year, Clemencia Zapata returns as music director of the story of shepherds on a pilgrimage that pits them against angels and demons who test their strength and faith along the way.
    Through Dec. 22. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $6-21.  
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    Art Spark Texas Holiday Art and Gift Show

    Unique artwork and gifts from Texas artists, including cards, jewelry, prints, original final art, clothing, books, ceramics, glass, and more.
    Through Dec. 23. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Mon., Dec. 23, 10am-6pm  
    AGE of Central Texas, 3707 Home Ln. #101
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    Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

    Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
    Through Dec. 16
    Austin-area Mattress Firm stores
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    Confronting Contemporary Anti-Semitism

    ADL Deputy National Director Kenneth Jacobson will speak at this collaborative event. Breakfast served. (Note: Registration for the December event is CLOSED.)
    Thu., Dec. 12, 8-9am. Free (suggested donation $18).  
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    GMI Presents: MusicTherapy Thursday

    A night of performances by some of Austin's R&B and soul performers as Good Music Influence Productions collects nonperishable food items, clothing, and monetary donations for the ARCH.
    Thu., Dec. 12, 8pm-1am. Entry: nonperisable foods, clothing, or $1-5 donation.  
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    Hill Country Holiday Village

    Walk the decorated walkways and shop for gifts and goods from holiday vendors. Carolers and local dance and choir groups perform, and guests will have the chance to take photos with St. Nick at Santa's Workshop.
    Select dates through Dec. 24  
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    Holiday Light Stroll at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

    A festive display of over 3,000 twinkling lights winds through the resort’s grounds and features a 20-foot-tall LED animated Christmas tree. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the resort’s culinary team will serve specialty hot cocoa and made-to-order mini doughnuts.
    Nov. 30-Jan. 1. Free with on-site paid parking ($8-15).
    Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek
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    Holiday Sip & Shop

    Enjoy an evening of frosty drinks and Cajun snacks while shopping some of Austin's top crafters. Vendors include Bohemian Jewel, Finery Elaborate Adornments, Flora & Fauna: Idlehandsleather, and more.
    Thu., Dec. 12, 6-10pm. Free.  
    Lefty's Brick Bar, 1813 E. Sixth
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    Luminations

    The Wildflower Center is lighting up the gardens with thousands of luminarias and bringing plentiful aerial dance performances from Blue Lapis Light, live music, and festive fun to make this a tradition to remember.
    Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 6-10pm. $18; ages 4 & under, free.  
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    Motown: The Sound of Young America

    In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, this exhibit is the first major museum exhibition to embrace all facets – music, culture, and politics – of the Sixties' biggest sounds.
    Through Jan. 26, 2020. Included with admission.  
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    Mozart's Light Show

    Check out the holiday lights and get you a freshly baked German treat while local musicians play tunes on the grand piano.
    Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 6pm-12mid, except Christmas Eve (closes 10pm); closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Free.  
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    Poketo Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Shop the L.A.-based lifestyle brand's signature stationery, apparel, and accessories collections.
    Through Dec. 15. 10am-6pm. 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 donated through Christmas Eve will be doubled by pet food suppliers, pound for pound. (Their goal this year is 160,000 pounds of pet food.) More of an internet shopper? Just donate online.
    Through Dec. 24  
    Austin-area Tomlinson's Feed stores
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    Rachel Valentina González: Quinceañera Style

    The author presents her latest book, subtitled Social Belongings and Latinx Consumer Identities, that "considers the complex, post-nationalist, global economy as well as some post-ethnic but gendered practices."
    Thu., Dec. 12, 6-8pm  
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    Ready, Set, Plant!

    Join TreeFolks to plant tree seedlings at Blunn Creek Greenbelt to improve wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, and improve water quality!
    Thu., Dec. 12, 10am-1pm. Free.  
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    Science Under the Stars

    The title of the talk is "Brainy Bats: Strategies for Finding Food in the Jungle at Night." Plus snacks and kids' activities, a tour of the field lab, and a Q&A with the speaker.
    Thu., Dec. 12, 6-8pm. Free.  
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    Tamale Thursdays

    Enjoy tequila alongside samplings of Cool Beans Eatery co-founder and chef Priscilla Jerez's (aka Tortilla Mami's) tamales while shopping Frida Friday ATX's sister trailer, Corazón Sagrado Collective.
    Through Dec. 26. Thursdays, 5-9pm  
    Corazón Sagrado Collective, 916 Springdale
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    Tree Lighting, Picnic, S'mores and Caroling at the Wayback

    The Wayback will have picnic dinners available for purchase. The West Ridge Middle School Choir will perform at 5:30 on the lawn.
    Thu., Dec. 12, 4-8pm. Free.
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    We Are Blood: Platelet Step-Up Campaign

    Platelet donors have the chance to receive up to six Alamo Drafthouse movie passes through the end of the month. First donation = one pass; second = two passes; and third = three passes. To schedule a platelet donation, call 512/206-1266 or visit www.weareblood.org.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Austin-area We Are Blood Donor Centers

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