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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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    Frida Friday ATX Holiday Mercado and Pachanga

    All you late holiday shoppers, join Las Ofrendas for their last market of the year with over 25 rotating vendors each day, DJs, and lots of epic seasonal goodness. On Saturday, play Grandma Steven's (fam-friendly) Lotería, and more more more. Kids and furbabies welcome.
    Dec. 20-21. Friday, 6-10pm; Saturday, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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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. Find the complete artist list and music lineup here.
    Dec. 13-24. Daily, 11am-10pm; Christmas Eve, 11am-8pm. $10-50; ages 12 & under, free.  
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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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    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. 26 (see online for specific dates & times)  
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    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 Jan. 4 (see online for specific dates & times)  
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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. 20-21, 7:30-9:30pm. Sold out.  
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    Get Lit

    Kitty Cohen's Hanukkah-themed pop-up bar includes special decorations and holiday-inspired cocktails, such as Latke Punch.
    Dec. 18-30
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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 Pop-up Shop at the Arboretum

    Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by 80-plus local Texas artists curated by Artus Co. in collaboration with Pump Project and Almost Real Things.
    Through Dec. 24.. Free.  
    10000 Research #118
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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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    Pet Photos With Buddy the Elf

    Bring your furbaby to snap a photo with Buddy the Elf.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 8am-7pm. Free.
    Hearth & Soul, 2727 Exposition
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    Pinballz Ugly Sweater Contest

    Dust off your most ho-ho-horrible-looking holiday sweater for the chance to win $50 Pinballz gift card.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 8:30pm  
    Lake Creek: 3729 Research; Kingdom: 15201 S. I-35, Buda
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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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    Signs & Sours ASL Workshop

    While you sip on sours, an instructor will lead you through this beginner's ASL class, followed by ASL bingo with local prizes.
    Fri., Dec. 20, 7-9pm. $30 (tasting glass w/ four pours & material).  
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    The South Pole at Geraldine's

    A holiday pop-up complete with a snow machine, igloo lounges, an artisan market, holiday-themed cocktail menu, appearance by Southern Santa, and, of course, the return of Geraldine’s annual Motown Christmas performance.
    Tue.-Sat., Dec. 17-21, 6-9pm  
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    Totally 90s Night

    W Austin is throwin’ it back to the decade that brought us the Trapper Keeper, butterfly clips, and so much Surge. Beats from Nirvana, Britney, and TLC, plus throwback snacks like Pop Tarts and drinks such as spiked Capri Sun.
    Fridays, 7-11pm. Through Feb. 21. Free.  
    Living Room Bar at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca
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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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