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    Luminations at LBJ Wildflower Center

    In a year that could use some sparkle, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is bringing back a beloved winter tradition. It's a strollable Hill Country experience where thousands of luminarias light the way. For the first time ever, Luminations will wind through the Texas Arboretum among glowing oaks and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia, a collection of forts custom-designed and built by local architects, designers, and artists.
    Through Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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    Winter Wanderland

    Snow close, yet snow far out! Austin Motel is decked out for the holidays with a neon rainbow, and they're serving up hot chocolate (with optional peppermint schnapps), a Sugar Plum cocktail, and La Colombe coffee. Snacks include Reindeer Chow and hot pretzels.
    Through Jan. 3. Free, but RSVP.  
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    Austin's 56th annual holiday tradition returns to Zilker Park as a drive-through event this year and runs two additional weeks. As you drive through the trail illuminated by more than 2 million lights, tune in via your car radio for holiday music, highlights, and history. This year guests can choose a ticket type based on their preferred date and time, with prices ranging from $25-35 per vehicle for GA or a $60 per vehicle "Dash Pass" which includes early entry and festive refreshments.
    Through Jan. 3 (except New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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    Black Mirror Trivia

    Is there any more 2020 show than Black Mirror? Join this socially distanced trivia night to test your knowledge, and make sure someone on the team has a fully charged phone, because it's played electronically to limit contact.
    Wed., Dec. 30, 7pm  
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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    This year, the hallmark event is more than just one evening; it's a month of free activities and holiday happenings. Visit the 45-foot-tall holiday tree by the Capitol, catch a movie at Paramount or the new Blue Starlite, and download or pick up a holiday passport to guide your way and collect stamps as you experience all that Downtown Austin has to offer.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

    Sip a delicious hot bevvie and see the beautiful light show by the lake. Reservations required.
    Through Jan. 6, 6pm-12mid. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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    Winter Well-Being Toolkit

    The stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic could make this winter and holiday season tougher than usual. Integral Care recently launched a Winter Well-Being Toolkit, a compilation of ideas to boost mental health, fight the winter blues, stay safely connected and celebrate the season in new ways. Topics include ideas to make gatherings special, tips for fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder, steps for improving happiness, ways to get moving and elevate your mood, and mindfulness activities. Plus, check out their YouTube channel for a winter mental health forum video.
    Ongoing  
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    #BlackLivesMatter Survivor Peer Support Group

    Led by the SAFE Alliance, one of Austin's nonprofits working to end sexual violence, abuse, and harassment. Email for details.
    Last Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm  
    Email for info
    Online
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    #TsoGiving Holiday Initiative

    Tso Chinese Delivery has partnered with seven local organizations with the goal to provide $100,000 in meals to Austinites in need. Make a direct donation online, or add a donation to any food order placed at Tso Chinese Delivery. For every $1 raised, #TsoGiving can donate $3 worth of meals.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Remote
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    Central Texas Food Bank Giving Opportunities

    The holidays will be tougher for everyone this year. The food bank has put together a list of 10 ways to make a difference to someone in need, from an online matched donation to donating your change at participating stores. Check out the list online and help CTFB fight hunger.
    Ongoing  
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    City Encourages Safe Celebrations

    Austin Public Health would like to remind everyone to spread kindness, not COVID, this season. Keep the health of your family, friends, and neighbors in mind when planning your holiday celebrations, and consider virtual and low-risk activities. Get party ideas and COVID-19 info on the city's site, and if you do plan to go out, be aware that events are subject to cancellation.
    Dec. 21-Jan. 1  
    Citywide
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
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    December in the District

    Help support local businesses by making 2nd Street District your one-stop-shop. Enjoy seasonal sips, holiday creations, and the 10th annual Holiday Window Walk. Plus, check out their new passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance, wherein you collect stamps and earn prizes as you explore.
    Dec. 1-30. Free.  
    Second Street downtown
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    Donate Blood, Get Free Whataburger

    All month long, when you donate with We Are Blood, get a free honey butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger. Donors between Dec. 24 and 31 also get a free sweatshirt. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Dec. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Donate Platelets, Get a Free Baseball Tee

    During its monthlong Platelet Step-Up campaign, We Are Blood is offering a branded baseball tee to donors who successfully donate platelets twice during December. Appointments are mandatory; schedule online or call 512/206-1266.
    Dec. 1-31  
    We Are Blood donor centers & mobile drives
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    Gibson Wonderland

    Sip a festive holiday cocktail and snap a photo at the Gibson Sleigh, then tag #gibsonwonderland and @gibsonstreetbar for a chance at a prize.
    Through Dec. 31  
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    Holiday Lights in Georgetown’s Historic Town Square

    Enjoy the lights and local flavor throughout the holiday season.
    Through Jan. 2. Free.  
    Historic Town Square, East Seventh Street, Georgetown
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    Holiday Parties With Urban Axes

    Celebrate the holiday season at Urban Axes with add-ons like drink packages, catering from local partners, party decorations to make your celebration special, or an axe trophy for the tournament winner. You can even book the entire facility for your own private party.
    Ongoing  
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    IssueVoter Trivia Night for Donors

    Locally based nonprofit IssueVoter, a nonpartisan civic engagement platform, aims to raise $52,000, and Subaru is matching donations through Jan. 2. Donors who set up recurring monthly donations will be entered in a drawing to win a Patagonia jacket, and every donor will receive an invite to the trivia night on Dec. 30.
    Donate through Jan. 2; trivia night, Dec. 30  
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    Judaism UnBoxed

    Brought to you by Chabad of Austin, Judaism UnBoxed is hands-on Jewish discovery and growth, Jewish culinary lessons, and quality family time all in one. Receive holiday baking kit boxes for the Jewish holidays and/or challah baking boxes every month.
    Ongoing  
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    Lost Pines Christmas

    There are plenty of holiday happenings in Bastrop, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Austin: Take in the sights at the River of Lights, head downtown to shop the Holiday Sidewalk Stroll, take in Elf! The Musical at Bastrop Opera House, or visit Krampus at Scream Hollow's Twisted Christmas.
    Through Jan. 1  
    Bastrop
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    Maywald Christmas Lights

    A park-and-walk display that's free with a donation to Make-A-Wish at the box upon entry.
    Through Jan. 3  
    10505 Twilight Vista
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    Northern Lights Holiday Spectacular

    Presented by Toyota of Cedar Park, this drive-through light show has a special bonus of a different holiday movie screening each night.
    Through Dec. 31. Light show opens at 5pm; films screen at 7 & 10pm  
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    Pub Quiz at Baker Street

    Triviaficionados are welcome to join this COVID-cautious quiz to compete for prizes.
    Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Free.  
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    Reuse Gift Wrapping Challenge

    According to Austin Creative Reuse, if every family chose reused materials to wrap three gifts, the paper saved would cover 45,000 football fields. So they're calling on the community to think outside the box and choose reuse this year. Submit photos of your wrapping ideas to the contest via email, and they'll be judged on creativity, workmanship, and use of reused materials. Get ideas and materials from ACR or use what you have on hand.
    Dec. 11-31  
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    Santa's Sleigh Selfies

    Visit anytime after dark to see the tree lit with thousands of twinkly lights and take photos with Santa's sleigh.
    Through Jan. 3  
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    Self-Care Cinema Nights With philosophy

    Join the well-being beauty brand's virtual watch parties to chat with and learn from Julia Michaels, Jay Versace, and Chika as they discuss their self-care routines, plus enter for chances to win prizes or a scholarship.
    Mon.-Wed., Dec. 28-30, 7pm  
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    Travis County Christmas Tree Recycling

    Give your natural holiday tree new life by recycling it at one of the following locations: West Service Center (4501 FM 620); Del Valle Adult Softball Complex (3614 FM 973, Del Valle); Collection Center (2625 Woodall Dr., Leander); and East Service Center (6011 Blue Bluff). Remove decorations, and trees taller than 6 feet must be cut in half. Flocked trees not accepted.
    Through Jan. 10. 7am-5pm. Free.  
    Multiple locations
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    Virtual Kwanzaa

    George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center partner with Six Square to present a virtual celebration of the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, "Nia," meaning "purpose."
    Wed., Dec. 30, 6:30pm  
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    We Are Blood Holiday Drive

    Blood donors are especially needed during the holiday season. Make an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Dec. 22-23 & 29-30, 9am-3pm  
    The Arboretum, 10000 Research #103 (between Gap & Zoe’s Kitchen)
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    We Are Blood Mall Drives

    Blood donations are especially needed right now, and it's easy to donate while you shop for the holidays. Look for the bus parked in the Cheesecake Factory parking lot at Barton Creek or the Macy's lot at Lakeline.
    Dec. 19-Jan. 3 (except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)  
    Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr.
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    Winter Holiday Mystic Market

    An event that partners local, women-owned health and wellness shops with local cosmic practitioners, hosted by Rituals Rising and Joy Organics.
    Through Jan. 15. Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm  
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    YWCA Warmline

    Call the YWCA of Greater Austin's "Warmline" to get support amidst the isolation of COVID-19.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-8pm; Fri., 9am-5pm; Sat., noon-4pm  
    Via phone: 512/548-9922

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