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    Downtown Holiday Stroll

    Enjoy free and family-friendly events all month, and with your Downtown Passport, collecting stamps at participating businesses can get you entered in a drawing for prizes. Grand prize is a Hotel ZaZa staycation package, and others include gift cards and even a ukulele!
    Through Dec. 31  
    Downtown Austin
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    H-E-B Free First Sunday

    Enjoy free admission and explore the story of Texas told through three floors of exhibitions.
    First Sunday of every month, 10am-5pm  
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    Hanukkah at Agudas Achim

    Congregation Agudas Achim offers a variety of fun and exciting experiences for all ages throughout the eight-day festival of lights, with virtual and in-person options. Latkes are available for pickup Nov. 29 or Dec. 3, just place the order by Nov. 24 or 28.
    Nov. 28-Dec. 6  
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    Holigay Market

    Make the yuletide gay and "sleigh" with LGS and Eastside Pop Up, who've got a drag Santa photo booth, a craft area for kids, and a village of vendors and makers.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 11am-4pm  
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    Joy to the Pigs

    Join Central Texas Pig Rescue for a self-guided tour of their new property (all decorated for the holidays), hot cider, cupcakes (donated by Zucchini Kill Bakery & Kind Cakes), hayrides, and, of course, lots of pig snuggles! Reservations required.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 11am-4pm. $20.  
    Central Texas Pig Rescue Enchanted Pig Forest
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    Peppermint Parkway

    The holiday tradition at COTA is back and bigger than ever, with tons of fun for the family to be enjoyed from the car or at Peppermint Plaza. There's a mile of immersive displays, millions of lights, dancing elves, and race fans will enjoy taking a lap around the F1 track.
    Through Dec. 30  
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    Vintage Village

    A variety of pop-up vendors will offer vintage and retro threads, jewels from times past, and adornments for your abode, and stellar vinyl DJs take it old school, bringing the good vibrations. Get spiffed up in your favorite vintage garb from the era you should have been born in. Get some funky photos or enter the "best dressed" contest for a chance to win gift cards, and shop hand-selected vinyl from Waterloo Records’ discerning staff.
    First Sundays, 4-10pm  
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    Winter Wanderland

    "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities, including photos with Santa on Friday and carols with Mrs. Claus on Saturday.
    Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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    41st Annual Budafest

    A weekend packed with live music at the amphitheatre, a craft and art market, kids' activities, a "reindog" parade, snow play area, and lots more!
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 3-5. Free.  
    Buda
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    ATX+Egypt Fashion Pop-Up Store

    Featuring clothing, jewelry, bags, leather goods, and more by Austin and Egyptian fashion designers participating in the ATX+EGYPT Entrepreneurship Program.
    Through Dec. 20. Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Sat., 11am-7pm  
    225 W. Second
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Austin Trail of Lights

    The drive-through format for the trail means the fam can take in the magic of the beautiful light displays while you play holiday tunes and enjoy Christmas cookies.
    Select dates through Dec. 31  
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    Barton Creek Farmers Market

    A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
    Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays returns with online ordering with pickup or shipping, in-store shopping, and virtual and personal shopping. It is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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    Christmas Chili Cook-Off

    This family-friendly event will feature live music, holiday-themed cocktails, photos with Santa, shopping and more, benefiting the Travis High School Hospitality and Tourism Program, in partnership with Nine Banded Whiskey.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 1-4pm. $20-65.  
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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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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    For King & Country: Drummer Boy Christmas

    The Grammy-winning duo will perform all the hits with plenty of holiday cheer.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 6pm. $18-123.  
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    Foster Care & Adoption Online Info Session

    Hop on Zoom to learn all about how foster care and adoption works in Texas.
    Thu., Dec. 30, 12:30pm. Free.  
    Online
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    Georgetown Square Lights

    The "Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas" is merry and bright for the season, lit with tens of thousands of bulbs. Shop the square for a perfect gift and warm up with some hot cocoa as you take in the sights.
    Through Jan. 1. Free.  
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Through Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolerys Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    Holiday Sale at the Contemporary

    Find design-forward gifts crafted by local makers and creative designers from around the world.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 4-5. Free.  
    Jones Center, 700 Congress; Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th
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    Holiday Tree Lighting

    Featuring a special performance by the Westlake Madrigals chamber choir, sippable treats for grownups, sweets to satisfy the kiddos, and, of course, the grand lighting of a spectacular tree in the middle of the decked-out Texas Hill Country property. Rumor has it Santa and his reindeer may also make an appearance.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 6pm. Free.  
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    Hypno-Energy & Sound Healing

    A Zen, joyful, and relaxing class with varying focus topics each week.
    Sundays, 6pm. $22.  
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    Ice Skating at Dreamland

    Don't miss your chance to skate! The rink will close soon.
    Through Jan. 4  
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
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    Luminations

    Enjoy the natural wonder of winter in the beautiful Texas Arboretum. Featuring thousands of luminarias, seasonal food and drink, and the light-splashed forts of Fortlandia.
    Select dates through Jan. 30  
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    Marquise Salon Suites Toys for Tots Drop-Off

    The salon celebrates its first anniversary by partnering with the Marines to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need.
    Through Dec. 6. Mon., 10am-3pm; Tue.-Sat., 11am-5pm  
    Marquise Salon Suites, 7010 Hwy. 71 W. #150
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Mostlygreen Launch Giveaway

    Sustainability veterans Mason Arnold and Jessica Kezar have launched a platform for the community of people trying to do right by the planet, with a website, a YouTube channel, and a podcast about sustainability. Celebrate the launch by visiting the site to learn more and enter to win prizes like a trip to Belize, a clean eating bundle, and more.
    Through Dec. 6  
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    Musical Advent Calendar

    Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Elaine Barber (harp) offer you a musical calendar to mark the days of Advent, with a new song via mp3 each day covering various styles.
    Dec. 1-24. $25.  
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    NFL at the Cavalier

    The Cavalier is your fave non-sports bar to watch sports. There's plenty of TVs, it's dog-friendly, parking is free, and there's $5 frozens and burgs during the game.
    Thursdays & Sundays. Free.  
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    Park and Pray

    Drive through or park to have your prayers of concern and praise lifted up. Treats for kids and hot beverages provided.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 1-3pm. Free.  
    Cameron Road Church of Christ, 6014 Cameron
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Santa Comes to Butler

    Get photos with Santa and bring a new, unwrapped toy for him to deliver to nonprofit Any Baby Can.
    Sun., Dec. 5, 10am-2pm. Free.  
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    Sunday Satsang Meditation

    Commune with others and sit in silence to absorb the rich words of wisdom from teachers around the world.
    Sundays, 11am. $22.  
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    Sunday Tarot

    Join Carly for a 15-minute reading with the deck of your choice.
    Sundays, 6-8pm  
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    The Front Market Holiday Series

    An outdoor market with a new lineup of 30+ vendors each weekend, with rotating brunch menus and DJ sets to boot. Weekend one's theme is Art Date, with a lovely lineup of women and queer artists. Weekend two is Sustain Local in honor of National Small Business Weekend. The third will be Cozy Season, including a tamale pop-up and holiday vendors. The final installment is Santa, Baby, and will feature decadent brunch and two days of drag.
    Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 12. By donation.  
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    The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa Claus

    A delightful holiday comedy play set in a small-town sheriff's office.
    Dec. 2-5 & 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2pm  
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations

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