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    "Texas Governors and Their Times, 1846-1946"

    This exhibit showcases materials from the State Archives documenting the official work and daily business of the state’s chief executive spanning 100 years. Can't visit in person? It's available to explore online.
    Sept. 19, 2022-May 15, 2023. Free.
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    2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk

    As you do your holiday shopping, take in the beautiful scenery created by Texas artists tasked with creating holiday-inspired art installations.
    Through Jan. 1  
    2nd Street District Downtown: West Second Street from Colorado to San Antonio and surrounding area
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    Austin Baptist Chapel Angel House Soup Kitchen

    The nonprofit org seeks men's clothing donations for its clients. Jackets, scarves, hats, gloves, socks, and shoes are especially needed.
    Ongoing
    908 E. Cesar Chavez
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    Black Makers Market

    A celebration of Black creatives, music, food, businesses, and culture, with the dopest DJs, delicious food, kids' activities, and over 20 vendors.
    Fri., Dec. 9, 6-10pm  
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    Blue Genie Art Bazaar

    Austin's fave shopping destination for the holidays is the place to find unique jewelry, art, home goods, and gifts with oodles of Austin flair.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Assistance

    The nonprofit providing shelter and resources to asylum seekers needs volunteers for all kinds of tasks, including driving, sorting donations, and translating, and accepts donations daily 8am-6pm; see wish list for items needed.
    Ongoing
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    College Student Commission Meeting

    The commission will hear briefings from working groups and discuss health care access, campus parking, disability justice, and other issues faced by students.
    Fri., Dec. 9, 4:30pm  
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    Community First! Village of Lights & Holiday Market

    With more than 250,000 lights choreographed to holiday music, the village becomes one of the biggest displays in Central Texas. The market offers unique, handcrafted gifts created by artists and makers living in the village, meaning your purchases help formerly homeless neighbors. Plus, enjoy holiday films at the Community Cinema and catch a visit from Santa early each evening.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3 & 9-10, 5:30-9pm. Free.
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    Donate Blood, Get a New Shirt

    Get a special limited-edition holiday shirt when you donate with We Are Blood.
    Dec. 1-14. Free.  
    We Are Blood donation centers
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    Donate to Hands for Hope

    Donate now to help nonprofit El Buen Samaritano meet its $450,000 goal, which goes toward holiday meal kits, a food pantry, baby formula, services, and other assistance for Central Texans in need.
    Ongoing  
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    Get Lit Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar

    Josh Brownfield and team take over the bar with lively decorations and a special menu with Hanukkah-inspired cocktails, including Latke Punch, a play on the traditional dish made with potato vodka, apple cider, ginger liqueur, and lemon. Bonus: chef Amanda Rockman collabs for the eight days of Hanukkah (Dec. 18-26) with special treats, including rugelach with walnut, currant, and cinnamon sugar – and Jewboy Burgers pops up on Mon., Dec. 19, to serve sliders and latkes.
    Through Dec. 30  
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    Hill Country Galleria Ice Rink

    Find it between the Bee Cave Public Library and the Hill Country Galleria lawn.
    Through Jan. 2. $15 to skate; reservations encouraged.
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    Holiday Arts Market

    Hill Country Galleria transforms the Central Plaza into a holiday market with artisan vendors, seasonal cheer, holiday performances, glittering lights, and family fun.
    Fri.-Sat., 11am-6pm, through Dec. 24. Free admission & parking.
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers have tons of model trains set up near the roller coaster at Kalahari's Tom Foolery Adventure Park & Arcade. Kids will love operating Thomas, Percy, the Polar Express, and the Batman train.
    Through Dec. 31. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm. Free.  
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    Ice Rodeo by Four Seasons

    The luxury hotel offers an ice skating rink overlooking Lady Bird Lake, chic "cabins" to gather in and enjoy s'mores or a glass of vino, and stunning holiday art installations and decor.
    Through Jan. 8. $35/hour to skate; $300 and up for cabins.  
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    Inspired Minds Holiday Bazaar

    The gallery will be filled floor to ceiling with handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, artisans, crafters, and makers. Plus, paint a ceramic holiday ornament on Saturdays, 1-4pm, ready for pickup in one to two weeks ($10).
    Through Dec. 23. Mon.-Fri., 1-6pm; Sat., noon-5pm. Free.  
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    Kindness Exchange

    Blue Owl Brewing is accepting donations for Street Youth Ministry, specifically lightly worn or new hats, coats, gloves, and other warm clothing. In exchange, donors get a Blue Owl trinket and will be entered in a raffle for a tasting experience at the brewery.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 18. Wed.-Thu., 3-10pm; Fri.-Sat., noon-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm
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    Maywald Family Lights Display

    The ABC Great Christmas Light Fight winners of 2019 are at it once again and this year it’s even bigger and brighter. As a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish, the Maywalds have raised over $200,000 and granted over 30 wishes.
    Through Dec. 28, 6-10pm nightly. Donations for Make-a-Wish encouraged.
    10505 Twilight Vista
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    Merry & Bright on Aldrich Street

    A street fair with something for the whole family, from photo ops with an alpaca to live music, plus specials at your fave Mueller area businesses.
    Fri., Dec. 9, 6-9pm. Free.  
    Aldrich Street, Mueller neighborhood
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    Mozart's Holiday Light Show

    What's already a great view on the lake becomes even better with a spectacular light show, complemented by hot cocoa and tasty treats.
    Through Jan. 6  
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    Project Holiday Help

    LifeWorks, a nonprofit org dedicated to ending youth homelessness, seeks $25 Walmart, Target, and Visa gift cards.
    Through Dec. 23
    LifeWorks, 3700 S. 1st
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    Tail of Lights

    That's not a typo, folks, it's an adorable pun for this furrific event for Fido. Doggos and their people will can romp to holiday music and lights, enjoy treats and giveaways, and meet Santa Paws. Holiday dress is highly encouraged!
    Fri., Dec. 9, 6:30-8:30pm  
    Cedar Bark Park, 2525 W. New Hope Dr., Cedar Park
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    Tantra Speed Date

    Combination relationship skills practice + speed date, you'll model healthy relationship roles and share a moment of guided connection with up to 20 dates.
    Fri., Dec. 9, 7pm. $55.  
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    Texas Children in Nature Network Summit & Champions Awards Dinner

    The org brings together community leaders in health, education, faith, conservation, and more to shape an even brighter future for the children of Texas. Informative workshops and a screening of Deep in the Heart are just part of the three days of programming.
    Wed.-Fri., Dec. 7-9. $275.  
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    The Annual Great Pumpkin Haul

    Pumpkins are the fave fall food for the residents of Central Texas Pig Rescue. If you've got a hoard of gourds, check CTPR's website for a list of places to donate and guidelines for what is pleasing to the pigs' palates. They could also use some extra hands to transport all the donations.
    Through Dec. 17
    Various locations
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    The Official Unofficial Holiday Party of Austin

    It’s like your office holiday party, except your manager isn’t there so you can smooch whoever you want under the mistletoe and drop it lower than you ever have. There's face painting, a "drunk Santa," flash tattoos, free pizza at midnight, and lots more fun in store.
    Fri., Dec. 9, 10pm. $50-60.  
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    Tide Cleaners Gift of Warmth

    Stop by any Tide Cleaners to donate coats, blankets, and socks for ages 5-18, benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area.
    Through Jan. 2
    Austin-area Tide Cleaners
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    Volunteer With Meals on Wheels Central Texas

    The season of giving is a great time to get involved with Meals on Wheels, and donating just an hour a week makes a huge difference to the homebound older adults served by the org. Volunteers deliver more than a meal; they also bring warm smiles and much-needed safety checks. Apply online and get signed up for a Zoom training to get started.
    Ongoing  
    Apply online
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    Winter Wanderland

    The Austin Motel becomes a neon rainbow experience for the holidays, with Hunky Santa on Thursdays, weekly film screenings Fridays, carols with a drag Mrs. Claus Saturdays, and pop-up shops Sundays.
    Through Dec. 26  

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