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    Peppermint Parkway

    A mile-long drive-through display of lights as well as a plaza full of music, food, and magic. New this year, attendees can pick up a Christmas tree during their visit with the addition of Wonder Woods. Circuit of the Americas gets in the holiday spirit by giving away free trees to families in need and offering low-cost trees to others. Also new, a Holiday Market with homemade sweet treats, gifts, and holiday swag for the kids.
    Through Dec. 30  
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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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    Adult Skate Night

    Leave the rugrats at home and enjoy the roller rink with other grownups.
    Tuesdays, 7-11pm; Saturdays, 9pm-midnight  
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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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    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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    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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    FCC Broadband Map Challenge

    Travis County and the city of Austin are asking for the public’s help to review, verify, and improve the new National Broadband Map created by the Federal Communications Commission. Hop online, pop in your address, and make sure the info is correct to help make the most accurate map possible.
    Through Jan. 13
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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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    Get Lit Hanukkah Pop-Up Bar

    Josh Brownfield and team take over this popular Eastside 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.
    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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    Holiday Service With Buddhist Prayers for World Peace

    Join in an evening of prayers to Arya Tara and dedications for world peace.
    Sat., Dec. 24, 5pm. Free; donations appreciated.  
    Kadampa Meditation Center, 1918 Bissel
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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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    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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    Mazel Ball

    Shalom Austin's Young Adult Division throws their biggest party of the year at Kitty Cohen's Hanukkah-themed bar. Join the YAD 3Sixty Club for free entry to this and other events throughout the year.
    Sat., Dec. 24, 9-11pm. $10-15; free for members.  
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    Mimosas & Menorahs

    Join CAA for Shabbat morning services followed by a festive kiddush brunch with mimosas.
    Sat., Dec. 24, 9:45am. Registration for food required.  
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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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    New Floodplain Maps

    You may have recently received a notice from the city about its new floodplain study: They're reevaluating floodplain maps and models to better understand flood risk and keep residents safe. Find out more about the project at an upcoming meeting.
    Wed., Jan. 11, 6:30pm; Fri., Jan. 20, 11am; Sat., Jan. 21, 10am
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    Prepare for Extreme Weather

    The city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management advises residents to be prepared for severely low temps this weekend, and they've got tons of advice online for prepping and staying informed. Sign up for emergency alerts at austintexas.gov/alerts.
    Thu., Dec. 22
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    Roughhouse Trail of Lights

    The ranch will set up an entertaining walking loop illuminated with creative light displays, and offers a gingerbread man cutout for photos, hot cocoa, s'mores, and craft beers.
    Through Dec. 31. Thu.-Sat., 5-9pm; Sun., 5-8pm. Free.  
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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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    Vortex Toy Drive

    Before you head to Vortex for the evening, pick up a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.
    Through Dec. 31
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    We Are Blood Holiday Drives

    We Are Blood’s annual holiday blood drives return to six Austin-area malls: Barton Creek Square, Lakeline Mall, the Arboretum, Wolf Ranch Town Center, and Premium Outlets in both San Marcos and Round Rock. Donating blood is a great way to give back to the community as you knock out your holiday shopping.
    Through Jan. 5
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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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