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  • 11th Annual Humanities Texas Holiday Book Fair

    Join Humanities Texas for its 11th Annual Holiday Book Fair where twenty-three noteworthy authors will visit with the public and sign copies of their latest books, which Humanities Texas will offer for purchase at a discounted price. Available titles include works of fiction and nonfiction, with selections for both adult and youth readers (Christmas presents galore!). The event is free and open to the public, with all proceeds from book sales benefiting Texas libraries.
    Sat. Dec. 7, 10am-1pm  
    Byrne-Reed House
  • Snow Ball: Project Transitions Runway

    Join Project Transitions for Snow Ball, a holiday-inspired fashionable celebration that features runway collections by talented Project Runway Designers, curated entertainment, light bites, cash bar, thrift pop-up, and dance party! VIP - preferred seating and designer meet and greet!
    Sat. Dec. 7, 6pm-9pm  
    Hotel Van Zandt
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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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    Cherrywood Art Fair

    Creative weekend fun for everyone? We reckon so, what with dozens of artists and artisans, live music, performance art, food trucks, and plenty of interactive kids' activities.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8, 10am-5pm. Free.  
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    Trail of Lights at EmilyAnn

    Stroll through a walking path featuring more than 100 holiday light displays created by businesses, organizations, school groups, and families, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 28. Sun.-Thu., 6-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 6-10pm. Free.  
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    2020 Point in Time Count Volunteers Needed

    ECHO is looking for 800 volunteers to make its annual count of everyone experiencing homelessness in Austin and Travis County a success. The 2020 count takes place Jan. 25. Anyone 18 or older can participate; volunteers will work in teams counting folks in their assigned area. Others can collect donations for the care packages distributed during the count.
    Nov. 18-Jan. 24  
    Online
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    A Christmas Carol: Reduced, Reused, and Recycled

    In this new family musical, school’s out for the holidays, but Timmy Cratchit is stuck at Scrooge’s Plastic Emporium where his mom labors overtime on a last-minute deadline. Tim and his cousins work on a school project while Mr. Scrooge eavesdrops and learns about the serious environmental problems caused by the plastics his company produces.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-15, 11am & 1pm. $10-15.  
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    Art From the Streets Show & Sale

    This annual show and sale features works of art from artists experiencing homelessness. Meet the artists, hear their stories, and leave with a painting. 95% of artwork sales goes directly to the artists.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8, 11am-5pm. $5 suggested donation.  
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    Austin Chamber Music Center In-School Collaborative Concert

    Hear what ACMC's In-School Program students from the McCallum and Lamar Fine Arts Academies have been working on this semester.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 2pm. Free.  
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    Austin FC Season Membership Deposits

    Austin's Major League Soccer team, Austin FC, is officially taking deposits for 2021 season memberships. Your deposit will reserve your spot in line, which means the earlier you purchase your membership, the earlier you're eligible to select your seats for the season.
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    Austin Flea At the ABGB

    Shop local handmade items and vintage wares, including jewelry, bath & body products, artwork, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 8, noon-6pm. Free.  
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    Austin Jingle Bell 5K

    Join MADD for this 24th annual event. The fam-friendly walk/run features a kids' fun run with elves, and Santa will be on-site for a meet and greet. Register early for a free shirt.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 7:45am-1pm. Adults, $35-40; youth, $15-20; ages 12 & under, $15.  
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Downtown Gems

    Gather your team and explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges.
    365 days a year, 7am-10pm. $11.  
    1100 Congress
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    Austonettes A Cappella: Sleigh All Day

    Austin's premiere ladies a cappella group performs an array of pop and Christmas songs to get everybody in the holiday spirit.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 3-4:30pm. Donations accepted.
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    Bazaar Brunch "Holiday Edition"

    Shop handcrafted and vintage wares on the lawn at Bouldin Creek Cafe.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 10am-2pm. Free.  
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    Bears & Bedtime Toy Drive

    Stop by your nearest Mattress Firm to donate new, unwrapped teddy bears, stuffed animals, and other bedtime toys for foster youth in the Austin community.
    Through Dec. 16
    Austin-area Mattress Firm stores
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    Candy Chemistry Workshop

    Explore sugar at a molecular level by creating cotton candy, lollipops, and chocolate pops, then use your candy creations to decorate your very own gingerbread house.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-24, 10:30am-1pm. $5 per person.  
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    Christmas at the Caverns

    Try out caroling in the caverns, search for Santa's reindeer in a maze, step into a giant snow globe, and more. New this year is an ice skating rink with synthetic ice.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-23. $24-28.
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    Christmas at the Farm With Santa and Live Reindeer

    Photos run on a "take a number"/first come, first served system, so get there early. Other activities include pony rides, a petting zoo, a jump pad, duck races, treasure mountain, face-painting, and more.
    Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Sat.-Sun., 9am-6pm. $16; ages 2 & under, free.  
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    Classic Cars and Coffee Meetup

    Do you love classic cars? Do you love coffee? If so, this monthly gathering is for you.
    Second Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    Trianon Coffee, 3654-A Bee Caves Rd., West Lake Hills
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    Classic Gingerbread Workshop

    This tot-friendly workshop is appropriate for all ages and offers everything you'll need to build and decorate your very own gingerbread house.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-24. Multiple times daily (see website for schedule). $5 per person.  
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    Out of Town

    Dickens on the Strand

    Return to the days of a Victorian Christmas on the waterfront with parades, music, food vendors, and more.
    Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-8
    Galveston
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    FELIZ

    Over 30 local and national designers and artists come together to sling their creations.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 11am-6pm. Free.
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    Full Moon Witches' Market

    Gather under the light of the full moon and shop local witches' handcrafted wares, including potions, crystals, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 7-11:59pm  
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    Glossier Pop-Up

    Shop the cult internet makeup brand's complete product line IRL.
    Through Dec. 8 (except Thanksgiving). 11am-7pm
    Glossier Austin, 2000 S. Congress
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    Out of Town

    Gruene Christmas Market Days

    Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items, and packaged Texas foods.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8. Free.  
    Gruene
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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 Haul: Pulling for Pets

    Flex some muscle for a good cause! Teams will compete to see who can pull Emanicpet's 26,000-pound mobile clinic 20 feet in the shortest time at this Emancipet fundraiser.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 10am-1pm. Adults, $25; students, $20.  
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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 Market at Kinda Tropical

    Shop handmade, local, vintage and crafts.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 11am-3pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Mini Market

    Featuring 38 curated brands, vendors, and activations – all dedicated to mamas and their minis.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 10am-3pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Show

    The Austin Tinplate Trackers hobby club builds a Christmas village around the model train tracks in the Downtowner Gallery.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 4. Wed.-Sun.
    Round Rock
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    Holiday Pet Portraits: Cedar Park

    Tomlinson's Feed is teaming up with Mumford Pet Photos for its second annual pet portraits with a Texas Winter Wonderland theme. Proceeds will be donated to Tomlinson's Feed's Pound 4 Pound Food Donation Drive. All reservations are first-come, first photograph basis within the event window.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 11am-3pm. $10 per pet (reservations required).  
    Tomlinson's Feed, 2800 E. Whitestone Blvd. #235, Cedar Park
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    Holiday Pop-Up Market at Vista Brewing

    Local vendors on-site include: Berset Leather & Rust, Catalpa, Caldera Supply Co., Fox Fern Jewelry, and Zenziva Living. There will also be a limited number of “build-your-own” gift baskets from the Vista Brewing retail shop.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 11am-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Window Walk

    Starting on Dec. 2, visitors can watch the storefronts of the 2nd Street District as businesses transform into festive holiday scenes created by St. Edward's University students. Participating stores include Austin General Store, Austin Rocks Texas, Luxe Apothetique, and Sneaker Politics Austin. Cast your vote for the best one through the 2nd Street District Facebook page, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 9.
    Dec. 2-8. Free.
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    Johnson City Lights Spectacular

    The county courthouse, the Pedernales Electric Co-op building, and the town are bathed in twinkling lights with parades, food courts, and special events on weekends.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 5. Free.  
    Johnson City
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    Listening Session: Cameron and Dessau Roads

    Stop by whenever to help the Austin Transportation Department better understand the safety and mobility needs for people using Cameron Road and Dessau Road (51st Street to Parmer Lane). Your input will help identify improvement projects. For those who can’t attend, see the online survey, open Nov. 21 through Dec. 22.
    In person: Thu., Nov. 21, 6-7pm. Online: Nov. 21-Dec. 22  
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    Liz For Sheriff Fundraiser

    Your chance to hear what she's about.
    Sun., Dec. 8, noon-3pm  
    20406 Sunset Ln, Lago Vista
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    Lost Pines Christmas

    Bastrop puts on seasonally themed light displays, a nighttime holiday parade, a snow day, and more activities for the whole family throughout the month.
    Weekends through Dec. 24. Free.
    Bastrop
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    Luminations

    The Wildflower Center is lighting up the gardens with thousands of luminarias and bringing plentiful aerial dance performances from Blue Lapis Light, live music, and festive fun to make this a tradition to remember.
    Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 6-10pm. $18; ages 4 & under, free.  
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    Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment

    During open enrollment, Foundation Communities' Prosper Centers can help you get insurance coverage, switch plans, and track down financial assistance with their (pretty awesome) team of experts.
    Mon.-Thu., 9am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 9am-1pm. Free.  
    2600 W. Stassney Ln.
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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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    Poketo Holiday Pop-up Shop

    Shop the L.A.-based lifestyle brand's signature stationery, apparel, and accessories collections.
    Through Dec. 15. 10am-6pm. Free.  
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    Pop-up at the Park

    Enjoy complimentary craft beer and wine while shopping plant-based goods.
    Second Sundays. Free.
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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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    Saint John's UMC Alternative Gift Market

    This annual market benefits local and international charities and provides holiday shopping opportunities for unique gifts. The market also offers solutions for holiday meals with frozen casseroles and pies and a traditional bake sale.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8, noon-3pm. Free.
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    Seriously Sweet Structures Workshop

    Explore how to build a sturdy gingerbread house through a series of structural engineering challenges, draft plans, and build your very own gingerbread house. Recommended for ages 8 & up.
    Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-23, 2-4:30pm. $5 per person.  
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    SJP Monthly Gathering

    Join grassroots sexual assault survivor advocates for their monthly check-in.
    Second Sundays, 1pm  
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    Stassney Lane Improvements Feedback

    ATD wants your input on how to improve transit options along Stassney from West Gate Blvd. to South Congress, so visit the link online and share your thoughts!
    Comments will be accepted from Dec. 5, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020  
    Online
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    Sunday Tarot

    Join Carly for a Sunday evening 15-minute reading.
    Sundays, 6-8pm. $15.  
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    The Allies Market

    Get your holiday shopping done and feel good about where the goods came from. This market features fair trade, direct trade, and social enterprise merchants who use their businesses to promote employment and well-being for people in Austin and around the world.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 11am-6pm. Free.  
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    The Austin Center for Grief & Loss Evening of Remembrance

    Through music, poetry, ritual, and contemplation, this interfaith service celebrates the memories of those loved and lost. Attendees welcome to bring a small picture of loved ones for a candle light ceremony.
    Sun., Dec. 8, 4-6pm. Free.  
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    UpWest Cabin Pop-up

    Guests will step inside the UpWest Cabin's tiny cabin to unwind with an on-site "relaxation experience" and the chance to shop the brand's new line of comfort wear and home goods.
    Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden: Sat., Dec. 7, 8:30am-7pm. The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace: Sun., Dec. 8, noon-6pm  
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    Volunteers Needed to Make a Difference During Tax Season

    United Way of Williamson County is looking for volunteers to help with free tax prep services in Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Taylor. Work includes tax prep, translating, and greeting. No prior experience necessary, as a free training is provided, complete with IRS certification.: The sites will be open from Jan. 28 through April 15. Bilingual folks are sorely needed. Email, call, or visit the website for more info.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 23  
    Apply online
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    Out of Town

    Walkway of Lights

    Get a jump on the holiday season with a stroll through 2 million sparkling lights in the park along the lake.
    Nov. 22-Jan. 1, 2020. Nightly, 6-10pm. Free.  
    Marble Falls
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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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    Wild Bill's Honky Tonk Holidaze

    Opening night of Bill Ogden's original Christmas musical is sold out, but there are still three more nights to shop nontraditional wares at the pre-show gift market – with live music, local artists, and more. This year's production benefits HOME (Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers).
    Sun.-Mon., Dec. 8-9, 15-16. $20-25.  
    Dec. 8-9 at “Santa’s Stash Pot” (777 Shady Ln.); Dec. 15-16 at Sam’s Town Point (2115 Allred Dr.).
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    Yoga

    Full Moon Yoga

    Charles MacInerney teaches classes all over town but also offers private instruction and hosts retreats. Once a month for 18 years, he has also hosted Full Moon Yoga – a free outdoor yoga class. Go online for location and time details.

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