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  • SoCo Stroll

    Join Music Lane and the South Congress Avenue Shopping District as they celebrate the season with the SoCo Stroll. Come to the Avenue at your leisure in December for special shopping and dining offers from your favorite retailers and restaurants. Holiday lights on daily at dusk and outdoor live music each weekend. $3 parking for 2 hours at Music Lane. Mask up, stay safe.
    Fri. Nov 27-Thurs. Dec. 31  
    Music Lane
  • Outdoor Holiday Market

    Join the Tribe CBD for a socially distanced Outdoor Holiday Market in the Alamo Drafthouse Village parking lot. The event is free and features all local vendors providing unique products and gifts, chair massage, floral designs, food trucks and more. Live music by local bands and DJKidGorilla. Social distancing will be practiced.
    Sat. Dec. 5, 10am-4pm  
    Alamo Drafthouse Village
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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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      #GivingTuesday

      Today is a global day of giving that takes place every year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. As the Central Texas #GivingTuesday Community Leader, I Live Here I Give Here encourages Austinites to take action for good: anything from hosting a food or clothing drive to fostering a pet to volunteering (virtually!). See website for ways to get involved.
      Tue., Dec. 1, all day  
      Citywide
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      AAYHF Annual Toy Drive

      African American Youth Harvest Foundation is seeking donations of toys for youth 3 months to 17 years of age. Gift cards are also welcome.
      Through Dec. 18  
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      Armadillo Art Concierge

      Sadly, we can't visit the Armadillo Art Bazaar in person this year. The next best thing is Armadillo Art Concierge, an online, curated shopping guide pointing visitors to collections by content, process, medium, or artist location. Follow them on social media @armadillobazaar to see spotlighted art each day.
      Ongoing  
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      Visual Arts

      Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

      Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
      Through Jan. 3
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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.
      Nov. 28-Jan. 3 (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day). GA, $25-35 per vehicle; Dash Pass, $60 per vehicle.  
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      Dance

      Ballet Austin: Nutcracker Gift Barre

      This year – this relentlessly crazy-ass year – Ballet Austin brings their Nutcracker Gift Barre online to offer a great selection of holiday gifts, including nutcrackers, ornaments, tiaras, and T-shirts – with curbside pickup, delivery, or beyond-Austin shipping available. Note: 100% of proceeds will benefit Ballet Austin.
      Through Dec. 18  
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      Be a Santa to a Senior

      Fulfilling a senior's Christmas wish couldn't be easier. Simply visit Home Instead Senior Care's virtual tree, choose a recipient, and purchase their wish list item from Amazon. It'll be safely delivered and will make someone's day. You can also visit one of Home Instead's three Austin-area locations to participate.
      Through Dec. 15  
      Virtual
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      Nightlife & Parties

      BearBack Bingo

      Lady Grackle Birdbreath and CupCake play host while you play to win prizes. Don't forget to bring yer mask.
      Tuesdays, 8-10pm. Free.  
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      Blue Genie Art Bazaar

      The beloved Austin holiday shopping experience returns for its 20th year with four shopping options to ensure safety in the time of COVID-19. For in-store shopping, reserve free tickets online for a "no wait" entry. Walk-ins are also welcome, but guests may have to wait outside if it's at capacity. Online shoppers can either pick up items in-store or have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. Personal shoppers and virtual shopping will also be available through the BGAB website. BGAB is a family-friendly experience where you can find one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry, artwork, home goods, and gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
      Through Dec. 24, 10am-10pm daily (10am-6pm on Dec. 24)  
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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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      Lora Reynolds Gallery: Upwelling

      Meghann Riepenhoff makes her images with an antiquated photographic printing process – no camera, no lens – and thinks of her work as a collaboration with the ocean, the landscape, and precipitation, her dynamic cyanotypes taking on varying shades of blue to give the impression of water in motion, and much of her work is large enough to feel immersive, almost overwhelming.
      Through Jan. 16
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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.
      Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Members only on Mondays; closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1  
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      Mozart's 2020 COVID-Cautious Christmas Light Show

      See the beautiful light show by the lake by reservation only. It's expected to sell out quickly, so plan ahead!
      Hourly 6pm-midnight, Nov. 11-Jan. 6, except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. $10 per table for one-hour show.  
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      Special Screenings

      Paramount Holiday Film Series

      See your holiday favorites like Elf and White Christmas the way they're meant to be seen: on the big screen at the historic Paramount Theatre. COVID safety measures are in place, meaning limited capacity, so get your tickets early!
      Dec. 6-20  
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      Personalized Video Message From Santa

      COVID has taken away our Santa Claus visits this year, but don't worry! The Volunteer Services Council has you covered with a personalized video message from Santa. Support mental health programs at Austin State Hospital with this unique fundraiser: For only $20, get a video your kids will love with a personal message including facts only Santa Claus would know. Order online or call 512/419-2323 for more details.
      Nov. 19-Dec. 13. $20.  
      Virtual
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      Succulent Native Holiday Specials

      Support small biz and beautify your home with Succulent Native, now offering a Plant Love Club subscription box that brings a new pot, plant, and local goodie to your door each month. For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (and Sunday), shop in-store for 20% off plants, cacti, and succulents, and get a free December Plant Love box when you spend $250 or free planting with $100 purchase. On Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) they're knocking 20% off online purchases. Their beautiful wares make excellent gifts for plant people, and they host virtual and in-person plant parties if you're looking for a fun, unique activity for the holidays.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 1  
      Online and in-store at 5501 N. Lamar Ste. 101-A
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      Visual Arts

      The Blanton Museum: Curated Conversations

      This series explores and connects with the Blanton staff, streaming live every Tuesday at 5pm. The first installment featured Ellsworth Kelly's Austin; another week had curators discussing artworks that reinterpret, interrogate, and expand the narrative of national flags. The Blanton's collections are vast, as is the knowledge of these professionals. Click on over, we suggest, to enjoy a bit of both.
      Tuesdays, 5-6pm
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      Food Events

      The Eleanor: Miracle on Fifth Street

      Yes, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar returns to The Eleanor for another year of spirited celebration. Joann Spiegel, the mastermind behind the brand’s cocktail repertoire, has created a roster of delightful, holiday-inspired libations, featuring cocktails that play on classic holiday flavors. New this year: Jolly Koala (gin, vermouth, and pine-cardamom-sage cordial), On Dasher (bourbon, mezcal, sweet vermouth, spiced hibiscus, bitters, and lemon), and a Fruitcake Flip (brandy, Jamaican overproof rum, Amaretto, fruitcake, cherry bitters, and a whole egg). (Our personal fave, the Bad Santa, is likewise among the heady lineup.) Also, the full cocktail menu will be available at the main downstairs and mezzanine bars. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go. Note: This year, all Miracle cocktails can be ordered to-go – and a portion of all to-go sales will benefit the Austin Children’s Shelter and Austin Pets Alive. God bless us, everyone!
      Daily, through Dec. 27  
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      Tomlinson's Pound 4 Pound Pet Food Drive Presented by KXAN

      Every holiday season, Tomlinson’s Feed hosts Central Texas’ largest pet food drive in support of 30+ local animal rescues and shelters. When you gift a bag of food in-store or online, your donation will be doubled (pound for pound) by healthy pet food makers. In 2019, the drive raised 163,584 pounds of high-quality, donated pet food, and this year's goal is to raise 175,000.
      Nov. 27-Dec. 24  
      Online or at any Tomlinson's Feed location
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      Visual Arts

      West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

      The gallery formerly known as the Russell Collection rebrands itself as West Chelsea Contemporary and boasts an inaugural show featuring some of the biggest names in street art – from Banksy and Basquiat to KAWS and Keith Haring, among others. It's a celebration of graffiti, street art, and the cultural icons born of these movements. Pop will eat itself, as the saying goes, and we reckon these are some of the tastier noms to be had at the everchanging feast.
      1009 W. Sixth
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      Yard Dog: Commit to Something Drastic

      That Welsh rabble-rouser, painter extraordinaire, and punk rock pioneer Jon Langford sinks his teeth into the world with new paintings and prints. See what grisly graphic brilliance he's bitten off – via the Yard Dog website or by making an appointment for an in-person visit.
      Through Dec. 30. Free.  
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      Arts & Culture

      "We'll Just Rock For Ourselves" Virtual Exhibit

      The Austin History Center's phenomenal 2018 exhibit on the late photographer Lisa Davis is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Davis' photos and videos capture the grrrls grrrls grrrls of Austin's lezzie rock scene in the Nineties. Revisit our review of the exhibit here, and don't forget to check out our interview with former Chronicle senior editor and "Gay Place" founder Kate X Messer, who was a key figure in curating her collection.
      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
    • Film

      Special Screenings

      A Very Happy Holiday Blue Star Lite Show

      Blue Starlite has created a winter wonderland in their space, with movie-themed decorative scenes and sparkling lights for perfect photo ops. Each night there'll be a surprise short film and holiday pre-show so you can get out to the drive-in for a short and sweet outing with the fam.
      Various dates Dec. 1-23  
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      Out of Town

      A Virtual Tour of the MFAH Galleries

      Take a tour with curators Helga Aurisch and Ann Dumas of the Audrey Jones Beck Collection housing works by van Gogh, Monet, and others at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
      Ongoing  
      Online
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      Special Screenings

      AFS Holiday Gift Memberships

      This holiday season, when you buy an Austin Film Society membership, you get two bonus months and a free gift of a ballcap or a T-shirt designed by local illustrator Alana Louise.
      Ongoing  
      Online via www.austinfilm.org
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      AISD Teacher and Staff Mental Health Support Groups

      Austin ISD's school-based mental health partner, Vida Clinic, offers group conversations weekly. Email for more info.
      Dec. 1-22. Tuesdays, 5-6pm  
      Online
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      AJC General Body Meeting

      Learn about what’s going on with Austin Justice Coalition and hear from other community organizations. They'll discuss current projects, how to get involved, what’s left for 2020, and what’s coming up in the new year, as well as ongoing matters.
      Tue., Dec. 1, 6:30pm  
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      Visual Arts

      Akirash Online

      Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.

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