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  • Body Collective Holiday Pop-Up Market & Block Party

    Shop local this holiday season & support small businesses and local artists at Body Collective's Holiday block party. Browse their Pop-Up Market, shop 10% off Body Collective gift cards and other great holiday gift deals, and enjoy live music & complimentary holiday treats. They'll also be offering two free classes - 90’s Music Video Fit at 10:30 & Energizing Vinyasa flow at 2:30.
    Sat. Dec. 4, 12pm-4pm  
    Body Collective
  • A Very Merry Christmas

    Join Wonders in the Dark for a very special celebration of the Holiday season, with music performances from Tu, Luke Bellet, and others. Bring your friends and enjoy music, drinks, hot chocolate from Creature Coffee, and a night of Christmas joy.
    Sat. Dec. 11, 7pm-11pm  
    Peached Social House
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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.
    Nov. 27-Dec. 31, select dates  
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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.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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    A Christmas Carol

    This Dickens classic is returning to the Topfer stage at ZACH for the seventh year, with exciting new songs and new cast members in addition to returning favorites under the direction of director Dave Steakley. (Most importantly, Marc Pouhé is back as Scrooge!) Musical direction by Allen Robertson puts some rockin' wheels under this holiday vehicle and the whole joyous spectacle brings the sin-and-redemption, the ghosts and the glories, the tiny and the Tim, until the much-awaited new year gets here.
    Through Jan. 2. Wed.-Fri., 7:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 2:30 & 7:30pm. $25 and up.  
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    A Miracle on 34th Street: Classic Radiocast

    With an original script by Penfold Theatre Company’s Nathan Jerkins, this holiday classic brings the humor and heartwarming holiday feels to Round Rock (Dec. 9-18) and Austin (Dec. 19), performed in that iconic live-radio-show format by local actors and a foley sound artist. We're telling you about these Round Rock gigs, even, because, well – look at this cast: Lowell Bartholomee, Eva McQuade, Mical Trejo, Marina DeYoe-Pedraza, and Robert Faires. And it's directed by Rosalind Faires. We say: If professionally staged Christmas cheer is your cuppa tea, this will totally slake your theatre thirst.
    Thu.-Sat., Dec. 9-18, 7:30pm. $16-21.  
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    Art for the People Gallery: Alchemy

    Witness now the meditative and exploratory oil and ink artworks of Wolf Garden. "Through peaceful paintings and bold poetry, this show invites individuals to connect with their ultimate reality: infinite potential."
    Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 4, 3-6pm
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    Ballet Austin: The Nutcracker

    We've heard tell that Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker is this city’s favorite holiday tradition – and we're not fixing to argue. Here's a perfectly calibrated spectacle of delight, in which hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography to Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s score – with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra.
    Dec. 4-19: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 & 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. Also: Tue.-Thu., Dec. 21-23, 2pm. $20 and up.  
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    Butridge Gallery: The Art of Peace

    Paintings and drawings by five award-winning Austin figurative artists: J.C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, and Linda Wandt.
    Dec. 4-Jan. 8  
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    Community First! Village Holiday Market

    Holiday films will screen at the Community Cinema, food trucks will be on-site, and you might even see Santa at this market packed with unique items crafted by village artisans.
    Dec. 3-4 & 10-11, 4-9pm. Free.  
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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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    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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    grayDUCK Gallery: Rooms

    In which Katy Horan, that unnerving wrangler of graphic mythology, shifts her focus away from female archetypes and folklore to explore some of the harder things we go through in life: Violence, loss, mental illness, fear, and trauma. "I turned mostly to film, music, and my own life experience for inspiration," says the artist, "and almost three years later, this show is the result."
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 3, 7-10pm  
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    Guzu Gallery: Anime Wonderland

    More than 30 local artists deck the walls with vivid spectacle as this powerhouse of a pop culture gallery hosts its first show in two years, each artist inspired by Japanese animation — from classic to modern anime (and everything between). It's Guzu's biggest exhibition yet, with all prints, sculptures, and paintings available for purchase – in person or online. Note: Let's all love Lain.
    Dec. 3-31
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    Hamilton

    "Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway," goes the Broadway in Austin PR, "Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre — a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education." Um, no. Actually, see, a fine fellow named Lin-Manuel Miranda is what (or, rather, who) "took that story" and "created" the theatrical brilliance that's called Hamilton. But you knew that already. You didn't think this sort of thing just appears ex nihilo, right? Note: Never don't give credit to an author when you can.
    Dec. 7-9. Tue.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 1 & 7pm. $49 and up.  
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    ICOSA: Worn, Torn, Cut & Calloused

    New works by Jonas Criscoe and Sarah Hirneisen explore the aesthetics of detritus and decay through the lenses of surface, form, material, and composition.
    Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 3, 7-10pm
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    La Pastorela

    Teatro Vivo’s La Pastorela is a celebration of the Austin BIPOC community that keeps all the lessons and humor of the traditional Pastorela (with the familiar shepherds, angels, and devils), but sets in the present time in this city. Directed by Carl Gonzales, with musical direction by Eric Flores.
    Dec. 9-19. Thu.-Sat., 7pm; Sun., 2pm. Donations accepted.  
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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.
    Dec. 2-Jan. 30  
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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.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 26  
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    Strange, But Perfect

    In Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's new play, the year 2020 was a never-ending river of bad news in which marketing assistant Charlie from NYC decided to quarantine at his grandma's house in rural America. But, WTF, someone else was already there: a townie who's been acting as Charlie's grandma's caretaker? Weirdness, hilarity, and complex humanity ensue. Directed by A. Skola Summers for Street Corner Arts, featuring Natalie D. Garcia and the playwright himself.
    Dec. 2-18. Thu.-Sat., 8pm. $25.  
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    Tapestry: The Precious Present – In Love & Light

    Tapestry Dance Company returns to the stage with all their stunning tap-dance choreography and this world premiere, featuring an array of local dance, vocal, and musical artists. Spoken word poet Zell Miller III; vocalists Nagavalli and Mohammed Firoozi; dancers Sharon Marroquin, Jun Shen, Andrea Ariel, and Francisco Graciano; Bharatanatyam master Anuradha Naimpally; flamenco legend Olivia Chacon; African dancer China Smith; flow artist Kelly Bach; Jeremy Arnold and director Acia Gray herself. And everybody in full! percussive! person!
    Dec. 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 8pm; Sat., 2 & 8pm; Sun., 2pm. $39 and up.  
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    The Nightmare Before Christmas Gothic Ball and Bazaar

    Hosts DJ Crescendoll and DJ Neph bring the spooky-meets-merry vibes at this dance party and vendor market extravaganza. Sip on The Nightmare Before Christmas-themed cocktails while shopping for that super unique gift for that super special person (or people) in your life. Costumes encouraged!
    Sat., Dec. 11, 9pm. $17.  
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    The Watchmaker's Song

    In a tribute to the cultural diversity of Austin, Ventana Ballet presents many different styles of dance in their immersive dance-theatre production based on the beloved Nutcracker ballet – not just classical ballet, but Egyptian belly dance, Spanish flamenco, Argentinian tango, American tap dance, and of course the inimitable Mother Ginger.
    Dec. 9-18. Thu.-Sat., 6:30 & 8:30pm; Sun., 1pm (kids show). $40.  
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    Unexpected Joy

    Here's the regional premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical about three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. Directed by Lisa Scheps for Ground Floor Theatre, with in-person performances and streaming options, this is a shows that "weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades." Starring Michelle Alexander, Caroline Mullins, Amber Quick, and Cathie Sheridan.
    Dec. 3-19. Thu.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 5pm. $25.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: The Matter of Enchantment

    In this new show, Will Klemm's ethereal and light-focused landscapes are organized into the four seasons, representing the physical time of year and as the psychological seasons of human life.
    Dec. 4-30
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