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  • Hit the Road: Film Screening + After Party

    Join Indie Meme for the Texas Premiere of Hit the Road. Half ordinary road-trip and half surreal mystery, Hit the Road is a bold exploration of home, family, and the modern experience of displacement. In Persian w/ English subtitles. $15 tickets. Private After-Party for Members.
    Sun. Dec. 12, 6pm  
    AFS Cinema
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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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    Cute AF Holiday Market

    Get your holiday shop on at the cutest rainbow house in town. A portion of vendor fees will go to Out Youth.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 11am-4pm. 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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    GRA's Festive Fest

    A winter holiday hodgepodge of traditions from across the world to celebrate and raise funds for nonprofit Girls Rock Austin's Unlimited Possibilities scholarship fund and Operation Lunch Box initiative. Featuring a stellar lineup of local musicians headlined by Jackie Venson, local craft vendors, a light show by Underground Light Orchestra, and a raffle for some cool prizes.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 1-10pm. $30.  
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    Joy to the Pigs

    Join Central Texas Pig Rescue for a self-guided tour of their new property (all decorated for the holidays), hot cider, cupcakes (donated by Zucchini Kill Bakery & Kind Cakes), hayrides, and, of course, lots of pig snuggles! Reservations required.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 11am-4pm. $20.  
    Central Texas Pig Rescue Enchanted Pig Forest
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    Kelly Kline’s Pink Santa Toy Drive

    Help make holiday wishes come true for local children in need and donate new, unwrapped, and gender-neutral toys and gifts as part of Austin Pride’s 17th annual toy drive. See website for drop-off locations.
    Multiple locations
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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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    Ornament Making

    Elementary-age kiddos will make festive decorations out of reused materials for an Earth-friendly holiday.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 1-3pm. $12.  
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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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    Santa Soiree

    Two weekends filled with fun activities for the kids, parents, friends, family, and four-legged friends, all to benefit Helping Hands of Dripping Springs. Bring nonperishable food for the pantry or new toys, clothing, and toiletries, and enjoy drink specials, candy cane hunts, photos with Santa, crafting tables, and lots more.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12 & 18-19, noon-8pm  
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    Springer Holiday Market

    A disco-themed holiday market for people and their pets! Featuring dog tarot readings by Lucky Dog Tarot benefiting Austin Pets Alive!, free cider and "puppuccinos," a Polaroid photo booth, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 12, noon-3pm  
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    Taste of Texas Hemp Cup

    A celebration for the Texas hemp farmer, with the top smokable hemp flower on display and the best winning the crown. Enjoy music from White Denim and New Constellations, food trucks with CBD-infused snacks, vendors and artisans, and more! Presented by Sky Wellness and CBD Pros.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 3-9pm. $25.  
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    The People's Market

    Shopping, crafts for kids, a watercolor and mosaic class, yoga, and more.
    Sun., Dec. 12, noon-5pm  
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    "Georgia O’Keeffe, Photographer"

    Known for her paintings and married to a famous photographer, this is the first exhibition that explores: O’Keeffe’s connection to photography.
    Sun., Oct. 17-Jan. 23, 2022  
    Museum Fine Arts, Houston
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    'Tis the Season Holiday Market & Craft Fair

    Shop from over 25 vendors spread out on 5 acres, plus food, prizes, and entertaining music.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12. Free.  
    Austin Craft Lounge, 12919 Nutty Brown Rd.
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    'Tis the Season to Be Jazzy

    Pamela Hart, Ari Carvajal, Melissa Briggs, Myke Jay, and more jazz up the holidays with a special concert.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 3-5pm. $25-30.  
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    A Brass Quintet Christmas

    Lots of beloved carols and holiday songs plus some special treats by Austin Brassworks revive the church’s Musical Feast Concert Series, which provides monthly concerts on second Sundays.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 5pm. $10 suggested donation.  
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    Austin FC Holiday Merch

    Find the perfect gifts for soccer fans and celebrate Austin's MLS team's first season with ornaments, stockings, apparel, pet supplies, and pretty much anything else you can think of with the Verde logo in green & black.
    Ongoing  
    Online or at Verde Store: 506 Congress or 10414 McKalla Place
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    Austin Flea

    Two chances to catch Austin Flea's market of unique goods this weekend: Saturday at Quack's and Sunday at ABGB.
    Sat., Dec. 11, 10am-4pm. Sun., Dec. 12, noon-5pm.  
    Captain Quack's, 5326 Menchaca Rd.; ABGB, 1305 W. Oltorf
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    Austin Pets Alive! Store

    Austin Pets Alive! has some adorable items in the online shop and proceeds benefit animals in need. Find ornaments, toys, collars, cards, and more for any animal-lover on your list.
    Ongoing  
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    Austin Scavenger Hunt

    Explore Downtown in search of storied buildings, green spaces, and famous concert venues, all while solving riddles, trivia questions, and completing photo challenges. Now available: "Roam From Home," with family and date night scavenger hunt activities you can do without leaving the house.
    Anytime. $12.99-24.99.  
    Online and at home
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    Barton Creek Farmers Market

    A great selection of local farmers bringing fabulous pastured meats, eggs, dairy, vegetables, and fruits, plus prepared-food vendors, artisans, bakers, and of course, live music.
    Sundays, 9am-1pm. Free.  
    4805 Hwy. 290 W., Sunset Valley (Kohl's parking lot)
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    Bloom Market: Winter Solstice

    Support queer- and woman-owned businesses at a magical market.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 1-6pm. Free.  
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    Casa Marianella Seeks Donations

    They're open 9am-10pm daily (1-10pm Wednesdays) to receive monetary and other donations for its shelter and service center for immigrants and asylum seekers.
    Nov. 29-Jan. 1  
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    City of Austin "How to Help" Portal

    Looking for the right way to help your community during the pandemic? Or do you have a volunteer opportunity that you want to list? Visit the city's "How to Help" portal to make a match. The portal includes ways to help from home, donation drives, and active community engagement opportunities.
     
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    Donate Blood to Win Prizes

    Blood donations are especially needed around the holidays, so We Are Blood is offering a prize drawing with very special gifts for three lucky donors: a Playstation 5, an Ooni pizza oven, or an Apple Watch 7. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 512/206-1266.
    Nov. 30-Dec. 1  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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    Drop In & Create

    Looking for a hands-on art experience for all ages? The Contemporary brings out special art activities so the whole family can dig into the art, ideas, and materials seen in the exhibits.
    Sundays, noon-2pm
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    Escape the Box

    Take a journey through time exploring the hidden clues of Austin with Escape the Box, an outdoor guided tour, scavenger hunt, and escape game all in one! It entertains groups of 2-6 at $75 per group. The box features a number of puzzles and clues that can all be found in wonderful Austin neighborhoods along with discounts to participating businesses.
    Ongoing; see website for scheduled pickup times. $75.  
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    Esquina Tango Outdoor Classes

    Esquina Tango has a full calendar of socially distanced, donation-based outdoor classes like samba, salsa aerobics, and of course, tango. Check out the full calendar online.
    Ongoing  
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    Every Dog Is Lovable

    Submit a photo of and story about your dapper doggo for a chance to have your pet featured in the book Every Dog Is Lovable. Qualifiers will get a custom session with Dog Days Photography, and proceeds go to local nonprofit Hound Rescue.
    Nov. 26-March 18. $10 donation.  
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    Grounded by Fareground: Free Yoga

    Free yoga with mats, towels, and water provided every Sunday, enhanced by a sound bath every other week.
    Sundays. Through Dec. 12. Free.  
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    Holiday in the Hills Light Trail

    Experience the beauty of the Texas Hill Country infused with sparkling lights and holiday cheer, then end your walk down the trail with a family-friendly game of glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Santa's Magical Toy Shop.
    Dec. 1-Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

    Austin Tinplate Trackers put on an exhibit twice as large as the last one, found at Kalahari's Tom Foolery Adventure Park & Arcade, offering tons of family fun!
    Through Jan. 1. Wed.-Sun., 2-7pm  
    Kalahari Resort, 3001 Kalahari Blvd.
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    Hypno-Energy & Sound Healing

    A Zen, joyful, and relaxing class with varying focus topics each week.
    Sundays, 6pm. $22.  
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    INSP!RED Nights of Lights

    Take in the magic of a mile-long walking trail of lights, enjoy hot chocolate around the fire pit, and feel good about contributing toys for Blue and Brown Santa of Williamson County.
    Thu.-Sun., Dec. 9-12 & 16-19. Free with a new, unwrapped toy.  
    221 Buck Bend, Georgetown
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    Inspire AD: Bastards Don't Get Christmas Presents

    Inspire Pro Wrestling makes a triumphant return with four no-holds-barred matches. Standing room only, so be early or you'll miss the action!
    Sun., Dec. 12, 3pm  
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    Keep Austin Rooted

    Gifting a tree through Treefolks is a fun way to surprise a friend or family member with a present that could last a lifetime, while beautifying and benefiting the community. Donors can opt for preset donation tiers of $30 (10 trees), $75 (25 trees), $150 (50 trees), or an amount of their choice.
    Ongoing  
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    Kids' Chess Open Play

    Learn the basics and meet other young chess fans for a few games. Ages 17 and under, all skill levels welcome.
    Sundays, 1:30pm  
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    Lantern Walk

    A walk with handmade lanterns to welcome winter and inspire children to embrace change.
    Sun., Dec. 12, 4:30pm  
    Balcones District Park, 12017 Amherst
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    Lightscape

    The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
    Nov. 19-Jan. 2. $18-25.  
    San Antonio
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    Lone Star Nursery Open House

    There will be a raffle, live music, Circle Brewery beer, face painting for kids, and plenty of plants for sale, many at 40% off.
    Sat.-Sun., Dec. 11-12, 9am-5pm. Free.  
    Lone Star Nursery, 20401 Trappers Trail, Manor
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    Miracle on Fifth Street

    Austin's fave Christmas cocktail pop-up is back with a dizzying menu of creative concoctions. Grab a Dasher Pass to skip the outside line, and to-go orders can be taken online. A portion of proceeds from to-go sales will go to Austin Pets Alive! and the Austin Children's Shelter.
    Nov. 19-Dec. 28  
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    Musical Advent Calendar

    Alex Coke (flutes, saxophone) and Elaine Barber (harp) offer you a musical calendar to mark the days of Advent, with a new song via mp3 each day covering various styles.
    Dec. 1-24. $25.  
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    NFL at the Cavalier

    The Cavalier is your fave non-sports bar to watch sports. There's plenty of TVs, it's dog-friendly, parking is free, and there's $5 frozens and burgs during the game.
    Thursdays & Sundays. Free.  
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    Pioneer Farms Skills Classes

    Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill.
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    Project Connect Virtual Open House

    The virtual open house is designed to welcome a new round of feedback on Austin's high-capacity transit plan.
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    Starry Starry Nights

    Take an evening stroll among the glittering lighting displays in Badu Park. Come back on Sat., Dec. 11,: to play in the snow.
    Nov. 26-Dec. 31  
    Llano
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    Stronger Austin Virtual Classes

    Stronger Austin offers a wide variety of free virtual fitness classes, from cardio to Zumba, and you're bound to find one that fits your schedule amongst their daily offerings.
    Ongoing. Free.  
    Online via Zoom
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    Sunday Satsang Meditation

    Commune with others and sit in silence to absorb the rich words of wisdom from teachers around the world.
    Sundays, 11am. $22.  
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    Sunday Tarot

    Join Carly for a 15-minute reading with the deck of your choice.
    Sundays, 6-8pm  
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    Texas Stars

    Vs. Chicago Wolves.
    Thu. & Sat., Dec. 9 & 11, 7pm; Sun., Dec. 12, 5pm  
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    Texas State Men's Basketball

    Vs. Southwestern. Sun., Dec. 12, 4pm. Vs. Lamar. Wed., Dec., 15, 7pm  
    Strahan Arena at the University Events Center, 106 Charles Austin Dr., San Marcos
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    The Front Market Holiday Series

    An outdoor market with a new lineup of 30+ vendors each weekend, with rotating brunch menus and DJ sets to boot. Weekend one's theme is Art Date, with a lovely lineup of women and queer artists. Weekend two is Sustain Local in honor of National Small Business Weekend. The third will be Cozy Season, including a tamale pop-up and holiday vendors. The final installment is Santa, Baby, and will feature decadent brunch and two days of drag.
    Saturdays & Sundays, Nov. 27-Dec. 12. By donation.  
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    The Man Who Wanted to Be Santa Claus

    A delightful holiday comedy play set in a small-town sheriff's office.
    Dec. 2-5 & 9-12. Thu.-Fri., 7pm; Sat.-Sun., 2pm  
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    The Trains at NorthPark

    Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, the longstanding tradition features the most elaborate miniature toy train exhibit in Texas, with trains rolling along 1,300 feet of track on a journey across America.
    Nov. 13-Jan. 2. $5-10.  
    NorthPark Center, Dallas
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    The Wandering Vegan Holiday Market

    Enjoy live music, vegan food and drinks, and fun at this pet-friendly and 100% vegan market.
    Sun., Dec. 12, noon-4pm. Free.  
    Wanderlust Wine Co. 702 Shady
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    Tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s online exhibitions or take a virtual tour of Renzi, Bayou Bend, or the museum.
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    Trivia With Get It Gals

    "Best of Austin" winners Get It Gals are back with tons of trivia nights planned for y'all, with several based on TV programs you may have binged over the last year for some reason. Stay tuned on their socials because they are all over the place.
    Various locations
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    Virtual APL Book Clubs

    Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs covering all ages and interests, like a mother/daughter club, tween fantasy, true crime, classics, and more. Check out their website or Eventbrite for details and crack those books!
    Ongoing  
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    Virtual Livestreamed Workouts

    Check the schedule for a huge selection of livestreamed workouts and ballet classes taught by Ballet Austin instructors.
    Ongoing. Up to $12.50 per class.  
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