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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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    Marble Falls Walkway of Lights

    Mosey through the lighting displays along the lake and then head over to the ice skating rink for more holiday fun.
    Through Sat., Jan. 1  
    Marble Falls
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    Nautical Light Show

    A boat tour is a lovely way to view the spectacular light show at Mozart's, made even sweeter with their treats and cocoa.
    Select dates through Jan. 6  
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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.
    Through Dec. 30  
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    River of Lights

    Stroll along the riverside park and bask in the glow of colorful holiday lights.
    Through Sat., Jan. 1  
    Bastrop
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    Winter Wanderland

    "Snow Close, Yet Snow Far Out" is the theme for this festive series of holiday happenings. Enjoy the neon rainbow decor, seasonal bevvies and treats, and fun activities, including photos with Santa on Friday and carols with Mrs. Claus on Saturday.
    Through Dec. 26. Donations for Council on At-Risk Youth suggested.  
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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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    ATX+Egypt Fashion Pop-Up Store

    Featuring clothing, jewelry, bags, leather goods, and more by Austin and Egyptian fashion designers participating in the ATX+EGYPT Entrepreneurship Program.
    Through Dec. 20. Sun., noon-5pm; Mon.-Sat., 11am-7pm  
    225 W. Second
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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 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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    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.
    Select dates through Dec. 31  
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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.
    Through Dec. 23, 10am-10pm; Dec. 24, 10am-6pm. Free entry.  
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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. 31  
    We Are Blood donor centers
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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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    Forts & Foes

    New players are always welcome at this friendly Dungeons & Dragons sesh.
    Mondays, 7-10pm. Free.  
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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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    Ho-Ho-Home for the Paw-lidays

    If you're ready to add a furry friend to the family, stop in to Austin Pets Alive! for a special adoption event where you name your adoption fee.
    Dec. 18-26; closed Christmas Day  
    Austin Pets Alive!, 1156 W. Cesar Chavez & 3118 Windsor
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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.
    Through Jan. 3, 5-9pm. Free.  
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    Ice Skating at Dreamland

    Don't miss your chance to skate! The rink will close soon.
    Through Jan. 4  
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    Jet's Pizza Toy Drive

    Bring toy donations for nonprofit Partnerships for Children and get a free small pizza.
    Through Dec. 22. Free.  
    Jet’s Pizza: 3003 S. Lamar, 8900 S. Congress, 9001 Brodie
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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  
    Online
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    Kundalini & Meditation

    A traditional kundalini class, including powerful breath work, asanas, mudras (hand gestures), mantras (chanting), and meditation to bring forth transformation, full physical body and emotional body awareness, and purification.
    Mondays, 10am. $22.  
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    Out of Town

    La Grange Trail of Lights

    Stroll around the grounds of the historic site while enjoying entertainment, refreshments, family activities, and visits with Santa.
    Dec. 17-23, 5:30-8pm. $3-7.  
    La Grange
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    Lights Spectacular

    Light up your holidays with more than 2 million twinkling lights at the courthouse, Memorial Park, and the PEC Headquarters at 201 S. Avenue F.
    Through Sun., Jan 2. Free.  
    Johnson City
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    Lightscape

    The mile-long walking trail of lights creates an enchanted garden of monumental light displays.
    Through Jan. 2. $18-25.  
    San Antonio
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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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    Music Open Mic

    Bring your acoustic and showcase your best original songs or old classics.
    Mondays, 8-10pm  
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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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    Parks Foundation Merch Pop-Up

    Pick up Austin Parks Foundation merch at the newly renovated Zilker Eagle Depot, with purchases supporting the org's work on parks, trails, and greenspace across Austin.
    Dec. 15-18 & 20-22, 11am-1pm  
    Zilker Eagle Depot, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
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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.
    Online
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    Out of Town

    SOLD OUT: Christmas Celebration

    Walk among the lights to see real reindeer and enjoy hourly snowfall, ice skating, ice sculptures, and much more.
    Dec. 17-23, 4-9pm. $15.  
    Abilene
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    Somatic Release Yoga

    These trauma-sensitive, inclusive classes provide you with alternative tools to release stress, heal trauma, reconnect to your life, and improve nervous system resilience.
    Mondays, 6:30-8pm. $22.  
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    Starry Starry Nights

    Walk through the lighting displays in Badu Park along the Llano River for a new Christmas memory.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Llano
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    TCDP Ballot Drop Party

    Join the Travis County Democrats for the drawing to determine to order of candidates on the 2022 Democratic primary ballot. After the drawing, hear from candidates in a lightning round.
    Mon., Dec. 20, 6pm. Free.  
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    Out of Town

    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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    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 Book Clubs

    With Austin being in Stage 5 of the COVID-19 guidelines, it's a great time to hit the books and connect online. Austin Public Library has a variety of virtual book clubs and storytimes covering all ages and interests, and a library card provides access to electronic and hard copies of all kinds of materials.
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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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    We Are Blood Holiday Mall Drives

    A great way to give back as you do holiday shopping is to stop by a blood drive at the mall. Get the full schedule and location details online or call 512/206-1266.
    Through Jan. 3  
    Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S.; Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park; Arboretum, 10000 Research
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    Winter Break at the Science Mill

    Make, explore, and experiment with hands-on science exhibits and activities.
    Through Dec. 31  
    Science Mill, 101 S. Lady Bird Ln., Johnson City
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    YBP Volunteer Workshop

    Volunteer to work on refurbishing bikes for Yellow Bike Project's donation stream and learn bike mechanic skills for your knowledge base or for your “Earn-a-Bike” checklist. Check the reservation schedule for available times.
    Second & fourth Tuesdays and every other Monday, 6-9pm  
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    YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program

    A free community program for qualifying low-income families that focuses on preparing children ages 2-4 for school, while providing their caregivers with the tools to facilitate their child’s development. Classes are offered twice a week in English and Spanish and last one hour.
    English: Mondays & Wednesdays, 9am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am. Spanish: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9am.. Free.  
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