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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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    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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    Kids

    Anime Drawing Class

    Got a youngster who loves anime? In this class, the instructor will prepare a drawing then break down the steps and techniques so students can learn to draw their own. Email info@indigoplay.com with your child's name and age to sign up; recommended for ages 7-10.
    Thursdays, 5:30pm  
    Indigo Play, 13530 Research #102
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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

    Don't miss your chance to pick up some last-minute gifts from local vendors.
    Thu., Dec. 23, 11am-6pm  
    Better Half/Hold Out, 406 Walsh
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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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    DrinkWell New Year's Eve

    The beloved neighborhood bar welcomes guests back in person for New Year's Eve, with an intimate, lively celebration without the wild crowds or overly fussy logistics. The soirée kicks off at 3pm with delicious food and champagne and celebratory libations until after the clock strikes midnight in the new year. And then, DrinkWell will be open on New Year's Day, too, for the first time ever – with a special event supporting The Barman's Fund.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 3pm-closing  
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    Eberly New Year's Eve

    Eberly is hosting a Galactic Rodeo themed party, where you’ll explore the cosmos-themed dance floor with interstellar clouds, live performances, and a mechanical bull. (Reckon that's a sort of space cowboy, then? And will some people call you Maurice?) Chef Jo Chan will be making brisket, borracho beans, and Mexican corn; chef Sarah Seghi will serve space-themed desserts. The cosmic evening also includes sets by DJ Gatsby, retro arcade games and photo booth, midnight champagne toast, and a costume contest at 1am.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 8pm-closing. $125.  
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    Emmer & Rye New Year's Eve

    To speak of what chef Kevin Fink and his team are preparing for their acclaimed eatery's year-end feast is to speak the language of angels with a culinary fetish. Oysters, fennel mignonette, blue crab, salsa matcha, red snapper, dry-aged wagyu beef tartare, burnt-edge lasagna, paddlefish caviar, smoked mushroom custard, wagyu ribeye, egg amino tart, and more – comprising a ten-course lesson in what delicious means.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $125 ($200, with wine pairings).  
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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.  
    Online
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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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    New Year's Guide

    Get Home Safe

    Don't add to holiday stress; plan ahead for transportation to and from celebrations and always choose a sober ride. Capital Metro offers free rides after 5pm on New Year's Eve, and the city offers parking ticket waivers if you end up leaving your car parked at a meter over the time limit. APD is enforcing its "no refusal" initiative through Jan. 1 as a way to crack down on DWI offenses. Taxis and rideshares might have higher prices and longer waits due to demand, but are worth it – you could save a life. Celebrate safely, y'all!
    Dec. 23-Jan. 1  
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    Hestia New Year's Eve

    Hestia, the goddess of fire, must weep tears of joy to know that her name's invoked by this epicenter of live-fire cooking. Hell, we've seen enough mortal citizens weeping such tears when dining in the place, and now the year's terminus brings a ten-course wonderment featuring tomato tart, mille feuille, Norwegian crab, wagyu ribeye, roasted beets, grilled halibut, chocolate truffles, and more. After all that and excellent wine pairings, probably not a dry eye in the place.
    Fri., Dec. 31. $195 ($295, with wine pairings).  
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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 Honky Tonk

    Get free two-step lessons from Double or Nothing Two-Step so you'll be ready to hit the dance floor for Colt Wayne Keeney and Lonesome Heroes.
    Thu., Dec. 23, 8pm. $10 cash at the door.  
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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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    Holiday Model Train Exhibit

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

    Houston Art Car Parade Applications Accepted

    The greatest show in Space City is back for its 35th year on April 9, and you can be part of it if you get your application in by the deadline.
    Deadline: Tue., Feb. 15. $40.  
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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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    Il Brutto New Year's Eve

    This Eastside neighborhood Italian spot will treat you right as 2021 gives way to 2022, with house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and an extensive wine list. Bonus: Fire pits on the patio and live jazz by Django Foxtrot (7-10pm). And, after dinner, there's a city's worth of dive bars to get lost among until the new year dawns.
    Fri., Dec. 31, 4-10pm  
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    Immersive Guided Meditation Series

    A cinematic and immersive guided meditation series to activate more alignment, gratitude, peace and radiant inspiration in all aspects of your life
    Thursdays, 6pm. $22.  
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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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    La Condesa New Year's Eve

    Get a healthy leg up on your resolution to eat more greens, with La Condesa's all-vegetarian NYE specials menu – featuring charred broccoli tamales with garlic confit, grilled sweet potato "steak" and café con leche with Oaxacan double cream. And, look, carnivores: Their regular menu will also be available the whole night.
    Fri., Dec. 31  
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    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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    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.
    Select dates through Jan. 30  
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    Men's Group

    Join a group of healthy, ambitious, accountable, and sovereign men working toward healing the inner self.
    Thursdays, 7pm. $22.  
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    Midday Music: A Christmas Carol Sing

    Warm up those pipes for a sing-along with organist Eric Mellenbruch.
    Thu., Dec. 23, noon. Donations welcome.  
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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.  
    Online
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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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    Out of Town

    No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology

    Ben McReynolds has donated his extensive and unique collection to the museum. It will be on view for a year along with the permanent collection that includes artifacts from La Belle, the French ship discovered in Matagorda Bay; the story of ranching on the coast; and more than 13,000 years of Texas history.
    April 23, 2021-April 30, 2022. Tue.-Sat. 10am-4pm  
    Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria
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    Old Thousand New Year's Eve

    Old Thousand, that popular bastion of "Dope Chinese" noms, is offering a bucket of golden fried chicken with ginger scallion salt, a bottle of bubbles, and sides for dine-in or takeout at both locations on New Year’s Eve. And, listen: That's just the NYE special; their amazing regular menu will also be available. (Yes, that does mean, omg, that brisket fried rice.)
    Fri., Dec. 31. $80-125.  
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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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    Spicewood Blues Connection

    Family- and pet-friendly, outdoors, and free! Grab dinner and a drink and enjoy live blues.
    Thursdays, Dec. 23 & 30; Fridays, Jan. 7-28, 6-9pm. Free.  
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    Out of Town

    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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    Support Group for Military Women

    Join in on Zoom for free support for women who are currently active duty or veterans. Call or email to register.
    Tuesdays, 10-11am; Thursdays, 6-7pm. Free.  
    Virtual
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    Sway New Year's Eve

    Oh, we're missing that Sway on South First; luckily, Westlake's Bee Caves Road still, y'might say, holds Sway. And this location is bright with splendor as a setting for caviar-topped oysters, waterfall beef tartare, aged ribeye, a whole Thai fish, and more. Say good riddance to a problematic year in this place where even the charcuterie board – foie gras torchon, rabbit rillet, northern Thai sausages, fruit jam + yuzu curd, miso aged tofu, coconut cheese, pickles + crackers – is like something out of your fanciest dreams.
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    Tarot Readings With Hibiscus Eye Tarot

    Get some insight with an outdoor reading.
    Thursdays. $10-30.  
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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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    Out of Town

    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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    Sports

    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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    Volunteer Days at ACR

    Organized types will have fun volunteering to help Austin Creative Reuse sort through donated items, roll fabric, and detangle yarn. Registration required.
    Tuesdays & Thursdays  
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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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    Kids

    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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    YMCA Blood Drive Competition

    The YMCA of Austin is hosting a friendly competition to see which branch can collect the most blood for We Are Blood, and participants get a 50% discount on a YMCA program. Get details online or call 512/206-1266.
    Dec. 22-23 & 28-30  
    Austin-area YMCA locations
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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.  
    Online
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