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2015 Holiday Season Picks

The Best of Holiday Decorations, Fundraisers, Shopping and Fitness Events

© by Zilker Tree at the Trail of Lights

LIGHTS & DECORATIONS

Mozart’s Annual Light Show

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WHEN Friday, November 20 – the first week of January
TIME 6:00pm – Midnight nightly
WHERE Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard

ABOUT: Every hour outside at Mozart’s, a free 15-minute choreographed light show dazzles guests. With coffee or hot cocoa in hand, we could stay and watch all night!
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The Trail of Lights Preview Party : Night Lights

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WHEN Friday, December 4
TIME 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
WHERE Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs
BENEFITS Trail of Lights Foundation

ABOUT: Not only is the Night Lights party an exclusive chance to see the Trail of Lights before anyone else, it’s also an evening filled with bites from Austin favorite spots, drinks, holiday fun and music by featured artist Jimmie Vaughan.
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A Merry Little Christmas Tree Lighting

WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE la V, 1501 East 7th Street
BENEFITS Operation Blue Santa

ABOUT: Gather in the Jardins de laV for their inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting! Design your own ornament, take pictures with Père Noël (Santa Claus) and purchase bites from the Say LaV Food Trailer. The event is free to attend when you bring an unwrapped gift donation.
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Deck the District & Window Walk

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WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WHERE 2nd Street District

ABOUT: Stroll the 2nd Street District and peruse the 2015 holiday window displays. While you are out, you can catch tunes from Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, enjoy in-store specials and may even catch a glimpse of Santa Clause!
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Austin Trail of Lights 2015

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WHEN Tuesday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 22
TIME 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm nightly
WHERE Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd.
BENEFITS Trail of Lights Foundation

ABOUT: Tour through more than 50 displays and over 2 million lights in the 51st year of the Trail of Lights! The first 8 nights are free and 12/16-12/22 are $3 for ages 12 and up.
Learn more about the event…

Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll

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WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm nightly
WHERE Downtown Austin – Congress Avenue
BENEFITS Capital Area Food Bank

ABOUT: The city will be alive with the holiday spirit as thousands gather at the Capitol for the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll. The night is filled with musical performances, singing, art and the lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.
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FUNDRAISERS

Black Fret Black Ball Gala

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WHEN Friday, December 4
TIME 6:00 pm
WHERE The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue
BENEFITS Black Fret

ABOUT: Black Fret members join for the second annual Black Ball Gala. It’s a night filled with the best of local music – crossing genres and all 2015 Black Fret grantees.
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STARGAZING : SIMS 20th Anniversary Star Party

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WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 8:00 pm
WHERE KLRU Studio 6A, 2504 B Whitis Avenue
BENEFITS The SIMS Foundation

ABOUT: Celebrate 20 Years of SIMS with a star-studded line-up of artists and all-star house band. It’s a night filled with music!
Learn more about the event…

Dancing with the Stars Austin

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WHEN Sunday, December 6
TIME 6:00 pm
WHERE The Hilton Austin Hotel, 500 E 4th Street
BENEFITS Center for Child Protection

ABOUT: This glamorous gala closes out each Fall season with pizzazz. Ten local celebrity dancers have been training for this final dance-off – all to give back and for a chance at the disco ball trophy!
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SHOPPING

 

Hotel San Jose Holiday Pop-Up

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WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WHERE Hotel San Jose Courtyard & Lounge, 1316 S. Congress Ave

ABOUT: Shop in the chic Hotel San Jose Courtyard Lounge with curated vendors and festive holiday foods & drink specials.
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Sip, Spa & Shop in AWAY Spa

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WHEN Tuesday, December 8
TIME 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE AWAY Spa at W Austin, 200 Lavaca Street, 4th Floor

ABOUT: Get your shopping done while having a little pampering for yourself! Complimentary snacks, beauty consultations and mini spa treatments will whisk away all your holiday stress.
Learn more about the event…

Cherrywood Art Fair

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WHEN Saturday, December 12 – Sunday, December 13
TIME 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
WHERE Maplewood Elementary, 3808 Maplewood Ave
BENEFITS Chula League’s Little Artist Big Artist

ABOUT: This family-friendly art fair features 88 local vendors making perfect, hand-crafted gifts! While you’re shopping, stop to listen to the music and take in the activities & performances from groups like Sky Candy, Lumiere Tintype Photobooth, Austin Pets Alive Foster Dogs, The Braid Babe, Little Artist BIG ARTIST UpCycled Crafts and more!
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Holiday Pop Up at Solid Gold

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WHEN Saturday, December 12
TIME 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE Solid Gold Texas, 1601 E. 5th Street #102

ABOUT: This one-night holiday pop-up shop brings together a special mix of small label clothing and accessories for a fun night of noshing and shopping!
Learn more about the event…

The 40th Season of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

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WHEN Tuesday, December 15 – Thursday, December 24
TIME 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
WHERE Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd.

ABOUT: It’s the 40th anniversary for this holiday tradition! Part music festival, part shopping and art fair – the 10 days will feature 30+ musicians and 160+ artists.
Learn more about the event…

FITNESS

Ice Skating on the Plaza

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WHEN Sunday, November 29 – Saturday, January 94
TIME 10:00 am – 9:00 pm daily
WHERE Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N Lamar Blvd

ABOUT: No matter the weather – you can always find ice to skate at the Whole Foods Downtown during the holidays. Spiral, spin or, as we do, shuffle in a circle all the way through the New Year!
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8th Annual Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run

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WHEN Friday, December 4
TIME 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily
WHERE Mueller Airport Hangar, 4550 Mueller Dr
BENEFITS Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

ABOUT: Kids, adults and even dogs don festive holiday outfits for this 5K run through Mueller – all to support the Ronald McDonald House!
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Austin Trail of Lights : Fun Run

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WHEN Saturday, December 5
TIME 7:30 pm
WHERE Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road
BENEFITS Trail of Lights Foundation

ABOUT: More than just a race, this truly fun run spans 2.1 miles and tours you through over 2 million lights!
Learn more about the event…

Holiday Rockette Workshop

WHEN Saturday, December 19
TIME 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
WHERE Dancers Shape, 5350 Burnet Rd. Suite 7

ABOUT: Get ready to be a part of the kick line and learn a Rockette-style routine from former Radio City Rockette and Dancers Shape studio owner Jennifer McCamish! If you are sweating in the holiday season, it should at least be in theme.
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