Holiday

'Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.' Shop local artisans' work with live music and more. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. $3 weekdays before 7 p.m., $6 evenings and weekends. Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 2, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. www.armadillobazaar.com.

'Blue Genie Art Bazaar.' Art show and sale. 10 a.m. daily through Dec. 24. Free. Monarch Event Center, Lincoln Center, 6406 N. Interstate 35, Suite 3100. www.bluegenieart.com/art_bazaar_2009.html.

Christmas Tree Sale. Hosted by the Round Rock Sertoma Club. 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until trees are gone. $35 to $120. Southwest corner of RM 620 and Interstate 35, Round Rock. 512-255-4718.

'Cowboy Kringle's Kids Workshop.' Make and wrap Christmas presents for family members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1601 Hunter Road. 830-620-4247 or 830-629-5077.

'¡Feliz Navidad!' One-day workshop with traditional Navidad crafts and gift making. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. $25. Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. 478-6222, www.ci.austin.tx.us/macc.

'Gingerbread House Workshops.' Build and decorate your own house with edible materials. Various times and age ranges today through Sunday. Check Web site. $30 to $35. Austin Children's Museum, 201 Colorado St. 472-2499, www.austinkids.org.

Holidays in Gruene: 'Tis the Season for Red & Gruene. Music, events, shopping and dining through Jan. 3. Gruene (historic district near New Braunfels). 830-629-5077, www.gruenetexas.com/grueneholidays09.html.

Railroad Heritage Museum. 'In Case You Missed Santa' Family Fun Day. 10 a.m. Saturday. $2. 315 W. Ave. B, Temple. 254-298-5165, www.rrhm.org.

Workshops

'Writing Your Life as a Woman.' Community writing workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Austin Arts and Music Partnership, 411 W. Monroe St. 636-1346, www.deanlofton.com.

Lecture

'Ojos de Dios, God's Eyes: a platica or presentation.' Lipan Apache artist and teacher Julia Nava will discuss the traditional artform. 7 p.m. Friday. Resistencia Bookstore, 1801-A S. First St., 416-8885.

Amusement parks & zoos

Animal World and Snake Farm. More than 400 reptiles. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 5640 S. Interstate 35, New Braunfels (Exit 183). Age 2 and younger free, $6.75 ages 3-12, $9.75 adults. 830-608-9270, www.exoticanimalworld.com.

Austin Steam Train Association. Old-fashioned Hill Country railroad trips, operating weekends year-round. Various times and locations. $14-$39. 477-8468, www.austinsteamtrain.org.

The Austin Zoo. Primates, big cats, birds, reptiles and other animals inhabit this kid-oriented, privately run sanctuary.10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; no one admitted after 5 p.m. 10807 Rawhide Trail. $5-$8. 288-1490, www.austinzoo.org.

Capital of Texas Zoo. Nonprofit zoo dedicated to education and conservation. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. 376-A Jenkins Road, Cedar Creek. $6.99-$7.99. 303-6675, www.capitaloftexaszoo.org.

Nature & outdoors

Austin Farmers' Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Fourth and Guadalupe streets. 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, the Triangle, 46th Street at North Lamar Boulevard and West Guadalupe Street. Free. 236-0074, www.austinfarmersmarket.org.

Austin Nature and Science Center. Nature exhibits such as the Dino Pit and Zilker Nature Preserve. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 301 Nature Center Drive in Zilker Park. Free. 327-8181, www.ci.austin.tx.us/ansc.

Renaissance Market. Featuring handcrafted items. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day with a special event on the 23rd of every month. Public Square, 23rd and Guadalupe streets. 974-4038, www.austinartistsmarket.com.

Sunset Valley Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Burger Center, 3200 Jones Road. Free. www.sunsetvalleyfarmersmarket.org.

Museums & exhibits

Austin Children's Museum. 'Cyberchase' allows children to use math and critical thinking skills. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 23. $4.50 to $6.50. 201 Colorado St. www.austinkids.org.

Bullock Texas State History Museum. Interactive and traveling exhibits, plus an IMAX theater. Current exhibit: 'A Legacy of Quilts' spans more than 100 years of the art form. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 3. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Congress Avenue. $4-$7. 936-8746, www.thestoryoftexas.com.

Ransom Center. 'From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe' and 'Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works.' 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 3. 21st and Guadalupe streets. Free. 471-8944, www.hrc.utexas.edu.

LBJ Library and Museum. Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidential library. Current exhibit: 'School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents.' 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Feb. 15. Free. 2313 Red River St. 721-0200, www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.

Sports & fitness

Argentine tango classes. Beginner, intermediate, advanced classes offered. 6:30 Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. $12 drop in, $40 one session. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.

'O Positivo: Noche de Salsa.' Blends salsa, mambo and more. 9 p.m. Saturday. $10. Esquina Tango, 209 Pedernales St. 524-2772, www.esquinatangoaustin.com.

Saturday morning yoga classes. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays through winter. Bastrop Gardens, 316 Old Texas 71, Cedar Creek. $10 per session. 512-303-5672.