Holiday

'Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.' Shop local artisans with live music and more. Opens Friday. 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. I-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.

German Christmas Market. Hand-crafted items. Noon to 4 p.m. today. German Free School, 507 E. 10th St. 512-482-0927, www.germantexans.org.

'Holidays at Heritage Park.' Choirs, carolers, children's arts and crafts and pictures with Santa. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. 901 Old Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-251-5082, www.cityofpflugerville.com.

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

'Pflugerville's Old Town Holiday Stroll and Christmas Parade.' Tree lighting, children's activities, shopping and more. 10 a.m., 6 p.m. parade. Downtown Pflugerville. www.cityofpflugerville.com/holidaystroll.

'Old Fashioned Weir Christmas Parade.' 23rd annual event featuring Santa and refreshments afterward. 2 p.m. Saturday. Main Street, downtown Weir. 512-863-7984.

Lecture

'Ghost Hunters of Texas.' Members will describe methods used to explore paranormal activity. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pflugerville Library, 102 10th St. 512-251-9185.

Workshops

'Cowboy Kringle's Kids Workshop.' Make and wrap Christmas presents for family members. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20. 1601 Hunter Road. 830-620-4247 or 830-629-5077.

'Gingerbread House Workshops.' Build and decorate your own house with edible materials. Various times and age ranges Friday through Dec. 20. Check Web site. $30 to $35. Austin Children's Museum, 201 Colorado St. 472-2499, www.austinkids.org.

'Writing Your Life as a Woman.' Community writing workshop. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Dec. 23. Austin Arts and Music Partnership, 411 W. Monroe St. 636-1346, www.deanlofton.com.

Tour

'Open Architecture East.' Self-guided tour of 18 east Austin architecture studios. Hosted by AIA Austin. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. $5. Tickets available at www.aiaaustin.org. Maps will be available.

Amusement parks & zoos

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. 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.

Mexican American Cultural Center. 'Family Saturday: Navidad Gifts.' Learn paper crafts and other traditional activities. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. $5. 600 River St. 478-6222, www.maccaustin.org.

Ransom Center. Diverse collections of cultural material to advance the study of arts and humanities. '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.

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.