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More holiday lights and fun; plus, get ready for ‘Force Awakens’

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Austin 360
Get a sneak peek at the Trail of Lights during Night Lights, a preview party that benefits the Trail of Lights Foundation and STARS at the Trail. Ahora Si 2014

4th Annual Trail of Lights preview party. The preview party, Night Lights, kicks off the night before the Trail of Lights officially opens at Zilker Park, and it’s for a good cause. Benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation and STARS at the Trail, it’ll feature live music from the Mother Falcon String Trio, Whiskey Shivers and DJ Mel, as well as live music from Austin restaurants. There will also be a Maker’s Market, a classic car show and an open bar with beer and wine. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 8. $75. 2100 Barton Spring Road.

“A Karaoke Christmas Carol.” Theater troupe Rude Mechs invites you to experience Charles Dickens’ holiday classic in a whole new way. The audience will perform all the parts and sing all the songs, and those not performing can use their phones for the Seven Christmas Miracles photo contest. 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 10, 22 and 23. $25. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road #122.

“People of Color Christmas.” This original, comedic, contemporary Austin holiday play comes from award-winning Vietnamese-American playwright Christine Hoang and is presented in collaboration with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department: Museums and Cultural Programs Division and Color Arc Productions. Set at an annual white elephant gift exchange party, the play explores family, love and relationships. 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.; 8 p.m. Dec. 15-16 and 5 p.m. Dec. 16, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. Free, but reserve tickets at

Cherrywood Art Fair. We’ve got only one weekend to find locally made gifts this holiday season at the East Austin shopping spot featuring the works of more than 85 Austin artists. In addition to the artistic vendors, Cherrywood Art Fair has live music and entertainment from the likes of Sour Bridges, Jed Craddock, TKO Puppeteers and more, as well as food from truck vendors including Mmmpanadas, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Texas Chili Queens, Hat Creek Provisions and more. 10 a.m. Dec. 9 and 10. Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Movie Party. The Buzz Mill is celebrating the new “Star Wars” movie a week early with the previous film in the franchise, which will help us collectively refresh our memories. And it’s no ordinary screening, either. There will be a “Star Wars”-themed photo booth, and the evil Kylo Ren himself will be in attendance for pictures. Plus, the Buzz Mill is transforming into the Mos Eisley Cantina where you can get special drinks. Think you know trivia? Test your knowledge for the chance to win prizes. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. 1505 Town Creek Drive.