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Free events in Austin include lots of holiday fun

Arianna Auber
Hotel Granduca's tree lighting ceremony will have mulled wine, a visit from Santa, a choir performance, raffles and more. [Contributed by Hotel Granduca]


Drafts & Crafts. The final installment in this monthlong series at Live Oak Brewing continues, offering family-friendly crafts just in time for the holidays. Best of all, there's beer. This time, Drafts & Crafts will teach you how to make pom pom jingle bells to take home with you. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1615 Crozier Lane.


Blue Genie Art Bazaar. The annual four-week holiday art and shopping depot, featuring thousands of one-of-a-kind gifts by more than 200 artisans, is back. Each year, the bazaar honors its commitment to giving back with Make-A-Wish Mondays, when 10 percent of that day's profits are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 6100 Airport Blvd.

H.W. Brands at BookPeople. Texas historian Brands gives an author appearance and signing at BookPeople with his latest work, "Heirs of the Founders," about the second generation of American founders — Henry Clay of Kentucky, Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and John Calhoun of South Carolina — who tasked themselves with finishing the work the founders had left undone. 7 p.m. Monday. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,


Superfonicos at Waterloo Records. Rooted in the traditions of Colombian music, the mighty eight-piece Caribe soul outfit blends indigenous and Afro-Colombian sounds with funk, hip-hop and rock 'n' roll. This in-store performance, celebrating the release of their new EP, “Suelta,” will feature some of the same ebullient jams alongside a few new tunes. 5 p.m. Tuesday. 600 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-2500, — Deborah Sengupta Stith


"Umlauf Unveiled" at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. The new exhibit, which will be on display through Feb. 17, features more than 50 sculptures and drawings by prolific artist Charles Umlauf — many of which are never-before-seen pieces. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. 605 Azie Morton Road.


Hotel Granduca's Spectacular Tree Lighting Ceremony. Gather in the hotel courtyard to enjoy a night of cheer with complimentary treats, including Italian mulled wine, hot chocolate and cookies. Last year's tree lighting drew nearly 400 people; this year's event is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with a visit from Santa and a performance from the Westlake High School Madrigals. 6 p.m. Thursday. 320 S. Capital of Texas Highway.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Santa on the Terrace. Santa Claus is coming to town a little early this year. Get a picture of your kids taken with him in front of the best views of downtown Austin, while also enjoying holiday treats and activities for the whole family. Pictures are on a first-come, first-serve basis. 9 a.m. Saturday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive.