A Christmas play, the Trail of Lights and 6 other things to do in Central Austin this weekend, Dec. 1-3

November 29, 2017

Article By: Emma Freer, Community Impact Newspaper

Austin is getting into the holiday spirit with these festive events.

Nov. 27-Dec. 31

Zilker tree on display

Austin continues its annual tradition of lighting the 155-foot-tall Zilker Holiday Tree, which is decorated with a total of 3,309 lights. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 512-974-6700. www.austintexas.gov/zilkertree

Dec. 1-2

Play celebrates diversity

The city of Austin presents “People of Color Christmas,” an original play set at an annual white elephant gift exchange party. 8 p.m. Free. Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road. www.eventbrite.com/e/people-of-color-christmas-aarc-show-1-opening-night-tickets-39295939212

Dec. 2

War monument set for unveiling

“The Price of Liberty” monument, honoring Texans who have fought in the Global War on Terror, is unveiled at the state Capitol. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 (barbecue lunch included). East Capitol Lawn, 12th and San Jacinto streets. 512-236-1001. www.priceoflibertyevents.com

German imports sold at Christmas market

Attendees can shop for authentic Christmas merchandise imported from Germany, including nutcrackers, smokers and handmade ornaments. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. German-Texas Heritage Society, 507 E. 10th St. http://germantexans.org

Revelers sing and stroll on Congress for the holidays

Revelers convene along Congress Avenue in downtown Austin for a night of festivities. 5-9 p.m. Free. Congress Avenue from Ninth to 11th streets (stroll begins). 512-479-8834. http://downtownaustin.com/holidays

Trail of Lights fun run returns

The 53rd annual Trail of Lights is the path for this 2.1-mile fun run presented by St. David’s HeatlhCare. Eight thousand participants are anticipated. First race begins at 6:30 p.m. $20-$37 (general admission), $35-$75 (VIP), $15 (parking), $12 (Finish Line Festival). Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www./austintrailoflights.org/2017-fun-run. info@austintrailoflights.com

Concert raises money for Austin musicians’ health care

Heart of the City hosts its annual fundraiser featuring performances by James Petralli, Kelley Mickwee and Rosie Flores, among others. It benefits the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians and their families. 8 p.m. (doors open). $35 (general admission), $125 (VIP). Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. 512-472-1008. www.simsfoundation.org

Dec. 2-3

Annual art market features homeless artisans

The Art From the Streets Show and Sale takes place over two days as homeless and formerly homeless people display and sell artistic wares. 11 a.m. $5 (suggested donation). Austin Convention Center, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. http://artfromthestreets.org

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Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!

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