Armadillo Christmas Bazaar among events Northwest Austinites need to know for Dec. 22-26

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The holidays are near, but there still are a number of events happening in and around Northwest Austin this weekend.

THURSDAY

1. Trail of Lights

There is still time to catch this annual holiday event, which is open until Friday. The trail includes more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities. 7-10 p.m. $3. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. www.austintrailoflights.org

2. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The fine-art shopping destination stays open until Saturday and features more than 160 artists and live music. Attendees can find a variety of fine art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and stocking stuffers. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free (age 12 and younger), $8 (adult single-day pass), $8 (parking). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. 512-447-1605. www.armadillobazaar.com

3. Blue Genie Art Bazaar

The 16th annual marketplace, which ends Saturday, features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 local and regional artists. A portion of the proceeds every Monday goes to Make-A-Wish of Central Texas. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. Dec. 24). Free. 6100 Airport Blvd. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

SATURDAY

4. The Texas K.G.B. concert

Austin-based The Texas K.G.B. (Kelly Green Band), a quintet of professional musicians, performs original Americana music, including rock, country, blues and alternative. 9 p.m.-midnight. Free. Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Drive. 512-814-2625. www.lonestarcourt.com

Mazel Ball

The Young Adult Division of Shalom Austin hosts the annual Mazel Ball for Jewish adults on Saturday. (via Courtesy Jewish Federation of Greater Austin)

5. Mazel Ball

The Young Adult Division of Shalom Austin hosts the annual event for Jewish adults ages 21-40 who live in or are visiting Austin. The evening includes a DJ, dancing and drink specials. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Free (entry). Four Horsemen, 310 E. Sixth St. 512-735-8052. www.shalomaustin.org/yad

SUNDAY

6. Christmas worship

Hosted by Bethany United Methodist Church, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a worship service celebrating the birth of Jesus. The format was developed in 1880 in England and has since been adapted. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free. Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Road. 512-258-6017. www.bethany-umc.org/worship/lessons-and-carols

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Evan Marczynski
Evan Marczynski is editor of the Georgetown edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He joined Community Impact in 2016 as a reporter in Northwest Austin and previously covered Austin-area health care and Round Rock ISD. Evan is a native of the Pacific Northwest, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University in 2012 and worked as a newspaper reporter until he moved to Texas.
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