See thousands of luminarias at the wildflower center, celebrate the holidays at The Hive and more for Southwest Austinites to do this weekend


Holiday-themed events continue to be held throughout the month. Here are a few events happening in and around Southwest Austin:

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 7-10


Luminations Festival returns at the wildflower center

Guests can walk the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s paths and gardens to witness thousands of luminarias and other light displays. Attendees will be able to enjoy free maple taffy and hot chocolate. Royal Fig Catering will offer a menu of festive holiday foods and beverages. Live music will be held nightly on two stages with acts including the Capital City Men’s Chorus, Miss Liss, DJ Michael Carmona and more. $10-$15.

6 – 9 p.m., Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 8-10


Help feed families for the holidays

Capital Metro, Whole Foods and the Central Texas Food Bank are coming together for the annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, where the goal is to fill a Capital Metro bus with food donations. A bus will be parked outside of Whole Foods Downtown and Whole Foods Domain. Free.

Times vary. Whole Foods-Downtown, 525 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin. 512-282-2111.


Friday, Dec. 8


Catch the People of Color Christmas

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Museums and Cultural Programs Division presents People of Color Christmas. Set at a white elephant gift exchange party, People of Color Christmas is a comedy that explores issues of family, race, class, gender and relationships in a heartfelt and hilarious way. Free.

8-9:30 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St., Austin.

Saturday, Dec. 9


Stroll the Austin Trail of Lights

The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights will feature new modernized displays, interactive environments, food trucks, local musical talents, merchants and more. The event will run through Dec. 23. The trail will also feature canned-good collection bins to benefit the Central Texas Food Bank.
7-10 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road. 512-970-8891.

Celebrate the holidays at The Hive 

The family-friendly event will include pictures with Santa Claus, hot chocolate, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Santa will only be available from 1-3 p.m. $5 per child.

Noon-4 p.m. The Hive Austin, 10415 Old Manchaca Road, Austin. 512-366-8120.

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