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Photo essay: Historic freeze brings power outages, 6" of snow to Austin
(Christa McWhirter)

Guadalupe Street just south of 45th Street was mostly empty early Monday morning.

A massive storm hitting all 254 counties of Texas has prompted record wintertime demand for power, hours-long power outages, school closures and a federal emergency declaration.

Local officials are encouraging residents to stay home, conserve energy and avoid driving. Some bundled up Austinites ventured out for a snowy walk Monday morning, where they were greeted with more than six inches of snow in certain parts of town.



A snowboarder takes advantage of the fresh snow on South Congress Avenue. (Austonia staff)


The Willie Nelson statue outside of the Austin City Limits studio got a fresh layer of snow. (Laura Figi)


(Christa McWhirter)


Kids play outside in Central Austin Sunday evening. (Christa McWhirter)


(Austonia staff)


(Austonia staff)


An Austonia reader submitted this backyard photo on Monday.


Littlefield Fountain at the University of Texas at Austin hadn't yet frozen over Monday morning. (Matt Vermaire)


UT Austin students walk across campus. (Matt Vermaire)


A helpful sign warns passersby of treacherous conditions. (Christa McWhirter)


A homeless camp along Lady Bird Lake was snowed in midday Monday. (Austonia staff)


Drivers venture out in the snow Sunday evening. (Christa McWhirter)


(Christa McWhirter)

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway