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Thanksgiving with relatives is hard enough in normal times—now there's COVID to worry about

It's not only 'the most wonderful time of year,' but its also the most risky time of year with COVID-19 meeting flu season. Here's what you need to know about your risk level during the holidays.


Like everything these days, almost all pre-COVID-19 traditions pose at least a small risk in contracting the virus. Since all states have handled the virus differently, gathering with people from out of state has potential to increase the risk.

Though celebrations are certainly going to look different this year, there are tools to help prep for the worst.

Risk can be determined through the number of people, where people are coming from and what their behaviors have been like in the two weeks before the event.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology created a risk assessment tool to help determine the severity of a gathering based on the county it is in. The live tool shows risk per county, depending on how many people attend.

The risk of 50 people in a gathering are still pretty moderate in Travis County.

For instance, a 10-person gathering in Travis County has a 7% likelihood that one person would test positive afterwards but a 100-person gathering bumps the number up to 50%.

If you and yours are staying home for the holidays, the Texas Medical association ranked holiday activities by level of severity on a scale from one to 10. Anything in your home poses very low risk but the more contact it requires means the risk gets higher.

Attending Thanksgiving dinner with family members is a risk of three points, traveling by plane lands you at five points and attending a large indoor event poses the highest risk at 10 points.

The rankings on the list assume that all attendees are following COVID-19 guidelines and the chart reads "the more people, the closer together, the fewer masks, the more mingling indoors, the longer the time, the more singing and voice projection and the more alcohol—the greater the risk."

Official holiday guidelines can be found on the CDC's holiday guide.

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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