December Cultura Guide: Top mercados for your regalitos

Plus, don’t miss these cultural happenings throughout the month

December Cultura Guide: Top mercados for your regalitos

Plus, don't miss these cultural happenings throughout the month

Top mercados for your regalitos plus don’t miss these December cultural happenings

Saludos! Had my first tamales of the season, but not the last. ?Time for calditos, champurrado, y qué más? Hit reply and let me know what food or drinks you’re looking forward to in December. What’s become a tradition in your house?

To help you plan your busy month ahead, here’s your Austin Vida December Cultura Guide PDF. It’s a special one – you’ll see the return of some annual traditions as well as new ones pop up. We’ve come a long way from last December. ¡Ánimo! ?


Nancy Flores, Austin Vida editor


Photo by Samantha Jean/Unsplash

In December’s Cultura Guide, you’ll find:

  • 4 places to shop for gifts while supporting Latinx mercados
  • Must-see theater productions, from a modern version of "La Pastorela" to aPuerto Rican musical inspired by the island’s history and current events
  • The scoop on New Year’s Eve pachangas
  • How an art exhibit plans to pay homage to the flowers of Mexican myths
  • New música and how to have a Very Conjunto Christmas

and much more! ?????

Más Community

Got a January community event you’d like to submit for consideration? Hit reply or send to

  • Thrift-ish, a nonprofit focused on distributing second-hand clothing to people in need, seeks volunteers for its pop up shop at Sunrise Community Church on Dec. 13. Event runs from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Volunteers will help sort, fold and organize clothes as well as assist clients. Volunteers get a free shirt. Sign up by emailing
  • Drop off new winter hats, gloves, or socks at any Veracruz All Natural location and participating taquerías from now through Dec. 14 for the Don y Doña Winter Drive presented by nonprofit MAS Cultura and Veracruz All Natural. Items collected will go to local street vendors such as paleteros. Online monetary donations also accepted. More details about the drive and a Posada celebration on Dec. 14 here.

‘Tis the season for toy drives

  • 10th annual Brown Santa Toy Drive Dance: Join the Austin Tejano Music Coalition on Dec. 12 from 3-9 p.m. at Mavericks Dance Hall in Buda for a chance to dance for a cause. Bring an unwrapped toy and $5 cover. Featured performers include Art Tijerina, Baraja de Oro and James Rodriguez.
  • J.R. Gomez’ 4th annual Tejano Christmas Toy Drive: Swing by 3Ten ACL Live in downtown Austin on Dec. 16 for music by J.R. Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits and La Dezz. Special guests include Shelly Lares and Stevie D. Bring a new toy or pay $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit Travis County Sheriff’s Brown Santa program. Advance tickets $15. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
  • Just Chill Santa Toy Drive: Drop off new, unwrapped toys now through Dec. 15 at Spokeman Coffee’s three locations, Fade Kings Barbershop, Freestyle Barbershop and Strong Fit. Toys will benefit kids from the Dove Springs and Rundberg neighborhoods.

Sí Se Puede

It’s been such a challenging time in our comunidad, and we’re in awe of all the resilience we’ve seen through these times. So, we’d like to cheer on those who have been inspiring us lately.


Kendra Scott holiday campaign image

Felicidades to East Austin native Stephanie Gatica! She was selected to appear in the Kendra Scott holiday campaign, which includes a national commercial. In addition to her work at Kendra Scott, she’s also an Amazon employee, full-time student at Huston–Tillotson University and was recently named a student ambassador. Gatica also inspires us by being an advocate for those, like her, living with the skin condition vitiligo.WATCH: Kendra Scott commercial here. Gatica appears in 0:16. Cheers to this mujer poderosa! ?

Did you or someone you know receive an honor we should know about? Let us know by emailing us at for newsletter consideration.

Austin Vida #RoadtoRelaunch Update


An altar dedicated to el mero mero maestro raúlrsalinas was part of the Conexiones exhibit as part of Latino Art Weekend.

From lowrider car and bikes to exhibits featuring legendary and emerging artistas, Latino Art Weekend in mid-November celebrated our cultura. To us, that’s important because it validates our stories, struggles, triumphs, and community. Austin Vida served as a proud media partner for the inaugural event presented by Of Color and MAS Cultura. The spirit of our gente was shining!

We loved listening to your ideas and input about what you want to see and read about in Austin Vida’s upcoming site relaunch during our community engagement event at Springdale General. You told us you wanted to hear more about the history of Montopolis and old Austin Latinx-owned shops. ¿Qué más?

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