Calling all residents of Central Texas! This year's Yuletide events are bound to outshine all others. A full agenda of activities is scheduled for Cedar Park, Georgetown, Liberty Hill, Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Salado. Here are a few great Christmas events in the Central Texas area you won’t want to miss this season.
NOTE - Events are listed in chronological order.
Event - Follow the Star Production
Dates - December 1-3, 2016, 6:30pm-9pm
Location - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 700 W. Whitestone Blvd.
Admission - Free. Nonperishable goods and donations are deeply appreciated.
Website - http://www.hillcountrynews.com/news/article_daa56cfa-b2a5-11e6-becd-4fbda7918a8f.html
For a soul-stirring experience, see "Follow the Star." This outdoor panorama depicts 10 crucial events in the life of Jesus. You can either walk or drive through the scenes, portrayed by 300 cast and crew members, live animals, and professional background sound.
Although admission is free, the pageant is an outreach effort for the Hill Country Food Pantry. Your contribution of nonperishable food and hygiene items will be greatly appreciated. Requested items are baby food, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, cereal, beans, soap, shampoo, deodorant, and diapers. If you make a monetary donation, for every dollar received, the pantry will buy $2-worth of food for needy families.
Events - Parade and Christmas Stroll
Dates - Parade on December 1 at 5pm. Stroll from December 2-4 and December 9-11, 2016.
Location - Main Street
Admission - Free
Website - http://www.salado.com/calendar-single.cfm?id=2024
Event - Christmas Stroll
Dates - December 2, from 5pm-9pm, and December 3, 2016, from 10am-8pm
Location - Georgetown Square
Admission - Free
Telephone - (512) 639-8719
Website - http://www.thegeorgetownsquare.com/Christmas-Stroll.html
Enter Bethlehem's gates for a journey spanning Christ's birth to our current celebrations. At the Home Depot station, children can craft a holiday gift. Browse the wares of 150 vendors, and nosh in the Bistro Food Court. Be sure to stop in Santa's Village to take pictures.
On the evening of December 2, join the tradition of decorating cookies and having dessert with the Grinch in Whoo-Village. Three stages will present live entertainment. At 10am on December 3, a parade launches the day. Saturday will also feature a Kids Zone. Carve out some time to admire the ice sculpture, twinkling trees, and glowing lamp posts.
Event - Breakfast with Santa
Date - December 3, 2016, 8am-11am
Location - Gattis Elementary School, 2920 Round Rock Ranch Boulevard
Cost - $5 to $20
Tickets - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-29003646688?aff=es2
In addition to dining with Santa, your family can pose with him for photos. Children will be entertained by Story Time and making holiday crafts. The Holiday Shop will be open, along with a silent auction. Make your paper bid for the chance to buy some treasures!
Event - Sidewalk Sale, Parade, and Festival of Lights
Date - December 3, 2016, 10am-8pm
Location - Pecan Street
Admission - Free
Telephone - (512) 990-6113
Website - http://www.pflugervilletx.gov/index.aspx?NID=1038
From 10am-5pm, the downtown area is holding a sidewalk sale along Pecan Street. At 5pm, the Knights of Columbus lead a parade, beginning at Railroad Avenue. Simultaneously, live music will resound from the stage, continuing until 8pm. Performing will be a school choir, band, and "a cappella" group.
There will be many freebies for your enjoyment, including hot chocolate, cookies, a craft project, and glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa. The town animal trailer will be onsite, offering pet adoptions. Perhaps you'll leave with a sweet, furry friend in need of a loving home!
Event - Liberty Hill Christmas Festival
Dates - December 3 and 4, 2016, 12pm-5pm, both days
Location - Lion's Foundation Park
Admission - Free
Website - http://www.lhchristmasfest.org/
Bring the whole family, including pets, to the 10th anniversary of the Liberty Hill Holiday Festival. Kids will be thrilled by Santa Claus, along with special activities designed just for them. Craft vendors and food trucks are selling wares and goodies both days. Live music provides a spirited backdrop.
On Saturday, December 3, Santa Paws welcomes pets of all species between 3pm-5pm. At 6pm, the choirs will sing their "Light the Night" program, followed by the Community Church service at 7:30pm, welcoming people of all faiths.
If you're ambitious, lace up for Sunday's Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, beginning at 2pm. The parade and Santa will follow the participants. Men will be smitten by the car show. Be sure to stop by the Angel Tree and Santa's Village! The Trail of Lights opens nightly at dusk from December 3 through January 3, 2017.
Event - Elf Scavenger Hunt
Dates - Monday, December 5, 2016, 6pm-7pm; Thursday, December 15, 7pm-8pm.
Location - Santa's Jingle House, 4414 Sam Bass Road
Cost - $5 per person
Tickets - http://www.santasjinglehouse.com/elf-scavenger-hunt.html
Join the exciting quest to find 60 of Santa's hidden elves! If your crew locates each one, you'll receive a raffle ticket, eligible to win a huge prize. Cookies and beverages are included in the admission cost. Note that Santa won't be present. Be sure children are advised, so they're not disappointed.
Event - Tree Lighting, Santa's Workshop, and Flag Unveiling
Date - December 9, 2016, 6:30pm-9pm
Location - Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, near the police station and post office
Admission - Free
Telephone - (512) 401-5500
Website - http://cedarparktexas.gov/index.aspx?page=448
This fun-filled event features live music, a tree lighting, and games with prizes. Snuggle together on a carriage ride, and bring your camera to capture Santa on film. Kids will have a blast, playing in the inflatables and creating arts and crafts.
Rally 'round the flagpole for the hoisting of the new Cedar Park flag! The banner is a fusion of insightful designs by local artists and students, representing the town's history, future, and the joys of living in Central Texas.
In Central Texas, we can enjoy outdoor celebrations without the discomfort of harsh weather. The average high temperatures throughout December will hover around 60°F. So, get out there and take in all the sights and sounds of the holiday season.
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