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Christmas Austin

2010 Christmas Events in Austin, Texas

Welcome to the Christmas Austin page, your resource for all things Christmas-related in Austin and surrounding communities. Enjoy Christmas events and discover the best places to see lights, where to find a Christmas tree farm or lot, how to make someone else's holiday season better, and more.

A lot more will be added to this page in the coming days, but if you know of a Christmas or holiday event not included here, please let me know via this site's Contact Form.

Enjoy the resources below . . .

Christmas Austin - Christmas Events

Best Places to See Austin Christmas Lights
Courtesy AustinHome blog

A Christmas Carol
November 13 - December 12, 2010
Scottish Rite Children's Theatre
"A version of the classic tale for children will return to the Scottish Rite stage November 13-December 12.

On Christmas Eve, Scrooge sits alone counting his cash and is visited by friendlier, funnier versions of the ghosts of Christmas Present, Past and Future. The ghosts show Scrooge the errors of his crotchety ways and help him make an overnight transformation from grouchy to grateful! A perfect holiday treat for ages 3-7.

With a few twists on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol is written for young audiences with music and songs adapted by Michael McKelvey."

Scrooge, The Musical
November 19 - December 30, 2010
Georgetown Palace Theater
"The story of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to vibrant life in this stage adaptation of Leslie Bricusse’s 1970 hit TV musical, Scrooge. Don’t miss this rollicking feast of entertainment that is sure to be the highlight of your family’s holiday season. Special weekday shows at 7:30 p.m."

A Tuna Christmas
November 23-28, 2010
Paramount Theatre
"The Paramount holiday tradition is back -- master comedians Sears and Williams, with their deft comedic timing, trademark characterizations and split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies!"

The Santaland Diaries
November 26-December 31, 2010
Zachary Scott Theatre
"Martin Burke and Meredith McCall are reunited this holiday season in David Sedaris' The Santaland Diaries - where our little Macy’s elf knows a thing or two about faking the Yuletide spirit. But you won’t be faking a good time when your sides split as David Sedaris’ comedy tells the real-life story of Sedaris’ tour of duty as the elf Crumpet, and what it takes to juggle tots and tottering Santas during a painfully festive time of the year. A laugh ’til you cry evening of merrily subversive entertainment to delight adult audiences!"

A Kodachrome Christmas
December 1-5, 15-19, 2010
The Long Center
"Enter the colorful world of cable access TV hostess Earlene Hoople, the self-proclaimed 'Queen of Rural Media,' as she tapes her last Christmas Special in front of a live audience. A hilarious and heartwarming holiday romp from writer/director Pat Hazell of 'The Wonder Bread Years.'"

Candlelight Service @ Southwestern University
December 2, 2010
Southwestern University - Georgetown, Texas
"Candlelight is a long tradition at Southwestern University and in Georgetown, celebrating the season of Advent. The University Chorale and Orchestra present special music during this service of lessons and carols. Candlelight is held during the first week of December with two services at 6 and 8 p.m. This year the date will be Thursday, December 2nd."

First Thursday Buda - Main Street Christmas
December 2, 2010
Downtown Buda
"Join the Buda Downtown Merchants’ Group for a Main Street Christmas as they encourage local residents and visitors to wander the unique antique and specialty shops that are filled with holiday décor and treasures guaranteed to provide plenty of comfort and joy. Activities include carriage rides, stories and activities at the Buda Public Library, and traditional Christmas music provided by the Connection Church. For more information, please contact the City of Buda Tourism Department at (512) 312-0084."

Gingerbread House Workshops
December 3-19, 2010
Austin Children's Museum
"It's sticky fingers, candy and fun for the whole family!

Experience the thrill of making a mess in someone else's kitchen! Kids and parents will love covering themselves in sugar icing while building a gingerbread house with real, soft gingerbread baked right here in Austin by La Mexicana Bakery!"

Sun City Holiday Home Tour
December 3-5, 2010
"Tickets are available from the Sun City Community Association office, the Georgetown Visitors Center, First Texas Bank in Sun City, from a Kiwanis Club of Sun City Georgetown member, or at the homes.

Seven professionally decorated homes will be open for viewing. Profits are used to support youth programs in Williamson County.

For more information contact A. Griffin at 512-863-8747.

Last year we raised over $30,000 to support our projects."

Annual Christmas Stroll - Downtown Georgetown
December 3-4, 2010
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Downtown Georgetown
"On and around the Square in Downtown Georgetown - Begin a Holiday Tradition .... Step into a world filled with enticing aromas of festive foods, enjoy the holiday sounds of merrymakers, stroll-through Bethlehem Village, meet the Grinch in Who-ville, and visit Santa in the North Pole!

Block by block the Stroll unfolds. Wander downtown and witness how the Square explodes with vitality and Christmas Charm. If you haven't visited the Stroll before, make this your family Holiday Tradition! Offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic – everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts, and of course, Santa!"

The Nutcracker - Ballet Austin
December 4-23, 2010
The Long Center
"Austin's holiday tradition returns as Texas' longest running production of The Nutcracker takes the stage for its 48th year. Follow us into the dream world of Clara, where she's empowered to slay a giant Rat King and transform her nutcracker doll into a prince. Together, they visit a magical land of dancing snowflakes, a Sugar Plum Fairy and a celebration that takes her around the world in a single night"

December 4-5, 2010
Downtown Buda
"Held the first full weekend in December, this festival is sure to put you in the holiday spirit, including a Christmas parade, entertainment, carnival, and over 125 artisans selling handcrafted items of every type – jewelry, candles, holiday decorations, salsas, woodcraft’s, pottery, and soaps – to name but a few. Children can also visit and take pictures with Santa."

Santa Claws and Paws Photos
December 4-5, 2010
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

Santa Claws and Paws Photos
December 11, 12, & 19, 2010
Petsmart - Round Rock, Texas

Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll
December 4, 2010
Texas State Capitol and Congress Avenue
"The Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll is a FREE family-friendly event that begins with community caroling at the Capitol grounds led by John Aielli, host of the KUT 90.5 show Eklektikos. When the caroling ends, the holiday tree in front of the Capitol is lit and participants stroll down Congress Avenue where they find the street alive with music, art, shopping and more."

Waco Christmas Parade
December 4, 2010
Austin Avenue from 12th Street to Heritage Square
"To welcome Wacoans and visitors “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”, Historic Waco Foundation, Inc. is hosting its annual Christmas on the Brazos decorated house museum tours as well as the Waco Christmas Parade.

Four local houses built from 1858-1874 will be decked out for the holidays and open for tours to the public beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Three of the houses are located downtown, situated along Fourth Street, and a fourth house fronts onto Martin Luther King Drive. Dates the houses are open for HOLIDAY TOURS are November 27 & 28, December 4 & 5, and December 11 & 12 in the afternoons from 2:00-5:00 pm. The houses are also open for CANDLELIGHT TOURS on Friday, December 3 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Local middle- and high-school students will be dressed to serve as Belles & Beaus to host the house museum tours. An adult ticket for all four houses (good for the weekends and for Candlelight) is $15. Individual house admissions may be paid if you cannot visit all the houses for $5. per house. Children under age 13 are free of charge with an adult.

The WACO CHRISTMAS PARADE will be held on Saturday, December 4 beginning at 6:30 pm along Austin Avenue from 12th Street to Heritage Square for the tree lighting festivities. There is no charge to participate in the parade, but registrations need to be completed by November 30th."

Skating with Santa
December 4, 11, 18, 2010
Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
December 5, 2010
The Paramount Theatre
"Everybody’s favorite first grader, Junie B. Jones, takes center stage—and just in time for the holidays! Based on the wildly popular books by author Barbara Park and adapted for the stage by Austin playwright Allison Gregory, the story guarantees hijinks that are both hilarious and heartwarming. Produced by the Paramount Theatre and the UT Department of Theatre & Dance."

Holiday Concert - Temple Symphony Orchestra
December 5, 2010
Klett Center for the Performing Arts - Georgetown
"Suite from the ballet 'The Nutcracker' by Tchaikovsky plus traditional music for the holiday season, including the Temple Symphony's annual Christmas sing-along."

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 5, 2010
Zilker Park

Salado Christmas Stroll
December 10-12, 2010
Salado, Texas
Salado's Christmas Stroll is a celebration of the season, the town and the community. The village-wide event takes place Dec. 3–5 and Dec. 10–12. Activities include a parade, late-night shopping, caroling, home tours, historical re-enactments, a live nativity scene and stage productions. "It is like going back in time to enjoy the holiday season and each other," said Charlotte Douglass, chairwoman of the Christmas Stroll. "It is not like going to a mall; we line the streets with luminaries and you can see the stars at night. It puts one in the Christmas spirit."

Breakfast with Santa
December 11, 2010
Fire Station #1 - Georgetown
"The Sun City Rotary Club, the Georgetown Fire Department and the GISD Extended School Enrichment are partnering again to bring Holiday joy to Georgetown families and children. Breakfast with Santa will be held at Fire Station 1 on December 11 and Santa will deliver presents on December 18. For ticket information and how to participate please go to http://bws2010.posterous.com"

Holiday Home Tour - Georgetown Heritage Society
December 11-12, 2010
Historic Georgetown
"For more than 20 years, the Georgetown Heritage Society has presented the Holiday Home Tour of the most beautiful historical homes in Georgetown. This year's five homes will be decorated in the festive seasonal fineries that celebrate the past and present of old Georgetown neighborhoods. The tour is characterized by a diverse selection of homes.

The dates of the tour are December 11th and 12th from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Advance tickets will be on sale at the Hill Country Book Store, Georgetown Visitor Center, Georgetown Antique Mall and the Sun City Community Association Office for the cost of $15.00 each.

For your convenience, tickets are also available to purchase online.

Please note on the days of the tour, the tickets will be sold ONLY at Grace Heritage Center, 811 South Main Street for $18.00. For additional information on the tour, you may call 512/869-8597."

Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Nutcracker
December 14-19, 2010
Tapestry Dance Company
"THIS EVENT IS HELD AT THE BOYD VANCE THEATRE AT THE CARVER MUSEUM Quickly becoming a holiday tradition for many Austin families, this wonderfully original adaptation of the classic nutcracker story is told with an original jazz score, a live band and an army of tapping mice!

Celebrate the Holidays with Tapestry Dance Company!

Boyd Vance Theatre - 1165 Angelina ST - Austin, TX 78702"

Flipped on Christmas
December 15-23, 2010
Zilker Park
"The City of Austin will light the Zilker Tree this weekend, but there will not be a Trail of Lights due to budget cuts. Now, organizers hope to start a new holiday tradition in Zilker Park. It is called Flipped on Christmas. It is a light and sound show set to popular Christmas music.

Flipped on Christmas will run from Dec. 15 through Dec. 23. It starts every night at 6 p.m.and there will be three shows every hour. Best of all, it is free."

Holiday Party - Dove Springs Recreation Center
December 15, 2010
Dove Springs Recreation Center (5801 Ainez DR - 78744)
"Holiday Party. Arts & Craft booths, sit with Santa and tell him what you want for the Holidays, and receive a special present from him. An inclusive community experience serving ages 2 - 16 yrs.. Small refreshments available free of charge. Time: 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM"

Silver Bell Social
December 16, 2010
Carver Museum and Cultural Center
"'Silver Bell Social' A jazzy celebration gift to Austin’s senior citizens. Reception immediately following the concert. Featuring Kevin Scott, Dr. James Polk, Michael Stevens, and Pamela Hart. FREE"

Buda Trail of Lights
December 16-22, 2010
Historic Stagecoach Park - Buda
"Free Admission -

Christmas cheer radiates throughout the season! Food, fun, and splendor await visitors to enjoy a spectacular display of twinkling lights illuminating Historic Stagecoach Park with various Christmas scenes and themes.

Historic Stagecoach Park features two historic facilities on 51 acres to explore and enjoy. It is a beautiful nature park with acres of mesquite and oak trees onsite. The park is equipped with restrooms, water and electricity.

Contact City of Buda Tourism Department at 512-312-0084, info [at] discoverbuda.com for more information."

Holiday Movies in the Park
December 16, 2010
Republic Square Park
"December 16, at 7 PM, bring the kids, a blanket, and your Santa hat for a FREE evening of classic holiday entertainment at historic downtown Republic Square Park.

We'll be showing: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 animated version) and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 version)"

Santa Special
December 18, 2010
Carver Museum and Cultural Center
"Come take pictures with Santa! 1-3 pm - Call for reservations by Wednesday, December 15 at 6 PM to 974-4926"

Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral
December 20-21, 2010
St. Mary's Cathedral - Downtown Austin
"In the hall of one of Austin’s most historic Houses of Worship, gather every year, some of the city’s most honored vocalists including Brett Barnes, Danny Johnson, and Stephanie Prewitt led by award winning director Jeffrey Jones Ragona. The voices combined within the extraordinary Schola Cantorum of St. Mary’s Cathedral make it a night of enchanted wonder matched only by the humble offerings of the Irish and Scottish traditional music played by noted artists of the Celtic Cultural Center including Gregory Grene, Tea Merchants and The Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums forming a celebration fit for angels and shepherds alike."

Bah, Humbug!
December 21, 2010
Dougherty Arts Center
"Bah Humbug" Holiday Play The Company, Time: 8:00 PM

Christmas Austin - Christmas Toy and Food Drives

Operation Blue Santa
November - December 2010
Multiple events and toy drive drop off locations
"Operation Blue Santa is a 501(c)(3) – non-profit, community based corporation, organized by the Austin Police Department, with support from the Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Energy. This charitable outreach began in 1972 when two patrol officers realized that some families on the patrol beat would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas.

Each year we provide each family we serve with a full holiday meal, complete with turkey/chicken and all the trimmings, and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under age 14. Our service began with about 20 needy families, this year we will easily serve over 3500 families. This is only possible because of the goodwill and big hearts of Austin’s citizens, businesses, and civic groups that support us each year. Thank you Austin and surrounding communities!"

Blue Santa Toy Drive - Georgetown
December 4, 2010
Toy Drive @ Downtown Georgetown Christmas Stroll
"As a volunteer program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa has provided toys to needy children annually for more than 17 years. Last year more than 1,900 Georgetown children received toys from Blue Santa. We expect to increase the number of families and children served this December.

Blue Santa assists families in need by providing toys for Christmas to their children. Pre-school children, children attending grade school, and middle school students who qualify for free or reduced fee lunch or meet federal poverty guidelines, and live in the Georgetown City Limits qualify for Blue Santa."

Travis County Brown Santa
Collection: November 15, 2010 - December 15, 2010 - see link above for drop off locations and contact info
Delivery Dates: December 15-19, 2010
"BROWN SANTA is a community service program of the Travis County Sheriff's Office, and the many sponsors and volunteers who make it happen each year.

Brown Santa started in 1981 with a few deputies helping about 25 families in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. The goal for the 2010 season is to help 2000 families to include approximatley 15,000 children that will have presents to open on Christmas morning."

2010 Brown Santa Harley Toy Run
December 12, 2010
"2010 Brown Santa Harley Run 11th Annual Toy Ride for the Kids Sunday December 12, 2010 Registration begins at 9:00am Ride leaves out at 12:00pm Ride from Cowboy Harley located at 10917 S IH 35 to Cindy's Gone Hog Wild bar and grill located at 5496 State Highway 71 East.

Entry fee of $20.00 donation, non perishable food items, new toys, which also enters you a chance to win gifts and prizes.

If any questions call 247-2682. This is an rain or shine event, Santa comes regardless of weather. All motorcycles and vehicles are welcome."

2010 Annual Brown Santa 5K and Kids K
December 12, 2010
"The Travis County Wellness Committee in association with the Austin Runners Club is hosting the 7th annual Brown Santa 5K Run/Walk and Kids K. The Brown Santa race will be held at the Travis County Exposition Center and proceeds will benefit the Travis County Sheriff's Brown Santa Program. This year any Travis County employee team of 10 members or more will have their team name added to the back of our t-shirts.

Brown Santa 5K is offered as a competitive (chip-timed) event as well as a fun-run/walk and will begin at 8:15am. The Kids K event will begin at 10:00am. All participating children will recieve a t-shirt and medal upon completion of the race."

Project Santa - Austin Children's Shelter
Drop Off Dates: December 16-17, 2010
"The holidays are a difficult time for the children and youth in our care. Most of the youth at ACS will not be able to return home to their families for the Holiday season. Our staff and volunteers work hard to make this a warm and memorable time for them by decorating the cottages, taking them on outings and putting gifts under the tree. To do this, we must turn to the generous support of individuals and companies to assist with donations."

2010 Austin Texas Christmas Tree Lots and Tree Farms

Austin Optimist Club
2813 San Gabriel (@ N. Lamar)
Austin, Texas 78705

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
120 Nature's Way (off Roy Davis RD)
Elgin, Texas 78621

Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees
(Between Manor and Elgin - see link for directions)

Austin Texas Monthly Calendar of Events

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