Christmas Austin

2011 Christmas Events in Austin, Texas

Welcome to the 2011 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.

Enjoy the resources below . . .

And for a comprehensive listing of Austin events and festivals occuring this month, check out the Austin Events December page.

Christmas Events in Austin 2011

Best Places to See Austin Christmas Lights
Courtesy AustinHome blog

A Merry Fairy Christmas Carol
November 19 - December 18, 2011
Scottish Rite Children's Theatre
"Favorite characters from past Scottish Rite Children's Theatre productions come together in a creative take traditional Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim (a.k.a Pinocchio) learns about caring and sharing from the Ghost of Christmas Past, Penelope the Party Pooping Fairy, Peter Pan and other surprise guests who return to the stage in this interactive show for ages 4-10."

A Christmas Carol, The Musical
November 18 - December 30, 2011
Georgetown Palace Theater
"Charles Dickens' classic gets the full Broadway treatment in this musical extravaganza! This version leaves New Yorkers and tourists alike gasping in wonder and merriment every year as the story unfolds on the stage at Madison Square Garden. Share your holidays with the Palace and come away enchanted by the Spirits of the Holidays."

The Santaland Diaries
November 8, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Zachary Scott Theatre
"David Sedaris' hilarious real-life story of his tour of duty at Macy's as Crumpet the elf. This sardonic tale of elfin' woe is Austin's most beloved holiday tradition"

Candlelight Service @ Southwestern University
December 1, 2011
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 1, 2011
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 1-23, 2011
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 2-4, 2011
"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 2-3, 2011
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Friday)
10:00 am - 8:00 pm (Saturday)
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 decor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts, and of course, Santa!"

The Nutcracker - Ballet Austin
December 3-23, 2011
The Long Center
"Austin's holiday tradition returns as Texas' longest running production of The Nutcracker takes the stage for its 49th 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 3-4, 2011
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, woodcrafts, pottery, and soaps - to name but a few. Children can also visit and take pictures with Santa."

Holiday Concert - Temple Symphony Orchestra
December 4, 2011
Klett Center for the Performing Arts - Georgetown
"Handel's "Messiah" + Songs of the Season (Various Composers) + A "Holiday Sing-Along"

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 4, 2011
Zilker Park

Salado Christmas Stroll
December 2-4, 2011
Salado, Texas
"The beauty of Christmas is brought to life in the tremendous Village of Salado. Enjoy shopping and strolling, eating and singing, as you wind your way through decorations and lights. Hear the beautiful singers voices that fill the air as you celebrate the famous Salado Christmas Stroll!"

Holiday Home Tour - Georgetown Heritage Society
December 10-11, 2011
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 10th and 11th from noon to 5:00 p.m.
For your convenience, tickets are also available to purchase online."

Of Mice & Music: A Jazz Nutcracker
December 8-18, 2011
Tapestry Dance Company
"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!"

Buda Trail of Lights
December 14-21, 2011
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] for more information."

Holiday Movies in the Park - It's a Wonderful Life
December 4, 2011
Republic Square Park
"Join us for our Christmas-themed movie night. Parking is free on Sundays.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed."

Celtic Christmas at the Cathedral
December 19-20, 2011
St. Mary's Cathedral - Downtown Austin
"Produced by Celtic Cultural Center of Texas, 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, Ed Miller, Mairtin De Cogain, Chris Buckley and Charlie Branch forming a celebration fit for angels and shepherds alike."

Christmas Austin - Christmas Toy and Food Drives

Operation Blue Santa
November - December 2011
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 2011
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 14 - December 19, 2011 - see Travis Count Brown Santa Donations Page for drop off locations and contact info
Delivery Dates: December 14-18, 2011
"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
November 20, 2011
"2011 Brown Santa Harley Run 12th Annual Toy Ride for the Kids Sunday November 20, 2011 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."

2011 Annual Brown Santa 5K and Kids K
December 11, 2011
"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 17-20, 2011
"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."

2011 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)