November 22, 2022


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Enjoy the holidays in Georgetown 

As the year draws to a close, the Square becomes a twinkling, light-strewn wonderland and the city is full of holiday jaunts. Whether you’re searching for Santa or dreaming of snow, these events will speak to your inner child this Christmas time in Georgetown and Williamson County. 

Holiday Inn
Through December 30 
Based on the classic movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, this musical combines holiday magic with a heartfelt story set in the 1940s. Music by Irving Berlin features classic songs such as “White Christmas.” Performances take place on the Palace Theatre’s Springer Stage. www.georgetownpalace.com

Fleet Feet Turkey Trot
November 24
The sixth-annual Fleet Feet Turkey Trot 5k in Round Rock takes place November 24, Thanksgiving morning. The race launches from the Dell Diamond parking lot at 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, and goes through Old Settlers Park. The event includes an untimed 2-mile and 5-mile run and walk. The family-friendly event welcomes strollers and leashed pets to join the fun. Proceeds are shared between The Round Rock Serving Center, Operation Blue Santa and the Play for All Abilities Park. Registration is $20, with children under 10 able to participate for free. www.fleetfeet.com/s/roundrock/races

Community Thanksgiving
November 24
Georgetown’s Community Thanksgiving is back for the first time since 2019. The dinner is held on Thanksgiving Day, November 24. The sit-down meal is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 East Morrow Street, in San Gabriel Park.

Lighting of the Square
November 25
Held on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the lighting of the downtown Square kicks off Georgetown’s holiday season. Georgetown’s Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts festivities on the Courthouse lawn with caroling and a visit from Santa. The ceremony culminates at 6 p.m., when a switch is flipped and the Square becomes a magical sea of lights. Many businesses downtown will have extended hours that night, allowing extra time for holiday shopping and dining. The holiday lights will remain lit nightly through January 1.

Sweet Eats Christmas Festival
November 25- December 31
Sweet Eats Fruit Farm becomes a winter wonderland starting November 25 and will keep the doors open for Santa and his reindeer though New Year’s Eve. It includes a giant gingerbread house, pictures with Santa and live reindeer, as well as numerous games and holiday activities. The farm is located at 14400 State Highway 29 and open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Shop Small Saturday on the Square
November 26
Georgetown merchants will open their doors to shoppers during Small Business Saturday on November 26. Support small businesses by shopping locally this season. A kick-off event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Visitors Center. This event is a program of the Georgetown Main Street Program, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Georgetown Association. The weekend will also include an opportunity to support local artists with Artist Sunday on November 27.

Southwestern Candlelight Service
December 1
For over 100 years, Southwestern University has hosted the Candlelight Service in their Lois Perkins Chapel. There are two identical services at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on December 1. The service celebrates Advent and the Christmas season. The Season of Advent, which begins the Christian year, is the four weeks prior to the celebration of Christmas and marks the season of anticipation and preparation. Candlelight services are free and open to the public.

East View stage performances
December 1-3
East View High School’s The Character Company will present a back-to-back duo of shows December 1-3. Honey Girls, a Texas premiere, will have performances at 7 p.m. on December 1 and 3. 4,000 Miles performances will be December 2 at 7 p.m. and December 3 at 2 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, got to https://evhstheatre.ludus.com/index.php

A Holiday To Remember
December 1-3
The Georgetown High School Show Choir will present its annual production of A Holiday to Remember at The Klett Center for the Performing Arts. The show will run December 1-3, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 per student and $10 per adult. 

Christmas Stroll
December 2-3
The 41st annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll takes place downtown with dozens of vendors December 2-3. Visitors can tour the Bethlehem Village, enjoy live entertainment on two stages and get their photos taken with Santa. Activities take place 5-9 p.m. on December 2 and kick off December 3 with a parade at 10 a.m. 

Holiday Home Tour
December 2-4
The Kiwanis Club of Sun City Georgetown has opened ticket sales for their annual Holiday Home Tour. Five Sun City homes will be decked out in Christmas and holiday garb by homeowners and professional decorators. The glamping portion of the tour returns again this year, with upscale camping accommodations displayed by Sisters on the Fly, an outdoor adventure group for women. Proceeds from the home tours go toward Kiwanis Club programs. Tours take place over three days: 3-6 p.m., December 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 3; and from noon to 4 p.m., December 4.

A Tuna Christmas 
December 2 - December 30
Residents of Tuna, Texas, host their annual Christmas Yard Display Contest and get into hoards of holiday shenanigans in this lighthearted comedy. The production is held at the Palace Playhouse. 

Light up the Lake
December 2-3
Round Rock’s annual Light Up the Lake holiday festival starts  at 6 p.m.  December 2-3 at Old Settlers Park. The event features live music, light shows, holiday displays, food, activities and giant balloons. www.roundrocktexas.gov/lightupthelake

Christmas Toy Drive Cruise-In
December 3
Stephanie Nichols’ Christmas Toy Drive Cruise-In will come to East View High School, 4490 East University Avenue, from 1:30-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Proceeds from the event benefit automotive education programs in Georgetown ISD. Guests are asked to consider bringing an unwrapped toy donation for the Georgetown Police Department’s Blue Santa program. More information is available at www.georgetownisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001838/Centricity/Domain/4/Stephanie%20Nichols%20Toy%20Drive%20Cruise-In%2012-3-2023.png

Old Town Christmas
December 3 
Shop, dance, sing and eat all day at Leander’s Old Town Christmas Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 3. The event includes a tree lighting, live performances, a parade, the Rudolph Run 5K and a visit from Santa. https://visitleandertx.com/leander-attractions-and-activities/leander-festivals/old-town-christmas-festival

Very Merry Holiday Celebration
December 3, 7 p.m.
The City of Taylor will host its official holiday parade at 7 p.m. on Main Street between 12th and Third streets, and then down Third Street to Vance. After the parade, a celebration with live music, arts, crafts and the city’s tree lighting ceremony will take place at Heritage Square. www.taylortx.gov/960/Very-Merry-Holiday-Celebration

Coco with Cowboys
December 3, 6 p.m. 
Join the Williamson Museum for hot chocolate, cookies, and music while speaking to cowboy characters. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at 716 South Austin Avenue, Georgetown. www.williamsonmuseum.org

ROCK Carriage Rides
December 8-18
Back again this year, visitors to the Square in December can enjoy a ride in an illuminated carriage pulled by a snow-white horse. Carriage rides are a winter program of Ride on Center for Kids using Fantasia Carriage. Tickets will go on sale through ROCK in November. This event sold out last year at 62 rides. The dates available are December 8,9,15, 16, 17 and 18. 

Sara Hickman at Lark & Owl
December 9, 7 p.m.
Musician Sara Hickman is bringing holiday cheer to Georgetown with a sing-along at Lark & Owl Booksellers. The ticketed event takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9, at the bookstore, 205 West Sixth Street in Georgetown. Texas native Sara Hickman is a folk singer/songwriter who creates music for adults and children alike. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com/manage/events/465816859767/details

A Christmas Carol
December 10-18
The Way Off Broadway Community Players will present their annual Christmas show, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. The show will run 7:30 p.m. on December 10, 16 and 17, with matinees at 3 p.m. on December 11, 17 and 18 at the Leander Activity Center, 690A North Bagdad Road, Leander. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, children, military and first responders. Reservations and ticket purchase can be made online at www.wobcp.org.

Preservation Georgetown Home Tour
December 10-11
Preservation Georgetown’s Holiday Home Tour tickets are on sale for tours December 10 and 11. The hours for the tour are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The five historic Georgetown homes on this year’s tour are located on East University, South Myrtle and South College. Tickets can be purchased online.

Breakfast with Santa
December 17
Breakfast with Santa is the Rotary Club of Georgetown’s signature service project every year 22 years running. They provide out-reach to help make Christmas special for selected kids and families in the community by serving breakfast. This year, the Georgetown Fire Department will fire up the griddles to cook pancakes and sausage from 6:30-11:30 a.m. on December 17 at the San Gabriel Community Center. 

Holiday philharmonic concert
December 18
Austin-based choral group Panoramic Voices will collaborate with the Central Texas Philharmonic for a holiday concert in December, featuring traditional carols with a twist, some holiday hits and choral favorites. www.centraltexasphilharmonic.org 

Hype for the Holidays Teen Party 
December 18
Georgetown Parks and Recreation hosts its annual “Hype for the Holidays Teen Party” for teenagers ages 12-15 on Friday, December 16, at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 North Austin Avenue. The party is from 1:15-4:30 p.m. and will include pizza, drinks, snacks, video games, a basketball shootout, music, door prizes and more. The event is free for recreation center members or $5 for nonmembers. For more information visit parks.georgetown.org/hype-for-the-holidays.