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Come for the art, stay for the fun!

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar celebrates 44 seasons of treating around 40,000 Texans and tourists to a fun, holiday shopping experience for art and live music lovers. The 2019 show allows attendees to meet and shop from nearly 200 artists and, enjoy local food, new interactive activities, and live music daily. This year’s music lineup is filled with 36 bands ranging from breakout musicians, touring singer-songwriters and Austin legends over 12 days.

Experience new additions to the event,including photo ops by local artists, kids coloring station, an art concierge service, a shopping scavenger hunt, and wishing trees all while listening to live music, sipping a craft beer or cocktail and enjoying food from local eateries.View a photo gallery of Armadillo Bazaar artists’ works and make plans with the 2019 music lineup.

What: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

When: December 13-24

Where: Palmer Events Center, Austin, Texas

Cost: Single-day tickets are $10; Season Passes are $50. Free admission for children 12 and under.

More information at ArmadilloBazaar.com.

Fröhliche Weihnachten! The 24th Annual German Christmas Market Arrives this Weekend

This Saturday the German Free School will be transformed into a traditional German Christmas market, complete with handcrafted German ornaments and decor; German food, beer, and wine, and much more.

Hosted by the German-Texans Heritage Society, the Market is a truly unique shopping experience that features authentic hand-carved and hand-blown Christmas decor, Schwibbogen (decorative metal candle holders), nutcrackers, advent calendars and more. Shoppers can feast on traditional sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, and stollen, then visit the beer hall for German beer and Glühwein (hot spiced wine), a holiday must!

The Market is fun for the whole family with entertainment and activities throughout the day. St. Nick will be there handing out gifts, too!

Parking is limited; ride sharing is encouraged.

When: Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Where: The German Free School, 507 E. 10th St., Austin

More Information: http://germantexans.org/events/christmas-market/

It’s not Christmastime until you do a syrup shot with Buddy the Elf, right?!

Bring the kids and join us for our annual Buddy the Elf Brunch Boat on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Our favorite Buddy the Elf impersonator will be on board reciting your favorite quotes, posing for pictures and serving up syrup shots!

Included on Every Cruise 

Check-in at the YETI Flagship store, all of our guests receive 30% off all YETI product purchases the day of their cruise, so you can get a jump on holiday shopping!  Also, if you bring an Austin Pets Alive donation, YETI will gift you a free drink! 

Open Bar-Style Service, featuring local favorites to get you in the holiday spirit:

Non Alcoholic Beverages:

Austin Brunch Favorites:

Entertainment: 

  • DJ from Bat City Beats playing your holiday favorites and requests
  • Photo Booth (with some strategically placed mistletoe..)

Giveback Opportunities: 

What: Holiday Brunch Boats

Where: Capital Cruises, Hyatt Regency Boat Dock, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin

Time: 11am-1pm (family-friendly); get a babysitter and attend the adult-only Brunch Boat from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Cost: $59 for adults; $39 for children ages three and up. Children under two may attend the Buddy the Elf Brunch Boat for free, but please notate how many children you’re planning to bring in the Special Requirements section. All children must be accompanied by an adult (one child per adult).

Tickets for Children: https://austintourcompany.rezdy.com/242181/children-2-buddy-the-elf-brunch-boat-tickets

Tickets for Adults: https://austintourcompany.rezdy.com/206029/holiday-brunch-boats

Head to The Domain on Saturday, December 7, for the holiday event of the year! The Jingle Bell Jamboree is FREE for all to attend! The event will feature live music from Austin’s own Joe McDermott and the much-loved Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

In addition to live music, children of all ages will enjoy:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Holiday crafts
  • Airstream photo booth
  • Games
  • Stilt walkers

What: Jingle Bell Jamboree

When: Saturday, December 7

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Where: Century Oaks Terrace near The Park

Cost: FREE

Presented by: Do512Family

Chula League’s Cherrywood Art Fair is an art-filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities, and great food in a free, family-friendly environment.

Wick Habit

Since 2002, Cherrywood Art Fair has served as an Austin holiday tradition— offering a festive, eclectic destination for the community to gather, celebrate, play, shop and support Texas’ diverse creative community. The 2019 fair will continue its legacy as a can’t-miss holiday event for families and discerning holiday shoppers with a vibrant lineup of unique shoppable booths, live music and performance art programming, local food trucks and plenty of interactive kids activities including onsite crafts and face painting. CAF will also feature a silent auction benefiting Chula League. Auction items include goods from CAF artists and artwork from Little Artists who have participated in the non-profit’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST mentorship program.

The full lineup of artists at the 2019 event can be found here.

Koke Gardens

Proceeds from the event benefit Chula League’s nonprofit arts programming.

When: Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Maplewood Elementary School, 3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin

Cost: FREE

 

Black Friday … Cyber Monday… how about YMCA Bids for Kids! This feel good way to shop helps to raise money during the YMCA’s annual campaign fundraising event. All proceeds from Bids for Kids go to help the local community through YMCA of Greater Williamson County’s Annual Campaign fund.

This year’s event will bring together a wide range of homemade goods, baskets, artwork & so much more! Come out, shop for good, and get your holiday shopping out the way!

Bidding opens on November 29, 2019 will close at 12pm on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Individuals with winning bids will be contacted by phone. Payment must be collected by 12pm on Friday, December 13th or the next person on the bid sheet will be notified.

To check out the silent auction items and place bids, click here.

The YMCA of Greater Williamson County provides a safe, nurturing environment for all children by promoting healthy character development of spirit, mind and body. We work collaboratively with families, communities and school districts to ensure that each child receives a consistent set of life skills for success. To meet these goals, our program incorporates the Y’s Core Values (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility & Faith) as well as the 40 Developmental Assets set forth by the Search Institute and the experiential learning model.

For more information on Bids for Kids: https://www.facebook.com/events/559442358200676/

Before you put on your eating pants, lace up your sneakers and hit one of the many Thanksgiving Day fun runs! Whether you choose to run (or walk) 1, 2, 3 or 5 miles, there’s a race for you and your family.

29th Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

$12-37 through Nov. 27; $13-43 on race day

This 5-mile run has become one of Austin’s most beloved Thanksgiving traditions. WIth more than 200,000 participants, it’s also one of Austin’s largest traditions! The Kids-K starts at 8:45, followed by the timed 5 mile race at 9:30. Untimed 5 miler is at 9:35 and the 1 mile run/walk is at 9:45. Registration is open through race day. All proceeds go to benefit Caritas of Austin, a community organization that works to end homelessness. https://thundercloud.com/register/

Participants can stop by the Wild Turkey booth to toast friends and family after the race for a chance to win their very own Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioned Barpack which features a standing bar to mix on, Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, Powell & Mahoney Simple Syrup, glassware, stirrer, and more.

3rd Annual Fleet Feet Round Rock Turkey Trot

Old Settlers Park, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock

$15; Free for children 10 and under

Toss the turkey in the oven and head to Round Rock to run the beautiful roads and trails of Old Settlers Park. Choose the untimed 5 mile or the 2-mile run/walk course. Afterward, enjoy sponsor booths, refreshments, and your finisher medal. Bring canned goods for the Round Rock Serving Center or new, unwrapped toys for Blue Santa. Proceeds from the event will be shared between The Round Rock Serving Center, Operation Blue Santa, The Backpack Coalition, and Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department! Race is capped at 2,500 participants. Registration ends Nov. 27 at 11:59 p.m. https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/RoundRock/InauguralRoundRockTurkeyTrot?aflt_token=ulJ49HheoqxtLIpGCItJrzzVgvO57Xms

Cedar Park Turkey Day 5K

200 Gupton Way Dr., Cedar Park

$17-31

The Turkey Day 5K offers a range of distances for all ages and abilities — there’s a 5K (3.1 miles), “Shake a Leg” mile, and Kids mile. Stick around after to enjoy the post-race festivities and swag. Registration ends Nov. 26 at 11:59 p.m. https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/CedarPark/CedarParkTurkeyDay5K

6th Annual Drippin’ with Thanks 5K and Family Fun Run

Cool Springs Way, Highpointe Amenity Center

$10

Organized and run by Dripping Springs students, this race gives back to the community in a big way. All proceeds will be donated to local families in need via Helping Hands of Dripping Springs. $1 equals 1 pound of food, so any contribution helps feed the community. Registration closes at 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Author Credit: Susan Cooper

The holidays are here and what better way to celebrate than taking your family to one (or more) of the many seasonal celebrations happening around town.

Holidays at the DomainNov. 8-Dec. 24; various hours

Photos with Santa, live holiday music on two stages, strolling carolers, light Show, holiday craft and storytime, and a special live music event for kids of all ages, The Jingle Bell Jamboree, takes place on December 7. More information here.

10th Annual Joyous Light Show at Mozart’s Coffee Roasters – Nov. 21-Jan. 5; Daily, 6-11 p.m.; Four times every hour

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Blvd

Sip on hot chocolate and enjoy a delicious treat from the bakery while watching the dazzling light show. Mozart’s decorates the deck with more than 1 million LED lights set to favorite holiday tunes.  Admission is free and open to all. Parking is available in front of the shop or across Lake Austin Blvd in the overflow lot. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Closes at 10 p.m. Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar  – Nov. 22-Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Free admission

6100 Airport Blvd.; parking available in the lot

This Austin treasure is a great place to find unique holiday gifts and support local artists. The Bazaar features handmade artwork and gifts from more than 200 area artists. Shoppers can expect to find paintings, photography, jewelry, clothing, accessories, and more. Strollers are welcome, but may be hard to navigate through crowded aisles during peak hours. A kid-friendly activity area is available for supervised children to explore.

Ice Skate on the Plaza at Whole Foods – Nov. 23-Jan. 20

Whole Foods, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.

Ice skate in downtown Austin at Whole Foods’ flagship store! The rooftop rink is open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily (holiday hours vary). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

It’s a Wonderful Life Classic Radiocast – Nov 29 – Dec 22, 2019

Penfold Theater, Old Settlers Association of Williamson County

3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock

Frank Capra’s holiday favorite finds new life on the fictitious KPNF radio station. Be transported to another era as George Bailey experiences despair, hope, and redemption. Special show at The Driskill, Sunday, December 22.

Santa on the Terrace – Nov. 30, 8 a.m.;

Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

Bring the kids to see Santa and get free pictures taken with the beautiful Austin skyline as the backdrop. Enjoy treats and holiday activities. Pictures are on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking will available in the Palmer Events Center garage for $8.

Holiday Shows at ZACH Theater

ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd.

A Christmas Carol – November 20-December 29

The ZACH-inspired adaptation of Dickens’ timeless classic is infused with music that spans time and genres to appeal to everyone in your family. Dance in the aisles while celebrating with the Cratchits and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

Santaland Diaries – November 29-December 29

An irreverent and cynical Macy’s elf named Crumpet takes the audience on a rollicking, not so politically correct ride through the holiday season as experienced by a department store elf. Recommended for ages 14 and up because of adult humor.

Holiday Heroes – December 7-14

This fun holiday sing-a-long is great for ages 3 and up and will get he entire family into the holiday spirit.

Muppet Christmas Carol – Dec. 1; 1:30 & 4 p.m.

Texas Spirit Theater – Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave.

Explore the glorious Bob Bullock Museum for free on the first Sunday of every month. On this particular Sunday, stick around and enjoy Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, as told by the Muppets. The special sensory screening is $8 for anyone 4 and up.Please join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3 for one of Mueller’s most beloved traditions, the 14th Annual Tower Lighting.

Zilker Tree Lighting – Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.

2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Watch in awe as the City of Austin illuminates the largest man-made holiday tree. The tree is 155 feet tall and features more than 3,000 lights. Access to the tree is free and independent of the Austin Trail of Lights admission. Food vendors and other merchants will operate at the Tree throughout the month of December. The tree will be on display each night from 6:00 p.m. – midnight, December 1 – January 1 .

Paramount Theatre Home for the Holidays – Dec. 1 – 31

Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

The historic Paramount Theatre is your home for the holidays with its selection of holiday movies, family theater, and more. Delight in the beauty of the decked out halls of the Theatre as you and your family enjoy offerings such as The Snowy Day, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Home Alone, White Christmas, and Elf.

14th Annual Tower Lighting at Mueller – Dec. 3; 5:30-7:30 p.m.

John Gaines Park; 2708 Sorin St.

The festivities start at 5:30 with live music, food trucks, treats, and prizes. The tower lighting will take place after brief remarks from Austin City Council Member Kathie Tovo at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all!

Handel’s Messiah – Dec. 3 & 4

Hyde Park Baptist Church & Emmaus Catholic Church

The Austin Symphony and Chorus Austin present Handel’s Messiah, the quintessential holiday tradition. Find comfort in the familiar magic and bask in the joy of rediscovery during this powerful and beautiful performance. Performances will be held at Hyde Park Baptist Church and Emmaus Catholic Church.

Luminations -Dec. 5-8 & 12-15, 6-10 p.m.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.

Stroll through gardens and trails illuminated by thousands of luminaries and light displays. Enjoy performances from Blue Lapis Light aerial dance company, live music from local artists, disco ball forest, and illuminated swings. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Ideal for anyone who likes to slow down and experience nature’s beauty at their own pace.  $18 for ages 5 and up; free for 4 and under. Thursdays are for members only.

39th Annual Georgetown Christmas Stroll -Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. & Sat., Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Georgetown Square

Kick off the holidays with a hometown celebration. The weekend features a holiday parade, Bethlehem Village, live music, tasty treats, and more than 100 arts and crafts booths. The Stroll also will have children’s activities and rides. Santa also will be on hand to visit with all the good boys and girls. Families can enjoy dessert with The Grinch on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by a screening of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 6 p.m.

Cedar Park Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop – Dec. 6, 6: 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Heritage Oak Park – 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park

Come to Cedar Park for their annual tree lighting celebration on Dec. 6. Kids can enjoy a snow hill and play area, and visit Santa. There will be life music, games, a yule fire, and more. Food and concessions also will be available.  The Cedar Park Police Department will be accepting new and unwrapped gifts for Blue Santa. Admission is free.

Round Rock’s Christmas Family Night – Dec. 6; 6:30 p.m.

Main Street, Round Rock

The annual holiday festival is coming back to Main Street. The celebration kicks off with a message from the mayor and Santa at the Main Stage (Mays and Main Street), followed by the illumination of the Hometown Holiday Lights. This free event will have something for everyone, including  live music, dancers, candle making, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more. Children should bring their wishlists for Santa. Parents, bring your camera for pictures! Stop by the library for their holiday puppet show, The Year Santa Almost Forgot Christmas. Performances will start at 7, 7:45, and 8:30 p.m. Enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments.

Hutto Christmas Tree Lighting – Dec. 6; 5:30-8 p.m.,

East Street, Hutto

Enjoy holiday crafts and activities, then count down to the tree lighting. Look for a special guest dressed in red!

German Christmas MarketDec. 7; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The German Free School, 507 E. 10th St.

The German Texans Heritage Society creates a traditional German Christmas experience for shoppers. They’ll have authentic, handcrafted German Christmas ornaments, Schwiebogen (ornamental candle holders), decor and more. Shoppers can enjoy German food, drinks, and even entertainment for all ages. Parking is limited; ride sharing is encouraged.

Pflugerville’s Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade – Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m.

Main Street, Pflugerville

Get ready for an afternoon of pfun and pfestivity, Pflugerville style. Pfestival goers can enjoy live music, refreshments, and vendors along Main Street. The lighted parade begins at 5 p.m. and runs along Railroad Ave. After the parade, join Santa as he lights the tree and poses for photos.

A Christmas Carol – Reduced, Reused & Recycled – Dec. 7-8 & 14-15; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 Austin Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St.

This original Austin Scottish Rite Theater musical combines the suspense and tradition of the beloved Dickens tale with new hope for the future. All ages will groove to Laura Freeman’s original live music, dance, puppets, and more! Who knows? It may even snow! Free show parking as available. Metered street parking also nearby. Tickets available online and at the door: scottishritetheater.org.

Downtown Holiday Stroll: 25th Anniversary – Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

Kick off the holidays at this free family event!  Enjoy live music, a holiday market, and photos with Santa, food trucks, and more. The annual KUT & KUTX Holiday Sing-Along starts at 6 p.m. on the Capitol steps, followed by the tree lighting at 7.

Gingerbread Workshop at Thinkery  – Dec. 7 and various dates

1830 Simond Ave.

The Thinkery offers four different workshops for you and your family to create and construct a unique gingerbread house. Choose from the classic workshop, Candy Chemistry, Seriously Sweet Structures, or a private workshop. Classes are available throughout the month of December. Registration does not include admission to Thinkery.

Cherrywood Art Fair – Dec. 7 & 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

3808 Maplewood Ave.

Chula League’s Cherrywood Art Fair is an art-filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities, and great food in a free, family-friendly environment. The popular event, now in its 18th year, will take place Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maplewood Elementary School located at 3808 Maplewood Ave. Cherrywood Art Fair is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit Chula League’s nonprofit arts programming.

Ballet Austin presents The Nutcracker – Dec. 7–23

Dell Hall at The Long Center for Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.

Vibrant sets and costumes adorn the stage in this colorful holiday tradition that features more than 200 dancers. Join Ballet Austin for The Nutcracker at the Long Center Dec. 7-23. The show runs approximately 2 hours and is recommended for all ages. Purchase tickets at balletaustin.org.

Brush Square Holiday Candlelight Celebration Dec. 7; 3-5 p.m.

411 E. 5th St.

Bring the whole family (and pets, too!) and join the Brush Square Museums to bring in the holiday season at this FREE EVENT!  Activities will include: Sunrise Homeless Choir performance, Austin Animal Center Adoptions and Free Tags, Candlelit Historic Square, Holiday Crafts and Treats, Loose Parts Nature Play with City of Austin Park Rangers, Bark Rangers with City of Austin Park Rangers. FREE!

Holiday Ornament Making – Dec. 8; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Construct a simple yet creative yarn ornament, inspired by the Blanton’s community collaboration project, Mindful Weaving. This family-friendly activity will take place in the Meredith Lounge, located on the second floor of the museum. This event is included in the price of admission. Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.

Austin Trail of Lights – Dec. 10-23; 7-10 p.m. nightly

2100 Barton Springs Rd.

Entering its 55th year, the Austin Trail of Lights is the longest running and best known holiday tradition. Bring your family to enjoy the 2 million lights, 70 displays, lighted tunnels, 90 lighted holiday trees, nightly entertainment, Austin’s famous food trucks, and magical holiday activities sure to create treasured memories. New this year is the Trail of Flights wine bar in the Zilker Village, expanded Holiday Market, and s’mores making. Tickets start at $5.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar – Dec. 13-24; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Christmas Eve hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a 12-day fine art, shopping destination featuring national and local award-winning artists, live music, and two full bars in a festive, lively atmosphere.

Gingerbread Villas Dec. 14; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria location; 3809 W. 35th

The Contemporary Austin offers free monthly hands-on art-making activities, recommended for ages 2–11. In December, they’re offering a gingerbread workshop! Reserve your spot by Dec. 1 in order to participate.

Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair – Dec. 14; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

208 East St., Hutto

Come shop this festive event that features more than 125 vendors, food, children’s activities, live entertainment, and snow! Downtown stores and restaurants will be open, offering specials and sales throughout the day. Children’s Area features snow slide, bouncy houses, and more. Free to attend; children’s area wristbands are $10.

Winter Solstice Lantern Parade – Dec. 21; 6-7:30 p.m.

Location TBD

Bring a flame-free lantern to this festive parade that celebrates the first day of winter! Minor Mishap Marching Band, a 25-piece renegade circus-punk brass band, organizes the event. Free and open to all!

Tuba Christmas Austin – Dec. 23; 12-1 p.m.

Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave. 

Gather your friends and family on the Capitol steps to experience 200 tuba and euphonium players performing Christamas carols.

For more festive holiday events, including holiday markets, pub runs and more, check out our 2019 Holiday Guide.

Author credit: Susan Cooper

Head to The Domain on Saturday, December 7, for the holiday event of the year! The Jingle Bell Jamboree is FREE for all to attend! The event will feature live music from Austin’s own Joe McDermott and the much-loved Koo Koo Kanga Roo.

In addition to live music, children of all ages will enjoy:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon twisting
  • Holiday crafts
  • Airstream photo booth
  • Games
  • Stilt walkers

What: Jingle Bell Jamboree

When: Saturday, December 7

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Where: Century Oaks Terrace near The Park

Cost: FREE

Presented by: Do512Family

If you can’t make it to the Jingle Bell Jamboree, you can still experience the holidays at The Domain all season long with the following events:

Santa Photo Experience

November 8 – December 24

The Domain, in front of Macy’s

Make an appointment online here.

Holiday Light Shows

November 8 – December 31

Hourly 6, 7, 8 & 9 p.m.

Watch the holidays come to life with hourly lights shows at The Domain between Dillard’s and Dick’s

Sporting Goods. More than 82,000 lights and 2,200 strobes will dance to holiday music for the first 10 minutes of each hour.

Holiday Entertainment

November 29 – December 22

Enjoy live music each weekend on two stages at The Domain.

Century Oaks Park (near North Italia)

Fridays, 6-9 p.m. ; Saturdays, 2-5 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.; Sundays, 3-6 p.m.

The Lawn (near IPIC)

Fridays, 6-9 p.m.; Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.

Strolling Carolers

November 30 – December 21

Saturdays from 6-8 p.m.

The sounds of the season will drift through The Domain each Saturday night as strolling carolers roam the sidewalks!

Holiday Craft + Story Time

Saturdays, December 7, 14 & 21

10 a.m. – Noon

Century Oaks Park (between North Italia and Starbucks)

Join us on Saturdays morning for a holiday story time and craft activity at Century Oaks Park.

This spirited holiday tradition benefits Austin Police Department’s Operation Blue Santa. Serving over 5000 families in the Austin area, the annual collection of toys at the parade allows children to give to other children who are in need, all while having family fun!

The 2019 parade will feature a spectacular lineup that includes: giant inflatable balloon floats like Olivia the Pig and the Coca-Cola Polar Bear; popular children’s characters and superheroes; marching bands; classic cars; live music from Saul Paul, Janie Balderas & Los Texas Wranglers; a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. In the spirit and tradition of the parade, Chuy’s invites all attendees to share in the joy of giving by bringing new, unwrapped toys to donate during the procession.

The parade lasts for about an hour. At a designated time, the parade participants will stop and collect unwrapped toys from the crowd. Parking is available in public lots and garages near the parade route for varying prices. Tip: plan to arrive at least an hour early to get parking and a good spot along the parade route.

For Austin-area residents who cannot make it to the parade yet want to spread joy to kids in need, toy donations can be made at Chuy’s Barton Springs, North Lamar, 183 & Duval, Round Rock, Arbor Trails, Cedar Park, and Shady Grove from November 1 through December 13.

What: 2019 Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade

When: Saturday, November 30 at 11 a.m.

Where: Starts at the State Capitol (11th and Congress) and proceeds south along Congress Ave. to Cesar Chavez

Cost: FREE!

More Information: www.chuysparade.com