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    Escape to Bastrop, an original Texas town with a fresh approach to life, to enjoy a true Lost Pines Christmas!

    Celebrate the holiday season in Historic Downtown Bastrop. From an old-fashioned Main Street Christmas to a dazzling night-time holiday parade, food and wine events, and activities for the entire family, you’ll love how Bastrop shares the season during this month-long holiday event. Downtown merchants offer extended shopping hours throughout the holiday season.

    Kick off the holiday season at a Lighting Party on Nov. 24. Come out to Fisherman’s Park at dusk to visit Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and enjoy the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on the outdoor big screen.

    Or have the ultimate winter fun at Lost Pines Christmas Snow Day on Dec. 8. With snow slides and a play area, friends and families can enjoy some holiday cheer and a few snowball fights (even in Central Texas). Snow Day will feature food and children’s activities – such as face painting and balloon animals.
    Families will also enjoy the famous Lost Pines Christmas Lighted Christmas Parade featuring more than 100 fanciful floats and local participants lighting up Main Street in this joyful tradition.

    For a full schedule of events visit

    Make it a family weekend getaway and stay overnight to truly experience everything Bastrop.
    Bastrop is home to a bustling art scene, vibrant nightlife, quaint restaurants offering homecooked meals and breathtaking nature with abundant outdoor activities. From the moment you cross the iconic Old Iron Bridge and step foot on its charming downtown streets, you feel welcomed – welcome to it all!

    Welcome to the second day of our 12 Days of Christmas for Austin Families! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for your chance to win some awesome Austin prizes. Good luck!

    Build a Gingerbread House at Foodie Kids…. a sweet, completely edible gingerbread house! Kids will embellish freshly made, fragrant Gingerbread Houses with candies, cereals, marshmallows and Royal Icing. Gingerbread Men, Hot Chocolate and Warm Cider will be served. Recipes included. A wonderful family event! Thanks to Foodie Kids for making it easier than ever. No mess, no cleanup. They do it all.


    When: December 10, 17 , 21, 22 and 23, 10-11 am

    Cost: $45

    Give the gift of looking good this holiday season. That’s right…. buy your friends and family gift cards to Birds Barbershop for the latest dos. Whether getting all gussied up for Aunt Pearl’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party or just needing a trim to usher in the new year, a gift card would make a great present for friends and family members of all ages. With eight Austin-area locations, it’s convenient no matter which part of town you live in.

    Here’s the DEAL: Buy a $25 gift card for only $20. Buy a $50 gift card for only $40. Gift cards must be purchased in the store.


    Ballet Austin’s purpose is to create, nurture and share the joy of dance through classically innovative arts. But there’s so much more to what they do. Their community and education programs serve over 50,000 people each year. The Nutcracker School Shows program is one of these initiatives and brings 13,000 Central Texas elementary students to The Nutcracker each year. Its mission is to provide all children, regardless of financial capacity, the opportunity to see a live dance performance at a minimal cost. Teachers are provided with resources such as The Nutcracker Footnotes, a production-specific performance guide with pre- and post-performance details, activities and discussion points.

    Help to share the joy of dance with our community. Learn more about Ballet Austin’s Community and Education programs and other ways to give.

    A family four-pack of hair cuts at Birds Barbershop, any location, valued at $176 and a spot in a Gingerbread Workshop at Foodie Kids, winner’s choice of date unless the class is full, valued at $45.

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    The home page also is running a 12 Days of Austin Christmas with more items to win! Make sure you’re following us on the following channels to be sure you catch the announcements each day.


    ‘Tis the season for tree lightings and the Domain is having a full day of fun and festivities while hosting their annual Big Tree Lighting this Saturday.

    The Domain Tree Lighting-1

    Head up to the Domain to get into the holiday spirit and for a head start on this year’s shopping. They’ll have holiday activities including face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, holiday crafts, and of course photos with Santa. You’re never too old to sit on Santa’s lap in my opinion.

    Once the sun goes down the lighting ceremony will get underway. They’ll have recording artist Phil Vassar along with a youth choir singing songs of the season. After the lighting of the massive 40 foot tree, there will also be a firework show!

    The weather is supposed to cool down a bit this weekend, just in time for this fun event. All these festivities will surely have you singing Christmas carols all the way home!

    While you’re shopping, stop by Macy’s and write a letter to Santa and they’ll donate $1.00 for every letter received through Christmas Eve!

    When: Saturday, November 23rd

    Time: noon – 10:00 p.m.

    The Domain
    11410 Century Oaks Terrace
    Austin, Texas 78759

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