2019 Holiday Events Guide for Cedar Park and Leander

(Photos with Santa)
(Photos with Santa)

(Photos with Santa)

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(Follow the Star) Courtesy Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
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(Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop) Courtesy city of Cedar Park
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(Old Town Christmas Festival) Courtesy city of Leander
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(Leander Christmas Parade) Courtesy city of Leander
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Courtesy Congregation Shir Ami
Through Dec. 24

Photos with Santa


Santa Claus will be available for photos at the Lakeline Mall. Special events will take place throughout the holiday season, including Pet Photo Night on Nov. 24 from 6-7 p.m., a sensory-friendly opportunity for photos with Santa for children with all spectrums of needs Dec. 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. and a Disney Junior Play Date featuring crafts and games Dec. 14 from 1-3 p.m. Free.

Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park

512-257-8501

www.simon.com/mall/lakeline-mall

Dec. 5

Holiday Boutique


Twin Creeks Country Club is hosting a holiday boutique, where people can shop for gifts from local vendors. 12-7 p.m.

Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park

512-331-5900

www.twincreeksclub.com

Dec. 5

Holiday Spectacular


The Vista Ridge High School dance team the Star Steppers perform their 2019 Holiday Spectacular show. The show features holiday performances by the Star Steppers, Rubies JV Dance Team, Stiles Middle School Golden Sparks and Henry Middle School Black Diamonds. 7:30 p.m. $5.

Vista Ridge High School cafeteria, 200 S. Vista Ridge Blvd., Cedar Park

512-570-1870

http://vrstarsteppers.com/event/holiday-spectacular-2019

Dec. 5-7

Follow the Star


A live, outdoor performance portrays the life of Jesus Christ. People can walk or drive through the production, which features 10 looped scenes. The event offers food and accepts monetary donations to help families in need in the community.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 700 W. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park

512-258-6227

https://gstx.org/follow-the-star-fts

Dec. 6

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop


Cedar Park’s Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop features a snow hill, live music, performances, games, inflatables, photos with Santa, food concessions and crafts. The Cedar Park Police Department will accept new and unwrapped gifts for Blue Santa during the event. 6:30-9 p.m. Free

Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park

512-401-5000

www.cedarparktexas.gov

Dec. 6-15

Christmas play


Way Off Broadway Community Players performs “Merry Christmas, Jolene.” The story follows the main character, Jolene, who has been unlucky in love. When her mother sets out to help secure her daughter’s future by selling a precious artifact, two strangers ride into town in the hopes of stealing the treasure and Jolene. 8 p.m. $10-$20

Way Off Broadway Community Players, 11880 Hero Way West, Leander

512-259-5878

www.facebook.com/wobcp


Dec. 7

Old Town Christmas Festival

The annual event includes the Old Town Rudolph Run 5K, activities for children, pictures with Santa, performances from local schools, food and local vendors. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander

512-259-1907

https://visitleandertx.com

Dec. 7

Leander Christmas Parade


Local businesses and organizations participate display floats to spread holiday spirit. Prizes are awarded to floats in various categories. 6-7:30 p.m. Free

Downtown Leander, 406 Municipal Drive, Leander

512-528-9909

https://visitleandertx.com

Dec. 8

Interfaith Story Telling Pajama Party


Children and their parents are invited to come in their pajamas to listen to interfaith holiday stories. The event is hosted by Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church and Congregation Shir Ami. Rabbi Rebecca Reice and Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford read the stories. Cookies and milk will be offered, and donations of new children's pajamas and storybooks will be accepted. 5 p.m. Free

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church Room 111, 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park

512-843-3539

www.shir-ami.net, www.liveoakuu.org

Dec. 11

GAACC Holiday Social


The Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a holiday social. People can meet with the board and members of the advisory council. The event is free for members, $10 for nonmembers who preregister and $20 for nonmembers who do no preregister. 6-8 p.m.

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, 8001 Centre Park Drive, Austin

512-407-8240

www.austinasianchamber.org/events/details/holiday-social-4259

Dec. 14

Pancakes and PJ’s


Families can wear their favorite pajamas and head to the Leander Public Library for a hot breakfast. The event features Christmas-themed crafts and pictures with Santa. Preregistration is encouraged. 8-11 a.m. $5 per child

Leander Public Library, 1011 S. Bagdad Road, Leander

512-528-9909

www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Dec. 14

Holiday Dance Clinic


Children from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Merry & Bright Blue Belles Dance Clinic. The event features a day of dancing, lunch, a certificate and a picture with the Blue Belles. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (performance takes place at 1 p.m.). $40

Leander High School, 3301 S. Bagdad Road, Leander

www.lhsbluebelles.com

Dec. 14

Texas Stars Winter Wonderland


An interactive, wintry display will be at the Texas Stars game against the Tucson Roadrunners. The event includes photos with Santa, live reindeer and a place for fans to play in the snow. 7 p.m. $22.50-$51

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars

512-467-8277

www.texasstars.com

Dec. 15

Selfies with Santa


Children can take photos with Santa in a calm, sensory-friendly environment. Guests can sign in and while waiting do crafts or listen to a story read by an elf. 10 a.m.-noon. Free

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, 3315 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park

415-328-7041

www.selfieswithsanta.org

Dec. 15

Holiday Band Concert


Band of the Hills performs a holiday concert. The band has been performing holiday music in the Cedar Park and Leander area for 22 seasons. 3-4:15 p.m. Free

Hill Country Nazarene Church, 1750 Bagdad Road, Cedar Park

512-426-4270

www.bandofthehills.org

Dec. 18-19

The Nutcracker performance


The Dance Academy and Ballet Academy North present “TDA Holiday Excerpts and The Nutcracker Part II” at Glenn High School. Dancers perform the second half of the ballet, in which the Sugar Plum Fairy visits the Land of the Sweets. 7 p.m. $15 online. $17 at the door.

Glenn High School Auditorium, 1320 Collaborative Way, Leander

512-234-6640

tututix.com/thedanceacademytx

Dec. 20

Movie in the Park


“The Grinch” will play in Old Town Leander. The event includes fire pits and s’mores. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free

Old Town Stage, 205 W. South St., Leander

512-528-9909

www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Dec. 29

Rudolph the Musical


The classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer hits the stage in Cedar Park. The play features characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Rudolph. 3-6 p.m. $38-$68

H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park

512-600-5000

http://bit.ly/RudolphHEBCWeb

5 AREA TURKEY TROTS

Nov. 28

Travisso Turkey Trot


Visso Life Magazine & Events is hosting the second annual Travisso Turkey Trot. An easy trot takes place at 8:30 a.m. followed by the 5K neighborhood run at 8:45. Registration is free

Travisso (neighborhood Palazzo), 3937 Veneto Circle, Leander

https://thevissolife.com

Nov. 28

Cedar Park Turkey Day 5K


A chip-timed 5K race and an untimed 5K race will take place, along with the Shake A Leg Mile and Kids Mile events. Runners can register online. 9-11 a.m. Prices vary

John Gupton Stadium, 200 Gupton Way Drive, Cedar Park

https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/CedarPark/CedarParkTurkeyDay5K

Nov. 28

Pfeathered Pfun Run


Start your holiday on a runner's high note with Pflugerville's Pfeathered Pfun Run, featuring a children's 1K run along with 5K and 10K races for adults. 8 a.m. $25-$40 (children), $40-$65 (adults)

Lake Pflugerville Park, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville

www.pfunrun.com

Nov. 28

Round Rock Turkey Trot


Runners and walkers can participate in a 2-mile or 5-mile race during the Round Rock Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. Free (ages 10 and under), $15

3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.runsignup.com/race/tx/roundrock/roundrockturkeytrot

Nov. 28

Georgetown Turkey Trot


Run the roads and trails in Georgetown this Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds will be shared between Williamson County Meals on Wheels and Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation. The event will also be collecting nonperishable food for The Caring Place. 8 a.m. $40 (early), $45 (door)

Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St., Georgetown

www.georgetownrunningclub.com

5 AREA HOLIDAY EVENTS



Nov. 23-Dec. 24

Hill Country Galleria Holiday Village

The Hill Country Galleria will host its annual Holiday Village featuring 20 local vendors from November through December. Guests can shop for custom gifts; listen to carolers; enjoy mulled cider; and visit Santa, who will arrive on the village’s opening day. Families can have their photos taken with Santa and his reindeer beginning Nov. 24. Thursday-Sunday

Hill Country Galleria, 12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave

512-263-0001

www.hillcountrygalleria.com
Nov. 29


Lighting of the Square

Experience the magic of the holiday season at the annual event, held at dusk on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 5:30 p.m. Free

Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St., Georgetown

800-436-8696

www.visitgeorgetown.com


Dec. 6-7

Christmas Stroll

Walk around downtown and enjoy food, live music, vendors and Santa. 5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.). Free

Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St., Georgetown

512-930-3545

https://visit.georgetown.org/christmas-stroll
Dec. 7


Holiday in the Park and Craft Fair

Join The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District for the annual holiday event at Cat Hollow Park. The holiday festival and craft fair will feature Santa, a bounce house, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, carolers and local artisans. Free. Noon-3 p.m.

Cat Hollow Park, 8600 O’Connor Drive, Round Rock

512-255-7871

www.bcmud.org


Dec. 7

Christmas on Mercer Street

The city of Dripping Spring holds its annual Christmas on Mercer Street holiday festival featuring arts and crafts booths; family games, activities and entertainment; and food. Santa will make an appearance, and a tree lighting will take place at 6:15. Begins 10 a.m. Free.

Veterans Memorial Park at East Mercer Street, RR 12 and Hwy. 290

www.facebook.com/christmasonmercerstreet
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By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.



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