The Leander Chamber of Commerce and the city of Leander will host the annual Old Town Christmas Festival on Dec. 3 in Old Town Leander, located at 100 N. Brushy St.

The Christmas festival will include pictures with Santa, a parade, the Old Town Rudolph Run, the Christmas Marketplace, holiday games and activities, and live performances.

Beginning at 10 a.m., runners will participate in the Old Town Rudolph Run—a 5K, flat course that starts in the heart of Old Town Leander and tours the streets of the city.

Attendees can shop from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Christmas Marketplace, where holiday vendors will have a selection of crafts and food. Shoppers can enjoy live music, theater production and children’s activities.

After the Rudolph Run finishes, the Holiday Community Parade will start at 1 p.m., where community members, nonprofit organizations, city officials and local businesses will celebrate Leander and this holiday season.

Participants are encouraged to gather for the ceremonious lighting of Leander’s 60-foot Christmas tree, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. After, there will be a screening of the movie “Elf” served with hot chocolate.

From 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on Dec. 3, the following streets will be closed:
  • West Willis Street between Bagdad Street and Brushy Street
  • West South Street between West Drive and US 183
  • Brushy Street between Broade Street and Atkins Street
  • Portions of Broade Way and Atkins Street
Closures also include portions of Broade Street, West South Street, West Willis Street, Bagdad Street, North West Drive, Municipal Drive and Atkins Street for the holiday parade route from 12:30-2:30 p.m., according to the city.

The Old Town Christmas Festival is free to attend, and it will run from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

“I hope to see everyone at the Old Town Christmas Festival,” Council Member Esme Mattke Longoria said at the Dec. 1 council meeting.

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