Feeling festive: 22 things to do in Georgetown this holiday season

Experience the magic of the holiday season in Georgetown at the annual lighting of the square event, held at dusk on Nov 29. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)
Experience the magic of the holiday season in Georgetown at the annual lighting of the square event, held at dusk on Nov 29. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)

Experience the magic of the holiday season in Georgetown at the annual lighting of the square event, held at dusk on Nov 29. (Courtesy Rudy Ximenez)

‘A Christmas Story’

Nov. 22: The Georgetown Palace Theatre presents “A Christmas Story." The musical runs through Dec. 29. Price includes $4 ticketing fee. 7:30-9 p.m. $36 (student, military, senior), $39

The Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.

512-869-7469

www.georgetownpalace.com

Youth Nature Program

Nov. 23: Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, children ages 4 and up can learn about turkeys as part of the Good Water Master Naturalists. The Youth Nature Program looks to connect children with nature and provide parents with opportunities to engage with their children outdoors. 9-11 a.m. $5 (resident), $10 (nonresident)

Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243

512-930-6800

https://parks.georgetown.org

Central Texas Master Singers

Nov. 24: Central Texas Master Singers is a multigenerational vocal ensemble that performs a mix of classical music, modernized hymn arrangements and Southern gospel. 6-7:30 p.m. Free

Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Drive

254-258-6844

www.centraltexasmastersingers.com

Holiday Adventure Camp—rock climbing

Nov. 25: Georgetown Parks and Recreation hosts a one-day rock climbing adventure at Reimer's Ranch, outside of Austin, for kids ages 11-14. Equipment and instruction will be provided. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, two quart-size water bottles, sunscreen and wear weather-appropriate clothing. 9 a.m.-5p.m. $45 (resident), $55 (nonresident)

Georgetown Parks and Recreation, 1101 N. College St.

512-930-3595

https://parks.georgetown.org

Holiday Adventure Camp—whirlpool caving

Nov. 26: The whirlpool cave adventure is for kids ages 11-14. Hosted by Georgetown Parks and Recreation, the day will include traveling to a cave in Austin. Equipment and instruction will be provided. Campers need to bring a sack lunch and wear long pants. 9 a.m.-5p.m. $45 (resident), $55 (nonresident)

Georgetown Parks and Recreation, 1101 N. College St.

512-930-3595

https://parks.georgetown.org

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.


Black Friday Music at Shade Tree

Nov. 29: After a day of shopping, Shade Tree Wine Bistro will have live music by Chris and Karen, and food and wine available for purchase. 5-7 p.m. Free

Shade Tree Wine Bistro, 103 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 105

512-256-9463


Lighting of the Square

Nov. 29: Experience the magic of the holiday season at the annual event, held at dusk on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 5:30 p.m.

Georgetown Square, 103 W. Seventh St.

800-436-8696

VisitGeorgetown.com

Lighting of the Square After party

Nov. 29: After the ceremony, enjoy live music with Evelyn at the Williamson Museum. 7-8:30 p.m. Free

The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave.

512-943-1670

www.williamsonmuseum.org

Winter Wonderland Expo

Nov. 30: The second annual Winter Wonderland Expo connects large and small businesses and shoppers this holiday season. Noon-6 p.m. Free

Berry Creek Country Club, 30500 Berry Creek Drive

512-930-4615

www.alltiedupmarketingpromotions.org

Candlelight service

Southwestern University’s Singers and Chorale perform during the candlelight service held on campus. 6-8 p.m. Free

Southwestern University, Lois Perkins Chapel

512-863-6511


Christmas Stroll

Dec. 6-7: 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.

512-930-3545

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

‘Dashing through the Snow’

Dec. 6: The Georgetown Palace Theatre presents the comedy “Dashing Through the Snow.” The show tells the story of Trina, the innkeeper of the Snowflake Inn, who has her hands full with a group of eccentric guests. The show runs through Dec. 29. Price includes $4 ticketing fee. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $36 (student, military, senior), $39

The Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.

512-869-7469

www.georgetownpalace.com

Cocoa with Cowboys

Dec. 7: The Williamson Museum offers hot cocoa and ginger cookies served by authentic-looking cowboys and live Christmas music with jingle. 6-8 p.m. Free

The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave.

512-943-1670

www.williamsonmuseum.org

Holiday Celebration at Wolf Ranch Town Center

Dec. 14: Wolf Ranch Town Center hosts its annual Holiday Celebration. The event includes ice skating, inflatable tubing, horse-drawn carriage rides and other activities. 5-7 p.m. Free

Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave.

512-930-8008

https://wolfranchtowncenter.com

'Nutcracker' performance

Dec. 15: Central Texas Philharmonic presents Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” with special guests Metamorphosis Dance. 4-6 p.m. $5 (student), $25

Klett Center for the Performing Arts, 2211 N. Austin Ave.

512-633-8050

www.centraltexasphilharmonic.com

Master Singers Annual Christmas Concert

Dec. 16: Central Texas Master Singers is a choir and orchestra that delivers a variety of musical arrangements for the holiday season. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20 (advance), $30 (door)

First Presbyterian Church, 703 S. Church St.

254-258-6844

www.centraltexasmastersingers.com

Public stargazing night at Garey Park

Dec. 19: In partnership with Southwestern University and the Williamson County Astronomy Club, Garey Park will be hosting a public viewing night under the stars. 6:30-9 p.m. $2 (resident), $3 (nonresident)

Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243

512-930-6800

https://parks.georgetown.org

MEET AND TAKE PICTURES WITH SANTA CLAUS

The Playful Child Foundation

Nov. 17: During a five-minute time slot, photos are taken by a professional photographer in a private, calm, no-lines visit with Santa. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40

106 E. 16th St.

512-924-6136

www.theplayfulchild.org

Rancho Sienna Elementary shopping event

Dec. 7: Kids can visit with Santa and get their photo taken with him, or get their face painted while adults get some early Christmas shopping done. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

751 Bonnet Blvd.

512-260-4450

www.libertyhill.txed.net/domain/13

Christmas Stroll

Dec. 7: In addition to live music food and vendors, take a photo with Santa at the annual event. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free

103 W. Seventh St.

512-930-3545

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

Holiday Celebration

Dec. 14: Wolf Ranch Town Center offers photos with Santa at its annual Holiday Celebration event. 5-7 p.m. Free

Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave.

512-930-8008

https://wolfranchtowncenter.com

BONUS: WORTH THE TRIP

Austin Trail of Lights

The annual tradition features more than 40 displays and 2 million lights for 14 days. The event runs from Dec. 10-23. 7-10 p.m. Seven of the 14 nights are free. Free (12 and under). $5 (general admission).

Zilker Metropolitan Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin

www.austintrailoflights.org
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By Ali Linan

Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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