5 events to kick off the holiday season in West Austin

Santa Claus makes his entrance on the Westlake Hills fire truck. (Courtesy Westlake Chamber of Commerce)
Santa Claus makes his entrance on the Westlake Hills fire truck. (Courtesy Westlake Chamber of Commerce)

Santa Claus makes his entrance on the Westlake Hills fire truck. (Courtesy Westlake Chamber of Commerce)

With Christmas right around the corner, here are five events to enjoy this holiday season.



Nov. 27: Get in the Grinchmas spirit

Get in the holiday spirit with Grinchmas at Domain Northside, a holiday kick-off event starting at 3 p.m. featuring photo opportunities with the Grinch, a Starbucks hot chocolate bar, holiday songs, selfie stations and more presented by Zip. An official tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. with Dr. Seuss’ "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" showing afterward. Domain Northside is partnering with Austin Pets Alive! for the event, which will feature adoptable dogs with waived adoption fees. 3 p.m. Free. 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Austin. 512-758-7937. https://www.domainnorthside.com/events/domain-northside-merry-grinchmas-holiday-kick-off-event

Nov. 28-Dec. 25: Write letters to Santa


Visitors can drop off their wishlist letters to Santa beginning Nov. 28 at the Domain Northside Santa House, located between Culinary Dropout and Valencia's Tex-Mex Garage. Every letter submitted donates $1 to The SAFE Alliance, a charity based in Austin serving survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation. Free. 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Austin. 512-758-7937. https://www.domainnorthside.com/events/domain-northside-letters-to-santa

Dec. 3: Hear some classic holiday tunes

Usher in the holiday season by attending Celebrating Sinatra, His Life in Music with Bryan Anthony. Anthony has toured with well-known orchestras, including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle. Anthony’s stylings bring an engaging approach to classic songs, conveying his lifelong appreciation for the genre. 7 p.m. $45. Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1419 CR 409, Spicewood. 512-264-2820. https://spicewoodarts.org/spicewood-arts/buy-tickets/bryan-anthony-tickets/

Dec. 4: Watch a holiday film

Domain Northside will show holiday movies every Saturday during December, starting with "Home Alone." Bring the family, blankets and snacks to enjoy screenings on the lawn presented co-sponsored by Sewell and Zip. 6 p.m. Free. 11821 Rock Rose Ave., Austin. 512-758-7937. https://www.domainnorthside.com/events/domain-northside-holiday-movies-at-northside-presents-home-alone

Dec. 5: Attend an annual holiday event

The Westlake Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual community Christmas event, Westlake Wonderfest, in December. Sponsored by H-E-B, this event features family activities with free food and games, a visit from Santa on a fire truck, a petting zoo, a bounce house and more. Food will be provided by local restaurants, including Hat Creek Burger Co., Amy's Ice Cream, i Fratelli's Pizza and more. There will also be a holiday market for local businesses to sell gift items. Bins will be available at the event to benefit Austin's homeless through donations of new or gently used clothing, bedding and sleeping bags to Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Free. 1-3 p.m. West Lake High School Chaparral Stadium Parking Lot, 4100 Westbank Drive, Austin. 512-327-3088. https://www.westlakechamber.com/pages/WestlakeWonderfest
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