From pumpkin patches to tree lightings: A guide to holiday events in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto and beyond

Courtesy city of Round Rock
Courtesy city of Round Rock

Courtesy city of Round Rock

Editor's note: The Dec. 4 Santa Clause Crawl in Hutto has been removed from this list, as it is now sold out.

In the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto area and beyond, the holidays bring a wide ranging list of ways to celebrate the months of November, December and January. The following non-comprehensive list provides a large variety of events and activities throughout Central Texas.

Nov. 6

Celebrate Día de los Muertos


In partnership with the Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, the city of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts, Univision and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico will host the eighth annual Dia de los Muertos procession and festival. Free admission. Nov. 6. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Centennial Plaza, 301 W. Bagdad, Round Rock. 512-659-5667. www.goroundrock.com


Nov. 13

Start holiday shopping at a craft show


Join some of Pflugerville’s best vendors at the annual Pfall Pfest Craft Show to shop for handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry, glassware and more. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 13. Typhoon Texas Waterpark, 18500 TX-130 Service Rd., Pflugerville. 512-990-6350. parks.pflugervilletx.gov

Nov. 12

Make a child’s holiday by running a 5K


A fun run and 5K held in Hutto is supporting Toys for Tots by requesting each runner bring one unwrapped toy the day-of the event. The first 200 registrants will also receive finisher medals. Registration fees are tiered. 7-11 a.m. Fritz Park, 400 Park Ave., Hutto. 512-975-2244. www.thefun5k.run

Nov. 13

Attend a holiday bazaar and craft show


Get some holiday shopping out of the way at the 17th Annual Rockin’ Around The Holidays Bazaar and Arts and Crafts Show. The indoor and outdoor market will offer wares from local vendors at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Free admission. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Clay Madsen Recreation Center 1600 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock 512-218-3220. www.roundrocktexas.gov

Nov. 25

Earn Thanksgiving dinner at a Turkey Trot


Fleet Feet Round Rock is hosting its annual Turkey Trot 2 mile and 5 mile untimed runs at Dell Diamond on Thanksgiving Day. The walk and run benefit the Round Rock Serving Center, Operation Blue Santa and the Play For All Abilities Park. $20 registration. Runs begin at 8 a.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Bvld., Round Rock. 512-218-8786. www.fleetfeet.com

Nov. 27

Shop Small Saturday and take in a tree lighting


Hutto small businesses will be open all throughout the city, including in historic Downtown, with holiday items and special discounts. Enjoy holiday crafts, live music and other festive entertainment including the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Christmas Tree Lighting in historic downtown Hutto. Free admission. East St., Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov

Dec. 11

Take in a Christmas fair at Brushy Creek Amphitheater


The special, combined event called Holidays in Hutto features local artisans, shop vendors, and food trucks, plus kids activities and more. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov/calendar

WORTH THE TRIP

Nov. 28 to Dec. 31

Drive through a trail of lights


“Drive through the magic” at the 57th annual Trail of Lights. Held in Zilker Park, the historic holiday light display is open to the public nightly, with some exceptions for private events. $35-$65 vehicle passes. 5:45-10:45 p.m. nightly. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. www.austinstrailoflights.org

Nov. 1-7

Enjoy a pumpkin patch and more


Check out a pumpkin patch, games, maze and 65-foot-tall superslide at the Texas Pumpkin Fest in Leander. Admission varies. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Closed if raining. 10930 East Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander. 512-222-8055. www.texaspumpkinfest.com

Nov. 1-21

Navigate the largest corn maze in Central Texas


Featuring the largest corn maze in central Texas, the Sweet Eats Fruit Farm’s Fall Festival has a pumpkin patch, pony rides and petting zoo. Tickets vary based on date. Sept. 18 to Nov. 21. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. SH 29, Georgetown. 512-766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

Nov. 19-Dec. 24

Grab some last minute gifts at an art bazaar


The Blue Genie Holiday Art Bazaar is bringing five ways to shop this year: in person, online with shipping, online with pick-up, through a personal shopper and via virtual shopping experience. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar features local vendors and unique works from local artists. Free admission. Open daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Blue Genie Art Bazaar, 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin. 512-222-7303. www.bluegenieartbazaar.com

Nov. 25

Combat homelessness by running a Turkey Trot


Run or walk to benefit Caritas of Austin in the 31st Annual Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot at the Long Center. Caritas of Austin is a non-profit organization that aims to end homelessness in the greater Austin area. Registration fees vary. Nov. 25. 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., Austin 512-474-2363. www.thundercloud.com

Dec. 10

Take in a Christmas musical


“Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” is coming to the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park and bringing Santa’s Scout Elves with it. Tickets start at $29.95. Dec. 10. 6 p.m. H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. 512-500-6000. www.hebcenter.com

Nov. 22-Jan. 2

See “A Christmas Carol”


The ZACH Theater adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is returning to the stage after a year-and-a-half. Tickets $25-$95. Nov. 22-Jan 2. The ZACH theater, 202 South Lamar Blvd., Austin 512-476-0541. www.zachtheatre.org

Dec. 2-Jan. 30

Walk among luminarias at a wildflower center


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will have its pathways lit by luminarias for its annual Luminations event, Thursdays through Saturdays. Members only on Thursdays. Admission ranges from free to $25. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin. 512-232-0100. www.wildflower.org
By Carson Ganong

Reporter, Pflugerville/Hutto

Carson became the reporter for the Pflugerville-Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021. Before joining CI, Carson studied journalism at Texas State University, where he covered San Marcos as a reporter for Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star.

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Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.