From light drives to live radio shows: Your December to-do list for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Courtesy Henry Huey
Courtesy Henry Huey

Courtesy Henry Huey

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Courtesy city of Hutto
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Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights
Many events in the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto areas have taken on a holiday theme, but there are plenty more activities to participate in for the month of December.

Dec. 9 through 18 Attend a live radio broadcast

Penfold Theatre Co. is putting on a live radio broadcast of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street. Players will incorporate dozens of character voices and live sound effects as part of the show. $16-$21. 7:30-9 p.m. Old Settlers Association of Williamson County, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-4849. www.penfoldtheatre.org

Dec. 10 Make your own ornament

The city of Pflugerville is hosting an event where attendees can make their own holiday ornaments. All supplies will be provided, and there will be several different designs to choose from. $3 for Pflugerville residents, $4.50 for non-residents. Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6365. www.pflugervilletx.gov


Dec. 11 Enjoy a holiday fair and concert at Holidays in Hutto

Brushy Creek Amphitheater will host live music, local artisans, food trucks, kids’ activities and more at the annual Holidays in Hutto event. Free admission. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov/calendar

Dec. 11 Drive through a unique luminary scene

Residents can drive through a unique luminary display that is created by more than 50 volunteers. A project representative said the display includes nine different scenes to drive through and incorporates animals. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free to attend. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 500 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville. 512-431-1942. www.ilcpville.org

Dec. 11 Go geocaching in Pflugerville’s parks

Explore local parks in search of hidden geocaches using a GPS-enabled device at the latest adventure in Pflugerville’s Unplug & Explore series. The program is designed for children ages 6-12. $6 for Pflugerville residents, $9 for non-residents. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Rd., Pflugerville. 512-990-6365. www.pflugervilletx.gov/classes

Dec. 14 Enjoy a festive farmers market

Mrs. Claus will join the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market from 4-6 p.m. for pictures. Attendees will also enjoy fresh, locally grown and prepared foods including tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, garlic, melons and grapes. Free admission. 3-7 p.m. Pflugerville First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville. 512-990-6360. www.pflugervilletx.gov

Dec. 18 Hear the sounds of the season at a holiday concert

The Round Rock Community Choir, Round Rock Youth Choir and Council Oak Bells will hold their annual holiday concert at the First United Methodist Church. The concert will feature a sing-a-long portion which guests are invited to participate in. Free admission. Dec. 18. 7 p.m. 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. https://www.roundrockcommunitychoir.org/

Dec. 18 Find out who-done-it

The Dinner Detective is putting on a live murder mysteryt and dinner theatre show. Guests will solve a mystery for which the culprit is hiding in plain sight. The three-course menu includes an entree choice of vegetable lasagna, grilled salmon or French cut chicken breast. $63.99. 6-9 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott Austin Pflugerville, 16100 Impact Way, Pflugerville. 866-496-0535. www.thedinnerdetective.com

Dec. 18 Support and purchase art from local artists

Round Rock’s monthly pop-up art show will return to Prete Plaza for December. Upward of 12 local artists will be selling and demonstrating their art for the public during the art show. Free admission. Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov

WORTH THE TRIP

Nov. 28 - 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
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.

By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.
By Brian Rash
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.