9 area holiday events to get into the festive spirit December-January

Austin's holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)
Austin's holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)

Austin's holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays. (Courtesy Austin Trail of Lights)

Get in the holiday spirit this winter with some festive events in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Dec. 12

Kick off the holidays in Hutto


Ring in the festivities this season with Holidays in Hutto. Socially-distanced activities include a livestream of the annual Christmas tree lighting, sledding, train rides, photos with Santa and live performances. Tickets start at $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Event begins at 5 p.m. Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 CR 137, Hutto.

www.facebook.com/brushycreekamp/events


Dec. 12

Celebrate the holiday season

While things might be different this year, celebrate the spirit of the season with Hutto’s annual downtown Christmas fair. Craft vendors will bring their homemade artisan goods for visitors to purchase. Social distancing, hand sanitation and mask wearing will be required as part of the event. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. East Street and Farley Street, Hutto. www.facebook.com/downtownhutto/events

Dec. 13

Enjoy a meet and greet with Santa

Make your list and have Santa check it twice with the Pflugerville’s virtual “Afternoon with Santa Storytime & Fun” event. Santa Claus and Joshua the Elf will join participants for an afternoon of storytelling, songs and games. Free. Guests can register to receive a goody bag. The video will premiere on the Pflugerville Public Library’s YouTube and Facebook pages at 2:30 p.m. Ages 3-8. www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar

Dec. 15

Shop local this winter


Each year the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market puts on a festive event in honor of the holiday season. This year’s market will feature locally harvested and prepared products. Social distancing measures will be enforced, and all guests must wear a mask. Free admission. 3-7 p.m. Pflugerville Recreation Center gym, 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville.

www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar

Dec. 18

Paint a personalized holiday gift

Dream of a white Christmas this year with the Pflugerville Public Library’s senior craft hour featuring watercolor creations of a wintry scene. Registration opened Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 10, and kits will be available for pickup by registrants Dec. 11-18 during the library’s curbside pickup hours. Free. Age 55 and older. For pickup: Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville. 512-990-6381. www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/event-calendar

Dec. 22

Ring in the holidays with a festive film screening

Get into the festive spirit with Blue Starlite’s screening of “Home Alone.” The movie stars Macaulay Culkin, who is accidentally left at home by his family as they leave for a vacation. Car slot tickets begin at $27. 7:30 p.m. show, gates open at 6:35 p.m. 800 Harrell Parkway Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-6127. www.tickettailor.com/events/bluestarlitedriveinroundrock

Dec. 23

Enjoy an “Elf” screening

Kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly viewing of the modern Christmas classic movie “Elf.” Moviegoers are asked to remain in their cars to adhere to social distancing protocols, and masks are required when windows are rolled down.

Car slot admission begins at $27. 7:30 p.m. show, gates open at 6:35 p.m. (Dec. 23). Blue Starlite Round Rock, 800 Harrell Parkway Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-6127. www.tickettailor.com/events/bluestarlitedriveinroundrock

Through Dec. 24

Plan a visit with Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town and bringing Santa’s Wonderland to the Bass Pro Shops in the Round Rock Premium Outlets. The event features a contact-free visit with Santa Claus. Temperature screenings, face coverings, sanitation procedures and social distancing measures will be upheld. Free, registration required. 200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock. 512-876-2700. www.basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland

Through Jan. 3

Drive-thru Trail of Lights


Austin’s holiday light display is a drive-thru event for 2020, with more than 2 million holiday lights, 90 decorated trees and 70 other displays. $25-$35 per vehicle (general admission), other packages available. Event begins at 7 p.m. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin. www.austintrailoflights.org