Light shows, festivals, concerts: Celebrating the holidays in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto

Light Up the Lake is a three-day festival at Old Settlers Park. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)
Light Up the Lake is a three-day festival at Old Settlers Park. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)

Light Up the Lake is a three-day festival at Old Settlers Park. (Courtesy city of Round Rock)

For those who celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, here are some opportunities to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family locally. This list is noncomprehensive.

Nov. 30: Chanukah Wonderland at Prete Plaza

Celebrate Hanukkah in downtown Round Rock at this annual family menorah lighting with activities like face painting, an LED light show, Chanukah music and crafts, and food such as latkes, donuts, chocolate coins and hot cocoa. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Prete Plaza, 200 E. Main St., Round Rock. https://www.jewishroundrock.com/civicrm/event/info?id=72

Dec. 2-4: Light Up the Lake at Old Settlers Park

This three-day festival is all about the beautifully decorated Bright Lake with light shows, giant balloons and holiday displays, but also features a full live music lineup, food and craft vendors and other holiday activities for the whole family. 6 p.m. Free (admission). Old Settlers Park, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-218-5400. https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/lightupthelake/


Dec. 4: Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade

This holiday extravaganza in downtown Pflugerville includes a Christmas parade, pictures with Santa, a tree lighting and dance, and choir and band performances on a stage behind City Hall. 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Downtown Pflugerville, 100 E. Main St., Pflugerville. 512-990-6100. https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/events-and-pfestivals/holiday-pfestivities

Dec. 4 & 11: Breakfast with Santa at Santa’s Jingle House

Head to Santa’s Jingle House to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves. Your ticket includes a breakfast buffet, complimentary drinks, a digital family photo, storytime with Mrs. Claus and a scavenger hunt with the elves. 9-11 a.m. $26.99 (per person over age 2). Santa’s Jingle House, 8 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock. https://www.santasjinglehouse.com/breakfast-with-santa.html

Dec. 11: 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. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free (admission). Brushy Creek Amphitheater, 1001 CR 137, Hutto. 512-759-4015. www.huttotx.gov/calendar

Dec. 17: Paint your own Kwanzaa masterpiece

In celebration of African American culture and heritage, one of Painting With A Twist’s step-by-step painting classes in December will be Kwanzaa themed. Participants will choose a canvas or wood plank board to create their own replica of the art “Kwanzaa Queen” instructed by Marjolyn Varano. 7-9:30 p.m. $43-$49. 1401 S. I-35, Ste. 140, Round Rock. 512-502-5885. https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/roundrock/event/2911642/
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