City of Buda updates 2020 holiday activities in response to pandemic

During City Council's Oct. 20 meeting, officials received an update regarding how city holiday events will play out in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy city of Buda)
During City Council's Oct. 20 meeting, officials received an update regarding how city holiday events will play out in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy city of Buda)

During City Council's Oct. 20 meeting, officials received an update regarding how city holiday events will play out in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy city of Buda)

Several holiday events are slated for November and December throughout the city of Buda, including the Festival of Trees, a virtual tree lighting and a Santa Neighborhood Drive.

During City Council's Oct. 20 meeting, officials received an update regarding how those events will play out in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of COVID-19, many of those events have been adjusted, including the Trail of Lights, which will now be a drive-thru event, according to Buda Communications Director David Marino.

The holiday event schedule was presented by Tourism Director Lysa Gonzales, Parks & Recreation Director Greg Olmer and Main Street Program Manager Maggie Gillespie.

Among the activities with set dates are the Santa Neighborhood Drive and Thru Mini Parade, which takes place Dec. 4; fireworks displays, which are set for Dec. 4; and drive-in movies at Doc's Drive-In Theater on Dec. 12.


Other events planned that do not yet have scheduled dates include Virtual Calls with Santa, open-air art classes and virtual story times through the Buda Public Library.

Main Street holiday activities include a Small Business Saturday event and virtual tree lighting Nov. 28, Artist Sunday on Nov. 29 and Cyber Monday on Nov. 20.

The Festival of Trees will run from Dec. 4-20 at the Downtown Buda Greenbelt.

Buda's 2020 Trail of Lights event will begin Dec. 5 and 6 and then run Thursday through Sunday from 6-10 p.m. until Dec. 20 at Stagecoach Park.

Information from the city states a website will be created soon to answer questions regarding the Trail of Lights event.

Marino said residents may visit www.budafest.org for more information on adjustments to Budafest events and may visit www.downtownbudatx.com for more general information.

He added the city is working on a website to update people on more specific changes to the Trail of Lights event, and residents may visit the city's website for updates on when that site will be live.
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.