Christmas lights, wine and theater: Things to do in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in December and early January

Penfold Theatre Co. presents an adaptation of Charles Dickensu2019 u201cA Christmas Carol.u201d 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. matinee). $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-4849. www.penfoldtheatre.org

Penfold Theatre Co. presents an adaptation of Charles Dickensu2019 u201cA Christmas Carol.u201d 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. matinee). $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-4849. www.penfoldtheatre.org

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the month of December and early January.


Nov. 23-Dec. 15

Children’s theater group presents a classic story
Sam Bass Children’s Theatre presents a dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ novel “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Performance is suitable for all ages. Times vary. $13-$15. Sam Bass Theatre, 600 N. Lee St., Round Rock. 512-763-7228. www.sambasstheatre.org






Nov. 29-Dec. 29

Penfold Theatre presents Christmas performance
Penfold Theatre Co. presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 8 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. matinee). $15-$25. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-850-4849. www.penfoldtheatre.org






Dec. 7-8

Nativity scenes on display
View hundreds of nativity displays from around the world while enjoying music and refreshments. 6-9 p.m. Free. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 700 N. Heatherwilde Blvd., Pflugerville. 512-350-0550. http://pfnativity.com





Dec. 7

Christmas Family Night lights up Round Rock
Christmas Family Night in downtown Round Rock includes entertainment and activities. Santa Claus and Mayor Craig Morgan turn on the lights on the water tower and Prete Plaza. 6:30 p.m. Free. Prete Plaza, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov






Dec. 8

Wine Sensation hosts annual wine tasting event
The event features wines accompanied by food. 2-5 p.m. $25. Wine Sensation, 409 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-255-0526. www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-grand-wine-tasting-food-pairing-tickets-51517843256





Dec. 8

Snow falls on Downtown Christmas Fair in Hutto
Hutto’s Downtown Christmas Fair features artisan and craft vendors as well as entertainment and artificial snow. The children’s area will include a snow slide and other activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-$10. Downtown Hutto. www.facebook.com/events/509366076143373





Dec. 8

Pet photo event raises money for local rescue
Cuz I Matter Animal Rescue’s annual Santa Paws event features pet and family photos with Santa Claus, vendors and a silent auction. 1-5 p.m. Free admission. Hanovers Draught Haus, 108 E. Main St., Pflugerville. 512-740-0574. www.facebook.com/events/327410574686150





Dec. 13-23

Old Settlers Association presents Christmas Towne
Christmas Towne 2018 features light displays, a walking tunnel of lights and full-scale carnival rides. Times vary. Free (admission), ride ticket prices vary. Old Settlers Association and Dell Diamond parking lot, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. www.roundrocktexas.gov





Dec. 14

Area choirs perform in annual holiday concert
Performances include the Round Rock Community Choir, Round Rock Youth Choir, McNeil High School Musicale and Council Oak Bells. 7 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 703-568-6997. www.roundrockcommunitychoir.org





Dec. 15

Cantata retells the story of Christmas with carols
The Silence and the Sound Christmas Cantata by the Stonehill Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir features carols from adult and children’s choirs, soloists and narration. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Stonehill SDA Church, 4301 Kelly Lane, Pflugerville. 512-537-1844. www.stonehillchurch.org





Dec. 16

Annual holiday concert benefits Senior Access
Mistletoe Magic, Senior Access’ 24th annual choral concert, features choirs from local churches. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-310-1060. https://www.facebook.com/senioraccesstx/?ref=br_rs





Dec. 23

Church hosts Christmas party with music, contests
Faith4Life Church’s Christ in Christmas Party includes an ugly Christmas sweater contest, giveaways, Christmas music and words from Pastor Evan Black. 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Faith4Life Church, 1000 McNeil Rd., Round Rock. 512-341-8957. https://faith4lifeaus.com






Jan. 1

Brave swimmers take a chilly splash into new year
Participants of the Pflugerville Pfreeze Pflop slide into frigid pool water. 10 a.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6358. https://parks.pflugervilletx.gov





WORTH THE TRIP


Nov. 9-Jan. 1 | Ice! Featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Scenes from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” will be brought to life in the indoor walk-through holiday attraction featuring two million pounds of ice sculptures and six ice slides. Times vary. $13.99-$19.99. Gaylord Texan Hotel, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine.
817-778-1000. www.christmasatgaylordtexan.com

Nov. 17-Dec. 31 | Zoo Lights
The San Antonio Zoo’s Zoo Lights event invites guests to enjoy cocoa, roast s’mores and watch the Lakeside Lightshow. Noon-9 p.m. (Sun.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat.). $22.99-$24.99. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio. https://sazoo.org/events/zoo-lights

Dec. 21-25, 27-Jan. 1 | Cirque Joyeux
Moody Gardens hosts the Lone Star Circus’ Cirque Joyeux. $19-$109 (ages 3-12, dinner and show), $29-$109 (adults, dinner and show), $19-49 (matinee only). Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston.
http://moodychristmasshow.com





Library events


PFLUGERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville
512-990-6375
http://library.pflugervilletx.gov

December
06
Nailed It! cake challenge
08 An afternoon with Santa
13 Adult craft night: alcohol ink
20 Mystery book club

January
03
3D printer training
06 Journaling group

ROUND ROCK PUBLIC LIBRARY
216 E. Main St., Round Rock
512-218-7001
www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/library

December

07,12,13  Puppet show
10 Rockin’ Kids Club: gingerbread house art
15 Acoustic open jam
20 Tween Maker Club: DIY gift workshop

January
07
Rockin’ Kids Club: LEGO free-build
08 Book group for adults

HUTTO PUBLIC LIBRARY
205 West St., Hutto
512-759-4008
www.huttotx.gov/library

December
07 First Friday film






UPCOMING AREA EVENTS


Dec. 7 | Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop | Cedar Park
The event features live music, carriage rides, games and photos with Santa Claus. https://www.cedarparktexas.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events-day-camps/tree-lighting-santa-s-workshop-december-7

Dec. 7-23 | ‘The Nutcracker’ | Austin
Ballet Austin presents its 56th annual production of “The Nutcracker” with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. https://balletaustin.org/performances/thenutcracker2018


By Kirby Killough
Kirby Killough joined Community Impact after working in broadcast news. She is currently the editor for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition of Community Impact.


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