21 must-attend events in or around Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto this November and early December

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Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in November and early December.

Nov. 11

15th annual holiday bazaar to host a variety of vendors

Round Rock’s Rockin’ Around the Holidays Bazaar displays goods from local shops. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (with donation of canned food item or bandages). Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road, Round Rock. 512-218-5400. www.roundrocktexas.gov

Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day race offers 5K as well as 10K courses

Pflugerville hosts Run for the Flag, a Folds of Honor fundraiser. The organization provides scholarships for veterans’ family members. 9 a.m. $25-$40. Pfluger Park, 515 City Park Road, Pflugerville. https://runsignup.com/race/tx/pflugerville/runfortheflag

Nov. 11

City of Hutto hosts Veteran’s Day 5K

The Veteran’s Day 5K Run & Walk benefits Toys for Tots and local scholarship programs. The event also collects toys for Toys for Tots. 5:30-6:45 a.m. (race packets given out), 7 a.m. (race). $35 (individuals). Fritz Park, 306 E. Live Oak St., Hutto. www.active.com

Craft and art show kicks off holiday shopping

Nov. 18

Craft and art show kicks off holiday shopping

The Pfall Pfest Craft Show returns to the Pflugerville Recreation Center to sell baked goods, handcrafted items, glassware and jewelry. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6350. www.pflugervilletx.gov 

Nov. 19

Wedding expo to be held at Round Rock’s Rabb House

The Once Upon a Wedding Expo is back for the fourth year in a row and features indoor and outdoor vendors and a fashion show. 1-5 p.m. $10 (online), $15 (at the door). Rabb House, 151 N. A.W. Grimes Blvd., Round Rock. 512-576-2512. www.onceuponaweddingexpo.com

Nov. 23

Inaugural Turkey Trot begins at Dell Diamond

The Round Rock Turkey Trot will benefit  The Round Rock Area Serving Center, Operation Blue Santa and the Backpack Coalition. 8 a.m. $10. The Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/RoundRock/InauguralRoundRockTurkeyTrot

Thanksgiving day run circles Lake Pflugerville

Nov. 23

Thanksgiving day run circles Lake Pflugerville

The Pfun Run starts and ends at the North Beach of Lake Pflugerville with options for a 5K, a 10K and a Little Trotters Kids’ K run. 8 a.m. Fees vary. Lake Pflugerville, 18216 Weiss Lane, Pflugerville. www.pfunrun.com   

Nov. 24

Model train show displays wares in Round Rock

The 5th Annual Holiday Model Train Show displays a variety of models. The Tinplate Trackers of Austin, Texas, a model train club, hosts the show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. ArtSpace, 231 E. Main St., Ste. 160, Round Rock. 512-218-7099. www.austinplatetrackers.com

Nov. 30-Dec. 23

Classic Christmas play performed in radiocast

Penfold Theatre performs “A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast” during the holiday season. 8 p.m. (Thu., Fri. and Sat.), 2:30 (some Sat.). $23-$25. 512-850-4849. Old Settlers Hall, 3300 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock.
www.penfoldtheatre.org

Nov. 30

Free family event offers jazz music and desserts

Jazz music is featured at this holiday event at the Gin. The performances include holiday music and a buffet of desserts. 7-9 p.m. Free. The Gin at the Co-Op District, 420 Hwy. 79, Hutto. 512-759-4029. www.huttotx.gov

Round Rock holiday fest returns to Main Street

Dec. 1
Round Rock holiday fest returns to Main Street

Round Rock decorates Main Street with wooden houses for games and activities. The city also illuminates its new holiday lights display and hosts Santa Claus. 6:30 p.m. Free. Prete Plaza, 221 Main St., Round Rock. 512-218-5400.
www.roundrocktexas.gov

Dec. 1

Downtown Hutto serves up holiday drink variety

The Santa Claus Crawl features holiday drinks served by downtown Hutto businesses. Attendees can shop throughout downtown and vote on favorite drinks. 5-9 p.m. $10, donations for Orange Santa encouraged. Downtown Hutto on East Street. 512-759-4029. www.huttotx.gov

Holiday celebration starts in downtown Pflugerville

Dec. 2

Holiday celebration starts in downtown Pflugerville

The Pfestival of Lights and Holiday Parade includes a holiday stroll, a Christmas parade and photos with Santa. 5-8 p.m. Free. Downtown Pflugerville, Railroad Avenue and Pfennig Lane. 512-990-6113. www.pflugervilletx.gov

Annual tree lighting event at The Gin to take place

Dec. 2

Annual tree lighting event at The Gin to take place

The city of Hutto hosts its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at The Gin. The event features holiday crafts and festive entertainment. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. The Gin at the Co-Op District, 420 Hwy. 79, Hutto. 512-759-4029. www.huttotx.gov

Worth the trip
Holiday events

Sept. 23-Nov. 22
Autumn at the Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum’s 12th annual Autumn at the Arboretum includes a pumpkin village with displays of more than 90,000 pumpkins and gourds. The event is themed after “The Wizard of Oz.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with paid admission. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. 214-515-6615. www.dallasarboretum.org

Nov. 9-12
Houston Nutcracker Ballet Market

This signature event kicks off the holiday shopping season with more than 280 merchants selling home decor, food, clothing, toys, ornaments and more. The theme of this year’s event is “Rockin’ and Shoppin’.” 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Prices vary. NRG Center, 601 Preston St., Houston. 712-535-3231.
www.nutcrackermarket.com    

Nov. 24
Ford Holiday River Parade

San Antonio begins its holiday season with a parade down the San Antonio River Walk. The parade begins with the lighting of the River Walk and includes an illuminated night parade with float riders. 6 p.m. Prices vary. San Antonio River Walk, 110 Broadway St., San Antonio. 210-227-4262. www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/river-tickets

upcoming AREA EVENTS

Nov. 11 | Veterans Parade & Ceremony | Cedar Park
www.cedarparktexas.gov

Nov. 18 | Gingerbread Fun Run 1K | Austin
www.thinkeryaustin.org 

Nov. 24 | Lighting of the Square |  Georgetown
https://visit.georgetown.org/lighting-of-the-square

Nov. 25-26 | Holiday Renegade Craft Fair | Austin
www.renegadecraft.com

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson is a recent transplant to the Austin area from Houston, Texas, where she started with Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016. Donaldson started covering public education in Cy-Fair ISD, the third largest school district in the state of Texas, and then she transitioned into her role as the company's legislative reporter, providing statehouse coverage for all 22 editions. Currently, she reports on the city of Round Rock and Round Rock ISD for the Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto edition. Donaldson graduated from the University of Missouri with bachelor's degrees in magazine journalism and political science.

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