21 great events in or around Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto in December and early January

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Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in December and January

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Dec. 1-23

Performance of ‘Peter Pan’ opens in December

Sam Bass Theatre presents “Peter Pan” in a production of the classic children’s tale. The play is directed by Sandra Mullenax and Olin Meadows. 2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.). $12-$15. 600 N Lee St., Round Rock. 512-763-7228.
www.sambasstheatre.org

Dec. 7

Create candy cane art at Idle Vine Brewery

Art by the Glass hosts an art class at Idle Vine Brewery so guests can paint a candy cane art piece. The studio walks guests step by step through the painting process. 7-9 p.m. $25. Idle Vine Brewery, 16920 Joe Barbee Drive, Round Rock. 512-763-5045. www.artbytheglassstudio.com

Dec. 8

Winter performance shows off Hutto talent

Hutto High School hosts the Hi Stepper Winter Show for a holiday performance of the Hutto High School Dance Department, Hi Steppers and Hippo Heroes. 7 p.m. $3-$5. Hutto High School Performing Arts Center, 101 Chris Kelley Blvd., Hutto. 512-759-4700. www.hipponation.org

Dec. 9

Santa Claus hosts meet and greet in Pflugerville

The Pflugerville Public Library hosts an afternoon with Santa Claus. Attendees can take photos with Santa and work on holiday crafts together. 2-4 p.m. Free. Pflugerville Public Library, 1008 W. Pfluger St., Pflugerville. 512-990-6375.
www.pflugervilletx.gov

Dec. 9

Annual Christmas fair to open downtown

The Hutto Downtown Christmas Fair features more than 100 artisan, craft and food vendors; live entertainment; and snow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 (children’s area wristband). Downtown Hutto on East Street. 512-759-4029. www.huttotx.gov

Dec. 9

Christmas pet event benefits animal rescue

Santa Paws Is Coming To Town features photos with Santa and pets, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit Cuz I Matter Animal Rescue. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Hanovers Draught Haus, 108 E. Main St., Pflugerville. 512-969-5027. www.facebook.com/events/2014629412100319

Dec. 9

Williamson County YMCA to host holiday event

Christmas Dreams and Snowy Things features real snow activities, giant slides, train rides, live music and more. 10 a.m. Free. CHASCO Family YMCA, 1812 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-246-9622. www.ymcagwc.org

Dec. 12

Farmers market sells holiday meal ingredients

The Pfestive Pfarmer’s Market returns to sell special pre-holiday wares to help prepare holiday feasts. 3-7 p.m. Free. Heritage Park Green Red Barn, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6360. www.pflugervilletx.gov 

Dec. 16

Eat pancakes with Santa Claus

Round Rock Christian Church invites children and families to a pancake breakfast featuring Santa. Children can also take photos with Santa. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Round Rock Christian Church, 22 Chalice Way, Round Rock. 512-244-3260. www.rrdisciples.org

Dec. 17

Dance performance depicts Grinch’s tale

Lonestar Dance Center presents “How the Grinch Stole Pflugerville.” The dance show benefits Austin Children’s Services. 3:30 p.m. $1-$5 (monetary or canned food donations). Pflugerville High School FAC, 1301 W. Pecan St., Pflugerville. 512-670-0301. www.lonestar.dance

Dec. 17

Round Rock choir presents Senior Access concert

The Round Rock Community Choir performs in support of the Senior Access program. 6:30 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 703-568-6997. www.roundrockcommunitychoir.org

Dec. 22

Rhythm Workshops puts on annual show

This show allows students to show off work from drumming lessons. The event benefits Rhythm Workshops. 7-9 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 1004 N. Mays St., Round Rock. 512-289-2561. http://rhythmworkshops.org

Dec. 31

Kick-start 2018 with Rockin’ Resolution Race

The inaugural Rockin’ Resolution Race begins at The Dell Diamond on the last day of 2017. Route options include kids K, 5K, 10- and 20- mile distances. 7:30 a.m. $75. The Dell Diamond, 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-553-8027. www.austinrrrace.com

Jan. 1

Chilly pool event splashes into new year

The Pflugerville Pfreeze Pflop invites brave residents to slide into frigid water at the pool. Last year, 170 participated. 10 a.m. Free with donation of canned food item. Scott Mentzer Pool, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road, Pflugerville. 512-990-6358. www.pflugervilletx.gov

UPCOMING AREA EVENTS

Dec. 8 | Night Lights Preview Party | Austin
www.austintrailoflights.org

Dec. 8-30 | Holiday Wonder Express | San Marcos
www.wonderworldpark.com

Dec. 15 | Williamson County Symphony Orchestra Concert | Cedar Park
www.wilcosymphony.org

Dec. 29-31 | “A Christmas Story: The Musical” | Austin
www.thelongcenter.org

Number to know

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A special election is being held for Place 6 on Round Rock City Council. The election will fill a seat left vacant by Kris Whitfield. Three candidates have filed for the seat: Hollis Bone, Hilda Montgomery and John Montgomery. Hilda and John are not related. Election day is Dec. 16, and early voting runs from Nov. 29-Dec. 12. www.communityimpact.com/vote

Worth the trip

Nov. 18-Jan. 20
The ICE at Discovery Green

Houston’s Discovery Green plays host to a 7,716-square-foot ice rink. This rink is the largest in the Southwest and uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create the large skating surface. Times vary. $8-$17. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com/ice   

Dec. 10
A Holiday Tamales Extravaganza

EgCollaborations hosts the first annual Sunday Masa—a Holiday Tamales Extravaganza, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the Elf Louise Christmas Project. The event features more than 20 San Antonio tamale vendors, a holiday market with local vendors and a Pan Dulce pavilion. 11 a.m. Free (admission). Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St., San Antonio. www.facebook.com/events/127063111381800

Dec. 31
AT&T Fireworks Watch Party

For the seventh time, the fireworks watch party returns to The Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas. Purchasing tickets includes a dinner package, a red carpet entry, a free champagne toast, a coat check and party favors. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Old Red Museum of Dallas, 100 S. Houston St., Dallas. www.5mademen.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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