Family events promise to spark holiday spirit
Holiday events within a short driving distance of Liberty Hill offer local families plenty of opportunities to get into the spirit of the season.
On Sunday, Liberty Hill celebrates Christmas with its annual Christmas Festival and Parade, Jingle Bell 5K Run and 1K Walk, and the Trail of Lights at Lions Foundation Park.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk at 2 p.m. precedes the Christmas Parade, which is set to leave the Liberty Hill Elementary School parking lot at 2:15. The parade, which has 49 entries, winds its way through downtown and ends at Foundation Park.
The Festival, which will be from 3-6 p.m. at Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, features 66 vendors outside and inside. In addition to holiday gifts for sale and food vendors, there will be activities for children, photos with Santa, musical entertainment and a Car and Motorcycle Show.
Parking for the festival is available at Foundation Park, the church and Liberty Hill Elementary School. Shuttles will carry guests from parking areas to the church.
The Christmas Festival is a partnership of the Liberty Hill Ministerial Alliance, the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce, the Liberty Hill Development Foundation, The Liberty Hill Independent, Classic Bank, Flying H Fitness, Liberty Hill Dental, Digitex Printing, Rogue Running and HEB Plus Leander.
The Trail of Lights at Lions Foundation Park is from Dec. 8-Jan. 8. Light poles throughout the park have been adopted by businesses and individuals and decorated for the season.
Holiday Walkway of Lights
From 6-10 p.m. through Dec. 31
307 Buena Vista, Marble Falls
Striking self-guided holiday light display with over two million twinkling lights and 150 sculptures along Lakeside Park near the Colorado River. Free Admission. www.marblefalls.org or www.walkwayoflightsmftx.com.
Spindler Family Christmas Show
From 6-10 p.m. through Jan. 3
1805 Rusty Nail Loop
Computer-controlled Christmas display syncronized to music that can be tuned into at 88.5 FM.
Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour
6-9 pm- Sun-Thurs/ 6-10 pm on Fridays
through Dec. 30
3300 Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock
This drive-thru light show features two million sparkling lights strung along a mile and an a half path through Old Settlers Park and a holiday village set up in the Dell Diamond parking lot. The show features all new displays and a longer light tunnel. Admission $15- $75.
Follow the Star
Dec. 5-7 from 6:30-9 p.m.
700 W Whitestone Blvd, Cedar Park
Follow the scenes from Jesus’ life as you walk or drive through a series of dramatic events presented by costumed characters. In its second year, this event drew 9,000 visitors in its initial presentation. Free Admission. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Workshop
Dec. 6 from 6:30-9 p.m.
Heritage Oak Park
875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
Over 60,000 lights illuminate the largest Live Oak Tree in Cedar Park as the town kicks off the holidays with festivities including live music, carriage rides, games and prizes, inflatables and arts and crafts projects. Free Admission.
Main Street Bethlehem
Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-14 from 6-9 p.m.
108 S. Vandeveer Street, Burnet
Walking tour through an authentic recreation of the ancient city of Bethlehem complete with costumed characters and live animals. Free Admission. www.fbcburnet.org/mainstreetbethlehem.htm.
Dec. 6 from 5-10 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
It’s a hometown holiday festival complete with parade, live entertainment, children’s activities, and food and craft vendors. Free Admission.
Christmas on the Prairie
Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin
Pioneer Farms hosts this unique holiday event where a recreated pioneer village comes to life with carolers and colorful characters. Varied scheduled activities included a Victorian Santa, pony rides, hay rides, blacksmithing, and clickety cloggers with several exhibits like historic carriages and buggies and longhorn cattle and inter-active live theater. www.pioneerfarms.org.
Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
Dec. 7 from 5-10 p.m.
Old Town, 200 W. Willis St., Leander
A parade kicks off the holiday festivities in Leander followed by the Christmas tree lighting, choral performances, hay rides, crafts and food vendors, and Santa Claus.
Cherrywood Art Fair
Dec. 7-8 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
3808 Maplewood Avenue, Austin
In its 12th year, the art fair showcases more than 85 artists offering original art, food and children’s activities and 10 diverse Austin bands in a family friendly environment. www.cherrywoodartfair.org
Austin Trail of Lights
Dec. 8-22 from 7-10 p.m.
Zilker Park, Austin
The Trail of Lights winds through 1.25 miles of Zilker Park with more than 50 stunning custom displays. Food, activities for children, and musical performances. Free Admission. For parking information, scheduled musical performances, see www.AustinTrailofLights.org.
3 p.m. Dec. 8
Prete Main Street Plaza
221 E. Main Street, Round Rock
Round Rock Ballet Folklorico presents “Christmas Posadas,” a Christmastime, traditional Mexican folk dance.
Christmas at Fort Croghan
Dec. 14 from 5:30 -8:30 p.m.
703 Buchanan Drive (Hwy 29 West), Burnet
Costumed interpreters present the heritage of historic frontier Fort Croghan with traditional holiday decorations typical of the late 1800’s. Established in 1849, Fort Croghan was the third of the first four forts established by the United States government to protect settlements from hostile Indians Free admission.
Christmas on 37th Street
Dec 14-24 from 6-10 p.m.
37th Street, Austin
This is Christmas with Austin wackiness at its best. Started in 1980 by a few neighbors wanting to outdo each other, the 37th Street dazzling Christmas light display is now an Austin tradition. Crowded but worth the walk through the established neighborhood near the University of Texas.