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Celebrate the season in Round Rock & Georgetown with our Top 10 picks

Georgetown holiday lighting

From shopping to healthcare, and from education to recreation, Teravista residents enjoy the best of both Round Rock and Georgetown all year long. That’s especially true during the holiday season, when both towns have so much to offer.

Here are our Top 10 holiday picks from Round Rock and Georgetown, including a few from Austin and some of our Hill Country neighbors.

Georgetown’s Annual Lighting of the Square. Georgetown’s downtown square has been voted as the most beautiful town square in Texas, and it’s never more beautiful than during the holidays, when it lights up with thousands of twinkling lights. The big lighting event on Nov. 23 includes caroling, photos with Santa and more. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. Come out any night during the holiday season to enjoy the lights and the many unique, one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants in downtown Georgetown.

Georgetown Christmas Stroll. On Nov. 30, Georgetown’s 38th Annual Christmas Stroll offers another chance to celebrate in this historic downtown, with a hometown parade, Bethlehem Village, live entertainment, a food court, and more than 100 arts & crafts booths.

Round Rock Christmas Family Night. On Dec. 7, enjoy Christmas Family Night in downtown Round Rock. Main Street will be decorated with small wooden houses hosting fun games and activities, and the mayor will flick the switch on Round Rock’s all-new light display for 2018. Other attractions include Santa’s grand entrance, live performances, free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and much more.

Christmas Towne. Round Rock’s Christmas Towne 2018 event features amazing light displays including a walk-through tunnel of lights, full-scale carnival ride, holiday refreshments and much more at the Old Settlers Association and the Dell Diamond Parking Lot. It kicks off with the 9th Annual Round Rock Rotary Reindeer Run 5K on Dec. 13, and continues through Dec. 23.

A Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast. Next door to Christmas Towne, you can enjoy Penfold Theatre Company’s Christmas Carol Classic Radiocast. Reminiscent of “Prairie Home Companion,” the performance features mock radio commercials for local businesses and a nightly cameo role for a selected member of the audience. Glowing with warmth and undeniably evocative of the true Christmas spirit, it is a perfect way to ring in the holiday season.

Hill Country Flyer. The Hill Country Flyer offers seasonally themed excursions through the Hill Country on antique steam trains, departing from their historic depot in Cedar Park. Featuring Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, Christmas cookies and more, the popular North Pole Flyer rides sell out quickly, so make reservations as soon as possible. Even one of the regular rides is great fun.

Lights Spectacular. Johnson City’s annual Lights Spectacular bathes this quaint Hill Country town in more than 1 million lights. Now in its 25th year, the Lights Spectacular offers hayrides and carriage rides throughout the holiday season. Each weekend, the Garden Club fills the historic Courthouse with holiday ornaments and crafts available for purchase. Johnson City is just one 10 towns on the Texas Hill Country holiday lights trail.

Trail of Lights. The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park is Austin’s most famous holiday event. Featuring 2 million twinkling lights, 40 displays, curated food trucks, nightly entertainment and much more, it attracts more than 400,000 annual visitors, making it one of Austin’s top three festivals, right up there with the Austin City Limits Music Festival and South by Southwest. This year’s Trail of Lights glows from Dec. 10-23.

Photos with Santa. There are a number of places to get a photo with Santa, but few are closer to Teravista than Round Rock Premium Outlets, where you can take a photo with Santa from Nov. 24 through Dec. 24, and get some great shopping done at the same time. Skip the line with a FastPass you can purchase online.

Holiday Fun at Wolf Ranch Town Center. Also near Teravista, Wolf Ranch Center offers convenient holiday shopping, and their Holiday Celebration on Dec. 8 features ice-skating, Santa Claus, bounce houses, cookie decorating and much more.

Teravista residents celebrate the holidays and winter with Cookies with Santa, our annual Winter Wonderland Snow Day and much more. See photos from some of our past fun events from all seasons.