Despite the fact that there are Holiday decorations in the stores starting in August, I try not to get in the mood until after Halloween. The calendar has to say November 1st before I start planning my Thanksgiving menu, start looking for family friendly outings, begin any sort of gift shopping or even start sorting though last year’s decorations. It’s a busy time of year, but probably one of my favorites. But, I can honestly say that it’s the only part of “Winter” I enjoy.
Here are some upcoming festivities in and around Cedar Park to get you in the Holiday spirit.
Upcoming Holiday Events in Cedar Park
Saturday November 14, 2015 – The City of Cedar Park presents the annual Craft Fair at the Cedar Park Recreation Center from 10am to 4pm. Start your gift shopping here from a large variety of vendors, artists and craftsmen.
Friday December 4, 2015 – Holiday Tree Lighting at Heritage Oak Park
This annual tree lighting ceremony is a great way to get in the spirit. The City of Cedar Park does a fantastic job lighting an enormous live oak tree and offering fun games and prizes, inflatables, live music, photos with Santa and carriage rides for the whole family.
Saturday December 5, 2015 – Rescheduled Fable Fest at Milburn Park
Due to rain, Fable Fest was moved from October to December this year. Fable Fest is a fun family outing with arts and craft vendors, carnival games and food vendors.
Saturday December 12,2015 – Vista Ridge High School presents their 11th annual Holiday Bazaar benefitting the Band from 10am to 4pm. Come out and shops for great holiday gifts from local vendors and artists while supporting the Band.
Arts & Crafts
Thursday December 17, 2015 – Drop off the kids ages 3-10 for a fun afternoon of holiday themed arts and crafts at the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Reservations Required.
All aboard the North Pole Flyer for a 2.5 hour train ride through the scenic Texas countryside in restored train cars decked out for the holidays. Enjoy hot cocoa and a Christmas cookie as Santa and Mrs. Clause tell stories. Tickets do sell out fast, so book early. Make a great gift from Grandma and Grandpa for the kids who don’t need more toys, but will have a fantastic memory forever.
Holiday Activities in Austin
Trail of Lights at Zilker Park – A must do for anyone living in or near Austin. Although parking and transportation can be a joy kill, each year they work to make it a little easier to get to the lights. The easiest way to enjoy the Trail of Lights is to take a convenient shuttle from Republic Park Square or Burger Center directly to the park. Check the Schedule for Trail of Lights for different pricing and events on various nights.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and Blue Genie Art Bazaar – Avoid mall shopping and find unique gifts for the person who has everything at one of Austin’s many artist bazaars.
Iceskating on the Plaza – Whole Foods Downtown – Iceskating in Texas? Yep, and on a roof none the less. Only in Austin.
Luminations at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Park – Saturday and Sunday December 12 & 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 pm you can stroll beautiful gardens in an evening of holiday enchantment along pathways lit by paper lanterns.
Holiday Activity Day Trips From Cedar Park
Santa’s Ranch – Load up the family for a nice family outing at Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels, TX. From November 6th to January 2nd you can ride in your car along a mile long spectacular display of lights and animated displays. Stop for some hot cocoa and kettle corn too. $25 per car or get a season pass for $56.
Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees and Elgin Christmas Tree Farm – Choose and cut your own Christmas tree in Elgin, TX. Check their websites for special events.
Silo Christmas Tree Farm – Choose and cut or purchase an imported tree. Enjoy a fun hay ride with any tree purchase.
Marble Falls Walkway of Lights – situated on the banks of the Colorado River, this light display is one you don’t want to miss. Try some of Marble Falls great dining options while you are there like the famous Blue Bonnet Cafe or River City Grille overlooking the river.
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