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Top Holiday Events near Austin for 2015

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is over which brings a little magic to the air as people prepare for the holiday season. Austin doesn’t have to worry about that bitter cold like up north so it’s a great place to be to celebrate all of the fun holiday traditions.

Whether you’re young or old, there is going to be something that all ages can enjoy this year in Austin from Santa’s Ranch offering yummy treats and beautiful lights to the parade at the Dickens Christmas in Lockhart and even The Nutcracker performance by the Austin Ballet is something to look forward to. The fun starts in November and lasts through December with the 2015 Austin holiday events planned for all. Here is a look at the events you won’t want to miss!

Giving Children to Children Parade

Start the holidays off right with a Thanksgiving weekend celebration on Saturday, November 28th. The Children Giving to Children Parade is going to take place at the State Capitol on 11th and Congress and then it will move south on Congress all the way to just north of the bridge at Cesar Chavez.

The event is going to benefit Operation Blue Santa and they ask that everyone bring a toy that can be collected during the parade. Your kids will love the holiday floats, the famous children’s characters and the giant inflatable balloons.

Santa’s Ranch 2015-2016

Opening as early as November 6th, you don’t have to wait too long after Halloween to start celebrating the upcoming holidays. On November 6th until January 2nd, you can enjoy Santa’s Ranch located in North New Braunfels. Look for the 50’ Christmas tree at 9561 I-35 North New Braunfels and bring $28 per vehicle or grab a season pass for $56.

You’ll get to enjoy Kettle Corn and homemade hot cocoa while driving through a winding country road of beautiful lights on display along with animated displays. It’s a holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss and you don’t even have to get out of the car to do it.

Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm

Where else would you get your Christmas tree this year than from Elgin’s CHRISTmas Tree Farm? They have been a top choice for Christmas tree purchases since 1984 and open the day after Thanksgiving. Pick up your tree Monday through Saturday from 10am-5:30pm where dogs are welcome.

You’ll even get to take your kids on a scenic hayride, to see animals, to visit a playground and to try the crazy maze. They also feature wreaths, and ornaments, religious décor and gifts from the Christmas Cottage.  Check it out at 120 Nature’s Way off Roy Davis Road in Elgin.

The Nutcracker

What better way to spend a beautiful December evening than to watch Ballet Austin perform The Nutcracker? This holiday tradition is taking place from December 5th-23rd at the Long Center. It’s the 53rd year for the production by the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund and your whole family will be amazed by the hundreds of dancers, the colorful characters and the live accompaniment by Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Dickens Christmas

Every year on the first Saturday of December, the town of Lockhart becomes a Dickens’ style Christmas! The annual event takes place at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library and at Downtown Square. You’ll watch a Lighted Christmas Parade full of moving lights on Friday night.

On Saturday, enjoy the festival at Market Street featuring Victorian decorations, jugglers, bagpipers, choirs and carriage rides.  You’ll feel like you’ve been transformed into 19th century England from a Dickens’ novel. Enjoy food, vendors, and more.

Lastly, don’t forget to check out A Christmas Carol at the Topfer Theatre, the Christmas Market at the German-Texan Heritage Society, the Holiday Sing-along and Downtown Stroll in downtown Austin and the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. It’s going to be a beautiful and merry holiday season in Austin!

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