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01 November . 2016

Celebrate a Hill Country Holiday

The holidays are a very special time in the Texas Hill Country, whether you’ve got kids or grandkids, or it’s just the two of you.  Here’s a sampling of our top picks for holiday fun near Rancho Sienna.

Brungot Farms Christmas Tree Lot at Cedar Park YMCA , opens Nov. 23. Grown in the mountains of Western North Carolina, these Fraser fir trees have become a holiday tradition at the Cedar Park YMCA. Festivities include a “Magical Evening with Santa” on Dec. 10. To cut your own Christmas tree in the area, check out this list.
Brungot Farms Website

North Pole Flyer, Nov. 26 – Dec. 18. The Austin Steam Train Association’s train rides are a fun family experience any time of the year, but they become extra special during the holidays. This 2.5-hour excursion features Santa and Mrs. Claus, all-you-can-drink hot cocoa, locally baked holiday cookies, and a live reading of the North Pole Flyer book, all in vintage train cars decorated for the holidays.

Rock’N Lights Holiday Light Tour & Christmas Towne, Round Rock, Nov. 28 – Dec. 26. This annual attraction features a 1.5-mile drive-through tunnel with more than 2 million twinkling lights. Christmas Towne features more light displays, carnival rides, holiday food, entertainment and much more.

Ice Skating on the Plaza, Whole Foods/Lamar, Nov. 29-Jan. 9. Every holiday season, the rooftop of Whole Foods’ downtown Austin store is transformed into a winter wonderland, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

Holiday events at The Long Center, various shows from Dec. 3-22. Visit the website of the Long Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Austin to see their festive holiday lineup. It includes everything from “The Nutcracker” by Ballet Austin, to “A Swingin’ Christmas” and “Of Mice & Music – A  Jazz Tap Nutcracker.”

Trail of Lights, Dec. 10-23. Austin’s brightest holiday tradition takes place in Zilker Park amid 2 million twinkling lights. There are 40 unique light displays, including the famous light tunnel. There’s also live music, community performances, food and festivities, every night from 7-10 p.m.