Texans typically think of wildflowers as a springtime perk, but at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, there’s something to see all year round. This weekend in particular, the holiday spirit fills the center with songs and lights as Luminations fills the gardens with thousands of luminarias and twinkling lights. With live choral and instrumental music, savory kettle corn and free hugs for the kids from Frosty the Snowman himself, there’s much to celebrate this Saturday and Sunday evening. Admission is free with two canned goods, to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.
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Tickets $20 and up, depending on car type
Ready to rock around the Christmas tree? You’re in luck! Partake in one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions while enjoying the festive atmosphere of downtown on a Saturday night at the Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll. Starting at 6 pm on Saturday, December 7, local radio personality John Aielli leads the crowd in a grand holiday sing-along, after which everyone gets to enjoy the annual tree lighting and special performances by local artists. A special perk: downtown businesses stay open late for the special occasion, so you can get a little holiday shopping done while you’re enjoying the merriment. Supporting the local economy and taking part in an Austin tradition — most definitely a superb way to kick off the holiday season.
Every year since 1989, Chuy’s — that bastion of Elvis-inspired Tex-Mex and maker of super-strong Mexican martinis — hosts a parade and toy drive to benefit the Operation: Blue Santa program, which distributes holiday gifts to local kids who might not otherwise receive any. Complete with marching bands and festive floats, the Children Giving to Children Parade is an Austin holiday tradition of the highest order: the kind that isn’t only fun, but that also helps those in need. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, indeed.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade, Sat, Nov 30, 11 am -12 pm
Lucy’s Fried Chicken, 2218 College Ave
Sun-Thurs 11 am – 11 pm; Fri-Sat 11 am – midnight