- November 30, 2020

Free Fun in Austin – Events Happening November 30 Through December 6, 2020

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Looking for some FREE fun happening in this week? Look no further. Here are some of the best events happening in the Austin area this week. Make sure to check back each week for a new and updated list!

Monday, November 30 through Sunday, December 6

Holiday Walk-Thru Photo Experience
Happening All Week | Various Locations | Domain Northside
Visit the Domain Northside for a Holiday Walk-Thru Photo Experience, sponsored by Capital One Café! Starting Friday, November 13, safely get into the holiday spirit with our new holiday decorations, located at various spots around the center. AND: when you post your photos to Instagram, you’ll be entered-to-win sweets and treats from Sprinkles and Starbucks. Masks are required for all guests at NORTHSIDE. Embrace social distancing. Happy Holidays and stay safe y’all!

Lights! Camera! Santa! 
Happening All Week | Various Times | Barton Creek Square Mall, 2901 South Capital of Texas Highway | The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace (Located next to Zumiez, near Dick’s Sporting Goods)
 | Round Rock Premium Outlets Food Court, 4401 North IH-35, Suite 275
Things to know before you go, A reservation is required. For everyone’s safety this will be a socially-distanced experience for our guests. Santa and his helpers will be wearing masks throughout the duration of your visit. Guests are required to wear masks where mandated by local health authorities and government agencies.

Santa’s Wonderland
Happening All Week | Various Times | Bass Pro Shop
200 Bass Pro Drive, Round Rock & Cabela’s, 15570 S IH 35 Frontage Road, Buda
By popular demand they continues the tradition in a safe and responsible way. Advance reservations are required in all locations and can go quickly. Reserving is easy and free. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free shareable video when you provide your email address. Additional photo packages are also available for purchase and print instantly at the store. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and bring home free holiday craft activity kits while supplies last. Families can also enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store.

Lakeway Trail of Lights
Happening All Week | From 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. Nightly

One of Lakeway’s most cherished traditions is the Trail of Lights! They request that you please follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. Friendly reminder, please limit your groups to less than 10 people. Access the trail from the lower level of the parking lot at the Lakeway Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) or by parking behind City Hall (1102 Lohmans Crossing at the corner of Lohmans and Sailmaster). Handicapped and stroller access is available from City Hall by following the sidewalk nearest the dumpster cage, around the building to the back. There is no charge to park or to attend. For details regarding this attraction, click here. For more information, please call 512-314-7532.

Soco Stroll
Happening All Week | Various Times | Music Lane, 1011 South Congress Avenue
Music Lane and Austin’s iconic South Congress Avenue Shopping District are teaming up to bring holiday cheer to the city with The SoCo Stroll – a month-long event of holiday fun and spectacle designed to safely raise the city’s spirits with a self-guided experiential celebration of all things merry and bright. The SoCo Stroll kicks off on Black Friday, November 27 and runs through Thursday, December 31.

Bastrop River of Lights
Happening All Week | Open till 10 P.M. daily | Fisherman’s Park, 1209 Linden Street
Take in the sights at the River of Lights which include numerous displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining Bastrop’s scenic June Hill Pape River Walk. 

December in the District
Starting Tuesday, December 1 | All Day | Second Street District, Downtown Austin
2ND Street District is excited to celebrate “December in the District” again for its annual month-long celebration. The district will welcome back the tenth annual Holiday Window Walk and introduce a new holiday passport activation in partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance. Throughout the month of December, help support local businesses by making 2ND Street District your one-stop-shop this holiday season.

Community First! Village Holiday Market
Thursday through Sunday, December 3 through 5 | 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Community First! Village, 9301 Hog Eye Road 
We are thrilled to invite you to join Mobile Loaves & Fishes in a safe, socially-distant holiday shopping event. Our Community First! Village artists and makers have been hard at work creating many unique items that are sure to please everyone on your holiday shopping list. Your purchases help provide a dignified income for our Village neighbors who work through our Community Works programs.

Live Music on the Lawn
Friday, December 4 |From 5 to 7 p.m. | The Lawn at the Arboretum, 10000 Research Boulevard

Listen to live music every Friday night at The Arboretum. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and loved ones and enjoy!

Light Up the Lake (Round Rock) 
Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 | Starting at 6:30 P.M. | Old Settlers Park, 3300 East Palm Valley Boulevard 
Join us for Light Up the Lake, a FREE NEW 2-day holiday festival around the lake and festival area at Old Settlers Park. The event will feature spectacular holiday cold and hot air balloons hovering over Bright Lake, LIVE music, holiday displays, holiday food and refreshments, yule log and more! Old Settlers Park offers ample event space featuring 24 acres and a mile-long trail around bright lake, perfect for social distancing.

A Curious Christmas
Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 | Various Times | 200 East 6th Street

Free, snowglobe experience of a Toy Drive, where families, friends, and even fur babies can come together to take photos with Santa! This charitable holiday party is all about giving back to the community and in a safe, fun, and socially distanced environment! The lobby on world famous 6th Street will be open. for families and they’re fur babies to take FREE instagram worthy photos with Santa. Photos will be sent digitally, so you’ll receive them right away. And to keep the holiday spirit flowing, we will be accepting wrapped toys for donation to a partnered non-profit organization, so children in need can receive presents on Christmas morning. After guests take a photo with Santa, they can place their donated gift under the Christmas tree.

Lake Travis Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 5 | from 6 to 10 p.m. | Dink Pearson Park, 200 Lohman Ford Road (Leander)
The date is set so mark your calendars for the 2020 Lake Travis Lighted Holiday Boat Parade! This year will mark the 7th year in a row the marinas are gathering unwrapped toys for Brown Santa, the Travis County Sheriff’s toy drive. There are a few public places to watch the parade go by including Dink Pearson Park on the north shore and Lakeway Resort and Spa on the south shore. The marinas around Lakeway have been doing a great job putting together the largest and brightest parade every year!

St. Nick Extravaganza
Sunday, December 6 | from 4 to 6 p.m. | Breed & Co. Belterra, 166 Hargraves Drive
New for 2020, the St. Nick Extravaganza is a celebration of all things Christmas! Find some of the best stocking stuffers in town at this one-night event. You’ll get the chance to fill up a giant novelty stocking and get a great deal on everything that fits in the stocking! Holiday tastings and stocking stuffer sale.

Sundays with Santa
Sunday, December 6 | from 12 to 2 p.m. | The Arboretum, 10000 Research Boulevard
Santa will be joining us from The North Pole every Sunday afternoon at The Arboretum!You will be allowed to take photos with Santa from a short distance (no sitting on laps) and tell him all your holiday wishes! Say hello to Mrs. Claus while you’re here and take home some balloon art too!Santa will be waiting in front of the 22′ tree next to Amy’s Ice Creams in a mask/face shield.There may be a short wait. Adults and kids should wear their masks and stay 6ft from others not in their household. Photography is not provided. Please bring your own camera or cell phone to take photos. This event is free and open to the public. Weather permitting. Please check our Facebook for updates.

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Featured photo via 2nd Street District.