The 41st annual Christmas Stroll is the first weekend of December in downtown Georgetown around Courthouse Square. This free, family-friendly Christmas festival sponsored by the Georgetown Downtown Association is from 5-9 pm on Friday, December 2 and 10 am-8 pm on Saturday, December 3. See all the event details at TheGeorgetownSquare.com.
Saturday’s Christmas Stroll includes a parade at 10 am, live entertainment and holiday shopping at more than 160 vendor booths selling crafts, clothing and jewelry, as well as downtown merchants. The food court areas offer a variety of foods, including sweet and savory crepes, barbecue, hot chocolate, funnel cake, and other seasonal treats. Enjoy Santa’s Village on Saturday, including photos and visits with Santa from 11 am to 6 pm on the west side of the Williamson County Courthouse. Other photo opportunities include a large Christmas snow globe.
The young and young at heart can visit Country Wonderland with free activities including a four-season eurobungie jump, train ride, bouncy houses and other kid-friendly activities on Seventh and Eighth streets. The event also includes street hockey, arcade basketball, and a Who hair and face painting salon. Princesses and superheroes from the Greater Austin Comic Con will also be on hand for photos.
On Friday night, come dance the night away at Groovin’ with the Grinch at 6:00 pm at Main and Sixth streets. Hill Country Kettle Korn will provide free boiled corn for kids during the event.
Stop by Bethlehem Village on Fridays and Saturdays for booths, exhibits and costumed performers from the time of Jesus of Nazareth.
Parade at 10 am on Saturday
The Stroll parade begins at 10 am on Saturday. Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder will emcee the parade, looking for Santa as he marches through downtown. For safety reasons, the Georgetown Police Department asks that no candy or other objects be thrown from floats or parade participants.
If you come to the Stroll Parade, please bring a toy for Blue Santa. Blue Santa Elves will collect the new, unwrapped toys along the parade route, which runs down Church Street and Austin Avenue through the downtown plaza. Blue Santa is a program of the Georgetown Police Department to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. New, unwrapped toys can also be brought to the donation barrels at many Georgetown locations. For donation barrel sites and more information, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.
Free parking for events
Parking is available at the Williamson County parking lot at Third and Rock streets, the lot at Seventh and Rock streets, Eighth and Martin Luther King Jr. streets, and the city parking lot on the west side of Austin Avenue at fifth street.
The city parking lot at Ninth and Main streets near the Grace Heritage Center will be used for handicap parking.
The parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed both days.
Austin Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday, December 2, through 1 a.m. Sunday, December 4, between Sixth and Ninth streets. The Austin Avenue closure will expand from 2nd to 11th streets on Saturday, December 3, between the hours of 9 am and noon to allow for the Paseo Parade. The Austin Avenue bypass will be at Rock Street.
Main Street will be closed between Eighth and Ninth streets from 7 pm on Thursday, December 1 to 1 am on Sunday, December 4.
Other streets around the square will be closed from 6 am on Friday, December 2 until 1 am on Sunday, December 4. Street closures include Austin Avenue and Main Street from Sixth Street to 10th Street, Sixth Street from Austin Avenue to Church Street, Seventh Street and Eighth Street from Rock to Church Street, Ninth Street from Austin to Church Street, and 10th Street from Austin Avenue to the parking lot exit on 10th Street. Visit TheGeorgetownSquare.com for more details.
The entrance to the Walk is free. A donation of a new toy to Blue Santa or Brown Santa is appreciated.
The Paseo is a rain or shine event. In case of severe weather conditions, such as lightning or high winds, the festival activities will be adjusted as warranted. See the DGA Facebook page at facebook.com/GTXNavidadPaseo for updates
For more information, visit the Georgetown Downtown Association website at TheGeorgetownSquare.com. The Stroll is presented by the Georgetown Downtown Association with the support of the City of Georgetown.