Austin, Texas – Christmas is now just three weeks away and communities across central Texas have been throwing all sorts of events to get residents in the Christmas spirit.
From Christmas parades in Round Top and Pflugerville to carols in downtown Austin, here’s a look at some of this weekend’s festive fun.
Round Top Christmas Parade
A parade of lights lit up the night sky in the small town of Round Top, Fayette County.
“If you look at the entries in the parade, you will see the creativity that comes out of Round Top,” said Jamie Moreau, Justice of the Peace-elect for Fayette County Pct. 2.
The Christmas Parade is now in its sixth year, with Round Top resident and former Texas Governor Rick Perry serving as Grand Marshal.
“People have been preparing for this for many weeks,” Perry said. “From kids to people my age, to the elderly that are here and everything in between… Already a huge crowd and nice weather so a perfect Texas night.”
Holiday walk in downtown Austin
Meanwhile, people in downtown Austin spent the evening singing Christmas carols, a tradition that has lasted for more than three decades.
“I love looking out into the crowd and seeing everyone, of all ages and backgrounds, all singing in unison and it’s really beautiful and inspiring,” said Erin Geisler, marketing and communications manager for KUT/KUTX Public Radio.
The Holiday Walk, Sing-along, and Tree Lights is a joint effort of the Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT/KUTX Public Radio. The event attracted about five thousand people with vendors, live music and even Santa himself.
“It’s evolving every year and getting better every year,” said Vanessa Olson, director of communications for the Downtown Austin Alliance. “Everyone is smiling, everyone is happy, everyone is in their festive attire.”
Pflugerville Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade
Earlier Saturday in Pflugerville, the Pfestival of Lights and Christmas Parade meandered through downtown.
“This will be my second year ahead,” said David Quinton of Pflugerville. “I actually started cumming when I married my beautiful wife.”
The city and the Knights of Columbus host the event each year along with vendors and live music.
“I just wanted to bring the kids and do something nice, small, and community,” said Stephanie Whitehurst of Pflugerville.
“I love that it’s the first week of December, it’s not very cold, just a little chilly to add to the celebrations,” said Deborah Whitehurst of Pflugerville.
For some, it’s a holiday tradition that now spans generations.
“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid, so it’s probably been 20 years,” said Kelsha Grayson of Pflugerville. “It’s nice to be in the community and sharing those traditions with my family now.”