It’s my favorite time of year…. for parades and lights, brightly lit trees and sweet treats, festive gatherings and precious time spent with friends and family. Two of my family’s NEVER MISS events in Austin are the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade and the Pflugerville Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade. Somehow, I manage to get teary-eyed at both; Chuy’s for the amazing amount of toys that are tossed into the trucks to make the lives of kids without as much a little brighter during the holidays, and Pflugerville’s Pfestival of Lights Parade because it brings such a classic small town nostalgia feeling. I’ve yet to attend the other two on this list, but I am pretty sure they won’t disappoint either.
Chuy’s Children Giving to Children
When: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time: 11 a.m.
Where: Starts at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress, moving south on Congress all the way to Cesar Chavez, ending just north of the bridge. Click here for a parade map.
Giant inflatable balloons, festive holiday floats, famous children’s characters, spectacular marching bands, cool classic cars and Santa! Benefiting Operation Blue Santa so Bring a Toy! At a designated time during the Parade Procession, all units will stop to collect the toys. Santa’s Helpers will line the parade route and help spectators give their toy. All toys will be distributed by the Operation Blue Santa Program to another child just in time for the holidays.
Pflugerville Pfestival of Lights & Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: Parade begins at 5:30 p.m., events happening throughout the day
Where: Pecan Street and Raildroad Ave., Pflugerville
Enjoy a Holiday Stroll & Sidewalk Sale – Pecan Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then find your spot on Pecan Street to watch the Christmas Parade from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Afterwards, the Pfestival of Lights kicks of with the lighting of the tree, live music, crafts, and treats until 8:30 p.m. Presented by the City of Pflugerville, Knights of Columbus Council 10373 and Pflugerville Downtown merchants.
City of Leander Parade and Tree Lighting
When: December 5, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 200 West Willis St., Leander
Celebrate the season with The City of Leander! The annual Leander Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is on December 5th, 2015. The Christmas Parade will begin at 5pm with the Tree Lighting to follow. We will have Pictures with Santa, Holiday Hayrides, Yule Fire, Choral Performances, and a variety of vendors.
Bastrop’s All I Want for Christmas Lighted Christmas Parade
When: December 12, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Bastrop
Don’t miss a moment! Bastrop’s annual lighted Christmas parade brings a festival of lights, music, and cheer, including lovingly constructed and decorated floats, fire engines, marching bands, horses and riders, and, of course, Santa Claus and his helpers.