You’re not all Christmas-ed out already, are you? Sure, the stores have been playing holiday music since Halloween, rearranging your Elf creatively has taxed your mind and you’ve probably caught yourself more than once remarking on how it all starts earlier and earlier each year, but hey, humbug, there’s still fun to be had! Snap out of it!

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On Saturday, December 7, find your holiday spririt, brush off the scrooginess, and bring the whole family to the south steps of the Capitol for KUT News 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 Presents: Holiday Sing-Along, Tree Lighting and Downtown Stroll at 6 pm. The festivities kick off when the crowd sings the songs of the season during KUTX 98.9 “Eklektikos” host John Aielli’s Holiday Sing Along. At 6:50 pm, the countdown to the tree lighting begins with a programmed light show (which repeats at the top and bottom of every hour) set to holiday songs by local Austin musicians.

From 7 – 9 pm, take a stroll down Congress Avenue where shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late with special activities and offers. Be sure to catch one of this year’s highlights, an aerial dance performance by Blue Lapis Light at 816 Congress at 7:40 and 8:25 pm. Additional activities along the stroll include classic holiday cartoons at the Paramount Theater, Santa in an Airstream photo booth (keep it weird, Santa!), a special holiday farmer’s market with Sustainable Food Center and much, much more.

The event is free and open to the public. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to benefit the community through the Capital Area Food Bank. Sponsors include Austin Java, The Capital Area Food Bank of TexasThe Downtown DoctorJaya Furniture Whole Earth Provision Company and Wild Birds Unlimited – Westlake.


– Claudia

Claudia Weber is a transplanted Austin mom, local realtor and now, apparently Rainbow Loom addict who loves to share the best of Austin with families like hers – whether they’re moving to town or just looking to embrace the best Austin has to offer. Find out more at Also, get a super-cool free NEW HOME SEARCH APP by clicking here!