November 20, 2014

Lights of Tejas - 2014

During the holidays when I was a kid, I would turn on Time Life's Christmas album, plug in the Christmas tree, wiggle underneath the bottom branches, and stare up at the twinkling lights while Bing Crosby sang "White Christmas." It was magical. There's just something about Christmas lights that transports you to a world full of sugarplum fairies, elves dressed in red and green, reindeer that fly, snowmen who talk, and a jolly old man with a long white beard who flies around the world delivering presents to children.

When it comes to recapturing the nostalgia of those magical childhood Christmases, nowhere does a better job than the Lights of Tejas. Run by Camp Tejas in Giddings, Texas, the Lights of Tejas boasts over one million lights and several exciting holiday light displays. This year, they've also got a new indoor light show where you will be completely surrounded by lights as you watch a multi-media retelling of the story of Christmas.

Besides amazing light displays, both young and old can enjoy face painting, ornament decorating, hayrides, or a star quest scavenger hunt. Plus, come celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at the new birthday party for Jesus where you can decorate your very own Christmas cupcake.
Take your family on the 50 foot climbing wall and get the best view of the holiday light show. Zip line across the park or play your favorite midway games. Enjoy your evening jumping, sliding, and screaming for fun in one — or ALL! — of the six bounce houses located on the grounds.

There’s even an entire room filled with pool tables, shuffle board, foosball, air hockey, and ping pong. And, if you're feeling feisty, you can participate in the Texas Snowball Showdown, where you can fire low impact foam balls at each other.

1038 PR 2191
Giddings, TX 78942

Dates & Hours:
Nov. 28th-29th, 5-10pm
Dec. 5th-6th, 5-10pm
Dec. 12th-14th, 5-10pm
Dec. 19th-23rd, 5-10pm
Dec. 26th-29th, 5-10pm

Individual admission tickets - $7 each
Special package price - $20 (includes 1 admission ticket, 1 meal, and 2 activities)
2 years old and under - FREE

Additional Costs:
Food & drinks
Face painting ($1/image)
Texas Snowball Challenge ($5/person)
Climbing Wall ($5/person)
Zip Line ($5/person)
Bounce houses ($5/person for all evening)
Ornament painting ($3/ornament)

Camp Tejas also offers accommodations at their bed and breakfast for $200 per night. Admission to Lights of Tejas admission and breakfast at the Tejas Dining Hall are included in the price. For reservations, call (979) 366-2422 or email

For more information about the Lights of Tejas, visit This is one Christmas light show you do NOT want to miss!!!

A Sami Show (November 22-23, 2014)

Get your Christmas shopping done early this year! Come on out to A Sami Show "Visions of Sugarplums" holiday shopping expo on Nov. 22nd-23rd at the Bastrop Convention Center, located at 1408 Chestnut Street in downtown Bastrop. Admission is $5/adult, and children 12 and under are FREE! Click here for a list of featured exhibitors and more info.

A Sami Show is a family owned and operated arts and crafts marketplace that has been around since 1975. The vendors include boutiques, artisans, and other small businesses who specialize in home decor, art, knick knacks, crafts, jewelry, fashion, and more! A Sami Show is well known for having a variety of unique, quality items for any occasion.

  • Saturday, Nov. 22nd - 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 23rd - 11am-4:30pm

Print this coupon (or show it on your mobile device at the door) for $1 off admission!

365 Things to Do in Bastrop, Texas is giving away 10 free VIP guest tickets to A Sami Show on Nov. 22nd-23rd!!! Click here to enter. Winners will be announced on Friday, Nov. 21st at 4pm.

For more information about A Sami Show, visit

November 18, 2014

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Premiere Event

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" hits movie theaters on Nov. 21st, but you can catch an early screening at the premiere event at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 on Thursday, Nov. 20th from 6-8pm.

Show up early to enter the archery competition for a chance to win a Hunger Games prize pack. Plus, the first 45 guests in line to see the 8pm showing of the film will receive a Hunger Games mini poster.

For more information, click here. To purchase tickets online, visit May the odds be ever in your favor!

Free Thanksgiving Lunch (November 22, 2014)

Enjoy a FREE Thanksgiving lunch on Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 11am-2pm (or until food runs out) at the Bastrop Church of Christ, located at 287 FM 20 in Bastrop. The entire community is invited, and everyone is welcome at the table! For more information, call (512) 303-4597.

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink

Thanks to Frontier Bank and the Bastrop Downtown Business Alliance, there will be a synthetic ice skating rink in downtown Bastrop Dec. 12th-14th, located in the Main Street Marketplace at 921 Main Street. Yes, you heard me correctly - ice skating in downtown Bastrop!!! So bundle up and whirl around the ice like you're in Rockefeller Center!

Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink Hours:
  • Friday, Dec. 12th, 4-10pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 13th, 10am-10pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 14th, 10am-4pm 
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink Ticket Prices:
  • Individual Skater: $8 for 20 minutes 
  • Family of 3: $20 for 20 minutes
  • Family of 4: $25 for 20 minutes
Besides ice skating, you can also visit with the big guy himself, Santa Claus! Plus, see the twinkling lights of the historic district while feeling the nostalgia of times past as you ride in a horse drawn carriage along the streets of Bastrop's quaint downtown. Carriage rides will be available at the Visitors Center and Museum, located at 904 Main Street, for $5/person per ride.
Santa Claus Hours:
  • Friday, Dec. 12th, 6-8pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 13th, 11am-3pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 14th, 1-4pm

Carriage Ride Hours:
  • Friday, Dec. 12th, 7-9pm

A HUGE thank you goes out to the Bastrop DBA for putting all of this together! For more information, visit

November 13, 2014

Off Kilter Film Festival - 2014

The Off Kilter Film Festival, now in its fifth year, is a screening of several short, comic films about "holidays, vacations, or relationships gone awry" followed by a workshop for aspiring filmmakers run by UPSTART, a non-profit media arts outreach group in Bastrop, Texas. This year, over 50 short films were submitted from filmmakers all over the world, and 12 were selected to be screened at the festival.

The films will be screened on Nov. 13th beginning at 6:30pm at Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8 in Bastrop. The Off Kilter Film Festival is family friendly and suitable for an audience of all ages.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Following the screening of the selected films on Nov. 13th, the audience is invited to participate in a Q&A session with several of the filmmakers. Afterward, there will be an award ceremony and catered party where judges will select the Overall Best Film, the Best Acting in a Film, and the Funniest Film awards, and the audience will have the opportunity to choose their favorite as well.

On Nov. 14th, UPSTART will hold workshops at their film studio, the Annabelle Resource Center, located at 1508 Cypress Street in Bastrop. Several filmmakers whose work is included in the program will be leading the workshops. The participants will include students from the BISD high schools who are studying media arts, as well as adult members of the public who wish to learn more about filmmaking.

For more information about the festival or the workshop, call (512) 308-9711, email, or visit UPSTART at

November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day - 2014

American Legion - Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 2pm. The American Legion Post 533 and Bastrop VFW Post 12104 will be jointly honoring veterans at the American Legion Post 533, located at 3003 Loop 150 E in Bastrop. There will be BBQ chicken plates for $6.50 and keg beer on the patio - $1 for veterans, $2 for non-veterans.

Chick-fil-A - Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 5-8pm. All retired and active military and their immediate family members will receive a free meal at the Bastrop Chick-fil-A.

Chili's - Tuesday, Nov. 11th, all day. Free entrée at Chili's for veterans and active military personnel. Dine in from limited menu only. Must show proof of military service.

H-E-B - Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 11am-2pm. H-E-B in Bastrop is hosting a reception for local veterans and shoppers in honor of area service men and women. In addition to serving cake and punch to veterans who attend, H-E-B will be selling sausage wraps to raise funds for the Bastrop VFW to build a new post. For more information, contact Cynthia Cortez at (512) 321-1011.

Starbucks - Tuesday, Nov. 11th, all day. Starbucks is thanking all veterans, active duty service members and spouses with a free tall (12 fl oz) hot brewed coffee. At participating Starbucks® stores. Limit one per customer.

Taco Cabana - All Taco Cabana locations offer a 20% discount to anyone showing a valid military ID or wearing a military uniform. The 20% military discount is a year-round offer.

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