December 4, 2015

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec 4-6, 2015)

1. First Friday Art Walk - Dec. 4th, 5:30-8:30pm in downtown Bastrop. Art, shopping, food, and more. Plus, enjoy cozy carriage rides on historic Main Street. Pick-up/drop-off is from 6-9pm at the Museum and Visitor Center of Bastrop County Historical Society, located at 904 Main Street. $6 per person, per ride. First come, first served.

2. Breakfast with Santa (Elgin) - Dec. 5th, 8-11am at the Elgin Middle School cafeteria, located at 1002 North Avenue C in Elgin. $7/child for breakfast and photo with Santa; $3/child for breakfast only; $4 for photo with Santa only; $4/adult for breakfast. Plus, there will be fun crafts & activities for $.50 to $1. Proceeds benefit Elgin High School Project Celebration 2016.

3. Breakfast with Santa (Bastrop) - Dec. 5th, 8-11am at the Bastrop Senior Center, located at 1008 Water Street in Bastrop. Pancake & sausage breakfast with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Breakfast is $3/person (ages 6 and up) and free for children ages 5 and under. Pictures with Santa are $2 each. There will also be door prizes for kids and a silent auction. Proceeds will be donated to the Pink Santa Program, and donations of new toys will be accepted.

4. Holiday by the Tracks - Dec. 5th, 9am-3pm in downtown Elgin. Pictures with Santa, River Valley Farmers Market, holiday bazaar, live music, lighted parade, live nativity, and more. Admission is free!

5. 3rd Annual Christmas Expo - Dec. 5th, 9am-5pm at 375 McDonald Lane in Cedar Creek. Unique handmade items, Christmas mini sessions, refreshments, Tupperware, Arbonne, Young Living, and more. Admission is free!

6. Wild by Nature - Dec. 5th, 10am-12pm at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. Enjoy an interpretive hike as a park naturalist brings together a unique blend of human and natural history to tell the story of the Colorado River. No registration required. Free after park entry fee ($5/adult ages 13 and up).

7. Future HoneyBear Cub Clinic - Dec. 5th, 10am-3pm at Bastrop High School. Cost is $45/child, ages 3 and up (must be potty-trained). Walk-ins welcome. Includes pizza, t-shirt, arts & crafts, games, dance & choreography, marching with the HoneyBears in Bastrop's lighted parade on Dec. 12th, and a performance with the HoneyBears on Dec. 11th at the Winter Showcase at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for Performing Arts in Bastrop.

8. Festival of Lights - Dec. 5th, 10am-5pm in downtown Smithville. Kids Fest with bounce houses, games, and activities, tricycle races, pictures with Santa, live theater show of "It's a Wonderful Life," train rides, live music, food, shopping, lighted parade, and more. Admission is free! Plus, the annual Gingerbread Man 5K & Fun Run kicks off at 9am.

9. 2nd Annual Utley Arts & Crafts Show - Dec. 5th, 10am-5pm at 176 S. Red Bud Trail in Elgin. Arts & crafts and unique handmade items for sale, food & refreshments, a bonfire, and more. Admission is free!

10. Snow Day - Dec. 5th, 12:30-8:00pm in Fisherman's Park. Enjoy sliding down a 12 ft. snow hill, playing with 30,000 lbs. of shaved ice (a.k.a. "snow"), making s'mores and Christmas decorations, and watching "The Santa Clause" with your family and friends. Movie starts at dusk, around 6pm. Admission is free!

11. Cookies with Santa - Dec. 5th, 1-2pm at the Sugar Shack, located at 114 Loop 150 in Bastrop. $6.50/ticket, which includes decorating a gingerbread man cookie and visiting with Santa. Bring your own camera.

12. 15th Annual Angel Tree Ceremony - Dec. 6th, 6pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, located at 603 Spring Street in Bastrop. The ceremony honors victims and survivors of violent crime. The Honorable Chris Duggan, District Judge, will be the guest speaker. Bring an angel ornament to hang on the tree in memory or honor of your loved one.

*Bonus Attractions*

River of Lights - Nov. 27th through Jan. 1st, 5:30-10:00pm nightly in Fisherman's Park on the June Pape Hill Riverwalk Trail. The River of Lights includes 120 lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes along the banks of the Colorado River and enhanced by cheerful holiday music. To access this one-half mile promenade, come down the stairs in Ferry Park (west of the intersection of Main and Pine Streets) or select the fully accessible entrance at Fisherman's Park on Farm Street. Sponsored by the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce along with many generous community organizations and individuals.

Hunt for FestiviTrees - Dec. 1st through Jan. 4th at various Bastrop businesses and organizations. The Hunt for FestiviTrees is an annual Bastrop tradition sponsored by Keep Bastrop County Beautiful. Local businesses and organizations create a tree made from and/or decorated with recycled items. Then, individuals can "hunt" for the FestiviTrees, get their ballot stamped at each location where they find a tree, turn in their ballot for a chance to win, and vote for their favorites!

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm - Open for tree sales Nov. 27th-Dec. 20th, located at 120 Natures Way, off Roy Davis Road in Elgin. Hours: M-Sa 10am-5:30pm, Su 12:00-5:30pm; Church on the Farm is on Sundays from 11am-12pm. Besides gorgeous Christmas trees, they've also got homemade wreaths, tree stands, hay rides, live animals, a crazy maze and playground, and a Christmas cottage with lovely Christmas gifts and d├ęcor.

Evergreen Farms - Open for tree sales Nov. 27th-Dec. 24th, located at 242 Monkey Road in Elgin. Hours: M-F 12pm until dark, Sa 10am until dark, Su 12pm until dark; open Dec. 24th until 3pm. Take a wagon ride out to the field where you can cut your own Texas-grown Christmas tree or pick a precut fir. Enjoy games like tetherball, hopscotch, and a bean bag toss, a nature trail, farm animals, and a gift shop. On weekends, there's also a campfire for roasting marshmallows and pine cone painting, for an additional charge.  

*But that's not all! To discover more events, visit our interactive online calendar here. For more "Lost Pines Christmas" events, click here. And for more places to visit Santa in Bastrop County, click here.

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