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Santa’s Arrival in Kyle

Since 1999, Kyle has invited Santa to take part in the Tree Lighting event in downtown. On Nov. 29 from 4:30-9 p.m., join the city at City Square Park for the official Kyle kick off to the holidays.  See Santa, listen to local school choirs, and enjoy a family-friendly holiday time.

Sights and Sounds of Christmas

This year’s Sights and Sounds festival has expanded to two weekends (Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9) featuring carnival rides,  pictures with Santa, live performances and more. Gates open nightly from 5-11 p.m. at San Marcos Plaza Park. See a full schedule of events at


It’s a rejuvenated Budafest this year from Nov. 30-Dec. 3.  On Thursday and Friday, enjoy a carnival from 4-10 p.m. at Buda City Park. On Saturday and Sunday, festivities include carnival rides, an artisan workshop, a snow slide, pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and more. At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, celebrate the season with a holiday parade with a downtown lighting ceremony. At noon on Sunday, give your pooch a chance to shine in the “Reindog” parade through downtown Buda.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi Reading and Signings

Author Gabrielle Calvocoressi will hold readings on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections and on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Katherine Anne Porter Center. Calvocoressi’s first book, “The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart,” won the 2006 Connecticut Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, “Apocalyptic Swing,” was a finalist for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  The Wittliff Collection is located on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos, and the Katherine Anne Porter Literacy Center is located on Center Street in Kyle.

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