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25 days of Christmas

The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating the 25 Days of Christmas all month long at Mary Kyle Hartson Park. Stop by for live music and local vendors from Dec. 1 through Dec. 25 and get in the holiday spirit. 

Buda Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for the kick-off of the 41st Annual Budafest Friday evening, Dec. 3 with the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony and ornament market. Santa will lead the count down to the kick-off of the holidays and the biggest holiday event in Buda.


Budafest is the place to be for holiday fun with the whole family. Come on Friday night as the festival kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony and a small ornament market. Then come back Saturday to explore all that Budafest has to offer from craft vendors to family-friendly activities like a snow area to a night parade with a firework show. Visit for more information.

Mistletoe Market

Get in the holiday spirit and get some Christmas shopping done at the same time. The Hays High School Band Boosters are sponsoring the Mistletoe Market on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hays High music building. Vendors will be selling home decor, handcrafts, jewelry, soaps, candles, personalized gifts, sustainable products and more. There will also be food trucks, silent auction, door raffle, hot chocolate bar, tamale sales, canned food drive – and meet Santa from 10 a.m. to noon. Please bring a non-perishable item to support the Hays County Food Bank.

Music and fun for the holidays

Mars Beads, Fourth Rock Records and 2 Moons Art Loft in Dripping Springs open their doors to the public on Dec. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. for in-store performances by local bands. Samples of local cheese, chocolate and wine will also be served.

Christmas on Mercer Street

Come on out to the 17th Annual Christmas on Mercer Street, Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a holiday festival with live entertainment, pictures with Santa Claus and plenty of kids activities. The evening portion will include the town tree lighting with caroling and more.

A Christmas Carol in Wimberley

Tom Mula’s play, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, opens on the Wimberley Players stage November 26 and runs through December 12. An entertaining twist on Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, this tale is written from his business partner’s point of view. Marley, a mean, sour, pruney old man, is condemned to eternity with a malicious little hell-sprite named Bogle. But Marley is given a chance to free himself. If he can redeem Scrooge, a man he knew to be worse than he was, he can save himself. And so begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal during which Scrooge’s heart is opened but not before Marley, in this irreverent, funny, and deeply moving story, discovers his own. There will be nine performances, both live and streaming. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at or by calling 512 847-0575.

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