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Holiday Family Fun Near Bryson

Dec 7, 2022 2:50:45 PM / by The Bryson Blogster

From Breakfast with Santa to a Nutcracker Market, Bryson residents really know how to ring in the holidays. They also enjoy the many family-friendly activities nearby. Being near Austin allows them to take in the fabulous holiday events the city is known for. Here are some of their favorite ways to celebrate the holidays:

Leander/Cedar Park

A Christmas Carol

Leander Activity Center
7:30 p.m. Saturday & 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10-18
The ghosts of past, present and future visit Ebenezer Scrooge in the hope of making him a better person in this traditional tale.

Holiday Storytime

Leander Public Library
10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20
Kids will enjoy holiday finger plays, rhymes, dancing singing and games.

Tails & Tales Storytime

Leander Public Library
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28
Leander Animal Services staff will read stories, sing songs and give participants a chance to pet and interact with animals. 

Trail of Lights

Cedar Bark Park Dog Park
6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9
A pet-friendly event featuring holiday lights and music, vendors, giveaways, treats and Santa Paws. Holiday attire is encouraged.

Photos with Santa

Heritage Oak Park
6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10
Take a beautiful family photo with Santa underneath the City of Cedar Park’s 400-year-old heritage oak tree.

Selfies with Santa Holiday Festival

Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10
Children with special needs can visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. There will also be a bake sale and craft fair.

Santa Photos at Lakeline Mall

Times vary, daily through Dec. 24
Free to visit, photo packages extra
Reservations required
Santa is ready for his close-up. Visit and take home a memory.

Pet Photos with Santa

Lakeline Mall
6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
Bring Fido to the mall after hours for a photo shoot with the Big Guy. CTSPCA will be onsite with pets for adoption along with merchandise for sale that benefits the shelter.

Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland

H-E-B Center
2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24
A musical, holiday journey featuring acrobats, aerialists, clowns and other performers.

Lone Star Light Show 

6-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28- Dec. 31
Take the kids to see the beautiful annual light display in Cedar Park. The nightly event features 16-foot-tall mega tree, a singing Santa, dancing snowflakes, jumping arches, snowmen, reindeer, giant ornaments, blow ups and tons of wrapped trees. Event benefits CASA of Williamson County.


Peppermint Parkway

Circuit of the Americas (COTA)
6-10:30 p.m. select days, through Dec. 30
$35-$90 per car
More than 6 million lights greet you as you drive through eight themed displays, dancing elves and more.

Santa’s Ranch

6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 1
Drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in beautiful lights, and animated Christmas displays. Stop by the concession stand for hot cocoa, kettle corn and other treats.

Austin Trail of Lights

Zilker Park
7p.m. Monday-Sunday, through Dec. 23
$5 general admission
The annual holiday tradition gets a drive-thru makeover, but still features than 2 million lights, 70 displays and lighted tunnels, 90 lighted trees and holiday magic.



The Bryson Blogster

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Just north of Austin, Bryson is a master-planned community featuring new homes in Leander, exciting amenities, and acclaimed Leander ISD schools.

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