There’s a certain ambiance to Leander that melts away the decades and brings back the innocence and friendliness of yesteryear. Leander’s charm is on full display during its annual festivals, one of which is right around the corner.
The Old Town Christmas Festival is a full day of holiday revelry Saturday, Dec. 3. The Rudolph Run 5K kicks off the event that morning at 10, with a flat and fast course that is both stroller- and dog-friendly (costumes for all encouraged). Note, pets are allowed at the Rudolph Run and during the festival’s pet hours from 2-5 p.m.
The race is followed by the opening of the Christmas Marketplace at 11 a.m., with dozens of holiday vendors offering unique gift items. Children will enjoy rides such as the spinner, super slide, sit-n-spin and more, as well as a petting zoo, pony ride, train ride and inflatable zone. Performances by Band of the Hills, Center Stage and Phoenix Athletics add to the festive spirit. There will be an array of food vendors keeping bellies full.
Santa makes an appearance at the must-see Holiday Community Parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. and weaves through the streets of downtown Leander.
Everyone is invited to stay for the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree, which happens at 6:30. This official start of the season is followed by the movie “Elf” and free hot chocolate.
In short, the Old Town Christmas Festival offers a full day of fun for all ages and is a place where you can meet up with old friends, make new ones and celebrate the season. Want to see last year’s merry fun? Click here.