Snow Day

In: Outdoors

3 Dec

In Texas, a white Christmas usually is just a dream. But starting this Saturday, the Hill Country Galleria will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Every weekend till Christmas! Bring the kiddos from 12-4 for snowballs, sledding, and other slushy fun. (Photo courtesy of Sam Chapman, Austin Real Estate Guy.)



Ice-skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

(map) Soon, Austin’s largest outdoor ice rink opens for the season at Barton Creek Resort. The 4,100-square-foot rink will be open from December 19 through January 4 (check the website for hours). The rink features 200,000 twinkling lights to amp up your holiday spirits. Hot chocolate and cider are on-hand, too. $20-25 per person. Barton Creek Resort website

ice skating at Barton Creek Resort near Austin, Texas

(map) Put some ho-ho-ho in your holidays! Take the kids (or wanna-be kids) to the Hill Country Galleria and get pictures of them with Santa. It’s free, and they even sweeten the deal with free lollipops and tote bags. Santa will be on-hand starting today for three weekends until Thursday, Dec. 11, when he starts every day. Merry merry!

Hill Country Galleria website

Wishing health and happiness to everyone!

(map) This Friday, Johnson City kicks off its 25th annual Lights Spectacular with fireworks, a parade and more. Southern Living magazine featured this festival, which showcases 100,000 lights on the courthouse and one million lights at the Pedernales Electric Co-op. You really have to see it to believe it. Dozens of huge oaks surround the co-op’s headquarters in Johnson City, all wrapped in lights, with bulbs extending to the tips of the branches. Folks of all ages are welcome to come “ooh and ahh” the display every night till January 1. Bright idea, PEC!

Lights Spectacular website

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Turducken cartoon at the Stuffed Cajun Meat Market near Austin, Texas

(map) If you’re gathering the whole gang for the holiday, impress them by serving one of these delicious Cajun birds. Stuffed expects to sell hundreds of these creations, which consist of a boneless duck stuffed inside a boneless chicken, stuffed inside a boneless turkey. The whole thing is then stuffed with your choice of five dressings, from traditional cornbread to jambalaya to boudin. They also offer smaller turducken rolls. If you don’t want to cook one yourself, Stuffed will smoke it for you. Geaux Cajuns!

Stuffed Cajun Meat Market website


Christmas tree lighting at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, Texas

(map) Sure, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it would be a Grinch indeed who wouldn’t enjoy a free fireworks show and live music by The Vintage 15. This eighth-annual event runs from 6 to 9 tomorrow night. Santa arrives on Main Street at 7, followed by the official lighting of the tree. The big fireworks show follows.

Hill Country Galleria website

Free Ice Cream

In: Eating

17 Nov

(map) Here’s the scoop: Local favorite Amy’s Ice Creams has been serving the best frozen treats for 30 years. Tomorrow, to celebrate that landmark anniversary, they’ll be giving out free ice cream from 3 to 7 pm at all Amy’s locations. You’re welcome!

Amy’s Ice Creams website

It starts this Friday! So if you’re thinking of going this year, here’s a look at last year. Fantastic weather drew record crowds to this historic German town. From beer and bratwurst to bungee-jumping and the Chicken Dance, it’s a great time for folks young, old and in-between. Colorful costumes, whether authentic or silly, and See More »



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