Top 5 things to do in December

How to get in the holiday spirit around the Austin area

by Bri Branscomb and Amanda Nguyen

When December rolls around, the weather gets colder and the spirits get warmer. The Holiday season is one of being grateful, giving back and spreading joy. Here are some ways to enjoy the last month of the year that aren’t too far from home.

Pick a Christmas Tree

While many families may have converted to the hardy, plastic tree, there’s still something special about walking in your house and getting to smell the musky scent that is so unique to Christmas. Brungot Farms, a Christmas tree and wreath farm owned by Aaron Brungot, is a great place to choose & cut your own tree, to your specifications. Workday hours are from 4 p.m to 8 p.m, Fridays are from 4pm to 9pm, and weekends are from 10am to 9pm.

Participate in Blue Santa

If you feel like giving back this holiday season, Blue Santa is a perfect fit. The Leander Law Enforcement Association, along with the Leander Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association are partnering with the Hill Country Christmas Bureau in order to organize a citywide donation of toys and gifts for children who might not be able to wake up on Christmas morning to presents otherwise. The donations can be dropped off in boxes located in various places, one of which being the school. The proceeds will go towards providing gifts, blankets and space heaters to families in need.

The North Pole Train

The Austin Steam Train Association is transforming their vintage train this year for a ride to the North Pole. The North Pole Flyer is a 2.5 hour train ride complete with hot chocolate, cookies and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Participants of the ride can sit in the festively decorated cars, and children will receive a gift from Santa to commemorate the popular holiday tradition.

Trail of Lights

For the last 50 years, the Austin Trail of Lights has been the must do on everyone’s holiday activity list. The trail of lights is a 1.25 mile walking experience with a variety of food, holiday lighting, hot chocolate and a carousel! The trail runs December 10 to the 23. It is open from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. General admission is $3 per person for ages 12 and up and is free for all ages December 10 to December 16.

Skating on top of Whole Foods

Not only do people go to Whole foods for grocery shopping, they also go to ice skate. Whole Foods will be hosting their very first year of ice skating on top of the Whole Foods plaza. The skating rink is open from 10 a.m to 9 p.m daily from November 27 to January 7. It’s $10 per person, which includes skates.