The 42nd annual Christmas Stroll is the first weekend in December in downtown Georgetown around the Courthouse Square. This free, family-friendly holiday festival sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association is 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. See all the event details at TheGeorgetownSquare.com.
The Christmas Stroll begins Friday night with food trucks, shopping and various activities. Starting at 6 p.m., Hill Country Kettle Korn will have free Kettle corn for children while they wait to meet the Grinch at Groovin’ with the Grinch.
Saturday’s activities include a parade at 10 a.m. immediately followed by the classic car show and a dragon dance performance at noon on the northside of the courthouse lawn. Throughout the day attendees can enjoy live entertainment and holiday shopping at more than 150 arts and crafts, clothing, and jewelry vendor booths as well as downtown merchants. The food court areas offer a variety of food items, including hot chocolate, funnel cake, and other seasonal treats. Enjoy Santa’s Village on Saturday, including photos and visits with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn.
The young and young at heart can visit the Kid Zone sponsored by the Georgetown YMCA and featuring free activities including a rock wall, train ride, bounce houses, and other children’s activities. Other activities will be available in Founders Park on Main and Ninth streets.
Stop by Bethlehem Village at 10th and Main streets on Friday and Saturday to enjoy booths, displays, and performers in costume from the time of Jesus of Nazareth.
Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday
The Stroll parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan and Police Chief Cory Tchida will lead the parade in a fire truck and look for Santa as he makes his way through downtown as the parade’s grand finale.
For safety reasons, the Georgetown Police Department asks that no candy or any objects be thrown from floats or participants in the parade.
If you come to the Stroll parade, please bring a toy for Blue Santa. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa elves along the parade route, which travels along Church Street and Austin Avenue through the downtown Square. Blue Santa is a program of the Georgetown Police Department to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. New, unwrapped toys also can be brought to donation barrels at many Georgetown locations. For donation barrel sites and more information, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.
Free Event Parking
Parking is available at the Williamson County parking garage at Third and Rock streets, the lot at Seventh and Rock streets, the lot Eighth and Martin Luther King Jr. streets, and the City parking lot on the west side of Austin Avenue at Fifth Street. Please obey No Parking signs on residential streets.
The City parking lot at Ninth and Main streets will be used for handicapped parking.
The parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed on both days.
Austin Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, until 1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, between Sixth and Ninth streets. The Austin Avenue closure will expand from Second to 11th streets on Saturday, Dec. 1, between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. to allow for the Christmas Stroll Parade. The Austin Avenue detour will be on Rock Street.
Main Street will be closed between Sixth and Ninth streets from 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, until 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.
Other streets around the Square will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, through 1 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Street closures include Sixth Street from Austin Avenue to Church Street, Seventh and Eighth streets from Rock to Church streets, and Main Street from Sixth to Ninth streets. Visit TheGeorgetownSquare.com for details.
Admission to Stroll is free. A donation of a new toy to Blue Santa or Brown Santa is appreciated.
The Stroll is a rain-or-shine event. In the event of severe weather conditions, such as lightning or high winds, festival activities will be adjusted as warranted. Check the DGA Facebook page for updates, and sign up for weather alerts at warncentraltexas.org.
For more information, go to the Downtown Georgetown Association website at TheGeorgetownSquare.com. The Stroll is brought to you by the Downtown Georgetown Association with the support of the City of Georgetown.