Christmas Stroll Festival on Friday and Saturday

The 38th annual Christmas Stroll is this weekend in downtown Georgetown around the Courthouse Square. This holiday festival sponsored by the Downtown Georgetown Association is 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. See all the event details at TheGeorgetownSquare.com.

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 City social media pages for updates.

The Christmas Stroll on Saturday includes a parade at 10 a.m., live entertainment on two stages, and holiday shopping at more than 150 arts and crafts booths as well as downtown merchants. The Bistro Food Court offers hot chocolate, funnel cake, and other seasonal treats. Enjoy Santa’s Village all day Saturday, including photos and visits with Santa from noon to 8 p.m.

In the Children’s area the young and young at heart can try out the Everest Mountain Climb-N-Slide, street hockey, a children’s train, and Whoo hair salon, as well as other free activities for children.

On Friday night from 5 to 6 p.m. come check out a special Dessert with the Grinch, and a screening of “Shrek the Halls” at 6 p.m. at Main and Sixth streets.

Bethlehem Village features booths, displays, and performers in costume from the time of Jesus of Nazareth.

Admission to Stroll is free. A donation of a new toy to Blue Santa or Brown Santa is appreciated.

Parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday

The Stroll parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Mayor will be in the parade and look for Santa on the firetruck. 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 safety reasons, the Georgetown Police Department asks that no candy or any objects be thrown from floats or participants in the parade. For donation barrel sites and more information, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

Free Event Parking

After noon on Saturday, festival-goers may park in the City of Georgetown parking lot on the west side of Austin Avenue at Fifth Street.

Parking is available at the Williamson County parking structure at Third and Rock streets.

The City parking lot at Ninth and Main streets will be used for handicapped parking on Saturday, and the lot at Eighth and Martin Luther King Jr. streets will be open.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday. This lot will be used for the food court.

Street Closures

Austin Avenue will be closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday until 1 a.m. on Sunday between Sixth and Ninth streets. The Austin Avenue closure will expand from Second to 11th streets on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon to allow for the Stroll Parade. The Austin Avenue detour will be on Rock Street.

A half-block of Ninth Street will be closed between Main and Founders Park at 6 a.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Main Street will be closed between Eighth and Ninth streets at 7 p.m. on Thursday until 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Other streets around the Square will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday through 1 a.m. on Sunday. Street closures include Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth streets between Austin Avenue and Church Street, and Main Street between Sixth and Ninth streets. Go to TheGeorgetownSquare.com for details.

More Information

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.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: U.S. Post Office Building

A limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the U.S. Post Office Building at 113 E. Eighth St. is now on sale. The 12th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. A limited number of the ornaments are available.

Ornaments may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St. The cost of the ornament is $20. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

The building served as the post office from 1931 until 1991 when the City of Georgetown purchased the building to be used as City Hall. The city will be selling the building in early 2019 to a private developer, who plans to repurpose the building for a ballroom, restaurant, and bar.

All proceeds from the ornament sale help fund Main Street projects and the Façade Fund Grant Program.

Be a hero on Small Business Saturday

Shoppers will have the chance to Shop Small at local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday event on Saturday, Nov. 24.

This year’s theme is Be a Hero! Shop Small! Celebrate how you can be a hero to a small business, by shopping local this holiday season.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. at the Georgetown Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., where shoppers can pick up special Shop Small shopping bags, giveaways, and compete for prizes. Shoppers are encouraged to dress as superheroes and have fun while shopping small.

The annual Small Business Saturday event is sponsored by the Georgetown Main Street program, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Georgetown Association.

Thanksgiving holiday city facility closings

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (details below).

City facilities and offices closed Nov. 22-23 include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

Other Facility Closures

The facilities listed below will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and open these hours on Friday, Nov. 23:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Collection Station, 250 W. L. Walden Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Georgetown Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and reopen for normal hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no GoGeo bus service on Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23. Buses will resume normal operation on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Solid Waste & Recycling

There will be no trash or recycling pickup for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 22. Solid waste collection for Thursday and Friday slides one day:

  • Thursday slides to Friday
  • Friday slides to Saturday

Solid waste and recycling carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. For questions, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W. L. Walden Drive will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day), but open regular hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 23.

Note that the Williamson County Recycle Center at 495 CR 156, which accepts vouchers for household hazardous waste, is closed Sunday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Lighting of the Square on Nov. 23

Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event Friday, Nov. 23.  The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis and Mayor Dale Ross will flip the switch illuminating the courthouse lights and grounds at approximately 6 p.m. The lights around the Square are supported by Georgetown Utility Systems, your community-owned utility making our city 100% renewable.

Entertainment during the Lighting of the Square will be provided by the Austin Carolers, and refreshments will be provided. Stores will be open until 8 p.m.

Visit The Williamson Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and children will be able to make their own stick ribbon tree. Enjoy live music by Evelyn Billington in front of the museum. This is free and open to the public.

Williamson County Brown Santa will offer photos with Santa for a $10 donation inside the courthouse after the lighting event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enter the courthouse on the south side on Eighth Street.

Toy donations to Williamson County Brown Santa and the Georgetown Police Department Blue Santa are encouraged. Williamson County Brown Santa and Georgetown Blue Santa have gone paperless for applications. Both organizations will be on the Square to accept applications. More information and applications are available at www.wilcobrownsanta.com for Brown Santa or bluesanta.georgetown.org for Blue Santa.

For details on holiday events and activities in Georgetown, call the Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau at (512) 930-3545, or visit or VisitGeorgetown.com.

Parks and Recreation offers Thanksgiving camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer camps for students during the Thanksgiving break. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. for children ages 5-11. The camp includes a variety of activities, such as gym games, trips to local parks, and seasonal arts and crafts Daily fees are $35 for Georgetown residents and $45 for nonresidents.
  • Junior Tennis Academy is offered on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 from 9-11 a.m. for children ages 7-18. Ages 7-10 will focus on developing a solid foundation of stroke development providing the child with the skills to reach the next level. Ages 11-18 will focus on learning, consolidating and perfecting the basics of the game. Daily fees are $20 for Georgetown residents and $25 for nonresidents.
  • Adventure Camp is offered on Nov. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for children ages 11-14. The camp offers a unique opportunity for youth to be exposed to outdoor adventure activities and challenges in a fun, safe and healthy environment. Daily fees are $45 for Georgetown residents and $55 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 22

Organizers of a communitywide dinner on Thanksgiving Day are seeking volunteers and monetary donations. Community Thanksgiving will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Event organizers plan to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, free of charge, to 500 people.

The Community Thanksgiving will be served at two Georgetown locations:

  • Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.
  • Georgetown Housing Authority – Activity Learning Center, 210-B W. 18th St.

A sit-down dinner, as well as boxed take-out meals, will be served at these locations.

Community Thanksgiving is being planned and supported by the City of Georgetown, City of Georgetown Police and Fire departments, Do Yourself a Flavor Catering, CJ’s Catering, GW Pyro, and The Salvation Army of Williamson County.

The menu for the dinner includes turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and sweet potatoes. Water and tea will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no ticketing involved. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at each location.

Monetary donations to help fund the event can be made to Sertoma Club of Georgetown, with “Community Thanksgiving” in the memo line.

Donations may be mailed to Sertoma Club of Georgetown, P.O. Box 1501, Georgetown, TX, 78627, or call 512-565-1613 to make arrangements for someone to pick up the donation.

In addition to monetary donations, volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, food preparation, serving, logistics, and clean-up. If you or your organization would like to help volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact the organizing committee at gtxthanksgiving@gmail.com or signup online at bit.ly/gtxthanksgiving18.

 

Veterans Day events

Update, Friday, Nov. 9–The Veterans Day ceremony in Sun City on Nov. 12 will be held in the ballroom at the Sun City Social Center due to the forecast for rain. The maximum seating capacity for the ballroom is 600.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Georgetown is at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Drive.  All veterans and their families attending will be recognized and several veterans will participate in the program. The Georgetown High School band, orchestra, and choir will provide music beginning at 10:45 a.m.

During the ceremony, wreaths will be placed at the Memorial Walls in honor of all those who have served in the armed forces and in memory of the persons from Williamson County who lost their lives in combat.

Parking is available at the Sun City Social Center at 2 Texas Drive and across the street at the Activities Center at 1 Texas Drive. Seven-hundred folding chairs will be placed at the Memorial for event seating. Guests also may bring a folding chair and sit at the plaza under the trees. The Sun City Community Association will serve refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be held in the ballroom at the Sun City Social Center, 2 Texas Drive, Georgetown, TX, 78633.

Field of Honor

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is hosting its annual Field of Honor in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. in cooperation with the City.

The event features a field of approximately 2,000 American flags each purchased to honor a veteran, active or reserve duty military individual or first responder.

Flags will be on display through Nov. 12. More information, including a schedule of events, can be found at www.georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org.

Prop A street maintenance sales tax election results

The Williamson County Elections office has posted unofficial final results for the Proposition A street maintenance sales tax election on Nov. 6 in Georgetown. The proposition is for the reauthorization of a 0.25 percent sales tax dedicated to the maintenance of city streets in Georgetown.

These are the unofficial final results:

Votes Percent
For 21,742 80.11
Against 5,399 19.89

To see a complete Nov. 6, 2018, election results, go to wilco.org/elections.

Election Day today, get a ride to the polls

Voters in Georgetown may cast ballots at any Vote Center location in Williamson County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6. Ballots in the City of Georgetown include Proposition A, which is the reauthorization of a dedicated 0.25 percent sales tax for street maintenance.

Vote Centers

Vote Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today on Election Day. Vote at these Vote Center locations in Georgetown:

  • County Central Maintenance Facility, 3151 SE Inner Loop
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Spring Way
  • The Delaney at Georgetown Village, 359 Village Commons Blvd.
  • First Baptist Church-Georgetown, 1333 W. University Ave.
  • Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th St., Bldg. 1
  • Georgetown ISD Administration Building, 603 Lakeway Drive
  • Main Street Baptist Church-Ministry Center, 111 W. 10th
  • Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St.
  • Randalls, 5721 Williams Drive
  • Sun City Social Center, 2 Texas Drive
  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Voters may cast a ballot at any Vote Center location in Williams on County on Election Day. For a complete list, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

Photo ID: Voters are required by Texas state law to show photo identification if they have one. For a list of acceptable ID go to www.wilco.org/elections.

To find out more about the Nov. 6 election in Georgetown, go to Georgetown.org. To look up a sample ballot, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

Election Day rides

For Georgetown residents, rides are free on GoGeo buses on Election Day, Nov. 6, to help get voters to the polls. Note these GoGeo bus stops near Election Day Vote Center locations on Nov. 6:

  • Orange Route stop on Eighth at Myrtle streets: 4 blocks to Vote Center at Main Street Baptist Ministry Center, 111 W. 10th St.
  • Purple Route stop on 17th at Hart streets: 2 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th St.
  • Blue Route stop on River Bend at Westwood Lane: 3 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown ISD Admin, 603 Lakeway Drive

Georgetown residents can also use the City’s Lyft promo code to get up to $10 off rides that originate in the Georgetown city limits. Passengers are responsible for the first $2 of the cost of the ride. To use the promotion on a Lyft ride in Georgetown, download the Lyft app on an iPhone or Android smartphone and set up a Lyft account using a credit card. Then add the code GTOWNTX18 to the promo section of the Lyft app before requesting a ride.

Uber is also offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day. Visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/update-uber-drives-vote for more details.