Posted on November 17, 2023

Hey folks, the holiday vibes are in full swing, and it’s time to soak it all in! Families are uniting for some 2023 seasonal shenanigans, and centrally located Bastrop County, Texas has got a load of family-friendly activities that’ll add that extra sprinkle of magic to the festivities. We’re not just talking about the usual stuff – there’s a bunch of cool options to explore, making this holiday season a legit treasure trove of memories.

Christmas tree lightings at the Hyatt Lost Pine Resort & Spa and at Bastrop’s Fisherman’s Park open up the holiday season right after Thanksgiving. Vote for your favorite drink at Bastrop’s Wassail Fest.

Dive headfirst into the arts with some holiday-themed live performances. Picture this: “It’s a Wonderful Life” hitting the stage, spreading its timeless message of goodwill to audiences of all ages. Or “A Country Christmas” dance with the Farm Street Opry. And for you ballet buffs, “The Nutcracker” is a classic, one-performance-only, must-see.

Christmas festivals are the traditional place to be and Bastrop County has them in all three cities – Bastrop, Elgin and Smithville. Picture the air filled with the sweet aroma of baked treats and the sounds of laughter.Enjoy markets, Santa’s workshop, and all kinds of activities for the entire family. Lighted parades are the real showstoppers with three chances to see floats decked out in twinkling lights together as a family, creating memories that’ll keep you smiling for years.

And don’t forget Santa! He’s all smiles, enjoying visiting children and places around the county.

Your family can also enjoy the festive lighted Riverwalk in Bastrop while you enjoy the outdoors.

And if you’re up for something different, some communities throw unique events that put a fresh spin on the season. How about celebrating Viking Yule, complete with Highland games, or meeting Krampus and his spine-chilling cohorts?

Nature lovers, we’ve got you covered, too. Grab your jacket and hit up pine-treed Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park, or the Colorado River and Lake Bastrop for some relaxation in the great outdoors. Picture this: crisp air, the scent of pine, and trails ready for your footsteps.

Don’t forget to check out local shops all lit up for the season. Shopping becomes a magical adventure with twinkling lights and seasonal displays. Afterward, treat the family to some holiday delights at local restaurants and cafes. ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry!

And hey, why not make it a fun, relaxing getaway? Places are offering special holiday packages with festive decorations and activities for the kids. It’s like a home away from home, but with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

So, whether you’re catching a show, walking through a festival, or chilling by the river, make this holiday season a time of wonder and togetherness for your crew. Do check out our Events calendar for even more to do. The holiday spirit is all around – let’s embrace it and watch the magic happen!