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2020 6abc Dunkin' Thanksgiving Day Parade Virtual Event

A parade will not march up the parkway in 2020, but join us on 6abc Thanksgiving morning for what is going to be the biggest and most needed Thanksgiving Celebration yet!
Dates: 
11/26/2020
8:30am
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

A Very Merry Night with Yesenia McNett- The Georgetown Palace Theatre

Palace favorite, Yesenia McNett, is returning to the Springer Stage for a night of musical entertainment. Yesenia will sing a variety of holiday and non-holiday favorites to kick off the holiday season. She is a singer and actor from New Braunfels who has been performing on stages across Texas for over twenty-five years. Yesenia sings with her San Antonio area bands "The Groove Doctors" and "Rock N Soul," and from Austin to Houston with "The Time Warps" and "The Brass Tax." She performs regular musical tributes to Linda Ronstadt and country legend Patsy Cline nationally. Her vocal blend of musical theater, jazz, pop, classic country and Latin music make her a versatile performer. Yesenia has been on Palace stages several times as Patsy Cline and has performed tributes to the great music of Johnny & June Carter Cash, Heart, Grand Funk Railroad, and Aretha Franklin. An '04 graduate of Southwestern University, she is always happy to return to her beloved Georgetown.
Dates: 
12/03/2020
7:30pm
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Location:

810 S Austin Ave
Georgetown, TX, 78626
United States

Phone:

(512) 869-7469

Letters to Santa at The Beltonian Theatre

We will provide free pencils, paper, and stamped envelopes at every movie screening beginning with November 21st (1st day of Thanksgiving Break) through December 24th (Christmas Eve). Your child can drop the letter in our custom mailbox and we will personally deliver these letters to Santa Claus at the North Pole in time for Christmas!!
Dates: 
11/25/2020
11/26/2020
11/27/2020
varies
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Organization:

The Beltonian Theatre

Location:

219 E Central Avenue
Belton, TX, 76513
United States

Phone:

(254) 831-3161

2020 Christmas Getaway Weekends -At Splashway Waterpark & Campgrounds

Introducing our new Christmas Getaways, happening weekends December 4th-20th at Splashway Campground! Just because your holiday travel plans may have been cancelled doesn’t mean you can’t get into the Christmas spirit, right here in Texas! Join us as Splashway Campground transforms into a holiday wonderland with twinkle lights, themed crafts, and Christmas treats every weekend! And, since we know everyone needs a little extra cheer this year, we’ve put together some truly special activities your family will love!
Dates: 
12/04/2020
12/05/2020
12/06/2020
Times vary. Please see website.
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Location:

5211 Main Street
Sheridan, TX, 77475
United States

Phone:

979-234-7718

Virtual Event: Christmas Around the World with Puppeteer Robin McCahill

Travel around the world with artist and puppeteer, Robin McCahill as she introduces you to the many characters of Christmas in this one hour presentation suitable for kids of all ages! Meet Italy’s “Befana”, a Christmas WITCH. Iceland has twelve Santa’s called Yule Lads with names like Meat Hook, Spoon-Licker, and Door-Slammer. Head off to Eastern Europe for a visit with the very spooky Krampus! Robin will illustrate these characters with handmade puppets. Gerri Griswold will assist with stories and other visuals. You don’t even need to bring your passport! 10:00 a.m, ZOOM.
Dates: 
12/19/2020
10 am - 11:30 pm EASTERN
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

2020 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade- Virtual

Let’s celebrate together — at home! The only way to see all the magic unfold is from home this year. Although the #MacysParade will look very different this year, we’ll still have our balloons, floats and performers — but shared in a way that’s safe for everyone. Watch it live from 34th St Thanksgiving morning at 9am, only on NBC. macys.com/Parade
Dates: 
11/26/2020
9:00AM-12:00PM
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Christmas Artisan Market Splashway Waterpark & Campgrounds

Let’s face it, the “virtual market” doesn’t have the same holly, jolly effect as shopping in person! Stop by our Christmas market, nestled in our cozy tents, and shop with vendors from all over Texas! Grab some last minute gifts, find the perfect stocking stuffers, or just treat yourself to a present of your own! Our Christmas market will be happening Saturday, December 5th, from 12:00pm-5:30pm. Admission is $10 but, it’s for a good cause! All proceeds will go to local charities. Or you can bring a new toy to donate and admission is FREE! Children 17 and under are FREE!
Dates: 
12/05/2020
12:00PM-5:30PM
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Location:

5211 Main Street
Sheridan, TX, 77475
United States

Phone:

979-234-7718

Peppermint Parkway

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is excited to announce it will be debuting an all-new event to help the community celebrate the holiday season in a safe and festive way. Peppermint Parkway will invite Central Texans to experience a magical drive-thru on select nights from November 27 to December 27. The holiday spectacular will be a one-mile driving attraction that will immerse visitors in millions of holiday lights synchronized to joyful holiday classics.
Dates: 
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
11/29/2020
6-10:30 p.m.
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Location:

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
Austin, TX, 78617
United States

Phone:

512-301-6600

Shop Small Saturday + Tree Lighting in Hutto - Cancelled for 2020

Kick-off your holidays in historic downtown Hutto on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for Shop Small Saturday! Hutto small businesses will be open with holiday items and special discounts. Plus there will be a home-based pop-up vendor market from 3-6 p.m.
Dates: 
11/28/2020
03:00 pm - 07:00 pm
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Organization:

City of Hutto

Location:

401 W. Front St.
Hutto, TX, 78634
United States

Phone:

512-759-4015

New Year’s Eve Musical Celebration at Cal Performances

Join the artists who have made the Cal Performances at Home season possible for a celebratory evening of exclusive performances recorded especially for the occasion. Soloists, recitalists, jazz artists, and chamber ensembles featured in our fall online streaming series have each contributed a special musical selection to help our audiences usher in 2021 in style. (And really… who doesn’t want to say goodbye to 2020?!) All performers have carefully chosen their program, with the aim of sharing works that convey the joy, hope, warmth, and spirit of the holidays. We invite you to close out the year among friends—with familiar faces from our extraordinary artist roster, in transcendent performances that promise to remind us of the power of the arts to uplift and connect us even in the most trying of times.
Dates: 
12/31/2020
11 PM EST – 2 AM EST
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

A Christmas Carol (Virtual) at Shea's

Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. Your ticket purchase helps sustain Shea’s while our stages are dark! The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has been given new life thanks to the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island), and the Tony-winning virtuoso, Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…), starring in 50 roles of a lifetime. Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. The Hollywood Reporter declares, “It’s a towering achievement! You’ve seen it before, but not like this.” And the Los Angeles Times raves, “Mays is a rare gem and Arden is ingenious. For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season.”
Dates: 
11/28/2020
Available to stream for 24 hours from Nov 28 - Jan 3
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Texas Virtual Christkindl Market

While we will not have a physical location this year, please enjoy our website and follow us on our social media channels from November 27th through December 23rd, where everyone is invited to experience the German tradition of our Texas Christkindl Market! You’ll discover holiday cheer, decorations, recipes, and one-­of-­a-­kind finds and gifts from your favorite vendors through our vendor listings. You’ll see how to create German holiday treats with authentic recipes and video demonstrations. Live performances from local choirs and dancers will be broadcast through our social media channels, and children (and adults alike) will get surprise messages from St. Nick throughout the duration of the Market. While it is not the way we intended to have the market this year, we hope it still brings you a bit of holiday cheer! See you online and Frohe Weihnachten!
Dates: 
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
11/29/2020
Please see website for details
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Visit the Hispanic Society Museum & Library VIRTUALLY - Dec 1 at 6pm Eastern from Danbury Library

Take a live, virtual, and interactive journey through history with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library! Explore the museum’s collections of objects, indigenous art, and maps as we travel through the Ages of Discovery and Exploration from the 1500s all the way through today. Then create your own masterpiece! All you need is paper and a pencil! Free! For all ages. Registration required to receive a zoom invitation. Please note, this is a LIVE event presented on Zoom. Details will be sent to the email provided during registration.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
6pm EDT / 5pm CDT / 4pm MDT / 3pm PDT / 2pm AKDT
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Splashway

Who's ready to say goodbye to 2020??? With all this year has put us through, it's time to CELEBRATE the start of a fresh, new year! As a break in the busiest time of the year, take a few days in the great outdoors to reconnect and unwind with the people who matter most.
Dates: 
12/30/2020
12/31/2020
01/01/2021
See website for details.
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Location:

5211 Main Street
Sheridan, TX, 77475
United States

Phone:

979-234-7718

Order A (video) Visit With Santa!

One of the most enchanting moments as a child is a visit with Santa Claus. 2020 may look different this year, but Christmas isn’t cancelled. A personalized video from Santa is the perfect way to have your kids experience the magic of Christmas from the comfort and safety of your home. For a $15 donation, Santa will send a personalized message to your family. Simply go to our website, fill out the form and the Elmwood Village Santa will send you a video by December 21st from Santa@ElmwoodVillage.Org. All proceeds go to the Elmwood Village Association. Thank you for your continued support!
Dates: 
11/26/2020
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
all day
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Make a Holiday Elf House - free virtual workshop

Make a home for an Elf family. Decorate it for the holidays. Fun and interactive workshop on the Zoom platform. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Dates: 
12/01/2020
4:00pm - 5:15pm
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Wee Wednesdays - Virtual! At Main Street Children's Museum

Join us virtually on Facebook Live for Wee Wednesdays where children and their caregivers will sing and wiggle around with us, listen to fun books and participate in activities. Designed for early learners and families with children ages 4 and younger.
Dates: 
11/25/2020
12/02/2020
12/09/2020
10:00-10:30AM
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

YouthBiz Marketplace

FIND EXQUISITE GIFTS DIRECT FROM YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS The YouthBiz Marketplace is the ultimate buy local experience, and we’re bringing it to you online! Young business owners sell their unique products–all handmade by them. You will find beaded jewelry, greeting cards, bath products, home baked goodies, artwork, and more–unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list!
Dates: 
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
11/29/2020
Buy online anytime!
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

TakeTimeThursday: Holiday Musical Favorites with Tia L. Singleton - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Join us for #TakeTimeThursday as Tia L. Singleton returns to share some popular holiday songs. hear the melodic voice of guest psalmist Tia L. Singleton. Get in the holiday spirit as Ms. Singleton treats us to her varied range and even tone.
Dates: 
12/03/2020
2:30-3:00
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

2020 VIRTUAL: A Christmas Carol- Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Join us in celebrating 40 years of holiday magic with KCRep! Kansas City’s beloved tradition returns in an exciting new format that blends the heart and soul of our spirited holiday classic with an innovative digital experience. Although we can’t be together in-person this year, we are bringing the celebration to the comfort of your very own living room! Snuggle up by the fireplace with family and friends, grab a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa and join Ebenezer Scrooge on his redemptive journey with Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Featuring an all-star Kansas City cast, our virtual performance of A Christmas Carol will kindle your Christmas spirit and create memories that will last for years to come.
The event has already taken place on this date: 
12/31/2019
STREAMING ON-DEMAND, NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 31.
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Twice as Nice Silent Auction: Give to RIMOSA and Yourself!

As we embark on this years holiday season and Rhode Islanders strive to bounce back from the world’s current circumstances, the Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art (RIMOSA) is thrilled to announce that the 2nd Annual Twice as Nice Silent Auction: Give to RIMOSA and Yourself! will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 thru Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Dates: 
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
11/29/2020
8:00AM
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

A (virtual) Christmas with The Griswolds at Artpark

Light up your holidays and join Christmas’ favorite couple, Ellen and Clark Griswold for this virtual salute to the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) lead audiences through this live event as they share fan-favorite clips from the movie, reveal their favorite memories from the making of the Vacation franchise and answer your questions in a live audience Q&A. Fans can expect the unexpected as these legends share a no-holds-barred trip down memory lane and unveil the behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of a blockbuster film franchise. Add a new twist to your holiday tradition—gather the family and cozy up on the couch as we stream the Griswolds directly to your living room for this live virtual event that is fun for all ages. Chestnuts and eggnog recommended!
Dates: 
11/28/2020
8 pm
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody! - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 in the United States. Join us as Mr. New-School, Brian Barber, walk us through the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and create a hands-on craft using easy to find materials.
Dates: 
12/10/2020
2:30 – 3:15 PM
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Register To Zoom With Santa! (Meetings on Nov 28 and Dec 19)

Unfortunately, due to the unpredictability of COVID-19, the changing zones and subsequent restrictions, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has needed to redirect our Santa event this year. In an effort to maintain some sort of normality and connect with our local community the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is happy to announce that after speaking with Santa and his head I.T. Elf, Santa has agreed to a special ZOOM meeting with Santa! Santa's head I.T. Elf will be on the call to help facilitate (Santa isn't too good with ZOOM yet, I mean... he still makes lists he has to check twice.) Santa will read a story, join in a sing-a-long, play Christmas games, and hear all about your Christmas wishes!
Dates: 
11/25/2020
11/26/2020
11/27/2020
10 am - 3:30 pm with 1 hour timed appointments
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

World AIDS Day 2020 - Unfinished Business

Tune in with us on Friends of Trillium Health's Facebook Live or on RCTV, found on Channel 1301 in Rochester, NY for a fundraiser to benefit Trillium Health’s work to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic! Please join President and CEO, Andrea DeMeo, and Co-Founder and Staff Physician, Dr. Bill Valenti, to honor and celebrate World AIDS Day as we share stories about Trillium Health’s HIV journey and preview a portion of a new play by David Henderson – Unfinished Business, based on Dr. Bill Valenti’s book. The show will be emceed by Mrs. Kasha Davis, a featured contestant on Season 7 of Ru Paul's Drag Race.
Dates: 
12/05/2020
7 pm - 7:30 pm EST
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

JOY AROUND THE WORLD: Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunts

PUT MORE HO-HO-HO IN YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY! This December, gather your group around the Zoom yule log to play one of our fun, fascinating, fast-paced, and definitely festive virtual holiday scavenger hunts. On teams, you’ll use our desktop app to explore websites around the world that reveal holiday traditions, scenic places, and pop culture favorites. Your quest: answers to tricky, humorous questions. You’ll feel like you’re sight-seeing from Santa’s sleigh. A Kids Edition is also available, perfect for family gatherings and online classroom games.
Dates: 
11/27/2020
11/28/2020
12/12/2020
See website for details.
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Location:

ONLINE ONLY

Light Up the Lake

BIG & GLOWING holiday cheer coming to Round Rock for 2 amazing nights in December! Join us for Light Up the Lake, a FREE NEW 2-day holiday festival around the lake and festival area at Old Settlers Park Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 starting at 6:30pm. The event will feature SPECTACULAR holiday cold and hot air balloons hovering over Bright Lake, amazing light show, LIVE music, holiday displays, holiday food and refreshments, yule log and more! Old Settlers Park offers ample event space featuring 24 acres and a mile-long trail around bright lake, perfect for social distancing.
Dates: 
12/04/2020
12/05/2020
6:30pm
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Location:

Old Settlers Park
3300 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, TX, 78665
United States

Phone:

(512) 218-5400