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Experience the Georgetown Christmas Stroll (2023)

If you’re on the lookout for a holiday experience that radiates the merry vibe of the season, look no further than the Georgetown Christmas Stroll. Nestled in the heart of “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” this annual celebration is a joyous affair and a much anticipated community event.

We live less than a half hour from Georgetown and visit every year right when all the décor is hung and the tree at the courthouse in the square is merry and twinkling! The Christmas Stroll is the perfect time to discover all that this adorable town has to offer!

So, grab your coziest scarf (Or not! Will Christmas be 80 degree this year or a chilly 40 – who knows!?)) and let’s head out to learn all there is to know about the lights, laughter, and holiday magic that is the Georgetown Christmas Stroll.

Williamson Country Courthouse in Georgetown with Christmas tree

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Georgetown Christmas Stroll Important Info

  • Friday, December 1, 2023 5-9pm
    • Whoo-Village, Kids Zone, Bethlehem Village, Vendor Market with local artisans; Live performances
  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 10am-8pm
    • Parade, Whoo-Village, Bethlehem Village, Vendor Market, Kids Zone, Live Performances

Georgetown will be festive, merry, and beautifully decorated all season long – it is one of the best Christmas towns in Texas after all! But the best time to see all its Christmas cheer at its peak is during the first weekend of December for the Georgetown Christmas Stroll.

From Friday night through Saturday, the streets around the square are alive with fun activities, several shops and market vendors selling beautiful gifts, parades and shows, and plenty of places to pick up something tasty to eat at this Georgetown Christmas festival.

Admission is free! Unwrapped, new toy donations to Blue Santa and Brown Santa are appreciated.

Over 50,000 attendees typically visit this event and a great time is had by all! Expect crowds, but plan ahead for events you wish to attend and I don’t expect you’ll have too much trouble making your way around.

Plenty of free parking is scattered in lots around town. However, plan to walk a few blocks to get to where you want to be. Roads will be closed in a one block radius around the Georgetown Square. Free parking lots to seek out:

  • Parking Lot at Rock and Sixth
  • Parking structure at Third and Rock
  • Parking Lot at Ninth and Main (handicap parking here)
  • Parking Lot at Austin Avenue and Fifth Street (only after 12pm on Saturday
  • Public lots not mentioned will be closed.
Williamson Country Courthouse in Georgetown Decorated for Christmas
Williamson Country Courthouse in Georgetown – best spot for a parade seat!

What to Experience at the Georgetown Christmas Stroll

Many activities are on the schedule at the Christmas Stroll. Plan to spend at least a few hours checking them out, but you could easily fill an entire day. Keep on eye on their Facebook page for schedule details and changes. The main events are listed below for an incredible Texas Christmas.

Christmas Parade

  • Saturday @ 10am

The Georgetown Christmas Parade kicks off the fun on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 10am. Expect to see Santa, the Grinch, Nativity floats, decorated tractors, and plenty of sweet entries by local businesses and schools.

Georgetown Christmas Parade
Georgetown Christmas Parade

Kids will be excited to see the festive characters and collect the goodies that they pass out. Watch for the Dairy Queen mascot! He hands out free blizzard coupons!

Plan to get there early with plenty of time to park, walk over, and stake out a good seat. We love to sit right in front of the courthouse. It provides a beautiful backdrop and plenty of lawn space for the kiddos to run around before the parade starts.

Georgetown Christmas Parade
Georgetown Christmas Parade

Bethlehem Village

  • Friday + Saturday

Journey back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating ambiance of Bethlehem Village, a remarkable feature presented by the Georgetown Church of Nazarene at the Georgetown Christmas Stroll.

Bethlehem Village in Georgetown
Bethlehem Village in Georgetown

As you explore this enchanting village, you’ll be transported to the bygone era of the first century. Booths with displays and performers in period costumes bring the past to life, offering a captivating glimpse into the world as it was during the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This is more than just an experience; it’s a chance to celebrate the very heart of the holiday season and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

The interactive activities available will delight children as they participate in dancing with scarves, woodworking, storytelling from the Bible, wheat grinding, a heartfelt prayer wall, and more. My children LOVED this event and proclaimed it one of their very favorite activities of the season.

Bethlehem Village in Georgetown
Bethlehem Village in Georgetown

Whoo-Village

  • Friday Night and Saturday

Step into the whimsical realm of Whoo-Village, a captivating children’s wonderland hosted by Grace Bible Church during the Georgetown Christmas Stroll. As the sun sets on Friday, embrace the magic during a special Dessert with the Grinch event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It’s a special opportunity to share treats and laughter with this beloved holiday character.

On both Friday night and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Whoo-Village bursts to life with exhilarating children’s rides for ultimate fun. Unleash your creative spirit at the ever-popular Whoo-hair booth, where fantastical hairstyles come to life. And keep your eyes peeled for an extra special guest—the Grinch himself, ready to share in the festivities and holiday cheer. Whoo-Village is where imagination knows no bounds, making your Georgetown Christmas Stroll experience truly magical.

Market Vendors

  • Friday Night and Saturday

Shop ’til you drop at the Georgetown Christmas Stroll, where a treasure trove awaits among the 175+ arts and crafts booths, alongside the charming offerings of downtown merchants.

And when you need a moment to recharge, the Bistro Food Court beckons with an irresistible array of seasonal treats. From yummy hot chocolate to amazing funnel cakes, you’ll also find many local restaurants offering full menus.

The Georgetown Christmas Stroll isn’t just a shopping event; it’s an opportunity to explore the creativity of local artisans, support the community, and cross your complete your gift list!

Christmas at the Georgetown Christmas Stroll at the Town Square
Christmas in Georgetown Texas at the historic Town Square
Christmas in Georgetown Courthouse with wreaths

Live Performances

  • Friday Night and Saturday

With not one, but two stages showcasing exceptional entertainment, the event truly shines a spotlight on the local talent. These stages come alive with the rhythms of the season as drama performances, musical showcases, and dance routines entertain and impress audiences.

Kids Zone

  • Friday Night and Saturday

Amidst the charming holiday atmosphere and twinkling lights, make sure to keep an eye out for the Kids Zone. This area offers tons of joyful activities for the young ones. Check out the Craft Are where they can immerse themselves in hands-on fun like ornament making and cookie decorating. For the budding builders, the Home Depot kid’s construction area provides an exciting opportunity to tinker and construct. Then watch as your little ones master the art of Hula Hooping through entertaining and interactive lessons – it is the cutest!

Historic Georgetown Texas at Christmas
Historic Georgetown Texas

Photos in Santa’s Village

  • Saturday Only

If you are like me and it only feels like Christmas if you can smell the pine trees, then head to Santa’s Village among the beautiful trees of the Brungot Christmas Tree Farm (one of the best Christmas tree farms in the area!).

Capture the magic of the season with heartwarming photos and delightful visits with Santa Claus himself, available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. And the excitement doesn’t end there! Keep an eye out for updates about the much-anticipated Saturday dinner event, where you can dine in the company of the Grinch and Santa Claus himself, right in the heart of Santa’s Village.

Children watching the woodworkers at the Bethlehem Village at the Georgetown Stroll
Bethlehem Village at the Georgetown Stroll

What Else is There to Do While at the Georgetown Stroll

Blue Hole Swimming Hole and Picnic Area in Georgetown Texas
Blue Hole Swimming Hole and Picnic Area
All Things Kids Toy Store and Ice Cream Shop in Georgetown, Texas
All Things Kids Toy Store and Ice Cream Shop

Georgetown has many fun, historic, and active things to do in Georgetown beyond the Christmas Stroll! Make a day or a weekend of it and check them out!

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