Texas is filled with magical holiday towns, and a Georgetown, Texas Christmas is one of the very best ways to spend your holidays. This small town is located just north of Austin (about a half hour) which makes it easily accessible. Filled to the brim with small town charm and hospitality, you will find no lack of delicious restaurants, local shopping, and festive things to do!
We live just outside Georgetown and it is one of our family favorites. From the festive parade to the interactive children’s events to the beautiful décor, Georgetown is one place that we visit every Christmas season – usually more than once!
The season kicks off right after Thanksgiving, so stay tuned below to all of the holiday offerings and be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss out on Christmas in Texas!
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Christmas in Georgetown Texas
This picturesque town transforms into a winter wonderland during the most wonderful time of the year making it one of the best Christmas towns in Texas. With its historic streets adorned with twinkling lights, cozy boutiques decorated with festive cheer, and a calendar bursting with merry events, a Georgetown Christmas is nothing short of magical.
Georgetown is known for having “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas” year round and seeing it decked out in its holiday best makes it even more beautiful! Their holiday décor covers every door, window and sign post around downtown with festive wreaths, bows, and twinkling lights.
Georgetown Texas Christmas Events
Georgetown Tree Lighting
- 2023 Season Dates: Friday, November 25, 2023 @ 5:30pm
- Location: 103 W 7th St, Georgetown, TX 78626
Kick off your holiday spirit at this iconic Lighting of the Square event, a cherished tradition that marks the official start of the festive season. Join the Uptown Carolers in a joyous sing-along, as the Most Beautiful Town Square, shimmers with holiday magic. Watch as the downtown lights transform the surroundings into a magical, twinkling wonderland. The lights will continue to stay on each evening until January 1.
Georgetown Christmas Stroll
- 2023 Season Dates: December 1-2, 2023 – Friday (5-9pm) + Saturday (10am – 8pm)
- Location: 710 S Main St, Georgetown, TX 78626
From Friday night through Saturday, the Georgetown Christmas Stroll festivities fill the square, offering a delightful blend of activities, shopping, parades, and tasty treats. With an admission-free entry, this heartwarming celebration draws over 50,000 visitors each year.
The weekend is packed with attractions, including the Christmas Parade with Santa, the Grinch, and fun floats by local businesses and schools (more details below). Explore Bethlehem Village, an interactive journey back in time with period costumes, interactive displays, and heartwarming activities that let kids engage in wheat grinding, storytelling, and more.
At Whoo-Village, families are welcome to visit the imaginative hair booths and children’s rides. For young ones, the Kids Zone offers a variety of joyful activities, from ornament making to Hula Hooping, creating an atmosphere of joy and laughter. And for those seeking the essence of Christmas, Santa’s Village nestled in Brungot Christmas Tree Farm offers the chance to capture heartwarming photos with Santa himself.
The market vendors and arts and crafts booths invite shopping enthusiasts to explore unique creations, while the Bistro Food Court offers delectable seasonal treats. The Georgetown Christmas Stroll is a haven for local artisans to showcase their creativity and for visitors to find the perfect gifts. The event’s stages come alive with live performances, drama, music, and dance.
Georgetown Christmas Parade
- 2023 Season Dates: Saturday, December 2 @ 10am
The enchanting Christmas Parade features Santa, the Grinch, and creatively adorned floats by local businesses and schools. This is part of the Georgetown Christmas Stroll festival, and it kicks off the Saturday events at 10am sharp. This is a must-do event to experience a Georgetown, Texas Christmas!
Festive Shows at The Georgetown Palace Theater
- 2023 Season Dates:
- November 24-December 30: The Christmas Carol
- December 8-30: Sorry! Wrong Chimney
- Location: 810 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
The Palace Theater features unique holiday shows each season in its beautiful, historic theater. In 2023, theater goers can expect The Christmas Carol (a true family-friendly classic) and Sorry! Wrong Chimney (a hilarious holiday comedy for adults).
From boutiques to shops showcasing local goods to the hundreds of vendors at the Christmas stroll, Georgetown is the perfect spot to start crossing some gift off your shopping list.
As a bonus, you are sure to find each shop bursting with merry décor, festive music, and a cozy, holiday atmosphere. Don’t miss these spots:
- Bella and Birdie: home décor gifts
- The Escape Fine Crafts & Gifts: handmade items from artists around the country
- DayTripper World Headquarters: apparel, delicious snacks, and souvenirs all made in Texas
- Brazos Market: Gifts, clothing, jewelry
The restaurants in Georgetown are delicious year round, but there is something extra special when seasonal items are added to the menus. Check out some of our personal favorites:
Sweet Lemon Kitchen: This is one of my favorite places for brunch in Georgetown. The ambiance is adorable and festive, and the menu is delicious. I almost always get the quiche and salad (the dressing is fantastic!) along with a bakery treat to go. They have plenty of gluten free options too.
Dos Salsas: For some tasty Mexican food head to Dos Salsas just off the square. The dining room is small so you might find a wait, but it is worth it. On my last visit, I got the fajitas and they were delish!
Monument Cafe: I spent my birthday breakfast here last year and I just love this historic café! Come for the omelets and buckwheat pancakes, but don’t rush off too early because there is PIE. This place has been around forever and has quite the following, so expect a crowd on weekend mornings.
600 Degrees: If you are looking for a pizza, then this place is your go-to. HUGE pizza slices and a crazy number of topping options – so yummy!
2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar: True disclosure – I haven’t been here yet but it is on my list. Rumor has it that they have an incredible Happy Hour with great deals on appetizers such as Shrimp Ravioli and Hatch Chili Queso – yum!
Blue Corn Harvest: Blue Corn Harvest is our go-to spot. We have been to the Happy Hour a gazillion times (tasty and inexpensive), birthday dinners, and mid-week lunch dates. You can’t wrong with their menu, it is varied, fresh, and tasty.
Where to Stay for Christmas in Georgetown
There is just no way you can experience all the things to do in Georgetown in just one day! This charming town makes for the perfect weekend getaway for a couples trip or family fun time.
Georgetown offers an eclectic selection of lodging. Here are our favorite spots to lay our head during a Georgetown Christmas getaway:
- Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center – delicious breakfast and free bike rentals!
- Comfort Suites – solid, budget option with great reviews + location
- Adorable Bungalow – walkable to all the festivities!
What else is there to do in Georgetown at Christmas?
I’m so glad you asked! Beyond the Christmas festivities, there is plenty to explore in Georgetown in the winter! Check out this post for all the best things to do in Georgetown.
Discover museums and take a beautiful hike along the river. Indulge in a custom created ice cream cookie sandwich or grab some hot cocoa depending on the weather! Picnic by the Blue Hole or tour the historic jailhouse. Visit a farm and pet the animals and launch apple cannons.