A Georgetown Twist On Christmas

Story From: News 8 Austin

Just 30 minutes away from Austin, Downtown Georgetown celebrated Christmas in a completely different way.

From a colorful parade down Main Street to a 15-foot snow hill in “Whoville,” Georgetown residents made the most of the week leading up to the holidays.

Stroll coordinator Jenny Phillips has been working the event for five years. She said this year was a chance for the city to go all out. “We did it way bigger. We usually have about 150 booths. This year 250 booths. We have an ice sculptor that’s performing on Austin Avenue. He’s carving out The Grinch right now, and the parade is the biggest it’s ever been because it’s the 30th year,” Phillips said.

The best part about the stroll? Everything is free and open to the public, so families can relax and enjoy some Christmas cheer without worrying about their pocketbooks. Children were lined up around the corner for pictures with the Grinch, who was decked out in full makeup and costume. He even had a security staff to make sure no aspiring Grinches cut in line.

It’s an experience Georgetown resident Sandra Puska enjoyed when she was a kid. Now, she and her husband are glad to pass the tradition down a generation.

“Georgetown is like no other. It just has some of the old traditions of growing up when I was little, and so it’s fun. It’s great for the family. It just has that old town feel still, and now I’m bringing my kid, so it’s just keeping it in the family,” Puska said.

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