Kick off your holiday season with KUT and KUTX at our annual Sing Along and Tree Lighting, followed by the Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll.
The carols begin at 6 p.m. when crowds gather on the south steps of the Capitol to sing songs of the season, kicked off by KUT "Morning Edition" host Jennifer Stayton and led by KUTX 98.9 music hosts John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen. Rusty on the lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve got you covered with complimentary keepsake songbooks.
At 7 p.m., we’ll countdown to the lighting of the giant tree at 11th St. and Congress Ave. After the tree lighting, stroll Congress Ave. between 9th and 11th streets for shopping, live music and entertainment for all ages.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018
5 p.m. Holiday stroll begins
6 p.m. Holiday Sing-Along with John Aielli and Elizabeth McQueen
7 p.m. Holiday stroll continues until 10 p.m.
The Central Texas Food Bank is accepting non-perishable food donations, as well as monetary donations, at the staffed Food Bank tent, located in the 1000 block of Congress and the donation boxes near the tree. Over the past eight years, the Food Bank has raised 8,538 meals from the Sing Along and Stroll.
The Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, live ice sculptures, holiday arts and crafts, a live mural painting, local food trucks, artisan vendors and more. Plus, enjoy a full night of live music with performances by the Austin Children's Choir, DJ Girlfriend, Shy Beast and more to be announced. Visit the Downtown Austin Alliance for details on the stroll portion of the evening.