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The annual Holiday Sing-Along, tree lighting and Downtown Stroll are Saturday, Dec. 3

Dust off the reindeer antlers and Santa hat and kick off the holiday season with KUT 90.5 and KUTX 98.9 at our annual Holiday Sing-Along, followed by the downtown tree lighting and Downtown Austin Alliance Holiday Stroll.

The carols begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, when crowds gather on the south lawn* of the Capitol grounds to sing songs of the season. Your song leaders include some of the women of KUT News and KUTX Music: Elizabeth McQueen, Deidre Gott, Susan Castle, Jacquie Fuller and Taylor Wallace.

Complimentary keepsake song books will be available to attendees while supplies last.

The Sing-Along will include a tribute to longtime KUT and KUTX personality John Aielli who started the Sing-Along in the 1980s and died in July.

At 7 p.m., we’ll countdown to the lighting of the downtown holiday tree at 11th St. and Congress Ave. After the tree lighting, stroll Congress Avenue between 9th and 11th streets for shopping, and free live music and entertainment for all ages.

*The Capitol building is undergoing renovations this year, so join us in caroling at the tree on the south end of the Capitol grounds at 11th St.

Schedule of Events

5 p.m. Holiday stroll begins

6 p.m. Holiday Sing-Along with the women of KUT and KUTX

6:59 p.m. Light the downtown tree

7:15 p.m. Classic Hip-Hop Live performs

9:00 p.m. Superfonicos performs

10:00 p.m. Holiday stroll ends

The Downtown Austin Alliance’s Holiday Stroll has something for everyone including photos with Santa, holiday arts and crafts, local food trucks, artisan vendors and more. Plus, performances by Classic Hip-Hop Live and Superfonicos. Visit the Downtown Austin Alliance for announcements and additional details on the Holiday Stroll.

KUT and KUTX thank the following sponsors for helping make the Sing-Along possible: Mother’s Milk Bank, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Central Texas Food Bank, Fara Coffee, Fickle Pickles, Hyde Park Schools, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Ten Thousand Villages and Whole Earth Provision Co.