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Join us for the Holiday Sing-Along, Tree Lighting and Downtown Stroll, Saturday, Dec. 2

Join KUT, KUTX and the Downtown Austin Alliance for the annual Tree Lighting, Sing-Along and Stroll. Let’s ring in the holidays together at this free family-friendly event.

The stroll begins at 5 p.m. featuring a holiday market with local food and artisan vendors, interactive art activations, live music performances and photos with Santa. On the stage, KAZI will host a Kwanzaa Tribute featuring the Kinara, the candle holder for Kwanzaa.

At 6 p.m. KUT and KUTX personalities carry on the tradition started by John Aielli, by leading the crowd in singing songs of the season. Participants will receive a free keepsake songbook to help them sing along.

At 7 p.m., we’ll countdown to the lighting of the 45-foot holiday tree at 11th St. and Congress Ave. Throughout the month of December, people can enjoy 137,000 LED lights rotating around the tree to songs by recognizable Austin musicians like Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, Vallejo and Dale Watson.

After the tree is lit, Tomar & The FCs will take the stage and the stroll will continue until 9 p.m.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023
5 p.m. Kwanzaa Tribute by KAZI
6 p.m. KUT & KUTX Holiday Sing-Along
7:15 p.m. Tomar & The FCs
The Holiday Stroll continues until 9 p.m.

Free parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Garage (1201 San Jacinto Blvd.).

There are benches stationed throughout the event, and there is a small park with benches in the west side of Congress Ave. where you can watch the tree lighting. Guests are welcome to bring their own camping or lawn chair.

KUT and KUTX thank our sponsors for helping to make the Sing-Along possible: Mother’s Milk Bank, Tomlinson’s Feed and Pet Supplies, Hyde Park Schools, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Austin Community Foundation, Central Texas Food Bank, Whole Earth Provision Co. and Austin Water.