AUSTIN, (KXAN) — Whether rain or shine, the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll will take place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol.
The annual event is being hosted by The Downtown Austin Alliance, KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR station, KUTX 98.9 and The Austin Music Experience. The events are free and open to the public.
The evening will kick-off at 6 p.m. on the south steps of the Capitol, 11th Street and Congress Ave., with a holiday sing-along led by KUTX 98.9 music host John Aielli with special guest KUTX’s Elizabeth McQueen. Attendees of the sing-along will receive a commemorative songbook.
Once the clock strikes 7 p.m. the countdown to the lighting of the Capitol tree will begin. The tree will feature a programmed light show set to play holiday songs of local Austin musicians at the top and bottom of every hour.
The holiday stroll will take place along Congress Ave. from 11th Street to 9th Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature live music from the Invincible Czars, Huck Johnson and the Jackknives and Austin Independent School District choirs. Shops, restaurants, galleries and museums will be open late for attendees and will feature special activities and offers.
Activities that will be featured throughout the evening include photos with Santa, live music, street performances and a food drive.
This annual event encourages attendees to support the Central Texas Food Bank and their fight against hunger in the community by bringing non-perishable food or cash donations. Last year’s event raised more than 1,400 meals for Central Texans facing hunger.
The Central Texas Food Bank is accepting non-perishable food donations at each event entrances and monetary donations at the staffed Food Bank tent, located near 900 Congress.