• Today is Texas Outdoor Adventure Day—from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—at McKinney Roughs Nature
    Park, a short drive from Bastrop. Like the first explorers of Texas, you’ll will travel down the
    Colorado River, navigate through the woods and climb to great heights. Meet at McKinney
    Roughs for a day of excitement and adventure with a focus on land and water stewardship.
    The day begins at the challenge course where you will get vertical on the rock-climbing wall
    and zip line. Next, everyone becomes an explorer, using Global Positioning System (GPS)
    units to navigate the McKinney Roughs hiking trails.  Top it off with a splash—a raft trip down
    the Colorado River.
  • $50 per person.  Adults and children ages 7 and up.  Children 12 and under must be
    accompanied by an adult.  Bring a bag lunch.  
  • Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.lcra.org/outdoorprograms
  • Take a taste:  the Bastrop’s 1832 Farmers Market Winter Celebration runs from 10 a.m. to 2
    p.m.  Located at 1302 Chestnut (next to the Convention Center and just across from City
    Hall), the market marks  the season with fresh, locally grown veggies, artisan handcrafted
    gift items, festive prepared foods, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, recipe handouts
    and door prizes. www.bastrop1832farmersmarket.org
  • Join in the fun and savor the season: the Bastrop Public Library will hold an Open House
    for the community and visitors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. And it’s more than punch and
    treats: from 10:30 a.m. to noon, kids 12 and under will apply their skills to create graham
    cracker “gingerbread” houses. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand between 11:30 and 1:
    30 for picture taking. Musical entertainment will include the First United Methodist Church
    Bell Choir, performing between 10:30 and 11 a.m., and the Bastrop Community Orchestra,
    performing holiday favorites between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.   www.bastroplibrary.org
  • The Bastrop County Historical Society hosts its eagerly awaited annual Holiday Homes Tour
    from noon to 5 p.m. This year’s tour features six historic structures in the Bastrop Historical
    District; sites range from the gemlike “Honeymoon Hut” with its romantic associations to the
    stately 1848 Wilbarger House with its echoes of the rewarding and often dangerous life on the
    Texas frontier. A Bastrop landmark, the Bastrop Christian Church whose classic steeple graces
    the area is open to view, as well as other examples of Bastrop architecture of the nineteenth
    and early twentieth centuries. As always, there will be breathtaking holiday decorative
    treatments to admire. Docents will be on hand at each site to point out key features, to
    recount the site’s historical context and to answer questions. Tickets are $15; children under
    12 accompanied by a ticketed adult are admitted free.   www.bastropholidayhomestour.com
  • Visions of Sugarplums en pointe?  Yes, and Dancing Snowflakes, a Mouse King and a Nutcracker
    Prince as well.  D'Ette & Co. Dancers offers a delightful adaptation of this beloved ballet in its
    production of “The Nutcracker”.  Showing at the Bastrop Performing Arts Center, 1401 Cedar
    Street, about six blocks west of Main Street, the performance begins at 2 p.m. and concludes
    at approximately 3:30 p.m.  Tickets are available online or by calling 512-321-1314.  
  • “A Down Home Christmas”:   don’t miss a moment!  Bastrop’s annual lighted Christmas
    parade brings a festival of lights, music, and cheer, including lovingly constructed and
    decorated floats, fire engines, marching bands, horses and riders, and, of course, Santa Claus
    and his helpers. Produced by the Downtown Business Alliance, this joyful Bastrop tradition
    literally lights up the Bastrop Christmas festivities. The parade makes its way down Main
    Street about 6 p.m.   www.bastropdba.org
  • A very full and fun day begins at 9 a.m. with the annual Christmas Street Market
    sprawling across four downtown blocks. Find one-of-a-kind handcrafts, great stocking
    stuffers and, perhaps, your very own present from Santa. Stores will be open, streets will
    be closed to provide shoppers full run of the market as well as Bastrop’s wonderful
    specialty shops, restaurants and more than 125 kiosks. For more information on the Main
    Street market, visit www.bastropdba.org; for the Pine and Water Street market, www.
  • Children (and inner children):  plan to visit the “make it and take it” Elves at Play Kids’
    Fest at the Main Street Marketplace for the opportunity to transform natural materials into
    special holiday ornaments. This free even - produce by the Bastrop YMCA - will include a
    special choreographed performance by the "Y's" "Little Dancers".   2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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  • Visit Bastrop’s 1889 Opera House—a few steps off Main at 711 Spring Street—for the 7:30 p.m.
    performance of “The Nutcracker” in the form of a musical based on E.T.A Hoffman”s “The
    Nutcracker and the Mouse King” with music from Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker
    Suite” (the ballet); book and lyrics by Patrick Rainville Dorn and music arrangements by Bill
    Francoeur.  All tickets are $5.  www.BastropOperaHouse.com
  • This is your last chance to catch the Bastrop High School’s Winter Musical, at the Wilhelm
    Performing Arts Center, six blocks east of Main.  Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.  
    For more information, contact the Center at 512-772-7800.
  • Take in the River of Lights, 120 lighted displays in a variety of seasonal themes lining
    Bastrop’s scenic River Walk and enhanced by music. To access this one-half mile promenade,
    come down the stairs west of the intersection of Main and Pine Streets or select the fully
    accessible entrance at Fisherman’s Park on Farm Street. The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce
    and community organizations and individuals generously provide this traditional treat
    enjoyed by all ages and by visitors and locals alike.  www.bastropchamber.com
  • Get your bearings at Bastrop’s new Museum and Visitor Center at 904 Main (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).  
    Operated by the Bastrop County Historical Society, it’s a great source for information on
    local amenities and excursions and a convenient place to buy your Holiday Homes Tour
    tickets.   While there, check out two new exhibits:
     “The Lost Pines”— from early sawmills and the timber industry, through the Civilian
    Conversation Corp era and into the disastrous 2011 wildfires.
     “The Baron de Bastrop”— from his shadowed past and dubious title to the significant role
    this man played in the colonization of Texas.