The sights and sounds of Dripping Springs 7th Annual Christmas on Mercer Street will come alive on Saturday, December 3rd as the downtown area transforms into a hometown holiday event featuring a 5K Run, holiday shopping, arts and crafts booths, free music and live performances, children’s activities and all things that create that special holiday feeling. Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and the Dripping Springs Lions Club, admission is free to the public.
At 8 am, the Fit for Change 5K Run will begin at the Springs Family Branch YMCA. Awards, prizes, and trophies will be presented at 10 am at the kick off of the Christmas on Mercer Street festival.
As in years past, the street will be closed off and you will have room to stroll and experience the charm of historic downtown Dripping Springs with your family and friends. Live holiday entertainment has been planned for the entire day. The featured line-up consists of the Kyle Sisters, Ford Kiser, Alex Dormont and Friends, Head to Toe Dance, Homer and the Plainsmen, and Rogers Music presents Dripping Strings.
Activities for kids include a trackless train ride, Santa sleigh rides, pony rides, and grand appearance by Santa Claus in his Clydesdale-drawn carriage. There will also be an opportunity to purchase photos with Santa.
Local resident and author Linda Freeman will be on hand to autograph a new pictorial history book titled Around Dripping Springs. Freeman will be available from 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm at the City of Dripping Springs booth to sign books and speak with guests about the history of our community. The book will be available at the booth the entire day for $21.99 each. Proceeds from the books sold at the festival will benefit the Mercer Street Improvement Project.
The annual Lighting of the Tree will be held at the Triangle at 6:15 p.m. Dripping Springs Middle School Choir will serenade with heart-warming, traditional Christmas Carols at the tree lighting ceremony.
Experiencing tremendous success yet again with the holiday treasure box tour, Dripping Springs area merchants have already sold out for their promotional event. A waiting list for participation is being compiled by Jennifer Minigh at 512-394-2222.
The annual event could not have been possible without the help of major sponsors and donors including Wells Fargo, Benton Enterprises (McDonalds), Broadway Bank, Ellis and Salazar, Whit Hanks, Dripping Springs Family Dentistry, Security State Bank and Trust, Cattlemen’s National Bank and Double L Insulation.
To register for the YMCA 5K Run online, please go to the YMCA website at www.austinymca.org or contact the Springs Family Branch YMCA at 512-894-3309.