Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Round Rock
Downtown Round Rock is a magical place to be this holiday season, with a seriously sparkly light display at night. Beginning when the sun sets every night through the end of the month, you and yours can delight in a safe and festive family outing. Visit Downtown Round Rock's website for more information and holiday activities for the whole family including coloring sheets, "letter to Santa" templates and a Spotify playlist.

Save big with rebates for water conservation
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals may be over, but you could get even more savings on that washer you bought! If a new high-efficiency clothes washer is on your holiday shopping list, the City of Round Rock has rebates that could earn you an extra $100 for your water-conscious purchase. Check out the City’s “Efficient Clothes Washer” rebate for eligibility requirements.

TxDOT to host meeting on U.S. 79 widening
The Texas Department of Transportation is developing a project to improve safety and mobility by widening U.S. 79 from I-35 to east of FM 1460. A virtual public hearing for the project will include a pre-recorded video, a draft environmental assessment and other project materials. An in-person option will also be available on Dec. 4.

Wear a mask, shop local to support economy
Shop Home for the Holidays! When you shop in Round Rock for a present this holiday season, your purchase provides the added benefit of supporting a local businesses. Don’t forget to wear your mask and follow CDC guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season. By doing so, you help our community stay healthy and open for business.

Downtowner Gallery gift shop features local artists
For the holiday season, the Downtowner Gallery, 231 E. Main St., has been transformed into a gift shop! The “Tiny Treasures” exhibit is art made by local artists with the gift-giving season directly in mind. Shop for one-of-a-kind pieces that make great stocking stuffers and are light on the wallet. Here are a few of the unique gifts you can pick up from the Downtowner Gallery this holiday season: 

  • Adorably miniature cactus gardens that fit in a bottle cap
  • Surrealistic tabletop sculptures and metallic steampunk animals
  • Vast landscape paintings that are a mere 2 inches-squared
  • Artistic dioramas of landscapes and interiors made using an Altoids tin and other repurposed items
  • Itty bitty pet portraits (and you can commission one from an artist for your little one!)
  • Lacquered digital art prints that can go on the wall or rest on a tabletop
The Downtowner Gallery will be open extended hours for the holiday shopping season, from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays now through Dec. 19. “Tiny Treasures” will be on exhibit through Jan. 15.

Blue Santa to deliver toys to families in need
The Round Rock Police Department is gearing up for its 42nd annual Blue Santa Christmas drive. Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit program organized by volunteers and employees of the Round Rock Police and Fire Departments. The program delivers toys and food to thousands of families in need to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.
[Note: Image above taken before COVID-19 pandemic.]

Turn off your sprinklers in cooler weather months
Chilly fall temperatures should translate to good news for you — lower water bills! As winter gets closer, the plants in your yard are going dormant and have very low water requirements. You should have already moved to a once per week watering schedule and turned off your sprinklers altogether when rain is expected. In addition to saving you money now, your watering habits could save you money down the road and help lake levels replenish in time for warmer weather.

Poetry in Motion
Saturday, Dec. 5
1:30-3 p.m.
Online event

Calling all poets, musicians and storytellers!
Kids and adults age 16 and up are invited to share their work at the Round Rock Public Library's family-friendly Poetry in Motion event! Read, share, play, or just to listen to some of our local talent. If you would like to read or perform, please send an email to jchapa@roundrocktexas.gov. If you are a musician, please specify what instrument you play. This will be a round robin event, so you may have the opportunity to present more than once.

Upcoming board, commission meetings

Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.