Special Events

December 2011 - Posts

City of Round Rock offers Christmas tree recycling services

The City of Round Rock encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees on Saturday, December 31, 2011 and Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Round Rock Brush Recycling Center located at 310 Deepwood Drive.

Round Rock residents will get more than just a good feeling from recycling their Christmas trees, the City will give away small trees (while supplies last) and provide volunteers to help unload trees for residents who bring their Christmas trees for recycling during these special events. Additionally, residents may bring their Christmas trees for recycling to the Round Rock Brush Recycling Center during any regular operating day.

Residents must remove all decorations, nails, wires, ornaments, tree stands, lights, and tinsel before bringing in their tree to the recycling center. The trees will be shredded into a fine, usable mulch which is free to Round Rock residents for pickup at the recycling center. The mulch can also be purchased by contractors and non-residents for $5 per cubic yard.

The center is open from Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays.

Local businesses can also drop off their Christmas trees, and for a small fee ($15 per truckload), businesses that sell Christmas trees can recycle their leftovers as well. For more information, contact the city of Round Rock Forestry Manager Emsud Horozovic at (512) 218-5540.

Christmas Family Night this Friday, December 9th!

Annual Christmas Family Night takes place this Friday, December 9th! The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome from Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw, followed by the illumination of the street and water tower with holiday lights. Then Santa makes his grand entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh.

During Christmas Family Night, downtown historic Round Rock is decorated with small wooden houses which "house" various free games and activities. This free event includes activities for the entire family including live music, dancers, candle making, carriage rides, game booths, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus and more.
 
Children can bring their "wish lists" for Santa Claus (pictures are a nominal fee) and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for pictures with Santa. Plus, enjoy free hot dogs, popcorn, hot chocolate, and other refreshments, activities and snacks. Enjoy performances throughout the evening. Numerous booths will feature activities and crafts for children from cookie decorating to candle making.

Christmas Family Night is organized by the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department and made possible thanks to the help of community groups and organizations that donate their services to offer this fun and free event to the community. Free parking is available in the City Hall parking garage, at the library and along side streets.

Schedule:
6:30 p.m. -- Mayor's welcome and tree & water tower lighting ceremony
6:35 p.m. -- Santa arrives
7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. -- Three performance areas with local performers and artists

The Round Rock Public Library hosts a puppet show and has Christmas ornament crafts, letters to Santa and a craft sale. Don't miss this FREE annual holiday event!

2nd Annual Reindeer Run scheduled for Sunday, December 11th

The Rotary Club of Round Rock Sunrise and the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department present the second annual Reindeer Run, a 5k timed run and family fun run to raise funds for building a Play for All Abilities Park now currently under construction at Rabb Park. The 2011 Reindeer Run takes place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at Old Settlers Park.

Packet pickup and registration information:
Packet and t-shirt pickup is now under way at the Round Rock Parks and Recreation main office from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. until December 9th. Registration and packet pickup will also take place at the event.

Cost:
Adult $25 per participant includes t-shirt, Youth (11-17) $20 includes t-shirt, Kids (2-10) FREE with parent or guardian-no shirt and no registration required.

Schedule:
5:00 p.m. - 5k Timed Run (no walkers)
6:15 p.m. - 5k Family 5k Fun Run at dusk

Register online now at www.5r5k.org, in person at the event, or at the Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department main office.

Participants enjoy holiday decorations and Christmas music as they run/walk through the City of Round Rock's premiere park! The event will also feature holiday crafts and activities for the entire family and refreshments will be served, compliments of Starbucks Coffee.  More information about the park can be found at www.roundrocktexas.gov/playforall