Just like the groundhog tells you whether spring will be coming sooner rather than later, another holiday figure has come out of hiding to help you declare when it's Christmas time in Austin -- a sunglasses-wearing Santa Claus riding on a mule's back.

This year, he was spotted by KVUE's Nathan Gogo on Saturday trotting along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail near North Lamar Boulevard in downtown Austin.

Oh.. just your normal Saturday in downtown. #santaclaus #merrychristmas #downtownaustin

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"Oh.. just your normal Saturday in downtown," Gogo said.

Now that the Turkey Day leftovers have almost been cleared from the fridge and muleback Santa has finally been found, it's officially Christmas time in Austin.

Happy holidays!