This week you’ll find lots of free Christmas fun, some terrific savings and some help for those of you planning to do some Black Friday shopping. Enjoy!
Each year the Four Seasons creates an amazing gingerbread village. This year’s theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”(see picture above). The village was just put on display in the lobby this week and will be open through December 31st. Come out to the open houses December 4th and 5th from 5 to 6pm so you can ask the amazing pastry chefs questions about their creations, plus get a visit from Santa and enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and cookies. This is truly a magical moment to share with your kids if you’ve never seen it.
The hotel also hosts Teddy Bear Teas (November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 with seatings offered at 2:00 pm, 2:15 pm and 2:30 pm) Guests of all ages are invited to get all gussied up for this Four Seasons Hotel Austin tradition, featuring tea service, holiday caroling and a fireside reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself! Those attending are asked to bring a new, unwrapped teddy bear, which will be donated to the Dell Children's Hospital. Reservations are required and may be made by calling TRIO at (512) 685-8300.
Free Christmas concert
There is a free Christmas concert in Bass Concert Hall Monday, December 2nd at 7:30pm. The UT choirs, along with the Butler School of Music instrumentalists, baritone and UT Wind ensemble will perform. You’ll enjoy all kinds of Christmas carols. For more information, visit Texas Performing Arts website or call the Butler School of Music at 512-471-5401. You can find free parking on Robert Dedman Dr. and Trinity St. and in Lots 37, 38, and 39, which can be accessed from Red River behind the LBJ Library. Parking in garages will also be available for a fee.
Pictures with Santa
The Hill Country Galleria doesn’t charge for you to take photos with Santa. So bring your camera and take your own photos for free. See the calendar here.
You can get pictures with Santa at The Oasis Sunday, December 1st from 12 to 3pm. The photos will be emailed to you.
Then check out the great photos with Santa guide put together by our friends at Free Fun in Austin.com.
Gift Ideas and savings
Looking for some handmade unique Christmas ideas? The Blue Genie Art Bazaar opens Friday, November 29th from 10am to 10pm at the Marchesa Hall & Theater 6226 Middle Fiskville Road. It is the 13th year annual arts show that features unique work from over 140 local and regional artisans – with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish® Central & South Texas. It is a fun, free shopping event where you can find something for everybody! Learn more here.
Our friends at BeFrugal.com sent some great freebies for you this week. Thanks Jen.
· Bath & Body Works Free Item W/ $10+ Order, Up to a $13.00 value! Exclusions apply, see offer for details. Expires: 12/24/2013
· Magazine Outlet Free $10 Walmart Gift Card With Real Simple Magazine, Expires: 11/30/2013
· Solstice Sunglasses Free $25 Gift Card With $150+ Order, Expires: 12/31/2013
· Office Depot Free USB Drive With $60+ HP Ink Order, Expires: 11/30/2013
· Target Free $5 Gift Card w/ 3 Clearasil Items, Expires: 12/14/2013
· Quick Chek Free Coffee On Black Friday, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 11/29/2013
· Olive Garden Free $10 Bonus Offer w/ $50+ Purchase, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 12/25/2013
· Which Wich Free Large Drink w/ The Purchase Of Any Wich, Participating locations only. See offer for details. Expires: 11/30/2013
BeFrugal also has a great guide for those of you planning to do some shopping this Friday here.
Black Friday Guide
KVUE web content producer Katey Psencik put together a terrific Black Friday guide of store hours (many of which, as I’m sure you’ve heard are open on Thanksgiving this year) and Black Friday sales.
Apps to save you money
Time Magazine also put together a terrific list of apps and web sites to help you save the most while shopping on line and at stores this holiday season.
Support state and local businesses
If you’re looking for a way to support state and local businesses check out these two web sites for suggestions: