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Deals of the Week

Deals of the Week

by Terri Gruca

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Posted on November 27, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 27 at 11:53 PM

This week you'll find lots of freebies, family fun and plenty of places to see Santa. Enjoy!


Amazon.com has a great selection of Kindle freebies, but right now they have a free Twas the Night Before Christmas.

People magazine is offering more free music downloads, this time they have seven Christmas songs from some of the hottest country musicians like Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sara Evans. These songs will be available through January 4th.  

This is always a great idea. You can record a free bedtime book recording of some really fun titles.

This is one of my favorite Christmas freebies. Here’s a way for you to get Santa to send a personalized video message to your child. It’s really cool. You supply your child’s first name and the town and pictures of your child, even fun events and they do the rest. It’s amazing and so memorable.

Family Fun

Four Seasons Gingerbread Village - now through January 1, 2013.  I just shot a story on this and it is incredible. The village, created by the Four Seasons pastry chefs. This year’s theme: "Eclectic Austin" landmarks. You’ll see everything from The Salt Lick to the Cathedral of Junk to Hey Cupcake. It’s FREE. The open houses are next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (December 3-5) from 5 to 6pm and you can enjoy free cookies and Santa will be there too. Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

 Annual Lighting of the Square, Friday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with Georgetown's Annual Lighting of the Square. Join in holiday carols provided by The Austin Carolers, warm your tummy with hot chocolate and cookies, and stay for pictures with Santa (inside the Williamson County Courthouse from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.). Go by the The Williamson Museum and let the kids make a Christmas Light Garland and check out the antique toy collection (from 6 - 8 p.m.). Plan to get in some shopping as merchants stay open late. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and stick around for a FREE showing of the classic movie A Christmas Story on the giant outdoor movie screen, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Downtown Square, Georgetown.

Bastrop River of Lights - Friday, November 23 through New Year's Eve, from 6 - 9 p.m. Bastrop River of Lights walking trail is located in Fisherman’s Park and continues all the way down the Lower Colorado River to Ferry Park, about a half mile. Fisherman's Park, Bastrop.

Holiday Lights & Ice, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, November 21 - January 6 -- Austin's largest outdoor ice rink, accompanied by a display of 200,000 lights, offers local residents, club members and resort guests the opportunity to lace up their skates and enjoy festive holiday cheer and seasonal treats. For complete hours of operation, visit their website. Monday - Thursday, tickets are $23 for adults/$17 for children; Friday - Sunday, $26 for adults/$19 for children. For club members, skating tickets are $19 for adults and $14 for children all week. (8212  Barton Club Dr, Austin)

Friday Family Fun Day, Austin's Park, Friday, November 23 -- Visit Austin's Park to enjoy unlimited buffet and fountain drinks, as well as unlimited Laser Tag, Little Shot, Rock Wall and Mini-Golf. Admission is $9.95 + tax per person. Add on unlimited Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, and Spinning Tea Cups for an additional $5.00 + tax. Kids under 40" tall can eat and play for FREE. Buffet closes 1 hour before park closure. Unlimited Fountain Drinks available until close. (16231 IH-35, Pflugerville)

The Wildflower Center offers free admission and special discounts at the 22nd Annual Wild Ideas shopping event. You’ll find beautiful hand-made jewelry, pottery, mesquite ware and more by talented artists. Other activities include a pottery and woven trunk shows Friday and Saturday, respectively, and book signings. Hours: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Learn more here or call 512-232-0100. Thanks Barbra for the tip!         

Christmas fun

You can find a terrific list of Santa Sitings and Christmas Tree lightings Free fun in Austin.com.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 is the annual Holiday Sing-Along and Downtown Stroll. This is a FREE, family friendly event that kicks off at 6 p.m. thanks to The Downtown Austin Alliance and KUT. Enjoy Christmas carols on the south lawn of the Capitol followed by the lighting of the holiday tree in front of the Capitol at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit downtownaustinholidays.com. You can also go here for a full event schedule.

Chuy's Parade, Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m., Downtown Austin -- The parade is approximately 1 hour long and starts at the State Capitol and moves along Congress. Bring a toy and help Operation Blue Santa!

Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting, Sunday, December 2, 6 p.m., Zilker Park --  Quita kicks off the event again this year. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 6:00 pm. (2100 Barton Springs Rd)

The Domain is hosting a really cool December event each Saturday night. Watch favorite movies on the Plaza in Domain 11 near the Range Golf Club & Sports Bar (the Dillards side). At 6pm see these holiday favorites with your family:

  • Saturday, 12/1 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Saturday, 12/8 Home Alone
  • Saturday, 12/15 Elf
  • Saturday, 12/22 Polar Express

Holiday in the Park, Saturday, December 1, 2 - 5 p.m. Lots of activities for the family out at Cat Hollow Park in Round Rock including crafts, bounce houses and Santa. The best part it's all free. (8320 O'Connor Dr, Round Rock)

Rock'N Lights Holiday Light Tour, December 3-31, Old Settlers Park in Round Rock -- This is a brand new light display. We'll be doing a story on this Friday night. This one you can drive through. There will be two million lights and at the end is a village with carnival rides and refreshments. This opens 6 to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, 6 to 10pm Friday, Saturday and holidays. It will cost $15 per vehicle but that gets you one free ride for each child. The light tour will be at Old Settlers Park and the village next to it at the Dell Diamond Parking lot.

For more local holiday happenings, check out
the terrific list of Santa Sitings and Christmas Tree lightings put together by the folks at Free fun in Austin.com.


Austin Dermagraphix Tattoo will be giving away free tattoo removal treatments at its tattoo removal clinic on December 12, 2012. I’m telling you this early because appointments must be made to get a treatment on that day. They will try to treat any walkins and the clinic on a first come, first serve basis, between scheduled appointments.  This is only available to new clients of the clinic. To schedule an appointment, visit AustinDermagraphix.com or call 512-520-9771. 

On line savings

Austin based Offers.com has found some of the best indoor and outdoor holiday décor sales to help you save on decorating. Thanks Shermayne for the tips!


 Brylane Home Coupon Code

Up to 60% off + Extra 25% off Christmas Trees & Décor

Expires 12/1/12


JCPenney Coupon Code

Holiday Decor Under $20 + Free Shipping over $50

Expires 12/22/12


Wayfair Deal

Up to 55% off Holiday Decor + Free Shipping on Select Items

Expires 12/29/12


Saveology Deal

70% off Color-Changing LED Christmas Rope Lights

Was: $50 - Now Only $15

Expires 12/8/12


Kohl’s Coupon Code

Up to 60% off + Extra 15% off Select St. Nicholas Christmas Décor

Expires 11/30/12


Target Deal

Up to 30% off Holiday Decor + Free Shipping

Expires 12/15/12